As you may have guessed from the name of the website, I'm Salit :)
I've been known for years as a professional bellydancer in NY, that has been performing at restaurants, parties, festivals, showcases, etc. you know- where bellydancers usually perform. I have studied, and studied, and STUDIED the beautiful art of bellydance, with all the top teachers (Yousry Sharif, Randa Kamel, Tito, Jehan Kamal, Orit Maftsir, and so many more. You can ask me all about my training next time you see me. I'm happy to talk about it!), and I never stop learning. I take every opportunity I can take dance lessons, learn Arabic, drumming, and all kinds of movement classes (I even trained in capoeira for 4 years!)
After learning and performing bellydance for so many years (wow, it was 15 years ago when I took my first class in the cozy Arabesque studio in Jerusalem that had changed my life for ever!) I decided it was time to share my knowledge and unique style and introduce more women to this empowering, magical experience of bellydance. After getting certified TWICE as an Oriental Dance Instructor, and Group Fitness Instructor, I taught bellydance classes in several studios around NYC like iDance, and the Djoniba Dance Center, but then decided to create my own circle of fierce bellydancers and thus SH.E.B.A was born. As difficult as it was to start building a bellydance community from scratch, quitting my day job and learning the ups and downs of a freelancer's life, coming up with the NAME for the bellydance training program was the hardest thing I had to do! I've never named anything before in my life! (I had two pet hamsters when I was a kid. I named them "The White" and "The Brown"...) So I observed my amazing group of women and realized they had become more than dancers, more than classmates, and more than students. They were sisters. After consulting with some friends and family, who shot down my terrible ideas (good thing..) I finally came up with the name: Sisterhood of Eclectic Bellydance Art, or in short- SH.E.B.A. (I also have a shiba dog that may or may not have influenced the name choice. There's a photo of him hidden somewhere on this website. See if you can find him...)
So now I am the proud founder, director, and head bellydance teacher of SH.E.B.A and still studying and performing bellydance full time, and loving it!
By the way, I'm also a part of the amazing folklore troupe: "Afrah Events" where I get to perform Lebanese and Palestinian dabke (folk dance)!
When I'm not performing, teaching, learning, watching bellydance, or producing my own bellydance shows (message me if you want to find out how to participate in one of my shows), I also design graphics (like this website and all my promo materials), sing (I studied 7 years of opera), and go to brunches and dinner dates (mostly with my SH.E.B.A sisters).
This is my story in a nutshell, so far, and as it unfolds I will share it with you :)
If you'd like to hear more about my journey or about my dogs, or join the sisterhood just message me!