Kristen is the director of the Belly Dance Theatre in Melbourne. She's ideally qualified to run a dance school and performance troupe, as she holds a diploma in Arts Management and has been teaching dance since the tender age of 16! Also, her work as a Sports Kinesiologist means her teaching is informed by a thorough understanding of the body and safe exercise practices.
As a performer, Kristen has a wide repertoire ranging across Egyptian, Lebanese, Moroccan, Greek and Funky Modern styles.
Interview with belly dancer Kristen
How did you get started with belly dancing?
I have been a professional dancer and dance teacher in classical, jazz and tap styles since the age of sixteen, belly dance was a natural progression. I like to say I made the move from ballet to belly.
What is your favourite belly dancing style and/or prop?
My favourite style would have to be cabaret/show styles, it takes me back to my performing roots.
Who or what has had the greatest influence on your belly dance style?
The greatest influence was probably the country Egypt itself and my teacher in Melbourne Virginia Rizkallah.
What advice would you offer an aspiring belly dancer?
I would tell an aspiring dancer to learn and train as much as possible, find a style you like and then go to the source.