Hi, it’s me, Oreet…


…and welcome to my very first blog post. To be completely transparent, I’m a little nervous.

This is something that I have wanted to do for a long time. The seed of this blog has been germinating for over 2 years and it’s finally time. One reason it took so long is because I’ve been busy with other projects, but the other is because I didn’t want to start a blog until I had reached a certain level of success in my own business – a milestone. I know this sounds silly but it’s what I felt and I needed to listen to it.

I’d like to take a moment to talk about the intention behind this post and why I was inspired to do this. I’m going to reveal something that you may not know about me, which is one of the reasons, why I’m a little nervous. It really stems from what people are preaching about body image. And for me specifically – post baby body image. Yes, my body did an amazing thing by growing a human being not only once, but twice. But I need to rant…

I’m MAD!

I’m mad about how my body changed and how I see myself now.

I constantly ask, what’s wrong with me??

I mean, I’m a fitness and dance instructor, a fitness and dance presenter, and the creator of a format that promotes positive body image for god’s sake.

Well, what it comes down to is… it’s hard to see my body change.

Things are different now. I have bigger hips, a bigger ribcage, bigger belly and looser skin. My clothes and costumes fit differently too.

I want to find the confidence in my own body again.

Look, it’s a lot of pressure to try to “look the part” and I know I put this pressure on myself. So why can’t I just embrace it?

This all comes down to the question of identity.

When we feel that we’re amazing, it will become ingrained into our identities. As a fitness and dance pro, the only way I’ll be able to experience the advantages of having a healthy level of true, positive, self-image, is simply to decide that I look and feel amazing!

How my students perceive my confidence ultimately begins with how I see myself. I shouldn’t worry about other people’s suspected opinions about me. When I finally see myself as having an amazing body – then that’s when others will begin to see the same thing.

So I did some soul searching and decided that I want to live happy. I can’t waste my time feeling bad about it. So I am working on believing it.

Look, my body has done and can still do amazing things. To be honest, after having my 2 kids, I feel my dancing is stronger now than ever before. So, I am going to let it continue to do amazing things.

I also need to be the one that holds the power of influence!

You know what’s even more important? Being a positive role model for my children. Enough said!

Thank you for letting me share this with you and I hope this helps those who may be feeling the same way about themselves.


Be good to yourself and live your happy,


Categories: Blog


Oreet, the creator of SharQui – The bellydance workout®, is an award winning performer, a sought after choreographer, teacher and fitness presenter. As a performer and teacher Oreet combines passion, grace, athleticism and hip precision in order to give a refined performance. Along with teaching, Oreet certifies dancers and fitness professionals in the SharQui format, the ONLY fitness accredited bellydance fitness workout in the world, has been introducing it internationally as well. She holds the titles Bellydancer of the Year 2007, Entertainer of the Year 2006, Jewel of the Nile 2006, Bellydance Diva 2005 and is the reigning Middle Eastern Dance Champion of North America. Due to the popularity of the SharQui format on the east coast Oreet has recently expanded to San Francisco and the west coast.


Tamara · September 12, 2016 at 6:26 pm

I enjoyed your post and the replies from others. I do have to say that I’m pretty okay with my body as I get ready to turn 50. I believe it can do more than I give it credit for, but that’s just about me making time for myself. I’m not sure if I can do some of the things you have on your videos and workouts then I say well you’ll never know if you don’t practice. I think my biggest beauty struggle are my silver tresses. I’m usually okay with them, but I wonder why other always feel the need to comment on them. That’s annoying. especially the ladies with the dye. I feel like hey, I know you dye your hair and I let you be, so why the need to comment. Anyway,the subject of beauty is loaded so thanks for owning your stuff and giving us a space to do the same.

OREET · September 12, 2016 at 6:29 pm


Yeah, what’s the deal with others commenting. Who cares!!! I have some grey and I’m cool with it. In fact I want to dye it blue. Going grey has made me become more adventurous! Let’s say “yay to grey” dammit! Thanks for sharing beautiful.


Nevaeh · March 11, 2017 at 2:19 pm

I bow down humbly in the presence of such grsaentes.

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