What Happens Backstage


The other night I went to see a contemporary dance company in Philadelphia. I’ve been a fan of this company for years when I was a contemporary dancer in NYC, and this was my 1st time watching them live, on stage. What a thrill!


I was inspired by every single dancer that stepped onto that stage. They put their mind, body, and spirit into every move. But I realized it was way more than that.


These athletes put hours of hard work that no one ever sees. They dedicate their lives to their training. And they do it all because they’re living their DREAM.


It’s super inspiring and there’s a huge truth smack in this.


There’s so much that goes on backstage. It’s true in the dance world, and it’s also true when it comes to being who you want to be – whether it be in your profession, your health, your bucket list, parenthood, etc.


No one sees the sacrifice you do to make things happen, like the early mornings, working way into the night or even the sleepless nights.


They don’t see when you want to throw in the towel or the sweat you shed in practice. They don’t see the time you sacrificed away from your family or friends, or eating the same friggin meal for months so you can pay for that [fill in the blank].


Most people only see the payoff. But here’s the truth smack…


It’s really about the person you become along the way.


So dance (or work) your ass off like nobody’s watching and never take your eye off the prize – and Shake your Beauty with a SharQui class baby!



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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.


Virginia · April 25, 2018 at 2:53 am

I love reading your emails. I think if I met you in person we would be the best of friends!!! Thank you for being you ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

Oreet · April 25, 2018 at 2:59 am

Awww…that’s so sweet. Thank you for this. Maybe we CAN meet in person. A workshop perhaps? Virtal coffee date??

Rachel · April 25, 2018 at 8:26 pm

Thanks for the inspiration Oreet! I’m working on launching a new business in my professional life, and it can be overwhelming at times! So good to be reminded that the pay-off is in the pursuit of what makes you happy. 🙂

Oreet · April 25, 2018 at 9:16 pm

You are so welcome lovely!

Virginia · April 26, 2018 at 12:04 am

Oh I would love that!!!! When is your next certification? I live in California!!! Can you drop me email? Then we can talk talk ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

Oreet · April 26, 2018 at 1:17 am

Sure thing. Will send you an email.

Janelle Issis · May 2, 2018 at 5:26 pm

Agreed to all of the above, thanks Mrs. TRUTH SMACK!! Virginia take her up on that “virtual coffee lol” y’all would be best friends!!

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