Who Will You Be?


My amazing student and friend, Annette, asked me one day…”Oreet, did you always have confidence? What triggered you to start on your own? Did you intend SharQui to be bigger than yourself or did it evolve on it’s own? When did you know you had something?”


Her questions got me thinking and planted the seed for this post. (Short story now. Long story later)


If someone had told me that one day I would become an entrepreneur and one day pioneer the concept of bellydance fitness into the mainstream, I’d have laughed.


Me? Wander outside my dream of pursuing a contemporary dance career? What would inspire me to jump into the entrepreneurial world and become an educator? (Clearly, I had no clue of what it is to be an entrepreneur and an educator.)


My entrepreneurial journey totally threw me for a loop. I’m a former contemporary dancer who supplemented my income teaching fitness, and then after several years, decided to “shake” up my routine with bellydance. What better way to do that than to create a business on a starving artist’s salary? (No, that’s not stressful. But it sure was exciting – at times)


I never tried to emulate people or a trend. Never felt comfortable doing it. Yet I knew I was good. Yeah, I may sound cocky, but people always told me I was good at what I did, and I felt it too.  


In the mid-late 90’s in NYC (yep I’m dating myself), fitness instructors were like celebrities, and I wanted to be one so badly – but I’m a small, brown, woman. When people walked into my strength and step classes in NYC, I wasn’t the image they’d hope to get a kick-ass class from. So I had to create it for myself. That’s when the idea of SharQui began.


Scary? Yes.


Did I want to throw in the towel sometimes? Yep.


Ups and downs? Uh huh.


Still love what I do? You betcha!


And after 15 years, SharQui is still here. (More of my story later in the new year)


So the moral of this short blog is this… 


If there’s something you crave, don’t wait around for someone to hand it to you. Do it your goddamn self. 


If it doesn’t exist yet, start it.


If it hasn’t been written yet, write it.


If something is missing from your community, fill that friggin gap.


And if nobody asks you to dance at an event, host one your own damn self. (this is what I did for years in NYC)


Look, there are people who wait around, and there are people who act. There are people who spend their whole lives waiting to receive permission, and there are people who write their own permission slip.


So who will you be in 2018?

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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.


fellisa1124 · December 19, 2017 at 7:39 pm

Well said! Oreet, You are an amazing woman… Truly, and you are an inspiration to fitness instructors and dancers alike.You and your work are greatly appreciated! It’s not easy putting yourself out there, but you have done so with such grace. Happy New Year! May it bring you many more blessings.

Heather Wayman · December 19, 2017 at 9:22 pm

Right on! Thanks for sharing 🙂

Oreet · December 19, 2017 at 9:33 pm

Awww…thank you so much for the kind words fellisa1124!

Oreet · December 19, 2017 at 9:33 pm

My pleasure Heather Wayman!

Sharon · December 20, 2017 at 12:21 am

So glad I invested in myself and got certified with you! I could never have imagined the doors that it would open. Your system of instruction, support and encouragement have been priceless. Thank you Oreet!

Oreet · December 20, 2017 at 2:35 am

Gosh Sharon. Thank you. It’s your interest and enthusiasm that helps me. Thank you for your trust.

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