Holly Ferreira, Teacher,
“The beginning of this journey started as a form of exercise. I hear that a lot
from women that started their first Belly Dance class. None of us who end up
falling in love with the dance has ANY IDEA what is in store for them. It
starts of like a new relationship, you love everything about it, can't get
enough of it. I am normally a very shy introvert, but there was something about
this dance I fell in love with. It has been like a marriage in many ways. I
loved being naive in the beginning because you're shielded to the many
I know the exact moment when it changed from Belly Dance to my calling in life.
I had about 30 women come to class from The Amos House. They had a certain
budget but that was irrelevant to me. I just wanted them to do something
different. They arrived and I was overwhelmed by the emotions I was feeling.
Part of me was scared of how many women were in class, also I realized all
these women were going through things I didn't understand, nor had ever
experienced. But they were there, and at the time my business and dance partner
was there as a buffer to the chaos that could have happened. So we began. It
was magic to see their faces change, their overall spirits changed. And all
they needed to know was that we were there for them. The respect they had for
us was amazing. I am a hugger...always have been. So when they were leaving I
gave them all a hug and told them to "be safe". Some of them were
accepting of the hug and some were not, but did it anyways. The second week,
they all came and were so willing to dance now.....and at the end, all lined up
for a hug and a connection of hearts. I knew I couldn't understand what they
were going through but I wanted them to know I cared about them.
After that, I knew what I wanted to do with this dance. I wanted to use it as a
tool to empower women, inspire them to be strong, and to live out their dreams.
I didn't realize how much I lost my spirit until I found this dance. A lot of
women lose themselves in life, either with a career, motherhood, or just lack
of passion. I want to help them find that again. There is nothing like watching
a woman gain her power, or lose herself, even if it's just for an hour. It's
something you don't see very often.
So with that I have a big responsibility. I have to embrace my strengths,
faults, and everything in between. Women need to feel safe and loved. I have worked
very hard to create an atmosphere for them to let go. No egos, no judging. I
can be tough because when I learned, my teacher never let me have excuses. She
always pushed me through my fears.
After all these years, 11 to be exact, I have done fundraisers, helped
teenagers be responsible with their sensuality, and empowered women. I have
learned so much from so many and I have to pass it on.....I have been very
blessed to show my art in galleries and as I stepped into the art world, I met
so many talented, beautiful people. I would never have done any of this if I
did not find Belly Dance. It's so much more than a dance, it's a way of
connecting and changing the world.
I am ready for the next step, whatever that may be and have been pleasantly
humbled in many ways to appreciate the next stage of this journey. I'm starting
a new discussion circle about the Honest Truth of Motherhood because women NEED
THIS.... it starts next month at the Heart Center in Warren RI. I continue
teaching but now it's about bringing out the magic in every woman. I would love
to make a DVD and share with the world. Sit down and write a book, about how
joy, love, jealousy, humility, the light, the dark, are all important to bring
you to your most powerful being.”
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