Hi...my name is Sharon, but when I
dance I become "Yeshara".
I began dancing when
I was about six years old, and continued with ballet,
tap, jazz, modern, ballroom and Latin American dance
throughout my life. In 1997, I took my first "belly
dance" class, and it instantly became a passion to me.
Unlike some of the other forms of dance that I've
studied, belly dance is friendly to my body as I age,
yet it continues to offer fresh challenges and new ways
to reap the rewards of being a woman.
I make my living in
the legal field, which by its very nature can be cold
and unfeeling. So it is only natural that, in order to
bring balance back into my life, I would gravitate to
the warmth and emotion of the Dance. I am blessed to
have as my husband, a wonderful man that encourages my
growth, personally and professionally. It is due to his
support that, in addition to my education in legal
insurance, business, and health care, I am currently
earning a degree in holistic nutrition, and because he
is so supportive I am able to devote much of my "free
time" to the pursuit of happiness...which for me
includes the care and companionship of my two shih-tzu
"kids", my relationships with my friends, family, and
the Most High, my study of alternative medicine, and my
passion for the Dance. I have so much to be grateful
for, and often, my gratitude is best expressed by
To me, the Dance is a
holistic art, being beneficial to the body, mind, and
spirit of the practitioner. It is a source of expression
unlike any other that I have found; able to bear joy,
sorrow, love, anger, and a multitude of nameless
emotions on its broad shoulders. It allows the dancer to
turn inward, to the depths of her own soul, to examine
the secret stillness within, and it also encourages her
to reach out beyond the heavens in worship to the
Creator of all things created. This is more than a
hobby, more than bodily exercise, and more than therapy.
It is pure art, ever expanding, always evolving. It
satisfies the dancer while at the same time inspiring
her to reach further and grow taller.
This Dance has grown
beyond the boundaries of it's mother culture, gaining
wisdom and beauty from each woman who enters into it,
regardless of her heritage or her language, for the
Dance itself becomes her heritage and her language, her
destiny and her legacy.
The Dance belongs to
none of us, yet to all of us.