What has been a turning point in your life?
The biggest turning point in my life was 12 years ago when I discovered belly dance. I was leading a pretty sedentary life and had started to gain weight, was not happy with my body image and I spent all my time chained to work. I started taking classes through Tempe Parks and Rec and now I am a house dancer in a local restaurant (7 years), have a successful dancewear business (Rukshana Raks!) and teach dance classes at studios around town. I’m also in really great shape! The best thing is that I get to wear sparkly bling while I exercise and people pay me to do it! Can’t beat that!
What would you do if money was no object?
If money was no object I would move to Puerto Rico and find a large loft with floor to ceiling windows overlooking the ocean that I could open a costume studio workspace and build custom belly dance costumes. A beach would have to be nearby so I could work around my walks on the beach with my hubby and dogs.
What is your silliest irrational fear?
Stage fright—I can get up and interact with audiences on a one-to-one basis with no problem, but if I am put on a physical stage, I am very uncomfortable and tend to forget what I am supposed to say or do.