We had the good fortune of connecting with Dawn Rhys and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Dawn, why did you decide to pursue a creative path?
Being an artists isn’t really a choice, it’s a calling that drives everything you do. Every choice you make somehow leads you to this 

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I am most proud of what this dance does for my students. Because the basis of it is the first form of natural childbirth, it speaks to women in a powerful and special way. So not only does it do the normal things all dance styles do such as reducing stress, anxiety, and the risk of developing Alzheimer’s and dementia, but it also addresses the physical and spiritual aspects of being a woman. The dance focuses on strengthening all of the muscles used in childbirth so pelvic floor, hips, abdominals and thighs. It teaches body awareness and acceptance. There is no ideal body type or age restrictions so it is freeing and empowering. I have watched so many women over the years come out of their shells and not only accept their body but love and revel in their bodies. It is the only dance created by women for women. And although there are men who teach and perform belly dance, it is still dominated by very creative and powerful women.

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I would take them to Leila Restaurant in downtown West Palm Beach for the best Lebanese food and ambiance. Then I would take them to Sabor Latino on a Thursday night for classic salsa and bachata for dancing and drinking. Of course we would go to the beach for a day of relaxing and then stop by Pistache for happy hour afterwards. No visit would be complete without seeing a show at the Kravitz center and seeing the new tiger Cubs at the Palm Beach Zoo

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Serena Wilson, NYC Belly Dance studio. Although she was not my first dance teacher, not even my first belly dance teacher, she was the teacher who recognized my potential and encouraged me to pursue a full time dance career.

Website: www.imperialBellydance.com
Instagram: ImperialBellydance
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ImperialBellydanceStudio/

Image Credits
Robert Swinson, photographer Keith W Jordan, photographer

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