We caught up with the brilliant and insightful Lidia Dalida a few weeks ago and have shared our conversation below.
Alright, Lidia thanks for taking the time to share your stories and insights with us today. When did you first know you wanted to pursue a creative/artistic path professionally?
I started dancing from the age of six and practiced various styles since then. I knew dance is with me forever but I wanted to get broader skills which I can apply in the modern world. While I still was dancing I went to the University where I studied Management of Information Systems. When I was doing my PPT as manager at tourist agency owners of that agency (who owned Sports Fitness Center as well) found out that I am a dancer and I was offered to start teaching classes at their sports studio. Before that I took various dance courses and seminars, performed, and successfully competed. Teaching sounded very attractive to me and it was a very important start in my teaching career as I know it now. It was great time to start forming my own methodic. Since I started working there I started to get more offers to teach classed in the best fitness studios in our city. I graduated from the University and I worked as a manager in international company for six month and was teaching dance more than 15 classes a week, I felt that it is great moment for me to do what I love the most so I decided to quit my office job and next 7 years I was living my dream and pursue my artistic path. Never regretted that because I always applied my managerial skills as I was establishing my Dance Company.
Awesome – so before we get into the rest of our questions, can you briefly introduce yourself to our readers.
I am Dalida – owner of Dalida Bellydance Studio in Dallas, TX. I was born in Saint-Petersburg, Russia where I first established my brand “Dalida Bellydace”. When I moved to Dallas I continued to do what I love the most – teach dancing to everybody who wants to feel good, feel happy, stay toned and feel grace of their body. Dalida Bellydance successfully works more than a decade in Dallas and never closed even during these difficult pandemic times. In response to the current situation Dalida Bellyncae has decided to start offering online classes. Student were happy that they were given the option to safely continue practicing online. For a year we were completely online but resumed in-person studio classes some time ago and offer online version of the classes as well.
What’s the most rewarding aspect of being a creative in your experience?
The most rewarding is that you do what you love, and when you see that other people love what you do it is the best reward. Everyday is a special day – because you meet new people you learn from them and you create something new.
Is there something you think non-creatives will struggle to understand about your journey as a creative?
Non-creative might struggle to understand how creative people are dedicated to their passion. Art is time consuming, energy consuming. Monetary compensation is important for artist but it is not the main goal. The most important for artist is the process of creation and achievement of perfection. It takes time to get to the point art works start bring income. So non-creative people might think it is not practical to spend so much effort on something not bringing money.
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