As long as I can remember, I have loved dance. From a very young age I began dancing in classical styles and I've had the pleasure of studying danced jazz, tap, ballet, swing, ballroom and Latin style.
When I was first introduced to Middle Eastern Dance in 1998, I was instantly hypnotized! I’ll never forget that feeling… My fascination was immediate and I began studying, locally at first, then traveling as far as Europe and extensively throughout the US, studying and performing with world renowned Instructors across the globe! Artists such as Morocco, Artemis, Tayyar, Kaeshi of BellyQueen, Rachel Brice, Zoe Jakes and many more. What an honor!
In 2003 I began instructing classes to personal friends, as a way for all of us to get together and share movement, keep active, and work through the tragedies and hardships of our lives. More women began to come, and then they started asking me to choreograph dances for them. So – I did! Then the community began reaching out to me and asking for performances. Amazingly, the business grew on its own and by 2005, I opened The Mayne Studio (now BellyDance Grand Rapids). Maybe you remember my weekly performances at Mezze Café & Cabaret (San Chez Bistro) from 2005-2006? Since 2010, I created the Shiraz Grille’s Thursday BellyDance Night Series, currently running Sept-May, 7:30pm.
Now I have the honor and pleasure of being the Artistic Director and Choreographer for the Delkash Dancers Professional Performance Troupe, based out of BellyDanceGR. I also produce student and professional shows and host workshops featuring regional Instructors for the MidWest BellyDance Community to enjoy.
When she isn’t dancing, Sarah spends her time with her two beautiful daughters and Todd, the love of her life. Her hobbies include gardening, scuba diving, boating, cooking and yoga. Sarah is licensed by the National Association of Securities Dealers and holds state insurance and securities licenses, including Health, Life, Accident and Annuities.
There is nothing that brings me a greater sense of connectedness to my community, to myself and with my body than dancing this beautiful art form. Middle Eastern Dance (Raks Sharki) has brought me health, mental stability, joy, freedom and the privilege of working with the thousands of women I have met through the years. I dance because I have to. I will dance forever, and if I’m very lucky, I will dance with you.