Caliana (Claire M)
|Caliana (Claire M)||
Joined Mar 31 2012
Hi - I took stage name, Caliana! My name is actually Claire. I used to live in London - mainly Croydon area - for many, many, years, prior to moving to Gloucestershire. I am actually now 'semi-retired' but taught Egyptian-style belly dance in Glos. for almost 7 years.
I was originally inspired by my London teacher I started learning from back in 2001: internationally-renowned Melissa Abraham. Due to post-viral problems during past couple of years or so (post-viral fatigue; then some post-viral arthritis) not been as active. I am not able to return to visit London as often as I would like. I still have an interest in belly dance; often attending lessons given by Nikki Livermore.
I am what they call a 'breast cancer survivor' - 'touch wood'! Had mastectomy in 2000, having had the cancer previously in 1994; could never 'face' having a reconstruction - so spend some considerable time having to adapt bedlah bra tops! Quite a 'challenge' but got ideas from a lovely friend, who had gone through similar experiennce.
I still have a website - but only now available for occasional events. I was never a professional dancer, but have enjoyed dancing so much - haflas, some performances mainly at charity functions etc., then I got asked to teach by several friends!