Chapter 14 New beginning
I had turned a page and was ready to face a new chapter in my life. I actually refused three or four offers to join ballet companies. The last thing I needed was another Robert Galdstein, and believe me, every ballet company has one. I ventured into teaching ballet at a school in San Jose and continued with my belly dance festivals. While my life as a ballet dancer had temporarily lost its fire, my life as a belly dancer ignited, inviting opportunities nation wide.
Soon I was performing every weekend at Pasha’s, a luxurious club on Broadway in San Francisco. More than just learning how to dance to live music, it was also exploring the complexity of the Arabic culture. I faced prejudice in that I was a male belly dancer in what was normally an all-female world. I also had to accept my new role as an artist and could not rely on my previous performances at prestigious opera houses to get me through. I was reminded of that each time I warmed up in a kitchen among waiters carrying trays of tabulah and babaganoush…