Profile of Umi
For me, dance is a gift from life.
With a curiosity for unknown places, I have traveled to various parts of the world since my teenage years, and eventually encountered belly dance.
In 2006, I started to learn belly dance with Mishaal, at Devadasi Studio, Tokyo. In her lessons, Mishaal never taught choreography and everything was completely improvised. She drew out the individuality and beauty of each of her students, encouraged them to connect to the music, and dance what they felt in the moment. I was deeply inspired by Mishaal’s originality and her goddess-like presence, and delved into the world of belly dance. READ MORE