First Stage Experience by Jamila

I started Gypsy dance classes early 2016. Inspired by Esmeralda and Zemfira literary characters, I wanted to dance this style of dance ever since childhood. My dream came true with Saeeda’s class. From my first class in a mysterious studio with dim lights and scent of incense, I felt completely immersed in the dance and the mystical culture of Gypsy people. Saeeda was great at teaching not only the technicalities of the dance but its performance and delivery, intertwined deeply with Gypsy culture and history.

The first opportunity to perform with a group I got just a year later. It was on a stage of a large theatre, where we danced several choreographies, and our group was closing the show. Having never performed before, I thought this was my unique chance to try it. I was looking forward to giving my best, despite the nerves!

The experience was fantastic. Feeling how the energy gets transmitted from us, the dancers, to the audience, and feeling the response from the audience and their cheering was incredibly rewarding. According to the audience`s feedback, it was the best performance of the evening, and we left bright memories.

The performance was a really different experience to dancing in a studio. A dancer on stage gives 100% every moment, and you have to concentrate on the delivery and energy. This leaves no time for thinking about the steps and correcting small errors. I have learned that practice is key for performance until both the technical aspect and the delivery become part of you. Each later performance felt a little bit easier. Still, for me my first performance was unforgettable! And I thank Saeeda and our Gypsy dance group in London for this once-in-a-lifetime chance of being on stage.




  1. Yury 27th December 2017 at 10:45 am - Reply

    Well done Jamilla! Thanks for sharing your personal experience. In fact you did so well. I was much more frightened first time on the stage. I think 1st time on the stage is very spacial for everyone.

    • Jamila 28th December 2017 at 1:13 pm - Reply

      Dear Yury, thank you so much! I learn from you how to be a natural on stage, every time!

  2. Saeeda 27th December 2017 at 10:58 am - Reply

    Dear Jamila, thanks for sharing this unforgettable experience . It’s so important for some people to know that they are not the only who go through nerves before the performance.

  3. Jamila 28th December 2017 at 1:11 pm - Reply

    Dear Saeeda, thank you so so much for making my dream come true! It was a rare chance and two years ago I would not have imagined that I could do it! Thank you!

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