Ramona is the subject of our new 10 Question Quickie interview. What can I say about her? She's an amazing woman. She's a shining example of someone strong yet kind. Someone intense yet balanced. Read question #9 and you'll see her sense of humor. I love her. Let me introduce you to Ramona Grewe.
Name: Ramona Grewe
Occupation: State Employee
Family Status: Divorced, Mom to my beautiful daughter Lara
1. What first attracted you to bellydancing?
RG: A newspaper ad in Germany offering BD lessons.
2. How long have you been studying bellydance?
RG: Almost 30 years (do we have to tell the truth???) lol
3. Why do you continue to study it?
RG: Because I am hooked since day one and I think I always can learn more because I want to dance like this or that dancer and never do. The day you stop learning is the day you stop dancing.
4. What is most challenging about it?
RG: Not to lose sight of who you are as a dancer, you can't be like the other dancer or teachers, be yourself.
5. What is your next goal in bellydance?
RG: To just keep going, I am teaching at Pima College and have tons of fun with the students, maybe continue to do one event for all our dancers in the community a year. I appreciate the support from all.
6. What/who is your inspiration at the moment?
RG: I am inspired by lots of people or things, I love strong woman that have the courage to make a difference in whatever their passion is. As a historical person I like Cleopatra and Mata Hari, as of recent history my mother whom I really miss daily, her wisdom and friendship, her gentle kindness that I am lacking sometimes.
7. Do you find that it has presented challenges with family and friends or do you feel you have support?
RG: Both, in the beginning family is supportive, then it gets old and they don't want to hear about it anymore, or babysit or travel to a workshop or help during an event.
8. What has bellydance changed for you?
RG: My life, my marriage, my broader circle of friends, my financial well being (darn costumes cost a lot), my health, my status as a female, my confidence, my love and understanding of other cultures.
9. Where do you see yourself going with bellydance?
RG: Dropping dead (gorgeous in a shiny outfit) in the middle of a performance with a big smile on my face at age 99.
10. What other hobbies or passions do you enjoy and do you have time for them?
RG: Hanging out with my family/friends, salsa dancing, reading (little time), eating, drinking (hmm Kir Royal), cooking, having fun with my man :), traveling and partying.
What (one) word would you use to sum up what bellydance means to you?
Briefly share something about yourself that we wouldn't know from a simple conversation/interview with you.
RG: I do not drink coffee, I love to eat mussels, I do not watch much TV, and guess what ??? There is life without a face book account, no really, really believe me it does work, I do not have an account, I just call my friends the good ol' fashion way. Oh and not to forget did I mention I like to dance like nobody is watching?? Happy dancing beautiful Gina, you inspire me too....ciao bella, Ramona