Meet Silvia Ramos, 32, a professional belly dancer in the UAE for five years, not only known for her scintillating performances at desert safaris and five-star hotels, but also for her twinkling eyes and 100-watt smile. “To me, belly dancing is like meditation. You have to work the entire body, but your focus is so intense that all that the audience sees is the belly moving. The secret to belly dancing is actually in the way you move the knees. We arch the upper thighs and move the knees and move them rhythmically, keeping our core very strong. Then, we learn to move the hips in a linear manner to the beat of the tambourine,” said Ramos, who fell in love with belly dancing a few years. She has since worked to master it.
Regular fitness routine
Besides dancing for evening shows, Ramos works hard on her core muscles, working out in the gym for nearly two hours, five days a week. “My morning begins late, around 10 am, as I return from my dance performances by 3 am. I wake up and go to the gym every day without fail and do a combination of high intensity exercises including cardio, weight training, and core muscle strengthening.”
After gym time, by 2 pm, Ramos takes a light lunch and rest, before her busy evening schedule kicks off. “My meals are oil-free, low carb and protein rich. So I usually have a piece of grilled chicken and a salad. I love fried food, but completely avoid it. In case I am having a burger, I will just have two pieces of French fries and leave the rest. I never consume soft drinks and hydrate by drinking at least 3 liters of water each day.”
Ramos then puts on her make-up and belly dancing attire at the desert safari site. She drives to the highway, is picked up by the team and reaches the site by 7.30pm. “On getting there, I wait in my tent, touching up my make-up and brushing up my steps. My show usually begins by 8.15 and ends by 8.45, after which I drive to the hotel for two performances. So in a day, I do at least 1 hour and 45 minutes of dancing.”