We had the good fortune of connecting with Aradia Sunseri and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Aradia, what inspires you?
The Divine Feminine , Sacred Dance & The Soul Memory Of The Temple Dancer Rites.
Drawing Inspiration From Honoring the lineages that create the rooted structure of these practices of many ancestors who have come before.
The Origins of “Belly Dance” is extremely old and traces of it can be found up to 6,000 years ago, based in pre-Christian pagan societies that worshipped nature & the divinity that exists within the feminine archetype . This dance was for women’s fertility magic & helped in childbirth. The origin of the name ‘belly dance’ comes from the French Danse du ventre, which translates as “dance of the stomach”.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I’ve always danced to the beat of a different drum. Cyclical time and Nature has ,and continues to be -my greatest teacher. As all of my art is rooted in yoga, dance therapy modalities, ritual performance & theatrical improvisation.
Thus far my life experience & training has taught me the inner marriage of yoga & dance.
As well as including the ancient sister science to yoga Ayurveda ritual & practices.
These 3 ancient pathways have come together in such profound ways. They are the core triad of all my offerings.
My unique style incorporates the holistic & healing aspect of dance as meditation. My years of training in Classical Ballet, Tribal/Temple fusion belly dance, Nepalese, Odissi, modern dance, fire dance, and traditional Butoh taught me a deeper appreciation for somatic movement.
My story is that of both hard work and the magic of following your dreams.
As with all projects led by passion, There were no guarantees in choosing to invest all my time and energy into training and studying that which set my soul on fire. There were so many auditions and rejections that could have set me in a tailspin of self-doubt, but the desire to create was greater.
I feel the biggest challenges have also been my greatest successes.
Traveling and touring internationally as a dancer is exactly this.
Long travel days, training, rehearsals, and back-to-back performances. I remember one month we did 23 shows in 3 countries.
It’s all worth it to push yourself to be polishing your craft and to share with your audience the magic of storytelling.
It’s also exhausting on the body. This is where the foundational practices of yoga, breathwork, and meditation play a huge key role. Without these practices, I would not have the grounded center and energy reserve that I nurture.
With over 18 years of experience in the movement arts and professional performance in theater, on film, and on stage.
I still love performing and my brand really speaks to the roots of why.
As a teacher/ facilitator/ spiritual coach this is my foundational center to empower others to creatively express themselves and create life-lasting tools to nourish body, mind & spirit.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I would start our days in Topanga with my fav spot Sun life they have an amazing juice bar.
Then head to the beach El Matador is so gorgeous.
Yoga class at Self- Realization Fellowship Yogananda center and a have a picnic by the lake shrine with the swans. It’s truly a place of tranquility and true beauty.
Dinner in Silverlake at Cliffs Edge They have a vegan opt menu an amazing outdoor patio with huge trees creating a canopy its fun to often see celebrities here too.
For a mellow night grab a blanket for some star gazing at Griffith Park or gather a group of friends to catch a show at Cinespia Cemetery Films
For a night out dancing and to take and dip in the epic rooftop pool at Le Petite Hermitage, you can often listen to amazing live musicians.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I would like to honor all my teachers who have been a divine light inspiration & support. As dance has always been a form of meditation & spiritual practice to honor the cycles & rhythms of life. I am forever a student in this school of life, continuing my studies in Sacred Dance, Ayurveda, Shamanic Healing, Somatic healing & body energy medicine
My teachers and dance luminaries I have had the honor to study with: Jill Parker, (Tribal Fusion) Suhaila Salimpour,(Tribal/Cabaret) Carolena Nericcio (A.T.S) Rachel Brice (Tribal Fusion),(Tribal Fusion) Colleena Shakti, (Odissi) Prajwal Vajracharya ( Nepalese ) & many more.
My path has guided me to devote 18 years of yoga practice & 4 Different Certifications, from Traditional Hatha, Vinyasa, Tantra, & Yoga Nidra. My beloved Teachers in Yoga are Swami Sitaramananda, Shiva Rea, & Vidya Shakti. Honoring & Carrying the lineages of Krishnamacharya, Sivananda, Kashmir Shaivism.
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