The Red Sea – Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt.

At the beginning of the month, if anyone had told me that I would be here, in Egypt, performing with some of Egypt’s finest artists, in a play directed by Mr Khaled Galal, a world famous Egyptian director, I would have said they were lying to me. If anyone told me that I would be in a choreographed contemporary piece by an amazing Egyptian contemporary choreographer, I would have probably punched them in the gut because I don’t joke like that.

Friends from Indonesia, Bangladesh and Algeria.

On the 15th of November, I received an email informing me that I had been accepted to not only attend the World Youth Forum but also perform as part of the World Youth Theatre in a theatrical play which would be taking place in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt. Yup. Egypt! The abroad of Africa! And Sharm El Sheikh, the Dubai IN Africa!! I had applied to perform, but I didn’t think they were gonna take me because I didn’t think I was a good dancer (turns out, I am actually). In the email, I had just one week to prepare all my necessary documents, as well as prepare my costumes and everything. I was barely sleeping, not because I had so much to do in such a short amount of time, but because I was scared. My life was gonna change and I didn’t know how to feel about that. On the one hand, I was thrilled and thankful for such an opportunity but on the other hand, I was terrified with taking such a huge step. I would lay awake at night thinking to myself and asking what I had to offer, or what they saw in me.

The Red Sea – Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt.

I stared at the email for an hour before believing it was real. Because it didn’t seem real…. things like this don’t usually happen to me. I usually just wish for stuff and keep wishing.

Friends from Bangladesh and Russia

I still think it’s not real, then I look at all the amazing friends that I’ve made and then I start to believe. It’s been four days and I have learnt so much, I’ve picked up on so many things; the little mistakes I make in my performance and lots more. I am truly happy to be here. Egypt is beautiful and Sharm El Sheikh is breathtaking!

For the next three weeks, I’ll be uploading pictures and videos to my blog and my social media pages. I’ll be sharing the lessons I’ve learnt, my thoughts, as well as my experience working with world class directors and artists. You don’t want to miss it!

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