Eleya – 34
Hometown – Hong Kong

Aiming to empower London-based women, Ozgen’s One Day in Istanbul presented by Dunya is an innovative community project that brings together a mix of amateur and professional dancers from diverse backgrounds to take part in an Ottoman Turkish-inspired dance theatre show at the Cockpit Theatre on 2nd December 2012. Eleya is one of our beautiful and talented cast members, and this is her story.

Tell us a bit about yourself…

I am an insurance and risk professional who’s been siting in the office a lot on a day to day basis for the years. One day I decided to rejuvenate my dance and preforming passion from my school years when I used to do ballet and various chinese classical/tribal dance. My bellydancing journey has just begun, it has been a ray of sunshine, excitement and joy so far and I can’t wait to do more of it.

Why did you decide to join the One Day in Istanbul project?

I love the fact that we are performing for the community. I believe in the idea of empowering women and would love to support and promote that to people where I can.

What has been the best part about participating in this project thus far?

Dancing with a group of like minded people. The passion to dance is intense in every occasions. The production team have been fabulous.

Support Eleya and the One Day in Istanbul team on 2nd December 2012. Doors to the theatre open at 7.30pm and the performance starts at 8pm.

Tickets are available from the Cockpit Theatre box office (tel 020 7258 2925). The theatre is located on Gateforth Street, Marylebone, London NW8 8EH. One Day in Istanbul is proud to be sponsored by Zara’s Zouk and Oriental Istanbul. If you would like to participate as a Sponsor, make a small donation or collaborate with us, please visit our Sponsume project page or contact Michelle Deniz at deniz@dunyabellydance.com for details.