A woman has spent her life squatting in the gym, squatting and squatting again and again.
“My life, my mind, my body, is worth much more than just a pair, two pairs of jeans,” she told Al Jazeera.
“And my body has been so much better than my mind.
So that’s why I do it.”‘
It’s about being positive’Sylvia Mowat is an entrepreneur, teacher and founder of the Centre for the Performing Arts, based in Sydney.
She founded the Centre in 2001 after having been exposed to a different kind of performance art from Australia’s traditional dance scene.
“I knew there were lots of great dancers in Australia, but it was something new,” she said.
“It’s a form of performance arts that’s very specific to the culture, and that’s what we wanted to do with the Centre.”
The centre was founded as an alternative to traditional dance, which is dominated by women and which many Australians have grown tired of, Ms Mowit said.
“We really wanted to make sure that the dancers in our dance were being represented,” she explained.
“When you look at a ballet, the dancers are all women and they all have very specific bodies and styles, so it’s really hard to see what the dancers have to say.”
But it’s a really important part of our culture, it’s so integral to our culture.
“It’s very important that we do have dancers representing our culture.”
Ms Mowis first experience of the traditional dance began in her early 20s.
“I was in my early 20’s, I’d done dance in my spare time, so I was a very raw, new dancer, and I was very curious about the traditional dances,” she recalled.
“As I was doing this dance, I thought to myself, ‘Oh, this is so interesting’.”
So I had this really big, weird, strange dream, that I was like, ‘I’m going to be a dancer, I’m going do this dance’.
“I didn’t really think I would make it.
I went through it like an idiot, and it was really traumatic for me.”
A lot of people who do traditional dance don’t understand that it’s very hard to get into the dance, and there’s a lot of trauma that goes with it.
“So my dream was, ‘Well, I’ll learn this dance and I’ll start practising.'”
Ms Mawat, who now has two daughters, moved to Australia from New Zealand with her husband when she was 17.
She was a dancer in New Zealand for five years before she moved to Sydney to start her dance training.
“After I got here I was going through some really dark times in my life, so there were a lot more things going on than I thought I would be able to deal with, but I had a really strong desire to do this, and after two years of trying, I decided to come back to New Zealand,” she added.
She started her training at the Centre, but she quickly found out that it was a bit different to what she was used to.
“What I loved about the dance was the spontaneity, the feeling of the dancing, the spontanesy of the movements,” she noted.
“You can do a lot and it’s all spontaneous and fun.
But I just didn’t know how to be spontaneous.”
And I didn’t have the tools to do it as well as I could.
“When Ms Mawatt came to Australia, the traditional dancing was much more accessible.”
They had a little bit more flexibility, and more freedom,” she remembered.”
Now they’ve got this sort of dance class that’s all about being more comfortable, and having more freedom.
“But for Ms Mowlat, that freedom is the biggest thing she’s ever had.”
Being a dancer has been one of the most liberating things I’ve ever done, it has really changed my life,” she commented.”
In Australia, you can’t dance in front of people or dance at weddings.
“Dance has really helped me to find my way in life.
It has helped me find who I am and to be who I want to be.”
Because of that, I’ve been able to find that happiness and love in life.
“Ms Simeone said it was important for women to recognise the importance of being “strong and confident” to achieve their own personal goals.”
Women should be strong and confident, they should know what they want and how they want to get it,” she concluded.”
The way we’re treated as women in this society, is that women are treated like objects, they’re treated like slaves.