Aspiring artist sees dance as tool to communicate, break barriers

27/03/2015 (Jordan Times – Jordan):  AMMAN — Bijan Qutb, a unique case of a Jordanian who was admitted to the Joffrey Ballet School in New York, dreams of returning to Amman to form a professional dance company.“The artistic opportunities are very limited in Amman and one can’t make a living out of dance in Jordan. You must have an alternative job to be able to earn a living and my aim is… to contribute to the growth of the dance movement and make dancing a paid job for us aspiring artists,” Qutb said.Founded in 1953, the school where the aspiring ballet dancer is currently enrolled combines different dance disciplines.Although he has a degree in business administration from Al Ahliyya Amman University, Qutb’s heart lies elsewhere, so his passion for dance took him to the National Centre for Culture and Arts (NCCA) in Amman, which offers professional training in performance arts.”Ms Svetlana Tahboub and Ms Rania Kamhawi of the NCCA discovered me and believed in my talent and progress regardless of my… weight [135 kilogrammes]. They offered me training, during [which] I lost 60 kilos,” he recalled.Qutb said he gained confidence with the better shape and with the confidence he improved on the stage.“I reached a new outlook in life by dropping weight. I gained self-esteem, stepped forward and became more positive.”




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