Sha Had Aroba, also known as Kay Gerdes, started Middle Eastern
Dancing in 1981 with the Rubaiyats of Port Angeles, Washington
in the northwestern U.S. The wife of her supervisor at work was
a dancer for many years and was her first teacher. She has danced
in shows, fairs, for family and friends, at Mediterranian Festivals
and at a Middle Eastern dance festival known as Fantasia.
She has enjoyed dancing mainly because it has kept her in
shape and given her a great deal of joy. It has taught her a
lot about herself and given her many opportunities to expand
her life. She has written many dance poems that express her feelings
about the dance and how it has enriched her life. She has written
poems about other dancers because they inspired her to keep dancing
when at times she was too busy with life to dance.