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Hello Ana, please tell us a bit about yourself.
As you know my name is Ana, I am 28 years old and I work at Benecke-Hornschuch Surface Group as a Color Engineer in the processes department, I currently have more than two years in the company which has given me many surprises, one of them, is to go to the celebration of the 300 years of Benecke in Germany representing Mexico in what I do on the outside, being a dancer of Tribal Fusion Bellydance.
You have an unusual hobby: belly dancing. How did you get into that?
I’ve been dancing since I was eight years old. Initially, I focused on traditional and modern dance, until I discovered belly dancing when I was a teenager. I learned the first moves from friends to Arabic music. At the University of San Luis Potosí, I then had a professional teacher and ultimately became a member of the UASLP Arabian Dance Company. I’m now a qualified trainer for belly dancing and share this fascination with my students.
And what is it that you find so fascinating about belly dancing?
For me, this type of dance is a particular means of expressing my feelings and personality. On stage, I’m able to give free rein to who I am. The body tells a whole story using the combination of music, dance and emotions.
How are your job and your hobby connected with each other? Is there anything that you take with you from your hobby for your job?
I consider that my work is little or nothing linked with my dance, although, it is possible to see me humming songs in the office, it is difficult to see me dancing there, what I can rescue is the concentration, in both parts, since in the dance you use your two hemispheres, I have the ability to do two things at the same time … sometimes (oops!), keep my stress at a very low level, and my mood to the fullest. It is always good to have an activity that levels your energy and channels it.
Where do you get your inspiration from?
That varies: sometimes from books, sometimes movies, concerts or traveling. My last idea for a performance came to me at a concert in the Mexican city of Toluca, when I was listening to the band “Stone Sour”. Something clicked, and suddenly I could see an entire show running in my mind’s eye like a movie.
What do you like most about Continental as an employer?
What I like most about Continental are the job opportunities and even all the other opportunities that open up. Who would have thought that I would go and present my talent on a company festival? In fact, it is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity! Continental really strives to keep employees in constant recognition, which tells a lot about their philosophy in general: A happy employee is an employee who has a lot to give. I have received a lot of Continental, the work environment, the support of my colleagues at work. Here at Continental they truly live the company values every day!