Vandana Hart Goes Bellydancing In Beirut

By Dante Castle  |  12/30/2017

Vandana Hart is a former UN advisor and professional dancer whose new Netflix show, "We Speak Dance", drops worldwide on New Year's Day. In anticipation of the show's launch, she shared her favorite behind-the-scenes stories from filming with us.

Beirut is a place unlike any other. One of the world's oldest cities, it's been slow cooking for the past 5,000 years with the Greek, Roman, Arab, Ottoman Turk and French influences. But what Vandana remembers most is how she was immediately invited to a stranger's wedding and the dancer everyone telling her she had to meet.

She told us, "Within our first 20 minutes in Lebanon we were invited to a Lebanese wedding. We asked everyone at the party, 'Who are the best dancers that we should feature on our show?' Everyone said, 'Alexandre Paulikevitch.' He is a male dancer who uses dance as protest. He created a social media video where he dances as protest of the rapes of women in Egypt during the revolution."

People have never been as empowered as they are right now. There's a device in your pocket that has access to all of the world's information instantly. You can use that same thing to talk to anyone around the world and see their face in real-time. 5,000 years ago, when people first started living in Beirut, that would have sound like magic. If Alex can use social media to reach millions of people and start a movement, anything is possible.

We Speak Dance was filmed across five different countries, including Lebanon, Vietnam, France, Nigeria and Indonesia. It premieres on Netflix on Jan. 1.

Stay tuned for more from Vandana and sneak peeks from all five episodes. In the meantime, follow her on Instagram @vandanahart.