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"I founded my dance school in 1964, at a time when a woman wanting to do something was the end of the world," Georgette Gebara reminisced, "but I did it".Dancer, choreographer and instructor, Gebara was just presented a Lifetime Achievement Award during BIPOD (Beirut International Platform of Dance), to honor the 53 years she's dedicated to bettering the country's dance scene.Gebara, who started dancing classical ballet in Cairo aged 11, left the stage in 1988 to pursue choreography and has been credited with opening Lebanon's first professional dance schools.Gebara founded her Soirees de Ballets in 1978 .When Lebanon's Civil War started, Gebara was determined to continue her work and keep her schools open, and braved both shelling and the challenges of being a woman at a trying period.Despite their previous success and the impact her schools had on Lebanon's professional dance scene, Gabara eventually closed her school. Since her official retirement from instructing last March, she's been looking to sell the Zouk Mosbeh branch.
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