Tigdem and Funda Durmaz Kristiansen two young Danish entrepreneurs who own an online dance shoe store. This time, Tigdem tells us about her impressions about kizomba and kuduro.
Could you tell us about yourself?
My name is Tigdem Durmaz and my sister is Funda Durmaz Kristiansen. Our website is: www.danseskodanmark.dk.
I’m freshly graduated entrepreneur and co-founder of Dansesko Danmark I/S. We are selling fashionable dance shoes for very competitive prices. As passionate as I am with dancing and traveling, my goal is to do this full-time and meet and dance with people from around the world. Live is great and should be fun.
How did the passion for dance begin?
I guess dancing has always been a big part of me. I’ve always seen my sister dance literally everywhere. Seeing her being so happy while dancing must have influenced me. I was definitely hooked from the very first time she took me to a social dancing event.
What do you do in your spare time?
My spare time is generally filled up with social dancing, traveling, fitness and just spending quality time with my loved ones.
What are your long-term career goals?
I would like to make dancing and traveling more than just a hobby. I hope to grow Dansesko Danmark I/S bigger so that I can do what I love every day. More than selling dance shoes,
I want to inspire everyone to do more of what they love and live out their dreams.
What gives you inspiration?
Inspiration definitely comes from many places but the biggest source of inspiration I believe comes from within. Before I can get inspired, I need to believe in myself and most importantly I have to make a choice to be inspired by the external. We have that power over our brains to turn everything into negative or positive. I choose the latter
What three words would you use to describe yourself?
Determined, honest, high of life
What individual has had the greatest influence on you?
My sister no doubt. I am who I am because of her. I have achieved what I have because of her. She was always the daring and outgoing person and I was the exact opposite. She set a great example for me, pushed me out of my comfort zone and taught me to stand of for myself.
AgoraKizomba magazine is about Afro-Latin rhythms, have you ever seen kizomba dance? what do you think about this kind of music and dance?
I love kizomba in every form, dance, and music. Kizomba feels like meditation to me. It makes my mind and body relax completely and I always enjoy every second of it.