Sherry Ehrich has a degree in Interior Design and is a professional belly dancer known as Sundari Ali. She performs each weekend at Olympia Grill at Pier 21 and teaches belly dance for beginners at The Body Space, 1914 45th St. in Galveston. Ehrich, an islander, is a wife and mother of three children.
A dancer’s worst nightmare, apart from injuries? Wardrobe malfunction. And it has happened. I’ve had my zipper break right before a show and had to pin myself into my skirt. I’ve popped several hooks, buttons and snaps on my bra top and then my padding fell out of my bra top right in front of everyone. I sew those suckers in now.
Which four celebrities would you cast in your own dance production? Hmmm. My celebrity crushes are on other belly dancers, so definitely Jillina, Alla Kushnir, Sadie and Ruby Beh. As far as real Hollywood celebrities, Shakira, Beyoncé, Jenna Dewan and Jennifer Lopez.
A venue you’d love to perform in? Definitely on one of the Nile river boats in Cairo. I think that’s a dream for every belly dancer.
Do you have unusual moments on stage? Every weekend. Some (people) don’t know where to look. Some want to join in the dancing. Some tip me in very inappropriate ways. An elderly gent once tried to swipe his credit card in my cleavage.
Your dream role in life? I think I’m pretty much living a dream. I live on an island with an awesome husband and three beautiful children and I get to belly dance every weekend at an award-winning restaurant. If I really have to choose, I’d love to tour with Bellydance Evolution. They are a Middle Eastern dance troupe that performs all over the world, with some of the best belly dancers in the world. Right now, they’re performing Alice in Wonderland, belly-dance style. Can you imagine? How cool is that?