'When I started dancing, I felt the most permanent side of me just came out. If I didn’t find dance, I wouldn’t have been the woman I am today.'

Hayaat zahra shah is 24 years old. They are from Manchester and were born in Pakistan. 

This video is part of The Shimmering Extraordinary, a mini-series of six new short dance films, created by Emmy-Award nominated director Fx Goby. 

Commissioned as part of our Safe to Be Me™ Festival 2021, a digital festival of dance that celebrates diversity, the films are inspired by the programme’s themes of acceptance, identity, and respect. 

Safe to Be Me™ and Safe to Be Me™ Festival are proudly sponsored by Aberdeen Standard Investments.