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#330477 - 07/23/07 07:24 AM Etiquette for Bellydance
MegM_BusinessCoach Offline

Registered: 06/17/07
Posts: 316
Loc: Midwest, USA (I travel with my...
Ronette's latest article, "Etiquette Talk with Gia al Qamar," has some interesting points on etiquette & why it's important for dancers to conduct themselves well.

I bellydance & teach mini lessons at a local Renaissance Faire & it's funny to see how different people react. I get little kids as young as 2 coming up and swaying with me. I also get some older folks who aren't used to moving their bodies at all, let alone moving it in a new way. It really is wonderful to bring this artform to those that have been curious about it.

I also notice those that look at me / us strangely for moving the way we do. I don't always dance with a bare belly. I sometimes keep covered & don't always wear jingles. For me, it's about the movement & the drum beat. Yet, there seem to be those that have the specific vision of the "belly dancing" showgirl / stripper as their thought of what a belly dancer is / should be.

It is up to us to give bellydance a good name, whatever form of the dance we do.

#334361 - 08/16/07 10:09 AM Re: Etiquette for Bellydance [Re: MegM_BusinessCoach]
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Registered: 08/16/07
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Loc: Northern NJ
I am so delighted to know that you read and enjoyed the interview that Rhani did with me on Bella.
I feel very strongly that we each have an obligation to uphold the standards of this dance, both in form and in it's purity as a dance with a rich ethnic history.
The 'looks' that you got while performing are precisely the reason that I loathe dancers who sexualize this wonderful dance, rather than sharing it's beautiful, powerful, emotional and sensual nature.
Raq on ladies and thank you, in advance, for your welcome!
I Dream of Gia * Belly Dance by Gia al Qamar


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