These 2 concerns are very intertwined. Those of you who may have taken classes with me as recently as 2011 need to know that there’s been a big change in the way my classes are structured, as well as how I teach them. I used to offer a typical, Western-style, levelled class schedule — e.g….
I believe very strongly that deep discounts lead to deep disregard. I understand that many businesses believe these deals get people in the door, but it’s been my experience that they don’t keep people there. I believe people will value what others value, and often the appropriate price tag is a huge influence….
The veil, in Orientale dance, is not worn as a garment, nor over the face. It is not meant to imitate the niqab or hijab, or at least it shouldn’t. Veiling in that sense has important religious and cultural connotations that most of us try to respect when we dance. On occasion, you can find…
There are 3 main ethnic styles: Egyptian, Lebanese, and Turkish. There, bellydance it is called raks sharqi, Oryantal tansi, or “Orientale”. The dance form as we know it dates only to about the 1920’s, and was forged in the upscale night clubs of Cairo and Beirut. Badia Masabni, a singer, dancer, choreographer…
Q ~ I want to hire a dancer for an event, but I don’t want it to be too sexy. How do I tell her this?
Most of us do not put on racy, provocative shows. Sometimes we are playful, and we are paid to be entertaining. If we know (and usually we ask questions about your event) that there will be children and/or elders there, we will tailor our dance and costuming to be more conservative. A great dancer will…