Tag: etiquette

Protocols and Expectations of Performing as a Professional Dancer, or, How To Avoid Stepping on Toes

by on Feb.05, 2012, under For Dancers, Professionalism

This is an opinion piece. I won’t hide behind a pseudonym or pen name and pretend that the opinions belong to someone else. I also won’t apologize for the opinions. The opinions expressed below are done so very candidly for the intent of informing intermediate level dancers who may be interested or intent upon performing publicly. I write and share this knowing full well that the reader does not have to agree with me, nor take what I write to heart. Take it or leave it. (continue reading…)

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About Formal Stage Shows

by on Feb.03, 2012, under About Bellydance, For Dancers

In no particular order…

These types of shows often: 

  • feature local and visiting dancers and a headliner or star, who closes the show; or, feature a variety of dancing amongst which is bellydancing
  • place the better dancers later in each half of the show, and latest in the second half, with some exceptions; or, may have a random order; or, be ordered based on diversity of style and mood   (continue reading…)
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The Golden Guidelines for Performing (in any venue, at any level, for any reason…)

by on Feb.03, 2012, under For Dancers, Information, Professionalism

Here is the best advice I have been given, the best advice I can pass on, and what has served me best in all areas and all venues of performing. I always try to be prepared, plan for a few scenarios, and expect that something will go wonky, if not for me then for someone I call a friend. You just never know what will come up. (continue reading…)

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What Should You Expect from a Professional Performer? (Are you truly ready to call yourself a professional?)

by on Feb.03, 2012, under For Dancers

The following checklist should be used as a guideline, both for the student who is considering taking their dancing further and for the potential patron wanting more information about hiring a dancer.

Any performer calling themselves a “professional” should be able to meet a minimum set of standards and expectations for a show, be it a 10 minute bellygram, or a couple of sets at a restaurant. (continue reading…)

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About Charging Standard Rates

by on Feb.03, 2012, under For Dancers, Information, Patrons & Audience

I encourage other dancers to expect and request a consistent, minimum rate for teaching and performing. I only provide referrals to teachers and performers who do so. This is our livelihood, not just a hobby or past time. There are often very talented hobby dancers and troupes that will perform at community events and fundraisers for a discount or for free. Many professional dancers, including myself, will also book a number of discounted or free shows for charity and community causes we support. (continue reading…)

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Dance Class Do’s

by on Feb.03, 2012, under Information

When attending lessons, DO:

  • practice often (at least 3 times per week) if you think you want to perform and you want to become competent and proficient (which is not the same as being good, or being artful, or being professional grade)
  • take your own notes in class. Hand-outs are a luxury and are very unusual in dance classes. Don’t expect them. (continue reading…)
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What to Expect from a Bellydance Class

by on Feb.03, 2012, under Information

It is important to understand and accept that each teacher, of any dance form, will have his/her own set of priorities, methods, philosophies, techniques, and personalities that will strongly affect your learning, not just because of how effective, trained, and experienced that teacher might be, but also because of your needs, traits, and priorities as a learner. This will also be affected by the dynamics of each learner in the room and the dynamic created as a group. (continue reading…)

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Q – What is appropriate behaviour during a show for the performer and the audience?

by on Feb.03, 2012, under FAQs, Patrons & Audience

Westerners are used to a very polite distance between themselves and a dancer. We’re used to sitting back in a darkened theatre with the dancer elevated on a stage. (continue reading…)

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