And note that I finally started spelling it hafla, instead of halfa.
I think one of my main problems in garnering interest in my area and surrounding areas is that no one understands exactly what belly dance is. There are perhaps a total of five to seven girls and women who have listened to me talk about it and stayed interested. Many of them dropped interest when they found out they had to actually pay for the classes. Some women claimed to be interested, then would go to their friends (who are, coincidentally, one or two of the few who are truly interested) and claimed I tried to get them to "bellydance" and that they simply had too much "pride for that kind of dancing". Others have asked if they had to bring their own stripper pole, as I mentioned before.
I think perhaps a hafla held in the nearest city might be a good idea. Since I am in Southern WV, I could find dancers and instructors from both the Huntington/Charleston area, the Beckley area, as well as some from Va... like Christiansburg, Blacksburg, Galax and so on. If the event was free (to enter) and open to the public, with speaking events on ME Dance as well as the branch offs, such as tribal etc, performances from various dancers in different styles, vendors and etc.
I want people to understand that belly dance isn't something whores do. A belly dancer has more pride in her pinkie finger than most haughty women of refinement do in their entire manicured, pedicured, hair perfect, makeup tattooed on every morning and butt lifted body.
I can't get this going on my own. I've tried and tried every way I can think of to get members enough to make a class worthy of a teacher to travel.
Every announcement and poster I've made gets taken down.
Or defaced in unspeakable ways to the point they are illegible.
I think the seeing is believing thing is what I'm going do to make this start in my area. I think the people of this area need to see this dance that they don't understand to fully grasp that it isn't what they see in music videos by rappers, or in movies like "Kama Sutra".
But I have no effing clue how to hold a hafla.
Any advice? I'm really starting to lose hope.