So perhaps I know what you might be thinking, it is old information and possibly not the situation as it is now and that perhaps many are reading it and thinking negative things ?
The way I see it, the best live drum solos are the ones where the dancer is playing with the music and the drummer (and the drummer plays with the dancer), and the best duets (same or opposite gender) are the ones where the dancers play with each other and the music.
But to each their own...
[QUOTE-Zorba]Nuts - it would have been a good idea at the time, huh? Its probably about 5 years old now...[/QUOTE]
LOL, my webmaster side knows how it is. But I do think it needs a date to reflect that things change.
The UK history thread made me think - where DID we get our perspective on BD in terms of classes? It may well have had a heavy dollop of the belly dance = wimmin's space ethos that some teachers haven't wanted to shake off, maybe because it's so fundamental to their idea of what bellydance is.
IMO it's maybe a little old-fashioned these days. For anyone who is in touch with the (ME-focused) BD scene, we have enough really high profile male dancers that a "no guys" policy is increasingly nonsensical. I've seen male students at workshops and events and it's no big deal.
I do appreciate that some guys have a tough time finding classes and I'm not trying to downplay people's experience, but it'd be a pity if male dancers in the UK expected to meet a wall of hostility and rejection - some of your potential classmates and teachers really don't have that attitude.
Bellydance "feels" different for want of a better word.
The dynamic is completely other in bellydance as is the awareness and interaction with other performers.In bellydance I've performed with others from class and we are aware and interact but it's not the same level of awareness because it's not the same degree of intimacy.
I'm not putting this well but as someone who loves both, they're completely different in how they feell.
Before anyone mentions Belly-Tango fusion, I've seen it on more than one occasion but I've never liked it. The two just don't mesh properly to my way of thinking.
The only male / female bellydance piece I saw and really liked was a lady called Beatrice Parvin who performs in London. She danced at a hafla I attended. Her husband played the violin and she danced for him to his music. He didn't dance but interacted with her. That worked and the chemistry was absolutely beautiful and transformed the dance into something truly special.