I often see professional bellydancers who I know, or guess from their performance, have ballet training. Does it help in the 'business', or can it get in the way of doing more earthy folkloric dances?
Sometimes I feel a dance looks too elitist or unattainable because of the formal dance trained background. I suspect that this is my own lack of confidence, rather than an objective view. I know ballet influenced the Reda Troupe and the cabaret style, and that ballet, tap and jazz are often pursuits of the young, who then grow up to participate in other dance forms. So is ballet seen as necessary for some people, and for that reason seen as an unfortunate lack in those who don't have that training?