I just want to know if it belly dancer's copy other dancer's performances for their performances, like Didem's for example.
I am trying to learn belly dancing by following/copying one of her routines on YouTube.
I believe it's generally considered to be bad form. There was a thread about this subject at one time, let me see if I can find it so I can post the link for you.
EDIT: Here we are:
Copying other dancers choreographies from videos
I hope this thread will be helpful to you in making an informed decision. *hugs*
EDIT: Golly, who knew Didem copied the Bellydance Superstars? oO;;;;
Oh, just for the record, it's fine to practice at home, imitating performance DVD's in private in order to learn new moves, as long as you never take it to the stage. You can take some of your fav moves and mix them in different combos with different music from the original routine, but if you copy a routine move-for-move with the same music, you're infringing upon someone else's intellectual property.
But honestly, it's best to just put on your fav ME music, and use the moves you've learned in class. You can mix and match different combos and learn how to improv.
Last edited by Farasha Hanem; 05-19-2012 at 09:17 AM.
Caveat on Farasha's comment - it is okay to use someone else's choreography so long as you give FULL credit.
I've performed a choreography by Keti Sharif (with changes by myself) and had the event organiser credit the choreographer in the program for me.
I have taught an Aida Nour choreography I learned from another teacher for the last few years in workshops and as a class choreo. Always with full credit both to the choreographer and the teacher I learned it from.
So long as you give full credit, using someone else's work is fine within reason. If they have said no to anyone performing their choreo, then no matter how much credit you give, it is NEVER okay to use their work.
As performance or where anyone can see you? No, never (not even if you give credit - she isn't giving away her choreography - she is giving away her performance) This is plain theft.
The only time you should use another dancer's choreography is when s/he explicitly teaches it to you - either in class or by DVD. (And even then I have come across teachers who insist you must get their permission to perform it - in these cases I think they are worried someone will hash their work and then they won't want their name associated with it)
As a learning tool? At home/in the studio to expand your own knowledge - sure - any time. And if you end up including some of her combinations or transitions in your own routine - no problem.
Copying for the purposes of learning is fine.
Ethics aside, if you don't give credit when performing someone else's work and let people think it's your own, someone will catch you sooner or later, and that never looks good. Everyone else can find that same clip you copied.
That's a really good point Kashmir - in the instances I outlined above, permission was given from both my teachers to teach & perform the choreos. With instructional DVDs, that permission is implied unless otherwise stated.
I'd feel really miffed if someone saw my youtube performances & copied them, even if they did give credit. Secretly flattered, but ultimately miffed.
If you're going to use someone else's choreography for a performance though, be sure to give them full credit. As others mentioned, you should also have permission to use their choreography, but when it comes to more famous dancers it can be hard if not impossible to get in touch with them.
How do you find archives of old treads?