That's the motto when the unexpected occurs during a performance.
Whether it be music, costume, audience, weather, prat-falls, passing animals, etc.., please share your moments of gathering your wits (or loosing them) and carrying on regardless.
Do you write bellydance, belly-dance or belly dance? Do you use capitals, or just lowercase? Where do you think you gained your habit from, and which do you think is correct?
I favour bellydance, sometimes belly dance, and I hardly ever hyphenate it. If I use capitals I tend to capitalise...
I seem to know a number of bellydancers who either have a partner who Morris dances, or who actually Morris dance themselves.
Is there some sort of commonality between Morris and belly dance that anyone would like to comment on - the comradeship, the costumes, the public exhibition, the...
How often do you bring in the subject of history when you are teaching bellydance? Not your own personal history, but the theories about bellydance origins and development, and the known details about historical or cultural changes, dancers or promoters?
Do you think it should be left out...
I've just read a 1963 translation of Richard of Devizes "Chronicle of Richard I", where I found this description of the disreputable people you could find in London in 1192 -
"Actors, jesters, smooth-skinned lads, Moors, flatterers, pretty boys, effeminates, pederasts, singing and dancing...
I found this image of a postcard photograph on Etsy - https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/242029644/male-bellydancer-circa-1940-1945?ga_order=most_relevant&ga_search_type=all&ga_view_type=gallery&ga_search_query=bellydancer&ref=sr_gallery_15
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The comments on...
Has anyone used nylon fan veils? How well do they compare against the silk ones (apart from being vegan friendly)? Do they have any advantages for particular moves, or are they more limiting? Does anyone have any videos of them in use?
these hips are big hips
they need space to
move around in.
they don't fit into little
petty places. these hips
are free hips.
they don't like to be held back.
these hips have never been enslaved,
they go where they want to go
they do what they want to do.
these hips are mighty hips.
"Dance like no one is watching" is often given as advice for gaining confidence and connecting to yourself freed from inhibitions.
Two questions -
1.Where does the quote come from?
I see it attributed to William Watson Purkey, a writer on inspirational teaching, as part of a longer quote...
I 'perform' for an audience, but I 'dance' for myself. Is this the general idea?
When I hear music and want to move - I'm dancing. I express myself and the music with little forethought, the more so if I feel that I'm not being commented upon by a watchful audience.
When I want to get my...
Anyone got any bellydance music they think might suit a Christmas party? Okay - its my performance and normally I concentrate on the 'party' aspect, rather than on the 'Christmas' - but I'm curious of what other people might choose to dance to. And it might give me some inspiration!
Are there any colour codes in dancing? I'm talking cultural, rather than cosmetics. Are there certain colours to avoid entirely when dancing certain styles? Is yellow avoided in classical? Is red the best for khaleegy? ( - these are made up examples; not something I've heard or read). Are there...
I've just helped organize another belly dance party with the troupe I dance with. Most of what money we raise goes to a designated charity of our choice. The charities we have chosen in the past were the Air Ambulance, because one of the troupe had to be air ambulanced to hospital - without...
For all the literary figures, celebrities, philosophers, theologians and intellectuals who think they know better about dancing.
[Dancing is] a farcical, meaningless, disgusting, brainless physical public exhibition...Not so much an accomplishment as an affliction.
Stephen Fry (2008)
I found a bellydancing angel - resplendent in bedla, head dress and sword!
Actually its an illustration from the 10th Century 'Caedmon Manuscript' - a collection of Anglo-Saxon religious poetry. The illustration depicts the angel that stood at the gates of Eden with a fiery sword, to stop...