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    Have you asked your teacher why she wants you to do this and how she thinks you might be ready for this? I have to agree with the others that very, very few students would be ready for this at 6 months.

    If you fail it will blight how you feel about dancing quite unfairly. If you suceed you may then not realize how much you still have to learn and feel that belly dance is quite easy actually and you can master it under a year.

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    Whenever I start to say anything or ask anything she talks over me. I think it's time to move on! I've come to a decision based on this and other things occuring in class.
    Wish me luck in finding a better fit for my continuing journey!!!
    yay me!

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    Quote Originally Posted by gypsy View Post
    whenever i start to say anything or ask anything she talks over me. I think it's time to move on! I've come to a decision based on this and other things occuring in class.
    Wish me luck in finding a better fit for my continuing journey!!!
    Yay me!
    good luck! hugs!

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    Quote Originally Posted by gypsy View Post
    I am nervous, this won't be a hafla, this will be performing on a stage at a city summer festival in front of hundreds!
    I want to know what I'm doing, I really love belly dance!!!
    I thought everybody in this thread was over-reacting until I read this- I presumed you were talking about a recital or hafla. When I started belly dancing in my first year of uni, at the end of the school year we did choreography onstage (though admittedly not as a solo, though honestly, some of the gals probably could have done a solo) and that was ok.

    I'm glad to see that you seem upbeat about seeking out another teacher, it's never easy to change your schedule! I'm sure you'll find an instructor that is more suitable for you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gypsy View Post
    Whenever I start to say anything or ask anything she talks over me. I think it's time to move on! I've come to a decision based on this and other things occuring in class.
    Wish me luck in finding a better fit for my continuing journey!!!
    yay me!
    Definitely Yay you! Onwards and upwards...

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    Good luck in finding a new teacher. I like to start people doing their own choreography as soon as possible, but the basics are covered first, then getting a feel for music and combinations, and use of space, both personal space and stage space, and of course projection and interaction with the audience. If these things were not covered, you should not be expected to perform yet!

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    Hi gypsy,

    when I started reading this thread I remembered reading one that you wrote before:

    http://www.bellydanceforums.net/danc...le-basics.html

    I hope you don't mind me linking to that thread. I know it was a different question that you asked there, but your concerns seem similar and the same advice given there applies here.

    To echo the sentiments of others, perform when you feel ready and no sooner. I obviously don't know your teacher, but if she is making you feel that you have to perform a solo to be a valid member of her class then she's not respecting your personal feelings. My teacher encourages everybody to practice at home and develop a solo if they want to, but if we don't she doesn't put any pressure on us. Do you feel pressurized? How does everyone else in the group feel about doing a solo?

    I have only been dancing just over a year and a half and I'm only just developing skills in understanding rhythms and the different styles of belly dance well enough to start trying to choreograph.

    I have to say it does sound like a fun opportunity but I would be nervous about it too if I was faced with the idea of performing to that many people. There's no way I would have been ready at 6 months. If you do decide to do it, as others have said, you should find a short piece of music that you love and listen to it over and over again.
    Last edited by Corylus; 05-21-2010 at 09:16 AM.

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    Yeah, there is definetly pressure to do a solo to be part of the group. I wouldnt be freaked out by dancing a solo for a student hafla, but this seemed too soon to show the whole city.
    I don't want to badmouth the teacher or anyone, she really is a talented dancer, but there were several things about the class that turned me off.
    For example, telling (not asking or suggesting) a student they will not be wearing their glasses for a performance, even though she needed them to see. It seemed like it was all about her creative outlet, and maybe her ego.
    Anyway, I hope I find a better fit so I can continue to learn and enjoy!

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    Wouldn't it make more sense to think about what pushing new beginners into public solos looks like, rather than whether someone is wearing glasses?

    I'll buy the glasses argument if you are the BDSS or a pro/semipro troupe, but if it's a fun hobby thing I think it should be up to the individual.

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    Glasses, the heartbreak of glamorous dancers. I can wear my glasses or I can end up in the lap of someone in the front row after I tumble off the stage.

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