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    Oh, you know what *really* ticks me off? Dancers who can't play a single rhythm on zills but insist on performing with them. I'm in full-on berzerker mode right now after seeing one of those.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Afrit View Post
    1. Dancers with no feel for the music.
    2. Dancers who jam lots of moves into a single performance.
    3. Dancers who spend their time being clever ("oooh look what I can do") rather than dancing.
    4. Dancers who always use non-Middle Eastern music.
    5. Dancers who are actually doing some other form of dance but call it "belly dance".
    Also, dancers who use gimmicks or props to cover up their lack of skills. While I'm at it, I'll add the ones who use too many props in an effort to show off ("Look what all I can do!").

    Quote Originally Posted by jenc View Post
    This may be harsh - but dancers who are too self-conscious to project (purely amateur level this one so I may be being harsh)
    This is the problem I deal with personally. My teacher recognizes this, and in her lovable, funny, Sgt. Teacher way is trying to help me with this. xD When she sees me shying away from doing something, like merging into formation, she'll yell, "JUST KNOCK THE *BEEPS!* OUT OF THE WAY!"
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    I pretty much agree with everything that has already been said.
    Plus I have something to add that drives me nuts; When dancers take themselves too seriously
    It's dance its supposed to be fun, expressive, liberating. So when I see dancers getting all caught up in themselves or wanting everything to be perfect all the time I want to just kick them in the butt and say "lighten up".

    How competitive people can get drives me nuts. I mean I love competing in the horse world as many of you know but not when people are constantly looking at all the other horses and going "Oh my god, is that horse nicer than mine?". When dancers are all "I want to be the best in the class", "Is that dancer better than me?".... it's too subjective to have a "number one" so please just be yourself

    And finally similar to the annoyance of overuse of props to avoid actually dancing, overuse of costume/makeup. It does bother me when dancer is all costume and makeup and the quality of dance just isn't there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MissVega View Post
    And finally similar to the annoyance of overuse of props to avoid actually dancing, overuse of costume/makeup. It does bother me when dancer is all costume and makeup and the quality of dance just isn't there.
    Yes!

    Now, regarding projection... I see it as something that really adds to a performance, but honestly, a dancer who seems a bit shy on stage but still dances well would not be on my "dislike" list, especially if she's a beginner. I'd say that great energy and expression is definitely a requirement for pros, though.

    And, regarding body-tipping, although I see the similarity to that other type of dance, I have nothing against it. I don't know if I would personally be comfortable with it, but it doesn't bother me to see it being done. It is part of the culture and tradition, and there are some great arguments both for and against it, which leaves me ambivalent on the topic. I could live with it and I could live without it.
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    I agree about the tips in costume - I don't like it. It reminds me waaay too much of strip club 'dancers'.
    I'm ambivalent about 'projection' - if it's about connecting with the music and the audience, then that's vital, but if it's about a fake smile then I'm less comfortable with it. 'Energy' can sometimes come across as fake (a bit energiser bunny if you know what I mean!), but if it's in line with the music and it's honest, then fair enough.

    My pet hates are (for professional dancers, of course - all of us were learners once, so much can be forgiven in a baby dancer!): way too many movements; costumes where the boobage threatens to overflow (I get distracted and have to cross my fingers and hold my breath that nothing embarrassing happens to the poor dancer!); fusion done badly (actually, a LOT of fusion falls into that for me); troupe dancing that is out of time (ooops! guilty on that one LOL!); props that become more important than the dancing

    That'll about do it for now!

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    Quote Originally Posted by charlieL View Post
    Dancers very fat or very thin.
    sorry but that offended me.

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    Dancers doing non-sense fusion or go to extremes to get attention (remember the dancer with the 'pierced wings' from a couple of years back?)

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    that was horrible! the wings that is... fetishes belong in private IMHO.

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    Qualities that appeal to me mainly are musicality , personality and energy. That's what I look for in a professional dancer. With professional dancing I don't like loads of fancy tricks and frantic dancing, I like to see one move just flow into another effortlessly. I like to see emotion - but true emotions, I saw a dancer on utube once who seemed to over do the emotion too much that it came across as corny and a tad fake. And I don't like watching dancers dance to beats that just are not there lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by charlieL View Post
    Dancers very fat or very thin.

    Too technical but no artistry or too artistry but zero technique.
    Check, only likes creatures that don't physically exist .

    Dancers who shows the 32 teeth during the performance or those whose facial expression is like somebody owes a lot of money and haven't paid.
    It is physically impossible to smile big enough to show every single one of your teeth. Unless you are able to unhinge your jawbones like an anaconda but if one could then there have to be some alien mutation going on there. So again this brings us back to people that don't physically exist.

    Anyway I'm safe on that because I don't have 32 teeth, had 4 removed as a child
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    (remember the dancer with the 'pierced wings' from a couple of years back?)
    Seriously? they pierced a set of isis wings?
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    1. Beginning dancer. Knows nothing.
    2. Intermediate dancer. Knows everything. Too good to dance with beginners.
    3. Hotshot dancer. Too good to dance with anyone.
    4. Advanced dancer. Dances everything. Especially with beginners
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    ~ Attributed to Dick Crum, a folk dance teacher ~

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