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    Default I think my teacher is really really bad...?

    I started bellydance lessons at the start of this year. My teacher is dedicated and passionate, but has some serious flaws that I'm starting to get sick of.
    She is always at least 15 minutes late to class. Her bellydance style is extremely sexual and she is always waving her ass around. When we danced with another group, I saw the major difference between an art form and the sexualness of my teacher. She often plans to meet us for practices and doesn't turn up. She keeps raising class prices too. The room she booked us to practice in is too small. My biggest problem, however, is the fact we have a performance coming up soon, and she is so disorganised. I don't know the dance anywhere near enough, and she just doesn't bother to organise where we're going to stand or anything. She just vaguely goes over the dance a few times then expects us to do it. One example is we were doing a performance at this women's expo, and she turned up, we got on stage, and she put on this song we'd done once in class and started dancing - no one knew how to do it! It wasn't the song we'd practiced! But she loves the limelight and just danced away ignoring the fact none of us knew the dance well enough. She was very much late for this performance too, and didn't bother to help us with hair and make up, just turned up and danced. But anyway, with this upcoming performance, we only just started talking about what to wear, and she decided we will be wearing these fancy bellydance costumes that we will order from China - they cost a ton! Like I don't have $1000 just lying around for that type of thing. And we all have bellydance costumes at home that we could wear. I emailed her and refused to buy two costumes (she wanted one for each dance) and now I can't do that dance. I've been working so hard on that dance, but I can't afford two costumes! No one else is the class is very happy either, but most are just doing as she asks. I'm so sick of it! What can I do?

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    Find another teacher. How about the one that teaches the other group you danced with?
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    I can't because that's an advanced class. This is the only beginners class in town.

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    My deepest sympathy to you, my dear. You are indeed in a hard spot.

    A person who is always late, or who fails to turn up at all, plays the wrong music at performances, hogs the stage, doesn't have appropriate facilities, is disorganized, ignores her students' needs, and demands beginners buy $1000 costumes is a howlingly self-centered prima donna and not worth two cents as a teacher, even if she is the only person in town accepting beginning students.

    Talk to the advanced teacher about the possibility of offering beginning classes taught by either herself or one of her advanced students. If you know enough other interested students and can present her with a ready made class it might be an easy sell. Personally, I wouldn't spend a second worrying about how Ms PD will react to a full-scale desertion of her class. The only way to deal with people this oblivious of their responsibilities is to leave.
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    WOW! I agree with Shanazel, do talk to the other teacher, and soon! As for the Chinese costumes, What a load of rubbish they do not cost $500 each, you could get one for around $60, skirt, bra & belt! Check out ebay, you will probably see the ones she is buying on there and you can see the prices show the other girls and rebel!

    Recently one of our beginner classes got together ordered a lovely Chinese costume each, and most had to have the bra top made as the Chinese ones run small, they ordered a total of 6 costumes and it worked out with postage AUD$63

    below are some pics of the costume style they wore and they come in many colours there are many ebay stores from China selling these costumes, & some Australian ebay stores that bring the stuff in.
    eBay Seller: twirlingburning: Clothing, Shoes, Accessories items on eBay Australia
    eBay Seller: ems andy1li: Women's Dancewear, jazz shoes items on eBay Australia
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    This is the bra style they chose


    This is the skirt & hip belt style below the skirt



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    Default unreasonable teacher!

    Can you try to make a matching costume???? Can you modify her "butt moves" to where they are posturally correct? If so, you may come off looking like the better dancer!!!!

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    Take a look at the costumes on this page, AUD$63 posted to you. Scroll down for a better look at the costume.

    belly dance 4 pics costume bra&skirt armbands BY EMS (eBay item 220706750467 end time 05-Jan-11 01:08:04 AEDST) : Clothing, Shoes, Accessories

    This one would cost AUD$76 including post
    belly dance 3 pics costume bra&skirt &belt Rose BY EMS (eBay item 220710187631 end time 11-Jan-11 20:56:08 AEDST) : Clothing, Shoes, Accessories

    As you can see the teacher is making a HUGE profit, she is ripping you girls off bigtime, what a horrible person!
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    I don't know what they are like to buy from but the couple who run twirlingburning are very sweet (I met them at TASMED). Did your friends get the costumes made through them? If so, what were they like as vendors?

    Back to the OP - I'm very sorry your teacher is like that. My baby belly classes had a teacher like that too, so I can understand your pain. I third the recommendation to seek out the good teacher. If nothing else, you may be able to organise private classes with her.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Darshiva View Post
    I don't know what they are like to buy from but the couple who run twirlingburning are very sweet (I met them at TASMED). Did your friends get the costumes made through them? If so, what were they like as vendors?
    No the girls went direct to one of the Chinese suppliers. I have heard that twirlingburning, here in Oz are very good to deal with. A couple of the beginners have bought items from them. Also a couple of girls in my group have bought skirts through them, they were happy with them, the quality was pretty reasonable, I personally buy from Egypt or bellydancestore. Just saw some skirts from a Chinese seller that look really nice and cheap also.They have the curly hems like I have purchased in Egypt.
    belly dance Costume Three layers pink skirts dress hot (eBay item 220710126661 end time 11-Jan-11 14:46:37 AEDST) : Clothing, Shoes, Accessories
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    I love that skirt. So pretty & yet so affordable!

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