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    Default Child Belly Dancers

    I know there are mixed views on it, so I thought it would be a great debate to have. Just remember to keep things civil, I know how some threads can get in here.

    In my opinion, I think belly dance is a great thing for children to learn. Since there are quite a few reasons, I'll deliver them to you in this nifty list format!

    1) Self -esteem.
    Any child I've ever seen belly dance was wearing an ear-to-ear smile. They looked so confident and happy. With the increasing amount of eating disorders, and low self-esteem in younger, and younger children something like BD to give your kid a boost in their confidence is great.
    Honestly, if I had a child, I'd rather have him/her be a belly dancer than a ballet dancer. Many who get into dance like that end up feeling so much pressure to be a little as possible. Belly dance doesn't put that kind of stipulation on its performers. You never see curvier ballet dancers, but belly dancers come in all shapes, and sizes.

    2) Culture.
    BD is a great way to open your kid up to new cultures. Not only do they learn about ME culture, they also grow to be more tolerance, and even enthusiastic about other parts of the world. They also don't grow up to have the misconceptions some people have about things like belly dance.

    3) Healthy hobby.
    How many kids do you know that would rather spend all day in front of a metal box instead of doing something active? Why are child obesity rates so high, and still rising? Most kids today don't have an active, healthy, hobby. Belly dance is a fun way to stay healthy and active, no matter your age. I'd rather have my kid dancing than glued to a controller.

    4) The whole "sexy" thing.
    Some people tend to think that belly dance is too provocative for kids. I personally feel that its in the eye of the beholder. When see a child belly dancing, I don't see "sexy" or anything close to that. I see a talented child having fun dancing to middle eastern music. Honestly, I don't even see adult bd as sexy all the time either.
    It also depends on costume. If you dress a kid up in a skimpier outfit it may seem pretty wrong. However if the child is wearing appropriate clothing, its less distasteful that way.
    Just look at this little tyke:

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    As opposed to them wearing something like this:

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    All of these are great illustrations of dos and don'ts for child bellydancing.

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    I've honestly never seen a child belly dance with an outfit like the one in the last depiction.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Yame View Post
    I've honestly never seen a child belly dance with an outfit like the one in the last depiction.
    I was gonna say 'have you ever seen an adult dance in this'...but then I thought about it and decided ignorance is bliss.

    Imo, there is nothing wrong with children learning what we do, children have been learning the same moves for centuries and the arab world is still triving. However, I do feel there should be a emphasis on folklore/oriental dancing instead of bellydance(so this would become a discussion about what is oriental and what is bd, but ok:/)

    I have two other pluspoints btw;
    - learning how to express emotions.
    - getting to know a lot of different people outside of your normal 'habitat' and learning to communicate together.

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    Nopes I think they should not bellydance. I guess its ok to do folkloric styles. But bellydance as in sensual dance?

    Last picture is a bit extreme, But I do not think baring belly is ok. Flower girls wearing strapless dresses at weddings also freak me out. I am conservative and do not like children wearing adult costumes. No heels or makeup.

    I believe it is better to be overprotective, than feed this image of sensuality. I would rather get ballet classes to get basics of posture and fexibilty and 'graduate' into belly dance at a later stage.

    In Arabic countries chilren are taught at home by family members and not what we are taught in bellydance classes.


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    Oh these costumes are horrible, Reen They're just... wrong. And the poses aren't much better, if you ask me! (girl in blue outfit in particular)

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    Oh, no! Those are definitely inappropriate

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    Quote Originally Posted by Reen.Blom View Post
    Nopes I think they should not bellydance. I guess its ok to do folkloric styles. But bellydance as in sensual dance?
    <snip>In Arabic countries chilren are taught at home by family members and not what we are taught in bellydance classes.
    Umm, what exactly are you taught in a belly dance class? I certainly don't teach a sexuality. I don't think I've ever been to a class (except one as a send up) that I'd consider sensual - outside of sensuality of being alive.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Reen.Blom View Post
    Nopes I think they should not bellydance. I guess its ok to do folkloric styles. But bellydance as in sensual dance?

    Last picture is a bit extreme, But I do not think baring belly is ok. Flower girls wearing strapless dresses at weddings also freak me out. I am conservative and do not like children wearing adult costumes. No heels or makeup.

    I believe it is better to be overprotective, than feed this image of sensuality. I would rather get ballet classes to get basics of posture and fexibilty and 'graduate' into belly dance at a later stage.

    In Arabic countries chilren are taught at home by family members and not what we are taught in bellydance classes.

    WHAT costumer in his/her right mind would make such costumes for children???

    This isn't at all appropriate. I'm all for kids learning bellydance, Oriental dance, Raqs Sharqui, or, well, let's say, Middle Eastern dance, but with definite guidelines. When I think of children "bellydancing," I think of this:



    and this:



    (I adore Al; he's PHENOM! )

    and this:



    Darn! Tarik, you had a wonderful video shot in Egypt, I believe, of children dancing in a cultural context, but I can't find it in any of my saved vids, or in either one of your channels? Do you remember it?

    I'm not so sure if whoever shot this next vid should have made it, because I'm iffy about whether he or she had the parents' permission, but the description says that it shows how people in Egypt start dancing as children with their families (it was shot backstage at the Ahlan wa Sahlan Festival in Egypt:


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    I'm fine with a child learning belly dance, starting young is great, yet I don't think that they should be alound to perform on stage until they are of age, Belly dance is a art form a modren dance yet we all know the sexual parts of this dance yes?

    That said When I have children, I would teach My daughter Belly dance but she would not perform on stage till she was in her late teens, but thats just me.

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