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    Quote Originally Posted by Kashmir View Post
    Have to agree - it'd be just the one class for me if the teacher presented me with ankle (or any) jewellery
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    This forum really shows up the cultural differences. Again I cannot imagine this going down well. I have seen well established dancers being presented with names from teachers which they have earned but pick and mix seems almost insulting to te culture.


    what do you mean pick and mix? , also it's not as if they would have to do this, I asked and they all wanted to do so, nothing is forced. as far as how the names are picked I make the names based on the person. Even the women of my troupe have asked me to help them pick thier names, I help them pick based on who they are and it seems to work well and sometimes I give them a place in which they could find a name. How you see it as insulting to the culture I can't understand after all which culture would that be there are many cultures when speaking about belly dance. This made it interesting for them even if they picked a name on thier own it still got them thinking
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    Quote Originally Posted by Shanazel View Post
    Ahem. As a child of the sixties, I feel obliged to point out that "hippy" refers to the width of a particular part of one's anatomy. "Hippie" refers to the flower child/back to the earth movement of forty years ago.

    Yasaman, feel free to present me with jewlery. I prefer jade and turquoise to diamonds and emeralds, but if the sparkly stuff is all you have, well, I guess I can force myself to accept.

    Oh yea if you give me your address I will ship you some, really I will i have thousands of piece of jewelry and I give it away all the time

    Oh I would do a lot of different things for my students. I Bought them all thier very own belly dance belts and I would buy all kinds of Jewelry for them each month just because.

    When I gave my students thier first rectial I made all the bras for them I bought all the skirts the bodysuits and belts to match, I just got all the sizes and gave them thier first belly dance outfit(Our colors were Purple and black. They each did a solo and three group dances with me, it was awsome they loved it

    here is a photo of the troupe -1 she could not make the photo shoot(they all have on the costumes I made/ bought for them. I helped each woman pick there names based on who they are each name is fitting may I say

    The Infinity Sisters Troup
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    Quote Originally Posted by goddessyasaman View Post
    what do you mean pick and mix? , also it's not as if they would have to do this, I asked and they all wanted to do so, nothing is forced. as far as how the names are picked I make the names based on the person. Even the women of my troupe have asked me to help them pick thier names, I help them pick based on who they are and it seems to work well and sometimes I give them a place in which they could find a name. How you see it as insulting to the culture I can't understand after all which culture would that be there are many cultures when speaking about belly dance. This made it interesting for them even if they picked a name on thier own it still got them thinking
    I must have misunderstood. I thought you asked a few questions then picked a word or two in a mix of Middle Eastern languages for every beginner.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kashmir View Post
    I must have misunderstood. I thought you asked a few questions then picked a word or two in a mix of Middle Eastern languages for every beginner.
    No I gave it more thought then that, plus I told them that thier name should have a meaning to them at least thats how I feel. My Belly dance name is Yasaman, but I believe that though I spell it Yasaman it still would be Yasmine which means "beautiful scent or pretty flower" it's persian. I have always loved that name so that was my pick

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    Quote Originally Posted by jenc View Post
    Just had to chime in and say that I would hate to be given an ankle bracelet -too hippy
    Oh yes!!

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    I think it is a nice gesture and certainly not one a person needs to be mortally offended by. If a person is appalled by any gift, all that is necessary is to gather one's good manners (aka "social hypocrisy"), thank the giver, and put the gift away until it can be decently and accidently lost.
    "Well, now that we have seen each other," said the unicorn " if you'll believe in me, I'll believe in you."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Genmies View Post
    Hi, I was approached to teach a beginner's belly dance class in my local village hall. I have been belly dancing for 8 years and did several years of jazz before that.

    I have been making preparations such as lessons plan, health and safety, music, warm up, cool down and choreograph ( finger crossed I've got everything covered ). The problem I am facing is ' how can I make the first lesson interesting?'

    I don't teach belly dancing, but I do teach ballroom, so just a few general tips on keeping all types of dance lessons fun -

    - Always have music playing. Even when your class isn't using it play it low in the background. Lulls in momentum and awkward silences tend to be magnified by actual deafening silence, so alleviate awkwardness and liven the atmosphere with constant music.

    - Show your personality and connect with people. People pay for lessons instead of DVDs because you get the human connection. Create and mold a teaching persona (I believe your teaching persona should just be a magnification of your normal personality) ; are you a clown, a diva, or something else?

    - Make people laugh. Tell a funny story about a performance or use a funny analogy. It's disarming and let's them see a less intimidating side of you.

    - Try different types of music to keep it fresh - Hip drop to a rap song and shimmy to Britney!

    Have fun!

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    Quote Originally Posted by moppy View Post
    - Try different types of music to keep it fresh - Hip drop to a rap song and shimmy to Britney!

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    qUICKEST WAY TO GET ME OUT OF THERE!!!!

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    I'm sorry to say that goes for me too. I go to classes to learn to respond to middle eastern music. An occasional shimmy drill to something else is ok, but for 99,9% of the time I want ME music

    One teacher I had, but quit, played way too much Loreena mcKennit. Couldn't stand it.

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    I think a more relevant example would be to go with something different but within genre - so if you're using a lot of classics, mix it up with some egyptian pop, etc.

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