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    Quote Originally Posted by Juno View Post
    When I started belly dancing, I was worried that the women might not be comfortable with a male dancer, because it is fairly unusual. I was so wrong. Dancers are very accepting. They don't assume that you are gay, or really care. They just see you as a male dancer.

    Of course, there is a stereo type of male dancers being gay. The subject makes some male dancers upset, but it is best to not worry about it and just enjoy the dancing. Straight men who fear the gay stigma are just missing out.
    Also, some male dancers unfortunately suffer from the opposite stigma: being seen as some sort of perverted leach (did I spell that right? Probably not Oo;;; ) that preys on female dancers. Not all bellydance classes are that way, but some do, and sometimes they have had good reasons to be wary of males that want to take classes. However, that does cause a problem for the dancers who truly are passionate about bellydance. I believe in taking one case at a time, so to speak, and taking each individual on their own merit.

    I hope I've made sense, because at the moment, I'm struggling to stay awake at my laptop! Oo;;; I'm sorry if my thoughts seem a bit jumbled---I hope this post isn't too muddled. Anyway, I'm always very glad to see another male dancer find bellydance. Don't ever let anyone discourage you two gentlemen, and that goes for the rest of our wonderful dancers here, each and every one. <3<3<3

    Oo;;; I think I need to get some sleep!

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    HEH! I'm taking these classes at a local church, with two lovely ladies... Apparently the church took over the classes that were hosted at one of our colleges, to which some of the dancers commented that a few men were taking there.

    As far as being perceived as gay, totally cool, cause I am. It shows when I talk, lol. I'm a bit of a unique case for most people, and they tend to be confused as to why I do thing. I don't mind going into the details on a more private level, but I've found that discussing my uniqueness openly on forums tends to lead to people flaming me with internet bullying.

    Anyways, I love being a male dancer, even if I look gay. Dancing is helping me DO something, keep active, and having fun. I don't go out much, I don't know how to dance other than what I've learned, and I have always admired belly dancers for their ability and grace. So, I took the chance to go from admiring to doing. Plus, I needed the boost in self confidence and self esteem

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    Look up Steven Eggers - he's an *incredible* Tribal dancer!

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    Steven Eggers is an amazing dancer. He was the first male dancer I had ever seen, and frankly... He's one of my inspirations. I believe bellydance is for anyone and everyone who wants to do it. Male bellydancers are always very inspiring. I've found a lot of people didn't like male bellydancers because they don't have the "shape" or anything to shake, but when you work with what you have, despite people putting you down, or if you "don't have" what female dancers have... It makes you stronger. I hope you continue to learn bellydance, you're almost better than I am at moving your hips ( I looked at your blog) and I've been learning bellydance fore 3 years. Keep it up!

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    WELCOME TO THE FORUM.

    Geoff

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    thanks all! Shiro, I've been shaking my hips for a while... when you really only have one dance move, but love clubbing, you use the hell out of it! It's made learning to belly dance REAL easy to pick up... in fact, as soon as I eat lunch, I'm gonna hit the floor and do my routine for an hour, or as long as I can last.

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    You live sort of close to me. I'm just south of Helena. Feel free to pop by for a class or a coffee visit and chat!

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    Oh goodie! Another male dancer!

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