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    Default quit dancing for the dance

    would you quit for the art? would you quit performing because you could no longer represent the art and do the dance justice? I am being stubborn and am having a very hard time with this idea. *

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    I suppose it depends on whether one views "the dance" as a sacred undertaking to be worshiped only by those perfect in body and technique or an activity related to pleasure, grace, better health, and social bonding.

    I'm a proponent of the second viewpoint myself and I will dance as long as it suits me, with or without an audience.
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    It depends on the type of performing. In the places I perform (haflas and dancer-orientated events) I am not representing belly dance. Quitting because I'm not up to scratch makes no sense and is a sure way to never get better at it!

    I would take a harder look at myself if it was a public performance though. Clearly-labelled student troupes demo'ing what they get up to in a "hey you could come and learn this too" context is great. But when the general public are getting the impression that this IS belly dance when what they are seeing is student level and no better than you'd expect, well that doesn't do belly dance any favours and personally I don't want to be part of that problem. If I couldn't make an objective judgement on whether I was fit to be seen I'd ask a trusted teacher and hope I got a responsible answer.

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    I think I know the person behind these questions. Frankly it's her decision. It's not something I agree with and I do hope she changes her mind, but ultimately it's her decision to make.

    I think that if one feels that their performance has fallen below the professional standard, that it's right to retire from professional gigs. But I know an awful lot of dancers who retire, then come back, then retire, then come back. I think that dancing gets under your skin and it can be very hard to stay retired unless you're dead (and even then if they bury me I'm sure my bones will be shimmying long after I'm gone!)
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    If my dance reaches a level where I no longer can represent this dance in a way it should be represented, will I
    - quit performing professionally and doing pro gigs? Yes (btdt).
    - quit performing non-professionally? Yes (I have considered it seriously, but not decided on it yet).

    But completely quit dancing? Never!

    As long I'm able to do a shimmy, I will dance.
    As long as I am able to isolate and move my hips to the music, I will do this until the day I die.
    This, simply because I believe it is better for my body to dance, than not using it at all.
    And it is better for my brain to concentrate on doing the moves right while listening and interpreting the music than not using it at all.
    It is simply necessary for my soul and mind to move to the music to keep sane.
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    I have lived without music or dancing at all for three years. it was hell. and I missed something. I love going to dance class. I am not able to perform as of yet, but would love to build up to it. I can not imagine life without bellydancing throghout the day at all. whether watching it, doing it, studying it. this is how I feel.

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    But I know an awful lot of dancers who retire, then come back, then retire, then come back.
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    When someone else's money is involved (paid performances) I prefer to dance well or not at all.

    If dancing well proves impossible, then I take time out from public dancing and regroup. Privately practicing (or not), listening to music (or not), play sagats (or not), sewing a new costume (or not).

    Would I dance at a student hafla when not at my absolute best? Sure, and I would enjoy the heck out of being there.

    p.s. Just purchased a second hand Hanan (currently in the mail) for next time.

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    I'm sorry for being nit-picky, but when did this discussion dissolve into an argument, and how did it end up in the Sauna so quickly, seeing that it was started only yesterday? Everyone is having a nice discussion, so I don't understand why this thread is in Debate.

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    It was created here. Since the topic is one that can cause contention, I'm happy to keep it here where I can keep an eye on it.
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