Great topic....it ties into my mindset at the moment.
Where have I been...In the basement practicing for many years with the occasional foray into the mainstream bellydance world.
Achievements....I did my first solo in front of a large crowd many years ago...once that is over the rest is cake.
I taught myself to play the zils with some degree of competency.... I have been accepted into the local scene as someone who is serious .
Where am I going... I was just at a great workshop and as it was ending the instructor really opened my eyes with a private comment..She said I was a real showman...a good entertainer. ..probably one of the best comments I have ever had.... But also a comment that may give a different message....I am maybe an performer that uses bellydance as my medium versus someone who is a pure dancer at heart,who can express the music from their soul and then shares this with an audience....
It got me thinking about my place in the bellydance universe...Maybe it is to show people that even though a person is big...older than Shanazel...and a male it is okay to get up and dance....To entertain people and make them smile.
To be a role model maybe.....
All great questions that maybe I will never really figure out but regardless I will keep at it because it is so much fun....Jim