I have thirty-eight years of involvement in belly dance. I retired from performing a couple of years ago due to physical limitations but continue to teach a single one and a half hour class a week with a regular group of nine or ten students. Most of them have been dancing with me for years, including one gal who could teach the class as well as I can if not better but she won't. She and I have been dancing together for over a quarter century and she is a huge help in class. Occasionally an old student will drift in and out according to her schedule or we'll get a newcomer who sticks with us, but belly dance has never been wildly popular in this area. About every twelve or fifteen years it becomes a big fad for those seeking new exercise experiences but only a few people remain past the curiosity stage- too much work, I think.
AmCab aka Classic American Oriental is my preference though over the years I've added some assaya, debke, and fusion just for fun and to shake things up. I do a lot of choreography since the group dances together at least twice a year but I also have a couple or three dancers who are willing to solo improv. This summer, we're scheduled to dance at one SCA wedding for one of the dancers and again at a RenFaire here in town. Troupe name is The Veiled Threats though we have referred to ourselves as The Belly Button Jewels of the North Platte when we're feeling really silly and assign ourselves jewel names. I'm Aquamarina.
Several years ago, Salome taught a workshop for us but as a general rule, workshops are too far away and too expensive for most of us. Marjorie used to teach regular workshops about two and a half hours from here but she lost her studio space in Cheyenne and no longer comes up to Wyoming. We can't afford to sponsor her; not enough interest in central Wyoming. I got burned by people making a commitment to attending a workshop, then backing out before paying and leaving me holding a very expensive bag so I don't arrange workshops any more.
A couple of years ago, physical problems became bad enough that I thought I'd have to quit teaching as well but matters have improved, somewhat to my surprise and greatly to my delight. I guess I'll keep teaching until they pull me out with an assaya or carry me out on a veil.