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    Default How long does it take to become a professional belly dancer?

    Hiya everyone,

    Although ive been dancing various styles of dance since the age of 8, i know that it takes alot of hardwork to become the best at something ... for those that are professionalbelly dancers how long has ittaken you to become that?

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    let me put it simple, you get out as much as you put in, and it goes for every thing you do. make sure you know the history and the roots of the dance as much as you know how to interprete the music. for Egtptian style it is very important to feel the music, and abandone yourself to it. read the thread " you know you are a belly dancer when "................ Marie

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    Hiya Marie thanks for the simple yet lovely message ;-) I avery expresssive in my dance when it comes to performance and choose my music and do totally feelas though i abandon myself to it.. however when i see other belly dancer whohave been dancing for years and years the their expression is so much more powerful.. and this isthe stage that i want to get to.... how long have you been belly dancing and do you feel that you are at your best?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rupa View Post
    Hiya Marie thanks for the simple yet lovely message ;-) I avery expresssive in my dance when it comes to performance and choose my music and do totally feelas though i abandon myself to it.. however when i see other belly dancer whohave been dancing for years and years the their expression is so much more powerful.. and this isthe stage that i want to get to.... how long have you been belly dancing and do you feel that you are at your best?
    I have been dancing for more than 15 years, I do not know if I am at my best, I dance for the joy it brings to me, I am a Goddess type of dancer but if you are looking for facial exteriorization of the " feeling " just observe Egyptian dancers or take a workshop that focus on the aspects of the dance that you think you are lacking, if you know the lirics of the songs, it can help too. have a nice day. Marie

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    thnaks marie wildefinately take your advice have u got any recommended videos that i could watch?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rupa View Post
    have u got any recommended videos that i could watch?
    Go to our video sub forum
    http://forum.orientaldancer.net/video-clips-youtube/
    and look for videos of Fifi Abdou, Soheir Zaki, Nagwa Fouad, Mona al Said, Dina... Or search for them directly at youtube.
    By the way, it is difficult to say how long it will take you to become a really good belly dancer, because it depends on many things. You can learn to dance well already after 3-5 years, but by that time it is still rather improbable that you have the entire knowledge and the entire skills which will make you an outstanding belly dancer. You have to understand the whole system, have a big repertoire of movements, be able to improvise with music you don't know, be able to dance with a live band, be able to dance also the folklore parts of Arabian belly dance (like cane dance, play the zills etc.). Actually you must count with at least 10 years of permanent work and exercise, if you want to reach a high level. This doesn't mean, that you must wait 10 years in order to become a professional belly dancer. You can start dancing professionally even after 3-4 years, but at that time you'll surely not be the best yet. And of course you have to keep on learning.
    I started performing already after one year and became a professional dancer after about 4 years, but when I watch my videos from that time today I laugh at myself. The only thing that made me successful at that time was my Greek temperament and my youth Now I've been dancing for more than 20 years and although I have reached quite a high level, I still keep on learning. One should never stop to learn, because the field "belly dance" is huge (like almost every dance, if you deal seriously with it).
    So go on learning

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    Dear Rupa,
    It takes the rest of your life.
    Regards,
    A'isha



    Quote Originally Posted by Rupa View Post
    Hiya everyone,

    Although ive been dancing various styles of dance since the age of 8, i know that it takes alot of hardwork to become the best at something ... for those that are professionalbelly dancers how long has ittaken you to become that?

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    According to Russell Meriwether Hughes, also known as La Meri, a specialist in ethnic dance history:

    "You are not considered a true professional just because you once danced for pay. What defines a professional is the attitude, commitment and skill level of the dancer. A professional always strives to perfect her art."

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    Quote Originally Posted by A'isha Azar View Post
    Dear Rupa,
    It takes the rest of your life.
    Regards,
    A'isha

    I once met an old man who hand-carved arrowheads. Gorgeous things they were, and of course he made it look especially easy to do. I asked him, "How long does it take you to make an arrowhead?"

    His reposnse: "About 5 minutes ... and 30 years."

    I like that.

    I thought I was a pretty hot-stuff dancer a couple of years ago, but it amazes me how much BETTER I keep getting after each workshop, lesson, month of daily practice, etc. It really does take a lifetime.

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    I think you can't be the best (and why would you? Bellydancing is not some kind of competitive sport). But you sure will become better and better when you keep learning and exploring.

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