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    Quote Originally Posted by chryssanthi sahar View Post
    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
    Yes! Learning for life! That goes for just about everything you want to master. Look at Tennis players and golfers...They may do well young in life, but to stay at that level they must continue learning and practicing their techniques. Do you as a professional dancer go back to basic moves and practice them again? Or are they instilled in your mind and you do them like you are on automatic pilot?

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    Moon, I so DO agree with you, you took the words out of my mouth.

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    Reading some of those replies was really interesting. But it goes without saying. 'You won't get anywhere without practice' And I live by that.
    Even if it's just half an hour each day drilling one particular move you'd like to improve on.
    I've been bellydancing 6 years now. and not once have I looked back. But in that time i've had 4 teachers. The first teacher i had. Made a very clear point that it would take exactly 5 years to learn everything. 6 years down the track i'm still learning.
    In the 3 years i was with her, she held 1 workshop that went for a hour on drum solos. She TRIED to convince me to do another workshop with her for 1 move. The shimmy. I don't need to pay $100 for an hour long workshop on the shimmy. It's one move i'm actually capable of pulling off reasonably well.

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    $100 for just one hour? Is she crazy?

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    I believe so. Yes

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    There's one poem (by Ron Chipman) what keeps me going cause otherwise I would get so infuriated and upset with not progressing a fast as I would like. It helps me to remember that even if things don't seem so good, I'm still moving along and it's a good thing really.

    Aye an Bevin’ut were pretty rough.
    Tha’ad to be a tough’n.
    In’t winter tha wer nithered.
    In’t summer, like an oven.

    Then t’Bevin’uts wer all pulled dahn.
    Must’bin summer o’ 55.
    Efta pneumonia and scarlet fever.
    A wor lucky to be alive.

    All ar goods were put on t’andcart.
    And we upped and did a flit.
    It wer only into t’Prefabs
    But we’d moved up ladder a bit.

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