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    yes you have to make sure you look decent wheN doing that so no piekebooo LOL BUT I AM VEEEEEEEEERRYYYYY DECENT ALWAYS ON STAGE ...LOL.... love you al .......Lydia

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lydia dubai View Post
    I dont know ...in the middle east it is very normal...even in weddings where dancers perform all the relativs will clear tables and beg you to dance on top of the table sometimes we go from table to table like that for 15 minutes...like in the maksoum part.....people love it...like its special that you picked that table and they are very proud that you danced on there table....sometimes this weddings have 2 or 3 tousand people so perhaps they like it to see better i dont know...even when it is a only lady wedding still they ask pleaeaeaese come on our table.....?????????????? my 2 cents Lydia
    Exactly. That's my experience dancing in Egyptian and other Middle Eastern clubs and parties. Its a way of sharing with your audience. Remember that this dance is based on the social dancing, so things like this are connecting back to the informal roots of the dance where the audience and dancer are more intimate, and there's a symbiotic exchange of energy. Audience and dancer giving and receiving the energy and celebration. That's it, its really in a spirit of celebration and sharing with the audience.

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    As Lydia said, it is very normal in Middle East to dance on tables, especially at weddings. Especially if you are dancing at Turkish weddings, you have to go on the tables, if the audience is asking you to do so. If you don't, you will offend them and they won't understand why you don't want to do it.
    In Greece it is very normal to dance on tables, not only for a belly dancer, but also for the normal people who go out to amuse themselves If you go to any night club in Athens, you'll see lots of people getting on tables and dancing (especially because the last years they don't have any dance floors in the bouzoukia clubs in Athens anymore)
    But although it is normal for me as a Greek and as an dancer who is very experienced with dancing at Turkish, Arabian and generally Middle Eastern haflas to dance on tables and chairs, I would never step on a table or chair, if I have other than Middle Eastern (or Greek/Balkan) audience. And even at M.E. events I usually go on tables, only if the audience asks me for it.
    Janaki, good that you started this thread. Now I know, what NOT TO DO, when I'll come to Hong Kong

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    I don't think there's anything wrong with dancing on tables. I've done it at several turkish parties. Plus, I love to get the audience to stand on their chairs and dance!

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    I think Maariku made an important point. Dancing on tables and chairs while getting the audience up and joining in lets everyone see the dancer and stay involved in the action. Standing on a chair in front of a passive audience just for the sake of it - I can see how that might be a bit . Or .

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    Exclamation i would not be offended

    I too understand this as a way to show how much fun you are having, your appreciation for a dancer, or a way to sieze the day/night.This happens a lot at a crowded club I perfom at. I also perform at a casino where there is plenty of room and still get requests to dance on chairs or tables. Its a compliment but I see it more as thier way of saying LOOK WE HAVE THE BELLY DANCER (at the casino).
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    I find there are sleazy and there are non sleazy belly dancers and the non sleazy dancers make dancing on tables seem absolutely normal. More people can see them and share their dance and the sleazy ones..say no more.

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    Quote Originally Posted by maariku View Post
    Yes, it very much depends... On whether the dancer does it just to show off or just to enjoy him/herself... whether they're doing it on their own or encouraging other to join (on or off the table) ... whether they are graceful or you constantly have to fear about wine glasses being broken and the dancer slipping over a tzatziki
    And as tzatziki is mainly a greek recipe, yessssssssss we do dance on table's and chairs when we go out as customers, dancing greek tsifteteli, but watching a bellydancer doing it... well its not in our culture, yes cheaps a bit the dance.
    So when i'm out as a customer and plays my fav song i'm on the top of the table lol, as a bellydancer NEVER.

    Maria Aya

    p.s. and if i do so, i got to wear pants lol

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