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    Things I've given up for bellydance classes:

    Pizza (I used to order in about twice a month)
    New shoes (not entirely; I bought 1 pair of flip-flops this summer, and 1 new pair of sneakers on sale because the old ones were cutting my achilles tendon)
    Theater tickets (I used to hold season tickets)
    "Real" vacations
    Newspaper subscription
    Library books (I'd have to pay my late fees, and I need the money for classes)
    Jeans that don't have holes in them (I have one pair left)
    Haircuts (but I've since decided that was a mistake. The line has to be drawn somewhere!)

    I really want to go to an "away" event to meet new people, and take from exotic new teachers, but I am not sure that will happen this year. I am just lucky and grateful that there are so many good teachers near me, so I can stretch my dollars to the limit.

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    The twins used to commute from Duluth to Rochester for lessons...not sure how that worked, but apparently it did work.

    Or you could invest heavily in videos. Learning without a live teacher takes so much more self-discipline...I don't get nearly as much out of my videos as I do from class, and I know whose fault that is!

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    That is tough Brea. I hope your finances get better. They usually do, so hang in there and things will look up.

    DaSage has great ideas. Cutting back on things always works. I have had to cut back on family expenses to pay my son's college tuition.

    *Rarely do we eat out anymore. Specials occassions mostly.
    *Clip coupons for items in the grocery store such as food and cleaning supplies.
    *Rent a movie rather than going to the theatre and if you go to the theatre, bring your own treats. HINT...M & M's fit well inside your purse and a can of pop. lol
    *Go for a walk on the lakewalk for a date instead of a movie with your boyfriend.
    *Get rid of unnecessary things such as extra phone lines. If you have a cell, get rid of a landline, unless you need it for computer access.
    *Take on an extra shift or a day job such as babysitting. (I have a friend who does tiling of floors with her husband and they bring in extra cash when needed with this skill.)

    Good luck and happy dancing to you.

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    Hey KuteNurse, does your son have a major?

    I am thinking of going back to school, myself. I'm going for cheap and practical, this time around. The money, of course, would come from student loans. :P

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    Quote Originally Posted by da Sage View Post
    Hey KuteNurse, does your son have a major?

    I am thinking of going back to school, myself. I'm going for cheap and practical, this time around. The money, of course, would come from student loans. :P
    Hey what exactly you wanna study?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brea View Post
    Here's the thing. I would LOVE to take classes with so many of you, attend so many events, learn learn learn!

    And I don't have the money to do it. I am currently very poor and it is frustrating. Last workshop I attended was with Sonia of the Bellydance Superstars. That was interesting but I feel like there's so much out there to see/learn/do! I really want to go see Fifi in April but I am pretty sure it won't happen.

    My question is: how do you find the money and time to do all this? I've mentioned the idea of doing a sort of 'world tour' based on bellydance, but that's in the future. I learn what I can, I think I'm a good dancer, and I wish there was a way to get this other education. I feel like there isn't enough lifetime to learn from everyone I would like to.

    Maybe I'm just griping but...would love responses!

    Dear Brea,
    What I ended up doing after about 7-8 years was to choose WHAT it was I truly wanted to learn and then I would save money to study with instructors who could take me in that direction. After awhile, because I specialized, I got pretty good at what I was doing. ( In my case it was Egyptian belly dance and related folkloric and fakeloric dances.)Then, I was able to start my own classes instead of accepting the lower wage from the YWCA or the colleges. People started asking me to teach workshops when I had been dancing about 6 years, and still not really being incredibly specified yet, which is kind of early, but I think it was because I put my energies into getting proficient, so I made noticeable progress.
    Now I finance all of my trips, classes, home improvements, etc, with money I make as a dancer. Good thing since this is my only line of work for about the last 20 years, though I include costuming for dancers as part of that.
    I also learned to do without a lot of stuff. Instead of 10 great costumes, I had, like two. Instead of enough stuff to costume my whole dance company, I had a few odds and ends I could put together for a folkloric dance. Instead of taking every workshop, I began to take only the ones that related directly to my path of study. In fact, years later I still do that. Aside from Egyptian belly dance today, I am concentrating on Turkish Rom, and those are the classes I will travel for.
    I think you have to be pretty focused on being a dancer to do this, but I could be wrong. Some people seem to have boundless energy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by da Sage View Post
    Hey KuteNurse, does your son have a major?

    I am thinking of going back to school, myself. I'm going for cheap and practical, this time around. The money, of course, would come from student loans. :P

    He was considering Physical Therapy. He wants to transfer to the U of MN after two years. I think his main thoughts right now are cycling...lol Good for you da Sage! I was thinking of pursuing my Master's again. I have been working on it as time and money allow, but REALLY pursuing it...lol

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