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    Default Belly dance Competitions: Through the eyes of Ahava

    We used to post here when new articles were up on OD.net but have been slacking on that. Since I recently read comments from members like "we have a directory?" I thought I might go back to posting about new material for those who don't know about other things on our hub... So, without further adieu we just got an interview by John Clow with Ahava on competitions... Belly dance Competitions: Through the eyes of Ahava

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    Great interview!

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    Dear Gang,
    My dance company sponsored Ahava about six months ago. I have to say she is one of my favorite of the new young and beautiful dancers. She is very, VERY skilled technically, very emotionally involved with the music, has a charming and open personality on stage and and is a total Sweetie back stage. I hope everyone who has a chance will either sponsor her or attend an event sponsoring her. She is one of the finest talents in the States!!
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    If i had the money and backing i'd definitely consider it.
    nice interview nonetheless.

    as an aside though, it would be nice for her to come to my country. apparently there is some misconception by the some of john public that its just middle eastern, indian and white women who are good at ME dance. strange but true.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kayshier View Post
    as an aside though, it would be nice for her to come to my country. apparently there is some misconception by the some of john public that its just middle eastern, indian and white women who are good at ME dance. strange but true.
    Oh, honey, I think that misconception is running rampant here in the States, too. At least, I've come across it many times.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Makeda Maysa View Post
    Oh, honey, I think that misconception is running rampant here in the States, too. At least, I've come across it many times.
    really?
    should prove to be an interesting topic of discussion.

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    Dear Gang,
    I knew that Mouna Said had to go outside of Egypt to get herself established asa ;egitimate dancer. Egyptians just sort of all seemed to think that the lighter skinned dancers were prettier. Mouna is so fabulous and beautiful that I could not believe it the first time I heard that. I did have it explained to me in depth at some point about light skin being considered more beautiful and I have since several times heard Arabs ask about the color of a baby's skin that they had not yet seen.
    I feel that belly dancers as a general rule do not seem very prejudiced based on such issues as race and religion, sexuality etc. I could be wrong about this and maybe people just never say anything to me because I tend to not thunk in terms of those stereotypes.
    But, it is highly possible that the general public does have a rather limited and stereotypical idea of just who dancers are. they certainly do not get to keep that impression in observing me and my company as we have performances including people of all races, colors, sexes. In any case, if they saw Ahava dance they would change their minds immediately!!
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    I think it's quite true that the general public has a limited vision of who and what a bellydancer is and 9 times out of 10, that does not include dark skin and/or hair that is not straight or in loose curls.

    As for the bellydance community, we all have the same prejudices as everyone else in the world. I haven't really found our community to be all that more progressive and I have read quite a few shockingly ignorant and uneducated things in various forums and have experienced prejudice firsthand.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Makeda Maysa View Post
    I think it's quite true that the general public has a limited vision of who and what a bellydancer is and 9 times out of 10, that does not include dark skin and/or hair that is not straight or in loose curls.

    As for the bellydance community, we all have the same prejudices as everyone else in the world. I haven't really found our community to be all that more progressive and I have read quite a few shockingly ignorant and uneducated things in various forums and have experienced prejudice firsthand.
    That is unfortunate, really it is.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Makeda Maysa View Post
    I think it's quite true that the general public has a limited vision of who and what a bellydancer is and 9 times out of 10, that does not include dark skin and/or hair that is not straight or in loose curls.

    As for the bellydance community, we all have the same prejudices as everyone else in the world. I haven't really found our community to be all that more progressive and I have read quite a few shockingly ignorant and uneducated things in various forums and have experienced prejudice firsthand.

    Dear Makeda,
    The biggest prejudices I have found among dancers are more aimed at weight and age as opposed to race. Of course, I do look like a white person, so I may have not been aware..... And a dance company that I belonged to some 30 years ago also had dancers that were not white. I may not have realized we were unique. Frankly, I can't imagine anyone not being inspired by Lotus and company. One of my favorite performances at the Fifi event in Texas!
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    A'isha

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