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    I've never heard of touching the forhead, what's that about?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shanazel View Post
    Pick those apples up, take 'em over to the fruit thread and make cider.
    Yes, m'aam. *complies*

    Angie, touching the forehead has to do with the mind. I don't know the origin of this bow (A'isha says it was used in the '70's), but I'm guessing that when a dancer does this bow, she's telling her audience (and the band, if a live one is used) that she thanks them with her whole being. It's a form of acknowledgment. I think somewhere else on this site someone said that when you perform, you want to let the audience know that you are aware of them, from your entrance, your performance, and your exit. This bow is one nice way of doing that at the end of a performance. I'm sure there are other ways, too.
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    That is such a pretty idea for a bow! I'll have to remember it.

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    Yes, m'aam. *complies*
    Farasha, you are simply not allowed to go bananas on this thread, too.

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    Depends on many things:
    Different if dancing in theatre, different in a house party, or restaurant.

    Different if its a happy sha'aby song I danced, different for Oum Kolthoum.

    In general, a sweet smile is needed, a simple bow after.
    Open hands like greeding the audience, and then leave the stage.
    In a theatre you can have a "closing music" like a part of the song you danced for 15 sec more till you exit the stage (and make sure the sound person fade it and not just CUT it after lol).

    Mona Said does my favorite bows and exit from the scene.
    And she have such a sweet and innocent and modest face when she bows, like she wasnt the one she rocked the place before !! lol

    Maria Aya, Greece

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    Quote Originally Posted by Angie View Post
    So, I know your suppose to pose and hold it for five seconds, but then what? Do you bow, blow a kiss, or something????
    well it depends on the audience as well, my last performance seem to be to the living dead! now they stayed to watch the whole show, not just me! So they must of enjoyed it, (free festival) There was half hearted clapping for each performer, not all belly dancers I might add.
    Well to say after working my but off performing 7 times in two hours. I thought thats it! So after my last performance I bowed and then raised my hands to the audience and clapped them, they got the message and lo and behold they could clap!
    But yes you should always presume that the audience needs guidance and so always end your performance and each dance too, if you feel inclined!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aniseteph View Post
    Never mind the symbolism, arm over heart sounds like a very good idea if you are bowing in a low cut costume.
    What if there is nothing at all to show?

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    Farasha, I think that kind of bow is quite cute and sweet.
    Last edited by AngelaJP; 10-28-2008 at 07:48 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Angie View Post
    I've never heard of touching the forhead, what's that about?
    Maybe when one touches

    the heart, it says "I need to catch my breath"
    the mouth - I'm hungry already
    the head - I'm getting a headache, I have to go.



    Oh gosh, please don't mind my corniness. Haven't had much sleep

    Shanazel and Farasha, you crack me up, girls!

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    If it's been a fun upbeat performance in an informal setting, after I bow I like to zaghareet as I walk off.

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    i was told if you perform on stage ending with a bow to the audience is good. but in restaraunt/private party can do it more causal. sometimes when investing audience to dance with you, i found it quite difficult to get them back to their seat in a polite way. you know sometimes this happen in particular yr audience come in groups.

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