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    Quote Originally Posted by Maria_Aya View Post
    From time to time, various people try to make silly jokes and say:
    Bellydance is just before stripping.
    And I reply very serious:
    No, its just before jogging !! :P
    Maria you're the best!


    I still hear that comment frequently - usually from older folks though like my parents' friends - i did a performance for christmas for their company and when i got there they were like "i hear you're gonna strip *wink wink".

    On occasion, morons are known to follow it up with "you must be really good in bed!"
    That really gets my goat!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mya View Post

    morons are known to follow it up with "you must be really good in bed!"

    that's the most frequent comment I get....plenty morons about it seems.

    but i commonly get disdainful comments from older women asking why I am engaging in 'bedroom stuff'.
    i ignore it.

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    My most enthusiastic student is 69 years old! i guess there is hope that not that entire generation is judgemental and closed-minded.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mya View Post

    On occasion, morons are known to follow it up with "you must be really good in bed!"
    That really gets my goat!!



    Dear Mya,

    The few times I have gotten such commnets, I usually handle it in one of two ways, depending on the temperament of the offender:

    * Stare them down without saying a word. ( they usually apologize.)

    * Strike a very physically assertive pose and say something along the lines of " You will never, ever find that out".



    Regards,
    A'isha

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    A little over a year ago, my 90-year-old mother-in-law (a retired doctor and medical school professor) really wanted me to dance at the retirement community where she lives, and I agreed to do it. Many of her friends (also retired university professors, lawyers, and other highly-educated professionals) live at this home, and she wanted to show me off to her friends. So she went to the guy who organizes such things to see what would be involved in putting me on the schedule. (He was probably in his 40's.) His response: "No, someone might be offended."

    Well, whenever I went there to dine with my in-laws in their communal dining room, their friends kept coming over to our table and asking me when I was going to dance for them. I simply said, "Apparently the management here doesn't want me to."

    Well, someone was offended all right. The senior citizens were offended that the management guy had assumed them all to be narrow-minded, uneducated, unable-to-appreciate-art idiots. So someone created and circulated a petition, and presented it to the guy. A number of individuals went to him in person to demand that he schedule me to dance. The next day, he called me and said, "Would you like to come dance for our residents? We've had a lot of requests for you, there seems to be a lot of interest."

    So we arranged a day/time, and I wrote a blurb for him to put in the newsletter. The day after the newsletter came out, he called me to ask if we could make my start time 30 minutes later than what we had originally discussed. Reason: in just the 24 hours after the newsletter came out, he received so much positive feedback about my upcoming performance that he didn't think the usual recreation room would hold everybody. So he wanted to move the performance to the dining room, which is twice as big, but needed the later start time to avoid conflict with the dinner hour. I agreed to the change.

    The day of the performance, the dining hall was full. I started with a 15-minute introductory lecture, then a performance, then a mini-lesson of some moves people could do seated (head slides, snake arms, hand ripples), and then a Q&A session. The management guy was there, with a camera, and took lots of photos. Afterward, he congratulated me on a fascinating program.

    Nobody was offended.

    And people are starting to ask me when I'm going to do it again.

    People who missed it keep asking me whether they could get a copy of the video that my sister-in-law made of it.

    And just last week one of the men who lives there asked me what I would charge to teach a class for the senior citizen "community education" program offered by the local university - it seems he is on the program committee.

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    that is so wonderful! my first performance with my troupe was at a retirement home here. they all LOVED it. cant wait to do it again.

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    Good for them, Shira - what a great story!


    but i commonly get disdainful comments from older women asking why I am engaging in 'bedroom stuff'.
    Wow Kayshier, just think what must their bedroom lives must be like! (don't you just hate it when your Isis wings get tangled in the sheets? I know I do..... )
    Last edited by Aniseteph; 01-24-2009 at 12:30 AM.

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    I once had someone at a street-festival venue pass by my dance troupe as we were warming up behind the stage and comment disgustedly, "Just look at those ho's." The irony was that we were wearing twice the clothes and half the makeup that she was.

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    The only issue I've had was last year when my superintendent made a comment asking me if "My pole was broken" I informed him that was totally inappropriate and not to do it again. Other than that, no one has made a stripping comment.

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    The only dodgy comment I had was someone at work saying "I hear you are an exotic dancer now". . I said "yeah, that's right" and he never mentioned it again.

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