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    Quote Originally Posted by jenc View Post
    Does anyone know this lady. She is the original teacher. I see she also teaches something called "ecstatic dance" which seems to me to be a better description of Miss M's dance!
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    Ecstatic Dance is an actual movement exploration that was founded by Gabrielle Roth. Whether this teacher is using Roth's format or not is hard to tell since she doesn't mention her name.

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    Well she isn't a member teacher

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    Not surprising.

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    I have to report that "self taught" young dancer was a little stunner and one of the most promising girls I have ever seen. Great posture, good vocab of moves and lovely personality. So there ya go! We love to be amazed

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    I know this topic had died but I just stumbled across an advert for Metamorphosis Belly Dance while doing a google search. Is this a proper location to advertise for work?

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    Perhaps things aren't working out so well. Times are hard for all of us. Or maybe she just doesn't get it (and probably never will, unfortunately).

    I only came across this thread today and it's taken me some time to go over it all. I forwarded one of the YouTube videos to a friend of mine who sometimes doubts her teaching ability, just to remind her how good she is, so perhaps something good will come of it, after all!!

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    The next advertiser down is also a bellydancer, but with a much better costume & a blurb that makes up for the location. Interesting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ariadne View Post
    I know this topic had died but I just stumbled across an advert for Metamorphosis Belly Dance while doing a google search. Is this a proper location to advertise for work?
    Well... what can we say other than NO.

    I didnt really partcipate in this thread other than to offer some initial advice.

    I did think the dance display was less than satifactory as public representation of this dance.. but hey ho...not the first and wont be the last.

    I have reached the conclusion that you cannot actaully stop people using this dance for egotistical and self centred trips.
    You can only move forward with your own integrity and keep spreading the positive aspects of this dance and eventually hope it drowns out the Sh**.

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    Hi Everyone,

    I just wanted to say that I understand you were all correct in everything you have said. I didn't understand what Belly Dancing was when I started the business and that I was wrong. I can say that I had no idea about the damage I was doing to the art of Belly Dance back then but I am happy to say I have learned a lot since back then. I guess I just saw my teacher who we all just copied and thought it look like something I could do. Had I known that isn't how Belly Dance classes should be run I doubt I would have been so keen to start my own.

    I remember doing that Christmas festival and yes it was very cold but I was invited by the organizers to perform for the Christmas show. I had no idea how see through my trousers were and how unprofessional my costume was. I am still making costumes but have learnt a lot more and I am always making sure if anything is see through. As for the Pole Twisters website I performed for one of their shows (although at the time I was a bit unsure as I didn't know what the reaction would be like) and then they asked if they needed me would I perform/teach. I don't think I have really ended up doing a job for them as I am still unsure about it.

    I have watched many dvd's to learn about different parts of Belly Dance and have also taken many workshops with some great dancers such as Sadie, Aziza, Joesphine Wise, Ozgen and more plus I am attending a workshop at Shimmy in the City this year with Raqia Hassam which I am really looking forward to.

    This was a performance I did this year at a hafla, the choreography and costume were all created by myself and I hope this video helps you to feel a bit better about me and my dancing Joanne Perks: Crying Angels - Veil Solo - YouTube

    I am not saying I am amazing but I certainly have learnt a lot and it has taken me a lot of courage to come on here especially as I have an emotional disorder but I just felt that I should a) explain myself b) apologise to the Belly Dance community for showing the wrong image of the dance and c) to let you see that I am learning, I must admit I am enjoying dancing much more now I understand it and that it isn't just moves but expressing the music and emotions through this beautiful art form.

    So I hope you will allow me to come back to this forum to talk as I haven't due to being worried that everyone would push me away or just laugh at me

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    Awwww, don't be worried - welcome back, and huge respect to you for coming back, it must have taken some courage.

    It is great news that you've found all those teachers, come on so far in your dancing, and see what people were on about before. FWIW I think it must be an easy situation to get into if you are enthusiastic but don't know what you don't know. There's not much in the UK to put you straight unless you cross paths with the dance community or other people who know/ care, and without a good teacher to point you in the right direction...

    Again, massive props to you, and all the best in your dance journey.

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