:think: Perhaps labeling is the problem. Maybe we can make a distinction between the hobbyist, and the not-so-serious, disrespectful student? Maybe that's what the latter should be called---disrespectful.
I'm so sorry you've been made to feel that way, Aniseteph.Zorba's post back there about trends in belly dance popularity reminded me; I recently heard talk of teachers who don't like hobbyists here. I don't know the truth of that one way of the other, but it made me wonder whether events that are more focused on professional or wannabe pro dancers, bringing in international teachers who don't understand us amateurs quite the way that UK teachers might, the rise of competitions etc., all has the potential to alienate dancers who don't fit that mould. Who wants to feel like an embarrassing also-ran, especially if you are paying for the privilege? That's not going to do much for for the ongoing popularity of BD.
Aww, thanks. It's sounding way more personal written down than it actually is; none of it makes me sob into my tea on my own account, it just hacks me off that anyone would be less than encouraging to people who are showing interest and commitment. Especially if the net result is that it puts people off and contributes to bellydance's popularity dropping off.I'm so sorry you've been made to feel that way, Aniseteph.
I suspect that this and the talk that sparked my comments are not unrelated. Either it's the same teacher or it's a shared attitude. (I am not jumping up and down at this point saying yes! this! see? I told you so, etc etc.. Hardly at all.)I did feel a bit down after studying with an Egyptian teacher recently, when he was talking to some of the others in our group about how English dancers didn't have good technique compared to Europeans because they didn't go to enough classes, and went on to opine that we should all be going to class several nights a week if we wanted to be as good as dancers in other countries. I would love to go to a challenging class several nights a week like he says, but there is no such thing here and the only way this town is going to have classes above a beginner level any time soon is if I teach them myself...
I regret to advise that you are probably right. I'm also looking for work in Melbourne, and I came across an ad by both studios for ballroom dance teachers. I had no intention of applying as I'm only an amateur ballroom dancer but I couldn't resist reading the ad. Then I came to these words:On the other hand, the Melbourne ballroom dancing schools needs as people and teachers may simply translate as, "We can make more money by selling packages."