Hi Aisha,you may have a point there, I'll check with my teacher/boss to see if it's ok.Dear Yasmine,
Thanks for the vote of confidence!
Have you tried letting them bring the music they are practising to at home? I find students do better with music they are familiar with, just as I do!
Dear A'isha -- Thank you, thank you, Shukran and Gracias!!! I am very glad to finally have this explained to me!!Dear Yasmine,
I know it certainly helps my students when we work with familiar music.
I am happy to have been able to help a little bit. I am also gratified to hear it when someone finds info of worth on my site.
To get back to discussing the issue, I looked at the video clip of Saida, I think she is a fabulous dancer, too. Do I think she is a fabulous belly dancer? No. Do I think she is an amazing and beautiful fusion dancer? Yes! I would call her style American Oriental, no matter where she is from. This style has traveled the world, nearly as I can tell. Good fusion is a wonderful thing and I have always said so.
Regarding your statement about as long as one knows the difference betweren the dance styles, etc. I would have to say that I disagree. It is not only important to know the difference oneself, but to make it VERY clear to the audience that there is a different thing goiing on, on the stage. In Saida's case, I would announce something like:
"The Middle East and the West have a long relationship and these regions of the world have influenced each other. In our relationship there is sometimes a melding of two cultures and the result can be the creation of something new, inspired by both. Said brings to the stage a unique fusion of dance styles where East and West do indeed meet. We call this new style American Oriental."
This is a tiny example of how easy it is to be honest with our audiences, which is all I am asking. there is certainly room for all forms of dance. But, we have to start being much more clear/honesrt/truthful about what we are presenting and stating so in ways that are understandable to our audiences.