A'isha- I know Dondi pretty well and there is no doubt in my mind that she is indeed a belly dancer and a good one too. She does not miss the cultural connection at all, and has been a highly demanded dancer in Egypt and all over the Middle East, really. These are people who would know, right? She didn't just go to Egypt once or twice- she's spent years in the Middle East and has been a successful dancer there.A. writes- If you are taling about Dondi Dalen, she is not a belly dancer. Having danced in Egypt does not make one a belly dancer if they miss the cultural connection. I hate to sound like a broken record, but what is it about Dondi's dancing that leads you to feel that she is a belly dancer?
You seem to think that being an authentic dance artist somehow means we are not creative. Can you tell me why you believe that? I consider creating within the boundaries of the dance to be very creative indeed.
I love gothic belly dance. It is fusion- there's no getting around that. But it's beautiful, it's art, what I have seen has been very well put together.
Look, veils are not original to the dance. Neither are zills. Now we have poi balls! Belly dance is mutable and ever changing, while the core remaining the same. Gothic belly dance may be like a modern dance using all ballet moves while not actually being a ballet. It can still be incredible.