good for you clever girlWhat if this is something as horrible as human trafficking?? Something to be extremely wary of, in my humble opinion.
Uhm... except for that blonde dancer doing something on the floor that was obviously not bellydance, and the cane dancer that didn't know how to use a cane in an appropriate way, I guess it was ok.
When I was studying dance at the university, there was a rumor going around for the first couple of months, among the other students, that I was a stripper. The sole basis for this rumor was that I was a belly dancer.
Well, what can we do? There are still those in the public who equate belly dancing with stripping. And the advent of all these new classes, such as pole dancing, cardio strip tease, cardio booty blast, etc., probably doesn't help as these classes suggest that anything involving moving the hips or rib cage is about titillation (no pun intended).
In the 60's and 70's Belly dancers were part of the burlesque scene and performed in theaters, burlesue shows with vaudvile and burlesque(stripper) dancrs. I know I grew up around it and my dad performed(magic, illuiions, escapes) with them on the bill sometimes. Come to think of it I knew an old agent in NYC years ago (90's)with belly dancers from that era on his wall . And they wore pastis and see through skirts. All along 8th ave were clubs with dancers and there were burlesque theaters where belly dancers performed with pasties and see through skirts. Just an observation. Princess Farhana does both as I do..Interestingly, one of the most popular workshops at the forthcoming Celebration of Miles Copeland (yes, I do mean that how it's written!), Raqs Britannia, was entitled "Burlesque Arabesque" but the title has recently been changed to "Fantastic Arabesque" and the description has also been censored to remove all references to burlesque: http://www.raqsbritannia.co.uk/workshops/details/id/30