I don't think I've seen anything quite that scary in a long time - although I thought that it wasn't so much sexy expression as inability to move her lips with all that collagen. And those tits REALLY scared me. I think that style of "BD" can best be summed up as Stepford Mistress:lol:
Which brings me back to that point again on 'who decides what is sexy and what is TRUE sexuality' etc etc.I don't think I've seen anything quite that scary in a long time - although I thought that it wasn't so much sexy expression as inability to move her lips with all that collagen. And those tits REALLY scared me. I think that style of "BD" can best be summed up as Stepford Mistress:lol:
If "sexuality" is everywhere and in everything, it kind of loses its punch as a defining part of bellydance.
:wall: WHY DIDN'T YOU TELL ME I WAS SUPPOSED TO WEAR MAKEUP, SO THAT'S WHAT WAS MISSING! Seriously though. This is exactly what I think and teach my students, but as I said before, I consider this sensuality. Its the energy that fuels the thing. I also call it authentic beauty. Its an energy we all have, but not everyone is in touch with. Authentic beauty will never age, get fat, cellulite, wrinkles. I'm sure we've all experienced being in the presence of someone who was not externally beautiful by conventional standards, but they radiated an energy that makes them totally captivating.I really like what A'isha has to say here. I think that's very true: real sexuality is AFTER the dance. I read somewhere recently that Paris Hilton said her boyfriends tell her she's 'sexy' but not 'sexual'...I think it means the plastic image as compared to the soul, as A'isha says. I also agree that it is a powerful thing- real life, not the plastic image.
For instance, how many of you have had "pretty sex" like they have in the movies? Where everything looks perfect and everyone moves perfectly and nobody's makeup gets smudged?
For the most part, the GP doesn't know a thing about this dance and would prefer to watch someone unskilled but with the 'look' bounce around onstage than anything else. They also seem to have a preference for females.
While I do notice that the general public USUALLY prefers female dancers, and this includes Arab audiences as well, I have not noticed that they necessarily prefer dancers with "The Look" as you call it. I think they can recognize skill and ability when they see it, and have had many experiences as an older, fatter dancer that prove this out. Another issue here is that there are plenty of young, beautiful dancers who dance really, really well, and I think that even the general audience will see that they are talented as opposed to either fat/homely or beautiful/thin people who are just wearing the costume. It is not about fat, thin, beautiful, homely, or any of those things. In the end, even the fattest, homliest dancer can still have "It". I have seen this more than once, and crowds respond very positively to it. Of course, there is the occasional person who does not have two brain cells to knock together to form a thought, who responds only to superficial attributes, but that is not the "general public" I know for the most part.