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And Asharah does it again…

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So part of why I dug up my older kudos-post to Asharah is because she continually asks the tough questions, and gives some thought-provoking and worthy answers. Her most recent post about “Vintage Fusion Bellydance” is again right on the money with regard to the Victorian/Burly fusion fad. Here is a snippet to whet your whistle, then pop over and read the entire thing!

“What if someone from the general public came to see one of these performances? What if this person knew nothing about bellydance? Do we want to give the general public the impression that we’re only comic relief and slapstick acts that have no qualms about showing our frilly panties to strangers, particularly as we lose (or pretend to lose) our inhibitions through the imbibing of alcohol on stage? Is that bellydance, and, more importantly to me, is that tribal? And, I know that many of us bellydancers are trying very hard to elevate this dance into the realms of both popular and high art… and in order for that to happen, we must earn the respect of not only our peers but also the general public. How do we expect to be respected as an art form when we’re stumbling around on stage in our underwear?”

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    Okay, I love this post. I honestly cannot stand the trend of pretending to get trashed and stagger around on stage while in your skivvies. It’s fun! It’s cute! It’s women who want to be half naked getting to be half naked! All I can think about, any time that I see it, is some 13 year old girl watching her hero pretend to get drunk and thinking, “that’s belly dance!” Maybe that’s old fashion of me, maybe… but I still believe in class, and of being a role model.

    But yeah, she’s right. What does it have to do with belly dancing.

    I keep watching performances and being like, okay… that was kind of nice… but where’s the belly dance?

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    Thanks for sharing your thoughts. It’s really interesting, this trend. But I wonder…now that Britany Spears’ new tour is circus themed, will this trend finally play itself out as “too mainstream” and be eschewed by the too-hip-for-words tribal contingent?

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