The problem is that belly dancing is “artistic” dancing, designed for entertaining in its own right. It’s not to be danced to, or to have done in an organized way with choreography. To dance belly dancing is to dance with an audience of one. In order to be “artistic”, to perform to a level of skill and grace that a professional dancer can compete with, it takes a level of skill, energy, and dedication that, as dancers (including dancers in a traditional belly dance tradition), we don’t usually expect. (It also takes the most dedication.)
So there are things we expect to do, and things and expectations that we have to adjust or avoid to meet those expectations.
How about something as simple and natural as belly dancing for a change?
What if we danced it on our own. This is, frankly, the only thing that we really need to do; we want the show to end, but we also want to dance; therefore, we dance it on our own. We don’t need the rest. So let’s dance this way. So simple – and natural – that we have no need for help.
As long as we’re doing something that’s natural for us, something that we’re happy to do for ourselves, without the need for any help or instruction from anyone, what problem is belly dancing?
When we get up in the middle of the dance to get ready to go back to a choreography we didn’t even do, we’re making an effort to dance the move at least a little bit. This is called self-promoting.
It’s not “getting in and out of the groove” – in short, it’s not “having a good time.” Self-promoting is an activity we do for ourselves for self-advancement (or an effort to put down some social inhibitions), so we can be self-reliant, productive, and enjoy ourselves. Self-proprietary is an activity we do for ourselves for the sake of “attention” (to ourselves), so we can be self-reliant and focus on having more fun in our lives than anyone else with whom we’re in close contact.
These self-proprietary behaviors don’t have to go together. They do if we don’t practice with each other. One man and two women have said the very same thing to me…we are dancing as a group (rather than
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