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Blog Posts 2012

Blog posts from 2012 covering all about the journey of Orlando belly dancer Jennifer

How to Make More Money as a Belly Dancer

There is an abundant amount of money to be made as a belly dancer, all you need is the courage, a little investment, hard work, and the passion to be a positive remodel for the belly dance community. Many times I am writing blog posts to help others, inform about […]

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Costuming Checklist for Belly Dancers

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As a Professional Belly Dancer and designer in Orlando with Bellydance By Jennifer Inc., the subject of costuming is huge when it comes to performance. After a few headaches, I decided it would be nice to create this Costuming Checklist for Belly Dancers.   There are some common costuming mistakes that […]

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I Have a Dream…

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As the elections have come to a close and America has chosen to once again vote for Obama, what a triumph it is to have a black president elected for not one, but two terms. This has become a reality when not too many decades ago, the idea of such […]

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Inappropriate Cyber Etiquette with Belly Dancers

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belly dancer cyber stalkingI don’t know about you, but Bellydance By Jennifer Inc. has had ENOUGH with inappropriate comments via cyber space. The internet is a wonderful thing; one can market and promote their abilities via forums, social networking sites, blogs, and video to name a few.

There is a very dark side though, the side that does not appear publicly for others to see by way of inappropriate pm’s (Bhuz), DM’s (Twitter), inbox (Facebook), email, text, and Youtube Messages.

While the vast majority of private messages I have received have been overwhelmingly positive (and at times made me tear up with happiness), there is a small percentage that have been made by men and cyber stalkers who send sexualized, offensive and inappropriate comments. Just one of these is enough to throw one over the edge, and as a belly dancer it seems that my profession attracts these perverts.

No matter how classy and sweet one portrays themselves online, being a woman and a belly dancer seems to call the attention of some men who feel that it is ok to tell us how sexy they think we are, or that we should show more skin, or come away and dance for them…ugh!

If you cannot say it in real life to my face or publicly on the internet then do not say it! It is disgusting etiquette to throw these comments out to someone. Your sexualized, inappropriate comments strike me and many others who deal with these people offensive.

This is an art form. If you cannot say it to another serious profession then what makes you think you can say it to us? Personally I do not like any man other than my boyfriend telling me that I am sexy or anything else above that. Have respect!

That is enough for toniight. Have you ever been cyber stalked? Gotten a text from someone you did not know wanting you to dance or meet them somewhere? Unwanted private messages to where you had to block the person because it made you uncomfortable? Many of us have. So what should we as a community do to prevent this and educate?

Please leave your comments below and let Bellydance By Jennifer Inc. know your story.

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