I hope this does not cause too much of a stir but as an Orlando belly dancer I know if I am feeling this discomfort then others might too… The belly dance community is growing stronger and becoming more popular offering more opportunities for events and workshops where this art form can be enjoyed by the masses. On this point I commend the large increase of workshops becoming available. but with this, a slew of Bellydance Workshop Problems have also come about.
With soooo many new belly dance events springing up and SOME promoters not working with other event hosts, there is a big discord on workshop dates. As a dancer and regular attendee of events/workshops this creates a stressful issue.
Belly Dance Workshop Problems
For example: say I know my favorite dancer is coming for a workshop in May, then my second favorite is coming two weeks later at another event, and then there is a competition/workshop weekend the week after, there is a big problem here! Why? Because of this:
A: These workshops all cost money, and being so close together the majority of dancers will probably have to pick and choose and not be able to attend one of their favorites workshops.
B: There is not enough time to prepare. Let’s say you are invited to dance at all 3, you are expected to put on a fabulous performance for all three and sometimes with life, it gets a bit too busy some seasons to properly prepare for all.
C: It is a bad example for the belly dance community when event sponsors get negatively competitive with each other instead of working together. If they can work together and set appropriate dates that don’t step on each others toes, we would all win.
–This is a business I know and I bow down to the event hosts who put these events on because it is a TON of work but realize you will gain more if students have enough time to recuperate cash flow in between and then they do not have to sacrifice more than they need to. Also, it strengthens the community 10 fold when you can get a long :)
Honestly having a ton of workshop options is a blessing, but please hear our cries
- we WANT you to get along
- we want workshops to be scheduled with enough time apart to recuperate
- we want your amazing festivals and instructors to have a good turn out
- we want for the big events to continue for the long haul and not wither away
- we want to put on amazing shows for each
- we want to see our friends be able to come with us to these workshops.
Ok that is my rant, love belly dance, appreciate all the hard work form sponsors but please, let’s work together and put on belly dance workshops and events without the extra stress! No one wants to go through Bellydance Workshop Problems.
On another note, if you are an event host and would like for me to come to your well established and respected belly dance festival to teach workshops. Please visit my belly dance workshops page to get some of my latest workshop topics and contact information.
Love ya! From your Orlando belly dancer Jennifer :)