Professional vs Amateur Belly Dancers
This video clip is a cautionary tale which will strike a chord with many professional bellydancers.
It's a cringeworthy "interview" with a woman who thinks she can bellydance.
Unfortunately it's not a rare occurrence! I think some bellydance teachers are their own worst enemies sometimes, because they place such an emphasis on building self-esteem and empowerment, they don't critique or correct their students as much as they should. Certainly, I've never seen a belly dance instructor give anything like as much correction as a jazz or ballet teacher.
That makes for a supportive class atmosphere, but it also means students can get an inflated idea of how good they are - especially if they're encouraged to perform early and praised regardless of how well they danced!
The result is that I've seen many students accepting belly dance gigs after only a term or two of lessons - which does nothing for the reputation of belly dancing! However, that's a whole other subject.
The line that got me was the one about her costume - made from a bra from Target. I know I recommend shortcuts and easy solutions to home-made costumes on this site - but even if you're going to make costumes at home, you need to set some standards. There's a difference between inexpensive and tacky! There's nothing worse than dancing in something that's obviously underwear. There's also a difference between what's acceptable at an amateur performance and what's appropriate if you're performing in a professional show.