I’m slow on the uptake, but “Shades of Ritual” anthology about people of colour in paganism is out now. I have a piece in the anthology. Signal boost and give it a look in. http://www.immanion-press.com/info/book.asp?id=466&referer=Hp
On Facebook today, I came across a post made by one of my favorite belly dancers.
There was so much truth to this post, I couldn’t help but to share this. One of the main reasons why I love being a part of the belly dance community is because we embrace our bodies. All sizes are beautiful.
This post was by Rin Ajna.
"Dance teachers, I promise that criticizing your students for their weight or singling them out in class to make a negative statement isn’t helping anybody. And word definitely does get around, which is why I’m posting this. If your judgement of a student’s size supersedes that of their technique, then you have no business being a dance teacher.
People in general, I promise that telling someone that they could gain OR lose a few pounds isn’t helping anybody. It just highlights your personal bias and infallibly makes you sound disrespectful, to put it mildly. (It makes you sound like a dick).
Anyone who says I could use a piece of cake is clearly terrible at being a stalker. Those who actually know me well know that I tend to overdo it with cake, if that’s even possible. It’s amazing how many people have said this kind of thing to me and quite a few people I know. What kind of mentality does a person have to have to approach someone with such a statement?
I recently got the, “but don’t you need to be bigger to belly dance” question from a complete stranger, to whom I inquired while making direct eye contact, “oh, you know about belly dance? :)” …Nope. What’s strange is that half of the people I’ve come across think you need to be thinner to belly dance, and half the people think you need to be bigger. I’m confused. Where’s the content in that? Where’s the richness, the culture, the history, the community?
In my eighteen plus years of dancing, I have consistently found that regardless of the genre of dance or the skill level of dancers, the success of a dance group, team, school, company, class, and so on, is directly related to the sense of respect between all of its members. In our most refined state, the best dance groups with which I’ve danced have left absolutely no room for pettiness.
Have some respect, not just for what you are practicing, but for the people with whom you are practicing. Developing this sense of community is crucial, especially considering how much animosity and separatism is prevalent in the world. I mean, people are killing each other because of intolerance and perceived differences! We don’t have to all hug each other and send baskets of fruit, but let’s maintain a basic level of respect.”
Hey everyone! I’m testing for Level 4 in the Suhaila Salimpour format this Sunday. This is a pretty big deal… there are only seven other dancers in the world who have ever held this certification. If you’re in or near the San Francisco Bay Area, please consider coming out and supporting. Other dancers include Gina Bruno and Stacey Lizette, and we’ll also have special guest Issam Houshan playing in our live Arabic band.
July 27, 7:00pm in Walnut Creek, California. Tickets available here!
Oh man! That’s awesome! Good luck!
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