Famous 60’s dancer/drummer Sabah, who was big in NYC.
With this as a prime example:
- He’s not asking for a dancer, he’s asking for a ‘female’ which is a dehumanizing way to refer to a women
- He’s specifically asking for someone for the Middle East, which is evidence of the same fetishization and objectification we talk about on this blog
- He’s not paying. Your hundreds & thousands of hours of practice and hard work or hard earned money for your costumes are worth getting paid. ALWAYS. Unless the event you’re invited to is for a charity event you want to help out, get paid. Not only are you worth it, but you’ll be harming the business opportunities of other dancers by undercutting.
These are big warning signs, so up-and-coming dancers learn to avoid this kind of ‘job offers.’
I just now saw this! Apologies for a rather late reply.
It doesn’t matter what your size is when you belly dance. What matters is how you MOVE in belly dance. This whole notion that chubbier belly dancers look better is bullshit. On the flip side, you have folks saying some women are too fat to dance. Come on! Which one is it?! Therefore, don’t listen to anyone telling you _____ women are better dancers. What makes you a better dancer is practicing, learning, and DANCING non-stop.
This is the same lady who danced at my wedding!
Nothing against fusion, but this is Diane Webber, a 70-80’s cabaret dancer, out of California. She was well known for her gravity-defying bras and started one of the first Middle Eastern dance companies in the US.