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Most Common Belly Dance Questions


Q. When should a dancer start teaching belly dance?

A. When she has studied a broad range of sources and can break the moves down . . .


A teacher must be able to correctly demonstrate basic alignment for all moves. She must be able to see into the body and correctly interpret where a movement is originating from. This isn't easy. Some people have a gift for it. Until this is understood, one should not be teaching. A teacher should be able to break a movement down into its isolated basic components. A teacher should have paid her dues, too. She should have traveled and have knowledge about festivals and the community at large.

While a teacher doesn't necessarily have to have professional performing experience, there can really be a dimension missing when they do not. Ideally, a teacher will have read a lot on the subject so she is knowledgeable about the cultures and historic precedents. If so, she can be clear about diverging from traditional paths. I think teachers should study from different sources. Even if in the end she pays alliance to only one source of study, a teacher is seasoned and gains valuable perspective and wisdom from exposure to, and study of, a variety of sources.

All students and teachers interested in the subject of beginning belly dance will be interested in Absolute Beginning Belly Dance with Delilah, one of the latest productions from Visionary Belly Dancing.