Stereotype is something we as belly dancers fight against a great deal. Somewhere between dance practice and performances we are routinely defending belly dance as an art form as opposed to western stereotypes of harems and hoochie-mamas.
This blog is not the first time I’ve talked about education, how we present ourselves and upholding image.  Today is another one of those days I ask myself,  “Will the stereotype die?”
This morning, after I bundled up and ran off to the gym, excited to get my morning workout in, I noticed my trainer was just as excited as I was. To get exercise? No. To see me? No! To tell me about a controversial belly dance party for public officials in Pennsylvania? Oh great!
For those of you not familiar with the story, in 2006 during the beginning of budget cuts for housing subsidies, the Pennsylvania Housing Authority (PHA) sponsored a diversity training event. It’s only just now hitting.
Ok, so not a big deal, except it was $17,000 and included buffet style dinner, yodelers, salsa dancers, karaoke, and of course, belly dancers. What’s interesting about this coverage…

Comments on: "“Fair and Balanced,” My Belly Dance-Ass" (3)

  1. I haven’t been able to find a good quality costume….What do you think about Isis exchange? I haven’t purchased from them yet. Do you have a favorite costume store or vendor?

  2. I guess I should have commented on your post before I asked questions about costumes. LOL…I agree that we do get a bad wrap re: bad publicity as belly dancers. But the belly dance revolution is taking place and as people are educated on the art form, we move forward in showing the world that women grow with confidence and strength from the graceful movements.

  3. So sorry for the late reply! The holidays have got me all frazzled. 😉 Hah!

    If you’re looking for gypsy skirts, bra and belt sets, hip scarves, choli tops or any other belly dance basic- Hip Mix has a lot to offer there. These are great pieces to add to your wardrobe because they’re colorful and fun, therefore versatile. Go to to see what we have and email me if you have anymore questions!

    Now, if you’re looking for a custom couture costume, we will be offering those on the site soon. We have a great resource for that so as soon as that happens, you’ll be the first one I contact. 😉

    As far as Isis Exchange, I have never bought from them so I can’t personally recommend them! Hope I was helpful!

    Enjoy your day.

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