Midnight at the Crossroads: has belly dance sold its soul?
Belly dance is Eastern. It has EASTERN aesthetics and values (by Eastern, I mean the homelands of belly dance, the near and middle east rather than Asia). Eastern values applaud relaxation, improvisation, and shared joy.
But it’s not so easy to learn this. Where do you even start?
It’s tough, because most of us have been raised with Western dance aesthetics and values. Western values applaud precision, athleticism, and choreography. Many of the issues in our dance come from imposing Western values upon it.
That’s why I wrote this book...