«Dance is about time, and symmetry in space» Dance is everywhere, life rhythms , biological patterns, cycles, Heart beats, music …everything is in motion, the Dance is a magnificent expression of the intangible essence and nature of the Universe.
“We dance for laughter, we dance for tears, we dance for madness, we dance for fears, we dance for hopes, we dance for screams, we are the dancers, we create the dreams.”
― Albert Einstein
To understand that Dance is everywhere we need to be familiar with some concepts like Quantum and Synchronicity:
Quantum physics is the set of physical laws governing the realm of the ultra-small. There, objects appear to follow rules that are radically different from the world seen by the naked eye. In the quantum dominion, for example, an object can seem to be in two places at the same time, and there is no distinction between particles and waves.
Synchronization: What’s synchronization? Imagine an individual — a bird, a pendulum — doing a particular motion over and over again. The bird is flapping its wings as it flies, the pendulum is swinging back and forth. Imagine several such individuals near each other, all doing the same motion — several birds flying together in a flock, several pendulums swinging while hanging from a beam. When they start out, the birds are flapping to their own individual rhythms, the pendulums going in different directions. But then something beautiful happens: these individual motions synchronize. The birds flap in perfect coordination, so the flock moves as one marvelous whole. The pendulums swing in harmony.
Physics and the Art of Dance: Understanding Movement , Kenneth Laws , Oxford U. Press, New York, 2002. $39.95 (236 pp.). ISBN 0-19-514482-1 Buy at Amazon What do Maxwell’s equations and Fokine’s Les Sylphides have in common? Both are towering and seminal achievements—and almost completely unfamiliar outside their respective areas. Both have beauty that is generally inaccessible without knowledge of their language and tradition. Each is couched in a precise vocabulary. Few people outside the fields know that vocabulary, and even fewer are familiar with the vocabularies of both. Kenneth Laws is evidently one of those few. He has written a most unusual book, Physics and the Art of Dance: Understanding Movement, to bridge the gap between the two worlds. https://physicstoday.scitation.org/doi/full/10.1063/1.1580053
As an artist and psychologist, my thoughts and opinions have been freer, more realistic … (well, that depends on the realities of each one) … but … let’s get to the point …Its not a secret that i am passionate about Oriental folklore , music and all kinds of artistic expression with deep roots and meaning and that BellyDancing has been my hobby and treasured talent for the past 20 years…
Long ago i noticed and felt that artists especially dancers were judged very harsh, disrespected, despised and sometimes abused throughout Latin America and the Middle East …, I could not say anything more since I have not visited other continents and other places ..
Many years ago I wrote an article on my social media site as well for a magazine, I was in my home country, and I only wrote a few times in a Facebook group that I had created..2009, .then i just forgot about it , …What I can confirm now is that the prejudice and mentality of our society has not changed much compared to what it was a decade ago, years after my first writings on the subject I continue to face in the Country in which I currently live and work, … and it has been extremely Difficult to face this nonsense repudiation, morbidly made up with indifference, that malice and prejudice that still in full 2020 continues to undervalue the role of Women in the world and in all areas of society I can no longer access my old blog and make the necessary amends or corrections to the articles but I copy and paste because it must be said and repeated: The Dancers are not Prostitutes
The Dancers are not Prostitutes
Throughout our careers we have come across a number of questions about our profession, art or trade, some come across innuendoes and invitations after a show from some gentleman or even lady who yearns to fulfill fantasies … there are millions of stories that they have told me … and many more that I have lived … I am NOT going to deny or hide if there are … there are girls and women who are dedicated to sexual businesses beyond the Dance, and their income depends on sexual favors … but is minority … It is not only the Latin world that carries this fame in the world … there are women of all nationalities and all categories … But here .. Here we talk specifically about The Dancers, Belly dancers.. … I myself have been involved in gossip about my work, my dance and there is who question my Dignity … but with my head held high I have demonstrated it is not like that … on the other hand … We know for sure that every beautiful and attractive Woman with little or much success has to be branded as ill-gotten, living rowdy or Slut! Judging by appearances and based on your own shortcomings is the MISTAKE !!
Beauty accompanied by intelligence, power and abilities to work successfully exist! The Ideal Woman or at least the potentially ideal one exists!
Dancing to the rhythm of exciting melodies, having the cadence of the serpent, being as sinuous as sin itself is what sometimes makes us despicable in the eyes of others! Ayy..but if they knew !!!! ; if they just knew how much wisdom we harbor, how good, knowledgeable, researchers and scholars some of us are… administrators, businesswomen, professionals, splendid housewives, beautiful and good daughters, sisters, friends and companions !! LET’S NOT DENY that even we ourselves have judged others!! ,, Well, sometimes with reason, but other times NO !! I wrote down all of this for a debate that I found very interesting and that was exposed a long time ago in a Facebook group … and it is necessary to speak about it, it is a topic that has been and will be <the daily bread >.. . from the explicit comments in the social pages of artists and dancers all over the world from a passionate loyal fan to the harshest criticism of our own friends, sisters and colleagues .. And a girl once said … a well known girl … and famous precisely for The Dance and the fruits that it has given her ** That dance is for prostitutes !!.* ……… unfortunately is a concept from the imagination of some people … from their lack of information and ignorance. , ignorance of the arts and traditions …
What makes this so?
is the attitude of the dancers and the places where they do their dance, is the way they portray their art and their personal tendencies … it is very common that they tend to prostitution .. (Sometimes by necessity, ambition or desire). and therefore their fame is widespread with bad comments …. More important than anything … We must be and appear to be a wonderful dancer … .. and look at every moment like an immaculate artist! For many of our friends in the Middle East we also figured as cheap women of easy access, but it is understandable when look back at their customs and traditions, their religion and look into their daily life. All Bellydancers knows that one way or another there is an stigma hanging over her forehead … from the odalisque to the main wife, from the Awalin to Ghawazi, from the maid to Sheikha .. An stigma that embrace all of us, as Women we know that the world governed by men has limitations, rules and many egos fed by religion (manipulated), sexism, prejudice and unconsciousness.
The dreaded and unbearable people’s opinion!
it cost me many tears and tantrums understand that if I am a person exposed to the public as well is my work ,in this case the dance, it means I’m subject to the public thinking and opinions about my self, they can think what they want! judge me as they please .. and even the very same women i work with !!.. Now a days, I do not consider it a problem .. at least not mine !!… but it is for sure an issue to expose and reveal!
I admit: It’s very sad to know the kind of thoughts or opinions people have about us… but … The dancer is and will remain the subject of the lowest or the most wonderful fantasies …. bad or good, Prostitute or holy. .. Woman from home or the street …in the end is a sacred Woman! And with a much more developed feminine power that the common ones, with the ability to transmute those energies from those who observe not only the dance but the daily life of all the dancers … It is a subject of a thousand controversies … and is like the one who criticizes and judge homosexuality in others … there is something inside them, inner conflicts with the free expression of another, whether is sexual preferences or Art that inspires them… We need to understand and should never, never forget that not everything that is sensual have to be of whores !!… not everything in eroticism is involving baseness, and not every expression of seduction is a winding invitation for sex!
A todas las bailarinas nos ha sucedido que entramos en el Lugar de nuestra clase o show,,,Sean Academias, Gimnasios, Teatros, casas, restaurantes , Clubes, etc,,,y a veces nos encontramos con una energía apacible, Emotiva, inspiradora, o tensionante, evaluativa, fria,,,,o ignorante de nuestro arte,,,,Bueno a la mayoría de las occidentales en este lado del mundo…nos toca hacer mas que danza; Pedagogía. es a veces duro encontrarse entre el Público con ojos vacios e indiferentes, ..o muy motivante hallar empatía entre los asistentes sean hombres, mujeres o jóvenes y niños..y son estos últimos los que en la mayoría de las ocasiones logran captar toda nuestra esencia…y remunerarnos con una gran sonrisa y un inocente disfrute…
Y hay también quienes percibirán la picardía de la danza y las canciones..con la malicia…o percibirán el sentimiento con el que se interpreta cada instrumento y melodía…ay!! Que dichosa la bailarina que da de su alma y recibe amores en las miradas!!!
aunque a veces es nuestra labor ser el Alma de las reuniones, Lugares y eventos..y no solo en los compromisos profesionales sino en nuestra vida Cotidiana ..PORQUE LA BAILARINA ES DENTRO Y FUERA DEL SHOW!!
Y sómos magas, magas de El tiempo y los Momentos MAGAS de la noche
..Transmutando miradas , intenciones y energías mientras danzamos, y tocamos las puertas de los Corazones humanos que asisten a ver nuestro despliegue de armonía!!
Es Magia el cambiar un ceño fruncido por una placida sonrisa..
.Es MAGIA hacer que una Mujer nos mire con ojos de Profunda Admiración e invite a su pareja a observar la cadencia de nuestro movimiento…es Magia hacer conmover el publico con nuestros gestos,,y arrebatar aplausos que no necesitan de peticiones!!…hacer que el estrés de todo un día desaparezca al encuentro de nuestra Danza…!! Y que MAGIA es más grande que recuperar La Autoestima y La Pasión que parece abandonar las relaciones de nuestras estudiantes, amigas y Asistentes de Nuestras Presentaciones!!
Somos la Alegría de Nuestro Mundo!! Y MAGAS Transmutadoras de las sombras del tapujo, el Prejuicio, los temores, la ignorancia e intolerancia Cultural!! .
Luz Betty JS
Es por eso que Debemos de cuidar nuestros Tesoros..El Encanto de Nuestra mirada!! ..Recargarla de Dulzura es nuestra tarea cada mañana ..así acariciaremos el mundo sin servirnos de nuestras manos!!!!.
La Delicadeza de Nuestras Manos y formas que han de hipnotizar,,y dejar una marca en la memoria de quien nos mira!! y SABIAN QUE MARCAR UN ALMA …LA HACE NUESTRA PARA SIEMPRE!!??
Ayyyy!! Mujeres Hermosas…hagan uso de su Poder…Y su Magia….y transformen y Niéguense a la tristeza, y a la Envidia..Díganle NO al Resentimiento,,a la desgastante competencia…sin perder el Rumbo del Éxito!!!