Choreography by Asada Belly Dance, Kissimmee Belly Dancer: Staying True to Traditional Middle Eastern Dance vs Fusion Glam

Photo by Lisa Stern

Photo by Lisa Stern

Choreography by Asada Belly Dance, Kissimmee Belly Dancer: Staying True to Traditional Middle Eastern Dance vs Fusion Glam

Part of my job of being a Kissimmee Belly Dancer and running my company Asada Belly Dance is writing choreography for my clients.  This is the part that I LOVE.  Watching someone else beautifully express what I’ve created puts me in a happy place.  For what ever reason I find it much more easier to choreograph for someone else than it is to write for myself.

I am my biggest critic.  I’ll write something, rehears it a million times and wont ever be satisfied.  I criticize every single bit of what I’m doing.  Then continue to try to perfect it up until the day of my performance.  Instead of keeping it simple, I want to glam it up and top my previous performance.  I even try to push myself to the point of mastering dance moves I’ve never even learned through proper training.  Well attempting to master anyway.

When it comes to my clients, I want them to master what I’ve taught them and what their capable of doing at the time of their performance.  Once I discover what movements work well with their body, I focus on writing around that.  I add my own flare and pizzaz of course, but I want to make sure they can do it.  I also, want to make sure that when they perform something with my name on it that the audience knows that they had a great choreographer.

I make it clear to my clients and their audience that what they are performing is true belly dance.  When I’m the one on stage sometimes I feel like the audience will question if I’m sticking to the true essence of Middle Eastern Dance.

I think the reason I do this to myself is because I feel like I shouldn’t limit myself to just one dance style.  I find myself torn.  Belly Dance is what I know and love.  I should just master it.  Right?  My mentor Azizi once told me that it takes decades to master Middle Eastern Dance.  I think she’s right.  But I don’t want to wait that long.  Do I go out and learn some other “cool” dance style that I can fuse with Belly Dance?  Do I go out and learn more new fancy props that I feel take away from the body’s art of dancing?

When I’m in the audience watching these amazing new dancer.  I become mesmerized by their contortionist style that my body will never learn to do.  Although fusion dancing is breathtaking, I really want to be that dancer that stays true to Middle Eastern Dancing.  I don’t have a problem with jazzing it up or fusing it for certain occasions but Belly Dancing is just that, Belly Dancing.

If I can keep my clients performances on the true path of Middle Easter Dance, than why shouldn’t I do the same for myself?  I would love to hear your thoughts.  Share them with me your Kissimmee Belly Dancer on my Asada Belly Dance Blog.

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Asada is an Entertainer, Instructor, and Choreographer for all ages. She has been belly dancing since 2004. From folkloric to her take on the modern style, she will teach you privately or in a group. Asada currently teaches belly dancing classes in Kissimmee, Fl performs at Kissimmee weddings, Melbourne, Fl weddings, and birthday parties in Melbourne, Fl. Her goal is to educate her students and clients about the beautiful art of Middle Eastern Dance; aka Belly Dance. Follow me on Google+