Professional Bellydance Performer Gone Mad!

I've received some weird and unsettling news: the word is that a Sydney Bellydancer is now charging double what the other professional Bellydancers are charging.

Professional Bellydancers who’ve had twice the experience of this particular dancer and are considered the top performers in Sydney all charge a similar rate for a twenty minute gig at a private function. Meanwhile, this dancer has decided she'll charge double that.

So what’s going on with this other younger and less experienced dancer whose prices are through the roof? The dancer in question has had no more than four years performance experience. I’ve seen her dance, and I’ve even danced with her. She’s an okay dancer. She’s also quite a nice person, and she doesn't seem to have an inflated ego. So why the huuuge price difference?

My answer: I don’t know.

If I didn’t know the girl personally, I would assume that she thinks too highly of herself. I'd conclude that she considers herself over and above all the other Bellydancers to have the nerve to charge double the average fee of dancers doubly experienced (and doubly talented, in my opinion). But she doesn't seem to be an egomaniac at all.

So, no, I don’t have a definitive answer as to why this performer thinks she's worth double the fee of everyone else. Plus, I’m not going to ask her. I’m not even going to go there. In fact, I’m not even going to think about it for a second more after I put this article online. I’ve learnt that it’s just not worth it.

And that's really the message of this article: Bellydancers who undercut prices to steal other dancers' jobs are always around. After much complaining about such individuals over the years, I’ve finally learnt that there’s just no point. And so, even though overcharging Bellydancers are rarer (it's first time I've come across one!) they're not worth worrying about either.

So whether you encounter an undercutter or overcharger, the rule is the same: don't worry about it. Just get on what what you're doing and enjoy your Bellydancing!

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Adopt a homeless animal instead - they all deserve a second chance

It's estimated that 130,000 dogs and 60,000 cats are killed every year in Australia because there are not enough homes for them all. And the global numbers amount to millions upon millions every single year.

Puppy mills are a major contributor to the terrible problem of overpopulation. Puppy mills are essentially 'dog factories' where dogs are forced to churn out litter after litter, with no thought for the welfare of the dogs and all thought for profit. The dogs live in appallingly dirty, cramped conditions all their lives, and when they no longer serve their purpose they're killed, dumped or sold to vivisection laboratories.

Petshops fit into the picture because puppy mills are generally where petshops get their animals from. Furthermore, having animals in shop windows encourages impulse purchases, and adding an animal to your family should be a conscious, careful decision - NOT one to be made while shoe shopping.

Breeders contribute enormously to the tragic statistics above too. And it doesn't matter whether they're professional breeders or backyard breeders, and whether they breed for profit or not, because while there are homeless animals sitting on death row in shelters, any and all animal breeding is utterly irresponsible.

Now, here's where you come in. You can either be part of the problem or part of the solution. You can either buy animals from puppy mills, petshops or breeders and be part of the problem. Or you can adopt from a shelter or rescue organisation and be part of the solution.

If I haven't convinced you, visit your local shelter to see the homeless animals. Let their innocent faces convince you that adopting is the only responsible choice to make.

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