Tips For Bellydance Troupe Performance

For the teacher (troupe leader):

  • One of the trickier aspects of being a troupe leader is finding a balance in your role: being firm but kind, organised but flexible, tough but friendly.

  • Work the troupe hard while at the same time make rehearsals fun.

  • Praise often and keep the atmosphere upbeat and positive.

  • Always sandwich constructive criticism between two positive comments.

  • Find a balance between drilling old choreographies and teaching new ones.

  • Choose troupe members wisely. For example, if a student who is a talented dancer is slack at coming to class, it's a good indication that she'll be slack at coming to rehearsals too, so it's best not to invite her to be part of the troupe.

For the troupe performers:

  • Choosing to be a in a dance troupe means that you put yourself in a position where you'll receive constructive criticism both from your teacher and other troupe members. And while it's a necessary part of being in a troupe, even the most gentle critique can be confronting. Work at your self-confidence so that you can deal with it in a positive way.

  • Performing (like life) is ups and downs, so be prepared for the fact that some gigs will fall through. This might seem obvious, but a troupe member once got extremely upset with me because I had asked about her availability for a gig that didn’t end up happening.

  • If you’re consistently not practising at home, either start now or consider an early retirement. If you’re going to be part of a troupe, you need to act like you’re part of the troupe, not just dangling on the end of it.

  • There may be personality clashes within a performance troupe. If you don’t like someone in the troupe, keep it to yourself. If you want to get it off your chest, tell your teacher in private. As much as possible, remind yourself of that person’s good points (they’re bound to have some!). You don’t have to marry them, so there’s no need to go to great lengths to become best friends, but do find a way to get on with them for the purpose of having peaceful and productive rehearsals and enjoyable and successful performances.

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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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