It costs how much?

If you ask yourself why PERFORMANCE ARTISTS i.e.: dancers, musicians, DJs, singers, etc, charge so much for what they do. It’s coz we don’t get paid vacation, sick days, flexi days, superannuation, bonuses for outstanding performances or for Christmas & public holidays. We sacrifice our family on special days so that we can bring happiness to others. Illness or personal affairs are not excuses for a bad performance. Next time you ask, remember that Performance Artists are ARTISTS because of their love for music, movement, expression & art but that love doesn’t pay the bills!! (R.E.S.P.E.C.T) ♥

Beautiful belly dancer spinning with silk veils

coming soon – dvd review, and nude by nature make up review!

Jade with double veils picture by Bruce Thomas

Quotes to inspire and encourage Belly dancers!

A mix of wisdom from various sources to help inspire you! Whether you are a belly dancer or just need help with your self esteem – here area  few of my favourite sayings and quotations. Due to the variety of sources (word of mouth, social networking updates, websites, etc) I am not sure if every quote is attributed to the correct author – but the meaning remains true never the less.

I Dare you to Believe in Yourself.

-Cass Smith (facebook post)

“Those who danced were thought to be quite insane by those who could not hear the music.” – Angela Monet

A black belt is a white belt that keeps going to class – a jiu jitsu saying


The Philosopher’s soul dwells within his head,
the Poet’s soul dwells  within his heart,
the Dancer’s soul abides within her whole body”
~ Kahlil Gibran

“The pursuit of truth and beauty is a sphere of activity in which we are permitted to remain children, all our lives.” ~Albert Einstein

Tribal style belt

Imagine this: there was a time in history, a long time ago, when the bounce and sway of a woman’s hips was considered so beautiful that they set it to music and made a dance out of it… – fcbd

Good to read before a performance!

13. Don’t compare your life  to others. You have no idea what their journey  is all about.

16.. Take a deep breath. It calms  the mind.

20. When it comes to  going after what you love in life, don’t take no  for an answer.

22. Over prepare, then go with  the flow.

23. Be eccentric now. Don’t  wait for old age to wear purple.

25. No one is in charge of your  happiness but you.

29. What other people think  of you is none of your business.

32. Don’t take  yourself so seriously. No one else  does.

33. Believe in miracles.

35.  Don’t audit life. Show up and make the most of  it now.

42. The best  is yet to come…

– Regina Brett, 90 years old, Cleveland , Ohio

The people that matter don’t mind and the people that mind don’t matter.

– Travers Ross (facebook post but I’ve heard it elsewhere too).

We’re fools whether we dance or not, so we might as well dance.  ~Japanese Proverb

I hope you are feeling inspired! I have been collecting quotes for years so there are likely to be future posts on this theme. Enjoy and feel free to share with me any great ones you find.

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