Few things make me as sick as the lack of originality. Damn!
It´s incredible how lost and clueless so many people are. They copy others in their clothes, choices, ideas, creeds, face expressions (eeek!), moves, words, even dreams. There are dream copy machines – how sick and sad is that?!
This is how the twisted tune goes: If that made her who she is, I want a slice of that cake. Outch. Scarier than Frankenstein and Freddy Krueger combined.
I know I swim against the tide when I teach dancers to BE who they are and never comparing themselves to others; I know I swim against the tide when I teach dancers to discover their own path, instead of mimicking other people´s dance and life. I know it and I´m tired of swimming against the tide(s). Truly tired.
The thought of stopping Oriental Dance for good and dedicating my life to something else has visited me often during this last year. For the reason I just mentioned and for many others that would take several articles to express. Despite the expansion and the success I´ve been enjoying since I´ve moved to Egypt and, more recently, throughout the world, I am still fighting the urge to call the whole thing off .
Coming from me, a well known passionate missionary of this despised Art from, the confession may come as a surprise for a lot of people. Exemples of dancers who are shutting the door on the nonsense have been frequent – I´m not the only one who´s disappointed with the direction this dance is taking or the kind of people who are running The Show. I ain´t the first and certainly not the last.
I have a Mission, though, and that keeps me going for the moment: a Higher Purpose than myself is what keeps me from throwing the towel on the floor and letting it all go down the toilet. That Mission is not yet fully accomplished. Once it is, we´ll see if this Path still makes sense or not; we´ll see if my arms are eager to keep swimming against these tides or if they believe there are other Oceans to conquer. Once all the mountains I chose are conquered and I feel my job is done, I´ll probably feel curious to enter new worlds and dimensions. Probably…we´ll see. Until then, I´ll keep doing my best, even if that means pitying copy-cats and pissing a lot of people off with my counter-current approach to dance and life.