Many of you will have already been to one of the biannual Ottawa Dancers’ Bazaars that I have been organizing since the first one in the spring of 1999. And after so many years, the growth from one room with 7 tables to it’s present location at the Knight’s of Columbus Hall on McArthur with between 35 and 40 tables, it’s been a good run with the support of the area’s Middle Eastern/Belly dance community!
This past October, things were quieter.
Still over 200 patrons plus vendors and volunteers came out to support the event, but it’s a sign of something… Certainly the economy has affected every “luxury” endeavour and while for some of us, belly dance is no longer a luxury but a way of life, for many, it’s a reality that folks may be shifting their interests and disposable incomes to more practical things.
So, what to do, what to do… hmmm…
1 – I could just stop organizing the Dancers’ Bazaar, and folks can simply go online and find the stuff they want there. hmm…
2 – I can accept that there has been a shift in the community growth and the numbers will probably be down for a while, until some hollywood maven brings Middle Eastern dance back to the forefront of general society. Hmmm – yeah, but that doesn’t help my students find accessories and costumes and music.
3- I can open things up to other dance forms.
“WHAAT?” you say!
Oh wait, you’ve already been trying them anyway, haven’t you? I know that many of us are enticed by all dance forms – and many of belly dance’s closest cousins are already part of our repertoires.
Flamenco, Hip hop, Gypsy, Bollywood, Salsa, Burlesque, Ballroom etc. are just a few of the dance styles that have touched our hearts as we love to play with rhythms and dressing up!