Now then, first and foremost, we aren't the Bellydance Police. Yes, Egyptian style bellydance done beautifully to a traditional track is simply gorgeous. But equally we don't have issues with dance done to other types of music - pop, rock, goth, metal - whatever. Where we DO have issues is when there's something in that music that is a bit - well - dodgy. You want to listen to tracks with lots of f-ing going on? Fine. Heck I sing along to them all the time in my car. I just don't think they are appropriate or desirable for most performances. Songs with innuendo in the lyrics? (And let's not beat about the bush here. It's pretty darned obvious so don't kid yourselves). Drill to them all you want in private. But publicly? No. Just no. It's really not cool or clever or funky. It's just yuk.
So - what do we like to dance to? Increasingly it's the kind of music that we both actually like to listen to. If we come on the dance floor in rock t shirts and studded belts they have come from our regular wardrobes. We really aren't into pretending to be something we're not. We aren't Goths for example - and would never bill our dance as 'Gothic' (though that doesn't mean we don't appreciate it when it's done well by dancers who really do 'get' the whole Goth lifestyle and aesthetic). We wouldn't term our dance as 'Metal' bellydance, even though we do sometimes perform to metal tracks (cos it's our sort of music!!). We are just us, dancing how we want, to music we love. But yes, trying to be respectful when doing it.
And a part of that is the realisation that just because we love it doesn't mean it's ok to perform to it.
Remember - JUST BECAUSE YOU CAN DOESN'T MEAN YOU SHOULD!
Until next time - happy dancing!