“In Western Europe, there is the necessity to analyze everything.  When one studies music, there is the necessity of knowing the notes, when one learns to dance, one has the need to have the movements explained.  This is a problem because there is nothing to explain in Rom music and dance.”

Simona Jovic

“This music is not composed of notes.  If you need notes to understand it, then what do you have a soul for?”

Fejat Sejdic

“Dancers are the messengers of the gods.”

Martha Graham

“You can dance anywhere, even if only in your heart.”

Author Unknown

“Remember, Ginger Rogers did everything Fred Astaire did, but backwards and in high heels.”

Faith Whittlesey

“It takes an athlete to dance, but an artist to be a dancer.”

Shanna LaFleur

“I see dance being used as communication between body and soul, to express what it too deep to find for words.”

Ruth St. Denis

“To watch us dance is to hear our hearts speak.”

Hopi Indian Saying

“Dancing faces you towards Heaven, whichever direction you turn. “

Sweetpea Tyler

“We consider that any man who can fiddle all through one of those Virginia Reels without losing his grip, may be depended upon in any kind of musical emergency.”

Mark Twain

“To dance is to be out of yourself. Larger, more beautiful, more powerful. This is power, it is glory on earth and it is yours for the taking.”

Agnes De Mille

“Nobody can make you feel inferior without your consent.”

Eleanor Roosevelt

“Whether you think you can do it or you think you can’t, you’re right.”

Henry Ford

                              TRIBAL CODE



Commitment: Be there for your dance sisters.  Whether it’s making sure your cues are strong or getting to a gig on time, we all need to depend on one another.



Communication: Ask questions and learn from the more experienced dancers and teachers.  Also, don’t let things fester.  Express yourself in a constructive, respectful way.



Awareness: Be aware of how your words or actions can affect others.  What makes sense to you may be understood differently by someone else.  Take considerations to think before you speak or act.



Teflon: Don’t take things personally!  There are too many unique individuals in this group to avoid minor misunderstandings.  Let things slide off your ego – don’t let things stick!



Humility: We all can benefit from going to Level 1 and Level 2 classes and working on technique.  We can also benefit from allowing room for all our personalities to exist.



Trust: This dance form is founded on trust, on and off the dance floor.  Earn people’s trust and give yours as well.



Respect: Treat your fellow dancers (and human beings) with compassionate respect and be mindful of others’ talents and limitations.  Respect the dance form for what it is rather than how you would change it.



Support: Come to the shows of FatChanceBellyDance and of your fellow dancers.  Not only does it support the dancers, it is a great way to learn about performance!



Joy: Dance for the love of it!  Enjoy yourself and the company of others.