About this blog

I never thought I’d find the need for a personal public blog, but here I am! 🙂

So why blog now?

I feel I have reached a point in my career where I can stand back and comment on how things are now compared with how they were when I started out. I have strong opinions about a lot of things and I’d like to share and discuss them with like-minded people. This will be more like a column in a newspaper or magazine with regular posts on particular subjects but not on a daily basis.

My blog will serve a number of purposes:

  • To express my opinions about the dance community generally
  • To be thought-provoking without the need to be deliberately controversial
  • To share some of the knowledge I have spent 30 years accumulating
  • To relate anecdotes, interesting stories and memories about my experiences during my career as a dancer
  • To talk about the events, workshops and shows I attend
  • To enable dancers whose opinions I admire and find interesting to post as guest bloggers

What I won’t be doing:

  • Posting every day about inconsequential things – I don’t do interesting things everyday! 🙂
  • I will not use my blog to make personal attacks on other members of the dance community either overtly or covertly
  • It is not my aim to be deliberately controversial or to sensationalize a topic just for the sake of it
  • Write articles that defame or slur another person’s character. Don’t do it to me and I won’t do it to you! 🙂
  • Delete comments just because they don’t agree with my opinions even if they are put forward in a polite manner
  • Setting myself up as a fount of all wisdom or single authority on any subject
  • I will not endorse any products or promote your event etc so please don’t ask me to

The rules (yes there are a few! :D)

  • If you wish to leave a comment please ensure that it is polite and well-thought out. Good manners cost nothing.
  • Debate is welcome – name-calling, bullying or being flat-out rude is not
  • Don’t post comments spamming details of your events or products – they will just be removed and you will be banned from commenting in future
  • No expletives, racial remarks or general minority group bashing – there are other places for these, please use them
  • Understand that comments are all subject to moderation and if I think something is inappropriate I will remove it. My decision is final because it is my blog not a forum or group.

1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. luisa taylor
    Aug 14, 2013 @ 10:29:16

    I am not a professional dancer, just a woman who loves Arabic dancing. I try to train with the best teachers that I class as knowledgeable and authentic. However, I will never enter a competition or feel comfortable attending one. The main reason being that some of the strangest people have been asked to judge competitions, they don’t seem to have a clear understanding as to what they are judging a dancer by, or the style of dance. Most of the judges have not had enough experience to be able to make a fair judgement, or trained long enough to be able to sit there and tear apart a dancer simply because they don’t understand the style. I have my idea of what a good judge or teacher should be and I stick to it. In the 15 years that I have been in the dance scene, I have had the pleasure of dancing with and being taught by some of the best UK BASED teachers, of which most of them are now so disillusioned by the dance scene that they have given up and will not dance again, I find that so sad.


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