To the non-professional Critics of Dancers

This post is for those that like to comment about other dancers, saying either:

A – that such and such dancer cannot not or should not be doing (fill in your type of dance here) due the their size or skill level because they are:

  1. Too fat
  2. Too thin
  3. Too whatever
  4. Don’t have enough body fat on (fill in a part of the anatomy)


B – that so & so cannot dance as well as this dancer.

I have 3 answers to people who say things like this:

  1. If people took heed to their thoughtless comments, it would prevent some of the best talent we now have in the world
  2. They sure as earth…cannot do it themselves
  3. Wait, a non dancer critiquing a dancer?

In addition, comparing one dancer to another, even in the same style of dance,is foolish. It’s like one who compares a cherry to a walnut. They are different! They have different properties, are in different food groups, and taste different. They even digest differently! A walnut will NEVER be like a cherry and vice versa. They also have no desire to be like the other in any way, but both are edible foods that God Created for our pleasure to consume. He wanted to give us variety, choice, and difference. Thank you Lord!

So, why would one dancer want to be the same or equal in technique or skill or creativity as another?

Then, we would have the same duplicated type of dancer season after season. For illustration, I would not want every belly dancer on earth be specialized in only drum solos. Variety is what makes the dance so special! I want to see one skilled with zils ( finger cymbals), the other with the veil, and still another, with transitions and merging of other dance styles, etc. STOP comparing one dancer to another one that is skilled in ONE part of the dance or highlights only one element in that dance style.

In addition, everyone comes to the dance with different ranges of flexibilities, backgrounds, and interpretations. The art of dance is not a cookie cutter art. Perhaps if one can stop comparing, they can see the beauty and creativity of what a particular dancer has to offer and receive something from it. For all those that criticize dancers for not being equal to or better than another dancer, I have a one request of you: I’d like to see you do it better than the one you are comparing the dancer to. But if you cannot even dance on an amateur level, then you might want to keep quiet and let those that are working on and sharing their art, take the stage.

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