So, you’ve attended some bellydance and raqs conferences. Got your mind blown by amazing performances by some of the best in the industry. Now, you’re home…you miss them as you shimmy in your hip scarf, swaying around with your veil and blasting your traditional Arabic and Turkish tunes. You pause, you burst into tears because you, like so many need your Raqs Stars everyday. One weekend is never enough. Yet, the next conference is weeks away and you don’t know what to do!
This is post Raqs World Syndrome, a real condition that happens when lovers of the art are left alone a few days after their life changing bellydance conference experience. Our resident raissa has some advice for you.
She says: I suffer from PRWS. Some may laugh but it’s a real thing. It’s that painful longing and constant flashbacks you get for days, weeks and maybe months after a spending hour with some of the raqs world’s finest. Some names of late are Tito Seif, Randa Kamal, Yasmina Ramsey…Amel Tafsout, Artemis Mourat and of course Aunt Rocky, Nath Keo, Tarik Sultan and in my friends case, spending a few hours at a Femi Kuti concert watching a legend in his finest moments. I’ve been there, I’ve seen them all in the traditonal art, music and dance…and it’s a real pain to walk away from them and try to join the “real world” for lack of a better term. Here’s my advice.
1. Make friends with others at the conference, spend time with them online via social media and talk about the conference until you get it out of your system. I’m fortunate that the people I attend conferences with live in my city so we get together the weekend following the show and talk about it over tea.
2. Stay in contact with your instructors. Write them once a week (i.e. a little note on their social media wall, pin a photo of them on Pinterest and tag them in it). Having that contact makes it feel like they’re “still there.”
3. Go to dance class, be involved in your community. If you feel you have perhaps surpassed the community now with your exposure, then do online classes with those who are at your level and plan to attend one of their classes in person at least once a year.
4. Practice, sing, listen to the music you used in class. Use this passion to perfect the craft/the art.
5. Start saving money to go and be with them at the next concert or conference. Most important, know that it is not over. Grab and reach for opportunities to spend time with the artists and dance styles you love.
We hope that assists those suffering this summer from a longing to be with raqs star you love. If you had a great exeperience at a show, leave a comment for us on Facebook, Pinterest, Google+, Instagram, Twitter or right here on our blog.