Operating a belly dance studio is an interesting and rewarding enterprise. However, revenue needs to support future expansion, increased rental fees (unless you own the building and have a set mortgage payment), an increase in operating expenses, unexpected expenditures, and unforeseen emergencies.
1. Filled Classroom Excellent teaching, steady enrollment, and regular attending students will provide a steady income. Provide an additional variety of interesting services and students will follow.
Structure classes with different achievement levels. Award each achievement level with a certificate of completion. After pupils graduate all levels, celebrate with a graduation ceremony and a party.
Present a show featuring graduating students. Video tape performing solos, and group dance performances. Do not allow video cameras by attendees as you will film the program and sell these videos.
2. Introduce other teachers. Your pupils will look forward to new instructors and are inspired to keep studying this dance. This is a source of additional income and advertising on your behalf.
3. Entertainment Training There are students who wish to become entertainers. Provide entertainment training. Invite students to watch your performances, review, and critique.
Provide these classes for other students who do not attend your school.
4. Private Sessions Teach private individual, or group sessions in clients’ homes, Other dance studios, and other locations. Both services offer opportunities for revenue, advertising, and enrolling fresh students.
Are you an exceptional instructor? Give instructions in workshops and seminars. These group sessions may influence fresh students to attend your classes. Advertise to teach in America or international countries.
5. Rent out space Rent your studio space by the hour to other instructors, musicians, and specialty groups’ This is another source of revenue. Select renters who can use your studio as is. Provide security for party events.
6. Retail Merchandise Arrange a retail space to sell costumes, accessories, musical instruments, DVDs and CDs, adornments, jewelry, and other miscellaneous items to students and the public.
Sell merchandise at other workshops and seminars. These are outlets to sell your merchandise and advertise and market your school.
7. Promote Shows Be a show promoter. Gain a reality check by attending other seminars and workshops. Gather information from other sponsors. Watch, participate, and take notes. Talk to attendees for their feedback. Stop, think, organize, and promote your own seminars, workshops, and retreat camps.
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Rockhound, a Collector of Rocks, Minerals, Gems
A geologist is a professional rockhound. Amateurs or hobbyists who collect rocks, minerals, gems, and whatever mystery a rock unfolds is also known as a rockhound.
The pursuit of collecting rocks is a physically demanding hobby requiring outdoor investigations of climbing, walking, or digging into mountains, earth slides, forests, river beds, mines, caves, seashore, desert, volcanoes, and in the ocean. The second pursuit is research and record keeping.
There are many outlets for finding rocks, minerals, and gems. It is difficult to know where to start or how to become a rock hound. Each person searches for their own personal reasons. Interest ranges from educational to treasure hunting for profits.
Before Picking Up the First Rock
The Collection Kit
The Rock Collection
Splitting and Cutting Stones
There are mechanical and electrical equipment for breaking or cutting rocks.
The electrical wet saw is the preferred tool for cutting rocks apart.
We received a gift of an orchid plant from friends. Orchids represent flowers of love, beauty, and luxury. That one orchid created a hobby passion.
We got caught up in the beauty of these flowers and kept buying without thought to their maintenance. This reckless purchasing style created problems in orchid care.
Our purchasing may have been haphazard, but we learned about all the things that one should not do. These were costly mistakes, but we learned valuable lessons.
Other orchid enthusiasts introduced us to orchid shows. These shows allow people to take advantage of on-site knowledge work shops. The classes help to become familiar with the different orchid plant families and how to care for them.
We kept speaking with different vendors at these shows gathering more tips for plant care and for building a greenhouse.
We also visited commercial orchid houses to get their ideas for our backyard orchid building.
There are many assorted types of greenhouse plans. We have found that after you build the first one there will be changes for future buildings.
As you gain knowledge working with your orchids, the building will need to suit the plant types and your personal needs for a sturdy, friendly, and workable building that suits both plant interests and personal working habits.
There is the option of ordering manufactured greenhouses or building your own. It is a personal and financial choice.
Eleven Tips for Raising Orchids:
Orchids are naturally found growing in rain forests around the world. However, conditions can be created indoors, outdoors, or in greenhouses regardless of where you live.
There are thousands of species. Most people will specialize in one category, possibly another two or three. Orchid growing interests are determined by affordable artificial setups and availability of supplies to keep plants happy and thriving.
South America is known to be the largest arena for a variety of orchids. Many of us are familiar with tropical islands having many varieties. Tourists are welcomed in Hawaii by receiving orchid leis. Leis are necklaces of fresh flowers placed around the neck of visitors to the islands.
Our favorite vendor brings orchids from Thailand. We always look forward for her supplies at the orchid shows.
Selling Arts and Crafts
Most artists and craftsmen have a general idea of where to sell their works of art. But a list would be helpful to refresh or learn new markets. The best list is to identify target buyers for your product line. Target buyers are excellent as long as this list never ends. Another helpful outlet is for customers to order their products before production. This list foretells the exact number of buyers who like your product and will include a deposit or a down payment.
A business person is always looking for other outlets to maintain an ongoing business and to provide future customers. Never assume that regular customers or repeat customers will be with you for the length of your career.
Another important consideration for other markets is to research trends and keep ahead of competitors. Artists and craftsmen never depend on one product. Producing a variety of products is essential for success.
Three research considerations for future products include:
American Tribal Style and American Tribal Fusion have been developing since the 1960s in America.
American women wanted something different from traditional Egyptian and Turkish styles of Middle Eastern dancing known as belly dancing.
Another reason for designing these newer dances is the many folkloric and ethnic public performances. Renaissance festivals inspired belly dancers to make costume adjustments to fit in with the medieval theme.
The original Medieval gypsies were street dancers. However; their costumes of black and white or shades of gray is boring to an audience. Dancers made their costumes more colorful and created original designs to attract interest for their stage performances.
Costume style, dance steps, and body movements are the main elements of ATF. “Fusion“ is the key word in ATF. The dominant movements of the borrowed movements of a dance are combined or fused to belly dancing movements. For instance, the characteristic flamenco movements are merged or fused with Turkish style belly dancing. Asian influences are integrated or fused with Egyptian style belly dancing movements. In each of these examples, choreography is interesting and challenging for dancers. The audience finds the performance interesting and entertaining. Audience reactions are mixed.
Music and dance are living arts and change as people’s interests evolve. It creates other changes from other world dance styles and American women make changes as needed.
The creators design and incorporate the new style arrangements into folkloric or ethnic dances that attract women of all ages and sizes who feel comfortable wearing the new costumes and dancing to their favorite music. There are influences from Spain, India, Asia, Africa, Middle Eastern countries, tropical islands, and more.
These two styles of dancing are still changing as they attract other sub-culture groups. Examples like underground, dark side, burlesque, and tattoos are finding comfort in the new styles.
American Tribal Style (ATS) ATS:
ATS vs ATS Dancing
ATS or American Tribal Style, developed by Carolena Nericcio and Fat Chance Belly Dance, is the first tribal dance invented by American dance artists.
These ladies perform duets or troupe choreography. Solo performances are rare. Public performances welcome their presence for their colorful modest costumes and upbeat troupe dances.
American Tribal Fusion or ATF by Jill Parker and Ultra Gypsy followed ATS, but it permits other dance cultures, thus the word fusion.
They draw attention to their bodies as they perform their dance movements. Tattoos are popular among American Tribal Style Enthusiasts. The majority performances are solos. Performing as a troupe is rare.
Students have a choice of learning two different American tribal originals. The ladies enjoy this style of dancing for group fun, exercising, dance interest, and social activity.
Teachers, performers, and students borrow music and costume inspirations from the Middle East, India, Asia, Africa, Spain, and many other countries. The creative imaginations of the participants are endless.
There are many peoples in America with many ideas of dance and it is these elements which are entering the “fusion movement”. Many music types such as jazz, electric, and pop, are being added. There are seven types of popular styles in the tribal category.
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Sensual and Sexy Belly Dancing
The words sexy and sensual comes to mind when speaking of belly dancers. Both words may mean the same to some people and others define these words individually.
The word sexy refers to sexual stimuli and the word sensual refers to human senses. Each of the audience members would classify the performer from their individual viewpoint.
Let’s visit the beach scene for a moment. There are bikini-clad ladies strolling along the shoreline. One person may say “She is hot and sexy”. Another viewer may say, “The bikinis look great on their figure types.” And the last person may say two of those ladies are sexy and one is sensual; look at how she carries herself and glides along the shoreline.” “She is more than her bikini.”
The belly dancer is also more than her appearance and her costume. The manner in which she moves her body with her attitude and emotions combined with her senses makes her both sexy and sensual as she interprets the musical rhythms.
Fit Mind and Body
Everyone who takes belly dancing does not become a public entertainer. There are many reasons women take belly dancing. The primary interest is exercise. It is a pleasant method of maintaining a fit mind and body. Thousands of women worldwide take lessons for personal reasons.
Other reasons for taking classes include:
Sixty years have passed since marketers and promoters of belly dancing introduced this dance to Americans. Many dancers became famous during these years and the dance continues to be popular.
People have some strange ideas of what belly dancing is all about. Sub culture entertainment industries portray this dance with an attitude not desired by most women. This has been detrimental for artists who wish to advance this dance to a higher level of art.
Different styles of this dance are learned everyday in private sessions, small classes, seminars, and workshops worldwide. It has become a dignified outlet for those who enjoy dancing. There are few dances which do not require a partner. This is another advantage and benefit for those who love to dance.
If belly dancers are labeled sexy, then this term reflects our feelings of passion, desiring challenges, and an overall sensitivity to the excitement for the dance, its costumes, the music, and performances that makes people feel happy.
The audience admires beauty, athletic abilities, and enjoys relaxing to an assortment of slow, medium fast, and fast movements by the entertainer.
Both the dancers and the audience find this art form intriguing and appealing to our senses. I guess we can also label the audience as being sexy.
The dancer experiences sensuality through her natural senses. The dancer feels through her mind, body, and soul. The physical senses of seeing, hearing, touching, and feeling are arousing. A person may also experience the senses of smelling and tasting while dancing.
Middle Eastern music rhythms causes the human body to move. Sounds and emotional vibrations from the music stimulate the mind. Sensations of “at one” with self elicits euphoria while dancing.
A dancer may experience a spiritual state while performing. As the audience embraces the performance they may also experience a spiritual state of being. I would describe this state of mind as being euphoric and at one with the universe. It is a world onto itself wrapped in love and warmth.
Hobbies are Pleasurable
Human beings are sensual creatures. We use all of our senses to survive and enjoy life’s pleasures. No one should feel guilty about experiencing pleasures from their selected hobbies.
Those women who feel self conscious about their bodies or their appearance learn to overcome these self defeating thoughts or abuse from others as they feel comfortable and beautiful with the gifts of this dance. It builds self confidence and self esteem. As the inside beauty of an individual is changed so will her attitude outward appearance.
Many women do not put the emphasis on feeling sexy while dancing as they are having fun moving their bodies to music. The dancing environment allows freedom to experiment with their creative self and focus on moving their bodies to the assorted rhythms. They are lost in self. It is a dance exercise in self awareness.
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Painting with acrylics is enjoyable.
Do you enjoy painting with acrylics? I love using these paints as they are versatile and produce no allergens for me. These paints are water-based with no harsh odors or chemicals. Brushes are easy cleanup with soap and water. These paints are available for any type of surfaces.
Acrylics are quick drying paints. This is great for fast painters, but if you are not a fast painter the paints will need to be kept moist with water or a medium to maintain a longer moisture time. Acrylics will stain your clothing. Wear old clothing or a protective apron as a precaution.
The game of tennis is a lot of fun. We can experience it as a leisure and recreational hobby or as a game of friendly competition. We can play singles which means participating with another partner. Two couples may play against each other. This teamwork is identified as doubles.
Most people enjoy a game having no injuries. This is excellent. There are prevention activities.
Twelve Tips of Prevention:
1. Warm up with active exercises. These exercises are similar to body movements around the court. Perform these motions for 20 or 30 seconds.
2. Strength building exercises for more advanced or professional players. Tennis or personal fitness coaches are available.
3. Body alignment. Correct posture is essential in any sport. Work with correct alignment when striking the ball. The ball is hit from an upward reach, avoid forward overstretching when serving or hitting the ball.
4. Correct instruction from a tennis coach or tennis instructor to observe body alignment and use these good techniques.
5. Wear footwear that fits. Purchase shoes designed to play on grass, clay, concrete, or artificial turf.
6. Wear wrist, ankle, and knee guards to avoid injuries to these weak areas. These simple supports are an asset.
7. Wear headband and sunglasses to keep perspiration, hair, and sunrays away from eyes. A clear vision is necessary to see the ball.
8. Play at your level of abilities. Do not perform Clowning, showing off, and attempting advanced techniques without practice or guidance will cause injuries.
9. Whether you are participating for fun or for competition take a break. Your mind may wish to keep playing, but the body requires rest.
10. Play during pleasant weather. The worst time of the year is during summer temperatures of ninety degrees and more. Never play between the hours of 2:00 and 4:00 p.m. The sun is at its greatest heat intensity and will cause skin damage. The best temperature range to play is between 50 and 80 degrees.
11. Use a safe court. Most courts are in good condition. However; walk the court searching for any items that could cause tripping or other troubles.
12. Know how to play on different courts and wear correct shoe type for that surface.
Were you introduced to model kits during childhood?
Many children are introduced to model making kits. Parents buy different model types as gifts or as projects for a class assignments. Do you remember the plastic anatomical doll? Science teachers recommend this model to help learn basic human anatomy.
Model kits are available for both children and adults. There are numerous selections of buildings, vehicles, animals, people, and plants.
Models are made from paper, wood, plastics, and metal. There is a choice between designing and making original creations or purchasing commercially manufactured items. The kits assemble with snap locking features, gluing, and interlocking slits.
Each kit contains a set of instructions, decals, and paint colors. Do not throw the instructions into the waste basket. The assembly instructions must be done exactly as written. The decals are easy to apply. Painting is an option. There are some kits which are painted by the manufacturer.
As a beginner start with an inexpensive and easy to assemble kit. As the kits become more challenging, they also become more expensive and require additional skills and tools.
Assembly can be done on any flat counter space. However; I recommend an area where unfinished work may remain safely. It may take several hours, weeks, or months to complete a project.
Arts and crafts skills are useful and valuable to build vehicles that will be energized with electricity, gasoline, batteries, and nitro. Speed cars, trucks, ships and boats, airplanes and rockets, and buggies are some of the motorized vehicles.
Builing cars, trucks, military vehicles, airplanes, spacecraft and rockets, boats, robots, science fiction, assorted guns, and architectural buildings.
Boys also take an interest in movie and comic book personalities, props, and settings.
Building models of dollhouses, dolls, mini-craft figurines, anime and entertainment personalities, props, and settings from movies and comics.
Today's girls may select toys beyond the stereotyped view of domestic orientation and nurturing, or fashion and cosmetics.
This is a short introduction to building models.
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There are many people including myself who enjoy beach combing the shoreline for seashells. Assorted shapes, sizes, and colors can be found on the shore or just where the water breaks at the shoreline.
Winds cause waves to stir the ocean bottom and cast the shells onto the beach. Shell collectors have no need to fear shortages. There are trillions of shells lying on beaches worldwide.
Photography and Video Taping
Another method of collecting shells is to photograph or video tape both the shells and the living organisms that live in them. I am not a photographer, but I am sure you will need special cameras and accessories for both outdoor and indoor shooting.
The individuals who photograph tend to also catalog their findings. Much of this information is passed on to scientists who are concerned about extinction, environmental pollution, and other types of changes affecting our oceans and beaches.
The collection which I have is placed in jars as a décor on shelving and tables.
One of my many hobbies is beading jewelry and I enjoy using shells in necklaces, bracelets, and pendants. I have not been able to photograph any of my creations, but the photo on the right is a necklace made by another artist.
Sanibel Beach in Florida is a popular world-visited shell collectors paradise. One can pick up any shell they wish, but not those with living organisms. There is a financial fine, jail, and or probation. The state of Florida has strict rules governing shell collecting along its beaches.
There is a museum on Sanibel Island which is worth visiting to get a copy of the rules and to see the different types of shells to help you with identification. They also have shell crafts on display. There are scheduled speakers, special programs, and videos specific to shell collecting and their marine inhabitants.
Read more about collecting sea shells.