Being Authentic with Alia Thabit
We’ve all watched student dancers clump through their shows, openly counting, faces scrunched up in concentration—to the utter boredom of the guests.
Belly dance is all about the feeling in the moment, dancing differently every time, and bringing joy. To do these things, dancers need an authentic connection to the music, themselves, and their guests. How do we teach our students to do this?
The problem is perfectionism. Students are so afraid of making mistakes that they have no space left over to actually engage with the music, the movement, or the guests. The antidote to fear is competence, which brings confidence. Confidence lets us own the moment.
Teachers empower authenticity through building student confidence. We develop student creation, provide practice performance opportunities, and model our own authenticity.
I have had 25 years of small business ownership and consulting experience that I will draw upon to help you reach your business goals.
I am the owner of the Belly Dance Business Academy (BDBA). In addition to running the BDBA, I am the Owner of Third Eye Tribal in MN, a Business Consultant for FatChanceBellyDance®, Producer of ATS® Homecoming and the Project Manager for The ATS® Magazine. I am deeply entrenched in the American Tribal Style® and broader belly dance community bringing connections and resources to my consulting relationship with you. I have written two books, produced an instructional DVD, lectured and taught dance extensively and run successful dance businesses in two states.
My professional experience prior to dance includes a Master of Theological Studies in Feminist Theology and nonprofit management including serving as the Executive Director of Rape Crisis, Domestic Violence and Women's Centers in TN, OH, NC and MN. My training and experience in counseling allows me to offer insightful and compassionate guidance to you on your journey.