Surviving and Thriving in the New Bellydance Economy
Often when dancers congregate, the topic turns to the economic state of the current dance community. From teachers struggling to fill local classes to professional dancers trying to get hired by a limited number of festivals, many people are struggling to succeed in the business of dance. Festivals are closing and many of the semi-pros and hometown favorites have a difficult time figuring out where they fit in.
The Belly Dance Business Academy is convening a panel of dancers, producers and business women to discuss the issues facing our community and YOU are invited. Please join us for what we hope will be the first of many dialogues.
The panelists will address their thoughts on the following questions/issues. You will be invited to share your thoughts, comments and questions.
** If you can't attend this event live, don't worry! We will be recording it and posting the video and audio recordings the panel discussion. You will be able to watch or listen to the entire conversation at your convenience.**
Moderated questions for the panel:
Looking backwards for a moment, do you think there was a time in the "olden days", where we had a healthy and happy belly dance economy, where there was income available to a wide range of participants, and our "customers" (for lack of a better word), were happy with the products and services we offered ?
Beyond the growth of on line vendors and on line lessons/workshops, what other factors do you think have caused the decline in the belly dance economy ?
Thinking about vendors : Attending events has always been expensive - the costs of flights, traveling with stock, paying to rent space at events.... - and often they are simply providing inspiration to dancers to either order on line at a later date, or to look for a budget version. How do we create a new model for vendors to get their products in front of more potential customers and convert their talents into a more regular income ?
Over the last ten years we have seen many of the biggest events close down. Some organizers got burnt out, moved on or found their audience disappeared. Running an event is a thankless job, and it usually involves a large financial and emotional input upfront. How can we better support events of all sizes, and the organizers of those events?
The term "Pyramid scheme" has been used a lot recently to describe the
belly dance industry. Do you agree or disagree with the idea that the
belly dance economy is a pyramid scheme? What practical steps do you
think we can all take to encourage an economy that serves dancers of all
abilities and commitment levels?
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 co-owner of the Belly Dance Business Academy (BDBA). In addition to running the BDBA, I am the Owner of Third Eye Dance in MN, Producer of ATS® Homecoming now called Reunion and the former Project Manager for The ATS® Magazine. 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.
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StartAbout Panelist Terri Allred
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