I'm still coming down off my belly dance high from the weekend, and made a happy discovery today. I like reality tv, which I may have mentioned in the past. I know that's it's not totally "reality" and all of that, but I can't help it, I like to watch it.
I was looking at the Michelle Joyce series of videos called "Secrets of the Stage." It's a 3 part series on belly dance performance skills. The interesting thing is that these DVD's aren't at all about technique, which makes them different from just about every other belly dance DVD I've ever seen. They're about presenting yourself as a good performer, and volume two specifically addresses restaurant dancing.
Anyway, I'm interested in volumes 1 and 2 (volume 3 covers dancing to live music, and though I'd love to do that, I can't foresee any opportunities for that, so I can forego that one for now) and was looking for the best price on them, of course. :) They're pretty in -demand. So, on the production company web site I saw a link for a belly dance reality competition called Project Belly Dance. I don't think it ever aired on television, it's available online. It sounds like season 2 is ongoing.
But the episodes are available for FREE! I hustled over and watched episode 1 of season 1 while I ate lunch. BELLY DANCE NIRVANA! I loved it. The winner gets a contract to make her own instructional video with the production company plus other "make you famous" type things.
If you like to watch dancing you'd really enjoy this. There are lots of different styles represented (both American Tribal Style and cabaret) and use of props. Very, very interesting. Check it out.