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I like hipscarves. I like how you can express your personal style through them (assuming you've got access to a reasonable supply!)

I wear hipscarves for teaching because it shows I am The Teacher- it's part of my uniform. On a practical level, it accentuates my hips, so people can see what I'm doing.

I like it when my students choose to acquire hipscarves. It shows they are making a commitment to their dancing, even if they don't spend a fortune on it.

I like it when my students get jingly hipscarves. They'll get good aural feedback on what their hips are doing. As indeed will I.

I don't lend mine out unless they are my crappy old scarves, and I know the lendee well. But I've got plenty of crappy old scarves because I tend to use scarves quite a lot in the course of teaching twice a week & occasional weekends.

There. I think that's everything I needed to say.


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Aug. 25th, 2011 01:32 am (UTC)
LOL. I am not a fan of coin scarves, but that's entirely personal. Pretty hip scarves? If people want 'em, let them wear 'em. Though I am as likely to wear a scarf that is not an official hip scarf as anything else.
Aug. 25th, 2011 02:34 am (UTC)
For myself, I agree. I rarely even wear a hip scarf, official or unofficial, when I go to a workshop, or for practice. But as a teacher, I feel it is incumbent upon me to wear something to show what my hips are doing, and to make me look like a Bellydance Teacher.
Aug. 25th, 2011 01:37 am (UTC)
I don't like the coin hipscarves in most situations (or noisy jewelry); I also had a teacher early on who was pretty against them (can't remember who, though).

I like hip scarves, too, but I don't have that many right now.
Aug. 25th, 2011 03:03 am (UTC)
I like hip scarves, though not as much as when I was a newbie. They made me "feel like a bellydancer". And it was useful to hear those even chimes when the shimmy got going good. But as time has gone by, I feel like what I need to feel like a dancer is to dance... and those coin scarves are DARN HEAVY! So I have fringy lightweight ones now.

(But I still think the coin scarves should be outlawed at workshops. I hate not being able to hear the instructor.)
Aug. 25th, 2011 05:50 am (UTC)
I'm glad I'm not the only one who likes her hipscarves. Seems like when the subject comes up on any chat board those of us who like them get the evil eye from those who don't. I love seeing the fun that a simple coin scarf can bring to someone's day.

Now to find that winning lottery ticket because most of mine are on their last legs and of course I want one of pretty much each that Dahlah has.....LOL!
Aug. 25th, 2011 11:05 am (UTC)
If you win the lottery, then book a trip to Cairo and choose from a much bigger range of pretties at Mahmoud's & Yasser's!
Aug. 25th, 2011 05:33 pm (UTC)
I'm new enough to belly dance that I still remember how it felt to buy and wear my first coin belt, and finally feel like a proper dancer!

Over the years I've gone off wearing jingly scarves, because I no longer need the noise to tell me what my hips are doing,but I have a huge collection of non noisy scarves, most of which are home made.

I feel naked as a dancer if I don't have something on my hips, and the only time I don't wear one for class is if we're doing intensive yoga or floor work, as it gets in the way.
Aug. 25th, 2011 09:14 pm (UTC)
I like them because a) I tend to wear mainly black. b) it shows what my hips are doing.

I love jingly hip scarves for new dancers because it shows what they are doing and give them another reference point.

I would NEVER teach a class without one on.
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