She Works Hard For Her Money

Thinking about becoming a professional bellydancer?  It can be a very fulfilling career, but be prepared to work hard!  Like other entertainers or artists in the U.S., most bellydancers don’t achieve ‘superstar’ status, but instead they do it for the love of their art.

In bellydancing even the top ‘superstars’ don’t make that much money on a consistent basis by just performing.  To make ends meet, they also have to run dance studios, maintain web sites, teach workshops (often having to travel quite a bit), sell dance supplies, and produce shows.  There’re no traditional benefits like paid sick leave, medical insurance, paid vacations, and pensions.  For entertainers there’s also the added pressure of having performance careers cut short because of ageism or body image issues. On top of all of that, in some conservative areas bellydancing and bellydancers are still not considered respectable.  It can be very challenging!

However, it’s a wonderful blessing to make money doing something that you enjoy so much and to be able to share it with like-minded people.  It’s an honest living where you can make many life-long friends and have interesting and exciting experiences.  Additionally, all the dancing that you practice does so much to keep you happy, healthy, and youthful.

If you’re considering a belly dance career, take time to carefully research all the pros and cons.  If you decide to go for it, it may be the hardest job you’ll ever love, but you probably won’t regret it.



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