📛About two years ago one dancer decided to copy my Persian dance choreography from YouTube, and not only to perform, but to t͟͟e͟͟a͟͟c͟͟h͟͟ it at one cultural festival in Italy presenting as her own dance creation. When I saw a video from her workshop and contacted her regarding this issue, she simply blocked me from her social media. Someone recently messaged me that she still keeps doing it.
📛A year ago there was a costume designer who used pictures of me to advertise her sewing services even though I never met her before, not to mention that none of my costumes were created by her. She tried to justify her actions by saying that she used my photos only to show examples of outfits that she ‘can do’, without considering that for this kind of advertising her actually needs to showcase her OWN work.
📛About 6 months ago some dancer tried to sell a fake online course using a poster with my image. Not only that, I actually used the same image on my own online course, which was also for beginner dancers. I hope nobody paid money for that scam.
These are just a few situations that happened to me recently , and I’m sure I’m not alone in it... I have only one question in my mind: if we ourselves as dancers don’t respect each other, how can we expect a general audience to respect and appreciate our work? Stop complaining that other people don’t treat the belly dance industry as something serious. We first need to start with our own dance community, and build a solid culture of mutual respect to each other’s work.
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Author: Iana Komarnytska
Photographer: Pedro Bonatto
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