Sunday night I went to the Belly Dance Evolution show. It's an international show and competition featuring the best performers from around the world.
(No filming allowed, so I had to hide my LCD screen. Sorry for the poor quality.)
Aside from the little kid occupying the $60 seat in front of me flashing his Nintendo DS screen in my face throughout the performance, and despite having to pinch my nose against the kimchi halitosis FROM HELL sitting next to me for a 3 hour show, my seat was really great- about 7 rows back and maybe 10 seats left of center.
The dancers and choreography were also great.
The production values were worse than a high school talent show. I think they let the special kids run sound and lighting. It's not a fucking rock concert; spare my ear drums please. The music was unnecessarily, even painfully loud. Seriously, when I enjoy your show better with earplugs in, someone is a little "deet-de-dee." And the spotlight consistently missed performers' entrances. My friends who worked in the Collin County Community College theater department would be appalled.
Let me repeat, the dancers and the choreography were really good. Like, my jaw on the floor throughout the tribal parts, good.
And I got to meet and chat with other dancers. So I'm not too disappointed in what I paid for the show. In the future, I'd rather see the production in another country that has its act together.