Posts tagged stage name
Posts tagged stage name
As most bellydancers have beautiful, lyrical (and often relatively foreign) names, I’m sure there are LOTS of stumbling tongues when it comes to making introductions- both onstage & off. For some, languages are eeeeeasy-peasy, while for others, wrapping their mouths (and minds) around various performers’ monikers is practically an Olympian effort.
While surely, many dancers are told to keep easy pronunciation in mind as they choose their new stage names, not everybody goes by Debbie or Angie onstage. Some dancers take their names straight from Arabic, Hindi, and myriad other gorgeous tongues that DON’T have have a basis in the Roman alphabet, and for many, that spells TROUBLE- even if you -are- familiar w/the language, or might be generally good at picking languages up.
..So, as a dancer/performer, how do YOU best get your name’s pronunciation across? Do you write out a phonetic version, and speak your name for people as often as possible when meeting..? And (Heaven forbid) if someone botches it- or worse yet, butchers it- (especially onstage), how do you help them out..? How do you best correct people, w/o sounding like a bitch or coming off like a super-uber-mega-snotty diva..? Do you have a “correct once or twice and then let it go” policy..? Or heck.. do you correct people at all..? And worst-case-scenario; how do you deal w/folks who just caaannNOT get your name right- especially in a professional environment..? Do tell!
Oh! And tell us how you picked YOUR name! Did you consider pronunciation (or not) when you were in the process of choosing..? Habla con nosotros! ^_^
Ill - as in sick,
loor - as in fishing lure
ee - as in “eee! I got a new girl/boyfriend! XD”
ah - as in “ahhh.. that bath suuuure feels good.”
Names, names everywhere, and not a one that fits…
As I prep for my first completely un-associated-with-school show, lately the question of naming has really been pressing on my mind… More heavily than it usually does.. which, if you know me at all, is a pretty great, ever-constant weight. I’ve had a long-standing love/hate relationship w/names ever since I was little, and now that I’m embarking on my dance performance journey, finding a good name is -really- important to me. It goes deeper than just finding something that sounds pretty. It’s gotta resonate w/me on a deep, emotional & spiritual level too, plus exemplify the qualities that I’m looking to embody as a dancer, in addition to the qualities I’d like to evoke and whichi I hope to cultivate in my dance pursuits. (I know, no easy task, right? ;))
I often conjure up names myself, and in addition to the many hours of naming research I’ve done online. Then, when I find stuff I like, I take numerology into account. If I come upon a name whose numbers don’t work for what I’m looking for, onto the next. And while I still do such things now, I’m starting to wonder if this is weighing too heavily on my search and ability to find something that works for me… ..Do you/have you done anything like this? Are there certain things that help guide dancers to their “right” names (spirituality, family history, etc.), or do y’all just pick something in a book or out of the ether that *feels* right..?
I’d thought I’d found my name, but kept getting told that it was too complex and no one would be able (or willing) to read / remember it. So, I’ve had to go back to the drawing board. (Apologies for the bad artist’s humor, there. ;)) What characteristics do you look for in a good dance name? Have you found certain things really work in the realm of dancers’ monikers, and/or seen/heard some things that really don’t? What do you think about people who name themselves after deities or major historical figures? Do you find it egotistical, or feel that they’re just seeking to embody the characteristics of that figure in their dance/work?
When finding a dance name first occurred to me 3 years ago, “Ananda Y/Iara” came into my head. Last year I thought I’d research the words, n’ found out that they mean “blissful/happy” and “water lady/water goddess,” which are, for me, pretty damn perfect. :) -But over time I’ve found that “Yara”/”Iara” is already used here n’ there in bellydance, and I’d really like to prevent using a stage name that’s already in practice. So names like “Iruuna” and “Lyara” started coming to me, “Yllyria” and “Yl’aria” work nicely in sound and numerologically as well, and even combining stuff like “Iruuna Yara” has occurred to me. (But I figure if I go that route, why wouldn’t my original set-upon “Yluriananda” work..?)
Hell, I’d just use “Ylluria,” but the numbers don’t work out, and when I shift the spelling to get them to work, I’m not too terribly fond of the look of them. (“Eluria” which has been done to death, and “Yluriya,” which just soooo doesn’t look right to me…) :P So now I just feel totally lost…
Do you have any thoughts, ideas or suggestions..?
Many Thanks & Great Love,
For many years I’ve gone through countless options & ideas, searching for a few different names for a few different purposes. And now that I’m bellydancing more publicly, the question of a dance name has come sharply back into play. When it comes to your dance name(s), how did you choose yours..? Did you go by numerology? Meaning? Did you just pick your name randomly, or choose it by the sound of the name, instead of the meaning, initially? Did you make your name up, or did someone bequeath your name to you as you passed from beginner to full-fledged dancer? Do you use a nickname, or does your dance moniker have some sort of spiritual significance for you? And how concerned are you with making sure the public can pronounce and/or spell your dance name..? Given that a majority of the dancers I’ve encountered use names from (or at least inspired by) the Middle East, how big a concern is it that one’s audience be able to spell/pronounce one’s stage name? And have you had issues with announcers mangling your names as you began to take the stage..? What do you feel are the Dos and Don’ts of bellydance naming? Or do you feel that show names are even necessary nowadays? I’d love to know your thoughts. :)
Personally, meaning, sound/flow, and lastly numerology are my 3 big deciding factors. (When contemplating options for myself, that is. I don’t expect anyone else to hold to my weirdo standards of what I think is right for me. ;)) When I first began pondering dance names years ago, the name “Ananda Y/Iara” came into my head.. like a whisper from above. It wasn’t until ages later that I began taking real dance classes in-true, and even later when I decided to try and look these words up, to see if these inspired words actually meant anything. Turns out, “ananda” is a Sanskrit word meaning “bliss/blissful” and “happy,” and “Yara/Yiara/Iara” is a Native Brazilian word meaning “water goddess” or “water lady.” And when I learned this, I have to admit, I go the chills. ..I’d never heard the words consciously before, and as a HUGE water-baby who identifies much w/mermaids, selchies and other water-beings, this seemingly divinely-given name really hit home. :):)
But the numbers didn’t fit, unfortunately.. so I kept looking. (See, I’ve been under the impression that I needed my number to add up to 3- which is the prime number for creativity and creative, passionate, personal expression.) And after another long stretch of searching, one of my long-used monikers seemed to suddenly dawn on me, in a mysteriously blended conjunction with that original, seemingly divinely inspired name. Oddly enough, after aaaaages of trying to think up myriad combinations & new concoctions all together, after countless episodes of pouring over numerology sites & seeing what could possibly work, one name just popped out of the ether; “Yluriananda.” And with that one inspiration, it was like the clouds suddenly split open and the something deep & quiet in me just.. sang. It just felt Right… You know..? And to seemingly tie all these things neatly up in a bow? It turns out that “Yluriananda” also adds up to 3. :) It’s like the heavens opened up for me and shined that name down upon my head. ^_^ (Yeah.. I’m guessing you’re probably thinking I’m TOTALLY nuts at this point. ;) Sorry ‘bout that! But I believe names can potentially have a lot of power, and I don’t want to start associating myself w/the wrong energy and mess up anything for myself before it’s even begun. Does that make any sense..?)
So now, do you think either of these would be acceptable for dance use? I positively LOVE the look, sound, meaning & feel of “Yluriananda,” but I’ve had lots of non-dancers tell me how unwieldy they feel that name is. ..Plus, it’s not that original, divinely inspired naming/gift… As for the “anandas;” I’ve come to find out over time (and all this scouring) that “Ananda Yara” and “Ananda Iara” both have their own positive attributes, so they wouldn’t be so bad, numerologically speaking, either. :) (Especially the latter, as it adds up to “1,” which has a lot of individual power and creativity associated with it. :))
So.. what do you think? Do you like “Ananda Y/iara” or “Yluriananda?” Or none of the above..?
Personally, I think I kinda like the second (newest) name more… But if it’s gonna prove to be too unweildy for the everyday person (or even many dancers and/or announcers) to pronounce and/or deal with, that’s a major consideration to me. Or heck.. should I even care? Given that many dancers’ names are in Arabic and other foreign languages, is it just kind of a given in bellydance culture that people’re gonna have names which some folks might just have to struggle through..?
What are your thoughts/beliefs/ideas on naming? Do tell! ^_^
I sit here waiting, your eager suppliant. :)