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Teacher & Performer Directory:

Frequently-Asked Questions
About Being Listed

FAQ Regarding Worldwide Belly Dance Teacher and Performer Directory

 

On Policies

 

On Waiting to Be Added or Updated

  1. What is the current status of the backlog of "Update" requests to existing entries?
  2. What is the status of processing "Add New Entry" requests?
  3. I submitted my "add new entry" request a long time ago. Should I resubmit it?
  4. Why is there such a large backlog of "add new entry" requests waiting to be processed?

 

On Being Added

  1. Who is eligible?
  2. What is the fee to be listed?
  3. How do I submit my request to be added?
  4. I provided my web link when I submitted my request to be added to the directory, but my entry was added without including my web site. Why?

 

On Updating or Deleting Existing Entry

  1. My information is out of date. How do I update it?
  2. I provided my web link when I submitted my request to be added to the directory, but my entry was added without including my web site. Why?

 

On Including Web Sites In Entries

  1. What requirements must a web site meet to be included?
  2. I provided my web link when I submitted my request to be added to the directory, but my entry was added without including my web site. Why?
  3. Why are profiles on social networks such as facebook, myspace, etc. not accepted as "web sites" for purposes of entries in the Shira.net Teacher & Performer Directory?

 

General-Interest Questions

  1. How many people are listed in the Teacher & Performer directory?

 

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Summary of Directory Policies

  • This directory is solely for Middle Eastern and North African dance forms. Other dance forms will not be included.
  • This directory lists solely professional performers and teachers.
  • You must provide your name as an individual, not the name of your studio, shop, troupe, or other business. (Either your real name or a stage name is acceptable.)
  • You must be age 21 or older in order to be included in the directory.
  • You agree to provide only information that you want publicly displayed on the Internet.
  • Only web sites that already have working links to http://www.shira.net may be included as part of your directory entry.
  • Social network profile pages (such as myspace, facebook, etc.) are not accepted as "web sites" for purposes of inclusion in directory entries.

 

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On Waiting to Be Added or Updated

Question:

What is the current status of the backlog of "Update" requests to existing entries and addition of new ones?

Answer:

As of October 18, 2014, all requests to remove someone have been processed. As for other changes, and addition of new entries, the ones in the following locations are 100% complete. If your location does not appear on the list below, please be patient - Shira will get to yours as soon as she can! Since August 17, 2014, Shira has processed over 570 requests. There are many more in the queue.

United States
  • Alabama
  • Alaska
  • Arizona
  • Arkansas
  • California
  • Colorado
  • Connecticut
  • Delaware
  • District of Columbia (Washington, DC)
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Hawaii
  • Idaho
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Iowa
  • Kansas
  • Kentucky
  • Louisiana
  • Maine
  • Maryland
  • Massachusetts
  • Michigan
  • Minnesota
  • Mississippi
  • Missouri
  • Montana
  • Nebraska
  • Nevada
  • New Hampshire
  • New Jersey
  • New Mexico
  • New York
  • North Carolina
  • North Dakota
  • Ohio
  • Oklahoma
  • Oregon
  • Pennsylvania
  • Puerto Rico
  • Rhode Island
  • South Carolina
  • South Dakota
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • Utah
  • Vermont
  • Virginia
  • Wisconsin
  • Wyoming

 

Question:

What if the above list shows my location, but my entry is incorrect, or I'm not in there?

Answer:

Please complete the appropriate form at this link: www.shira.net/dir-update.htm to add, delete, or modify your entry.

 

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On Being Added

Question:

Who is eligible to be added to the teacher & performer directory?

Answer:

This directory is only for skilled professional belly dancing performers and teachers. Its purpose is to help the public hire professional performers and qualified teachers. Only working professionals and teachers of belly dancing are eligible to be included.

The directory does not list musicians, clubs, magazines, event sponsors, or non-profit organizations. Troupes are no longer accepted as stand-alone entries; isntead, the Artistic Director's name should be listed as an individual, and the box for "Troupe Director" checked. In the future, such entities that were added before the policy change will be removed.

Only individuals age 21 and older are eligible to be included. This is because of many laws around the world that protect minors from being publicly exploited.

 

Question:

What is the fee to be listed?

Answer:

There is no charge.

 

Question:

How do I submit my request to be added?

Answer:

Follow this link and complete the online form.

 

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On Updating or Deleting Existing Entry

Question:

I'm already in the directory but my information is out of date. How do I update it?

Answer:

Follow this link and complete the online form.

 

Question:

I provided my web link when I submitted my request to be added to the directory, but my entry was added without including my web site. Why?

Answer:

This is answered below in the section titled, "On Including Web Sites in Entries."

 

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On Including Web Sites In Entries

Question:

What requirements must a web site meet in order to be included in the directory?

Answer:

  1. It must be operational. Shira visits all web sites that people want added to their directory entries. If the web site doesn't work when visited, it won't be added.
  2. The site must not look as though it is still "under construction". In other words, the choices on it should not lead to pages that say, "coming soon".
  3. It must contain a working link to http://www.shira.net . Shira checks all sites for this link before adding them to directory entries. The link needs to work - if clicked on, it must actually go to Shira's web site. Do you need instructions on how to link to Shira.net? Visit this page for instructions and some graphic link buttons you can use to link.
  4. Shira must be able to find the link to http://www.shira.net within the first 15 seconds of visiting the site. If it can't be found within that time, it is assumed to not be there and the web site is rejected.
  5. Only "real" web sites are eligible for inclusion in directory entries.
    • Profile pages on Facebook are not eligible.
    • Profile pages on Google+ are not eligible.
  6. The web site must not contain pornography, illegal activity, or hate speech.
  7. The web site must contain information about your services as a professional performer or teacher of belly dancing.

 

Question:

I provided my web link when I submitted my request to be added to the directory, but my entry was added without including my web site. Why?

Answer:

There are several possible reasons:

  1. The web site might not meet the criteria that Shira requires for link eligibility.
  2. The web site may have generated an error message when Shira tried to visit it. If it doesn't work, Shira doesn't include it in the directory.
  3. Shira couldn't find a link to Shira.net on it. Only web sites that link to Shira.net are eligible to be included in directory entries. It's possible that you had a link that Shira couldn't find quickly, so please take care when submitting your update request to describe precisely which choice to pick from the top menu to find the page with the link and where to look on that page. If you didn't provide this information, Shira doesn't hunt for the link because she assumes it's not there - usually when this information is not provided, there is no link, so it's not worth the time & effort to look.
  4. Shira clicked on the link to Shira.net on your links page, but it didn't work. Sometimes people don't test the links on their links pages, and they don't work. Shira tests whether the link works, and if it doesn't, she doesn't include your web site in the directory.

Review the above requirements that a web site must meet in order to be included with a directory entry. Make sure your web site meets those requirements.

Do you need instructions on how to link to Shira.net? Visit this page for instructions and some graphic link buttons you can use to link.

Test your link to Shira.net by actually clicking on it to make sure it works. Submit a new "update" request and take care to describe precisely where Shira should look in order to find the link to http://www.shira.net .

Question:

Why are profiles on social networks such as facebook, Google+, etc. not accepted as "web sites" for purposes of entries in the Shira.net Teacher & Performer Directory?

Answer:

There were several reasons for this decision when I made it in 2008.

  • As of September 2008, when this decision was made, the use of social networks for dance-related business and promotion was still in its early stages.
  • Many of these sites require a visitor to have a logon to the sites in order to see the profiles, which creates problems for members of the public who attempt to follow the links.
  • Dancers were inexperienced with the technology, and the pages they created for themselves were confusing and chaotic. Such pages make the dancer look unprofessional.
  • Many dancer profiles mixed their personal affairs (vacation photos, blogs about partying, etc.) with their dance-related business information. This made the dancers look unprofessional.

So what has changed since 2008? I do think dancers have generally become more professional in how they present their social media profiles.

However, as of 2014, I still hesitate to start including social media profiles in directory entries. If i were going to do it, I'd probably offer separate line items for traditional web site, blog link, Facebook, Google+, Twitter, etc. because these are all really rather different media from each other. A dancer who is on more than one network would probably want me to list each profile.

In order to accommodate this, I'd need to do some programming on my web site to collect and format the links to the profiles. So, why haven't I moved forward? I've thought about it a lot, and here's why:

  • I need to consider how much effort it would take to keep the social network information current. It takes work for me to maintain this free directory, and I don't want to introduce a variable (social network profile links) that changes rapidly.
  • Social networks come and go in popularity. When I originally formed this policy in 2008, the networks that people were asking me to link to were MySpace, MSN, Yahoo, LiveJournal, and Tribe.net. Today, all of those have been mostly abandoned by the dance community.
  • As of 2014, I was starting to consider introducing an option to include a Facebook profile in people's entries. However, as of October 2014 dancers have become disenchanted with Facebook and are starting to talk about moving to other networks. I don't want to put a large amount of effort into developing a feature for my directory only to have it be obsolete by this time next year.

After giving careful thought to all these issues, I've decided that for now, as of October 2014, it's best to stay with my policy of not including social network profiles in my directory. It's mostly because I don't want to increase the churn of update requests.

Technology evolves rapidly, so I'll continue to monitor the changing social networking world and review this decision as conditions change.

 

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General-Interest Questions

Question:

How many people are listed in the Teacher & Performer directory?

Answer:

As of September 1, 2000, there were more than 575 people listed in the directory.

 

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Academic papers for school purposes may use information from this site only if the paper properly identifies the original article on Shira.net using appropriate citations (footnotes, end notes, etc.) and bibliography. Consult your instructor for instructions on how to do this.

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