Saturday, June 04, 2016

Deborah Weiss, Frontpage Magazine: Ballet Jihad

To read the entire item, kindly click on this link:

http://www.frontpagemag.com/fpm/262887/ballet-jihad-deborah-weiss

BALLET JIHAD


Restricting the world of ballet in the name of “tolerance.”

 
Deborah Weiss, Esq. is a regular contributor to Frontpage Magazine.  She is also a contributing author to the book, “Saudi Arabia and the Global Islamic Terrorist Network”, the main researcher and writer for “Council on American-Islamic Relations: Its Use of Lawfare and Intimidation” and the author of “The Organization of Islamic Cooperation’s Jihad on Free Speech.”  Her work can be found at www.vigilancenow.org.

From the article:

Further investigation revealed that in response to the hijablessness of ballet schools, Stephanie’s mother started the Australian Nasheed and Arts Academy (ANAA)[1] in 2012 when Stephanie was 10 years old.  Far from being a professional school, this school offers a wide mish-mash of activities from ballet to public speaking to martial arts.  It appears that the “professional training” Stephanie is receiving is at this school or private tutoring.  Most, if not all professional ballet schools are incorporated as non-profits, often affiliated with professional dance companies.  The ANAA, however, is owned by Stephanie’s mom as the sole trader, meaning her mother and the company are indistinguishable legally, and her mom gets to keep the profits.
Additionally, the school has an interfaith initiative aimed at “building bridges” between Muslims and Jews, among others.  The school partners with the community and “the local authority” (whatever that means), and brings its programs to local schools.
Further, as it turns out, the critical comments that Stephanie received about her dancing endeavors, were not primarily by Islamophobic bigoted infidels, but largely from other Muslims, who condemned Stephanie because public dancing, ballet attire, and a wide range of music is considered haram, or forbidden in Islam.  This is why Stephanie’s version of ballet will require “adjustments.”  In fact, her mom’s school classes uses only voice music and no instruments other than light percussion, presumably for the same reason.
There is no searchable record of Stephanie actually attending a professional caliber ballet school, nor a record of any professional ballet students attending a ballet school in Sydney or elsewhere with a hijab.  It seems that Stephanie is getting “trained” at a school that is nothing more than a local neighborhood school run by her mom, clearly not a professional.
This raises the question of the money.  Why did Stephanie need a Bjorn Borg scholarship and an additional 7,000 dollars to attend her mom’s school?  Wouldn’t her mother let her take ballet classes for free?  How is Stephanie possibly spending the claimed six to seven hours a day practicing if she is attending high school and not a special school that generally accommodates the scheduling needs of professional children?
In any event, Stephanie’s heroes, Misty Copeland of American Ballet Theatre and Micheala DePrince of the Dutch National Ballet, never, ever sought “adjustments” to the ageless art of ballet.  Neither of them asked for the music, choreography or costumes to be modified in the name of their minority status.  To the contrary, both these dancers adjusted themselves by submitting to the rigorous training of true professional ballet.  The result was that they excelled in their art by meeting and exceeding the standards set forth by the companies to which they aspired.
In the meantime, ballet is illegal in Muslim countries like Saudi Arabia and Iran, as are many types of music including anything considered “western.”  The attire, choreography and music that Stephanie seeks to eliminate is haram in Islam.  But in free countries, people are permitted, even encouraged, to explore their full range of artistic expression.
If Stephanie truly seeks “tolerance” and a “harmonious world”, perhaps her efforts would be better directed at expanding the freedom allowed in the Muslim world --- including in her own family --- rather than restricting the freedom of westerners in the name of “tolerance” just so she feels more comfortable.