scaling the bellysphere

one thing i’ve talked about with dancers, innumerable times, is the scale of the BellySphere. somehow, it just doesn’t quite click for some people, so today i’m going graphic to represent this perspective (and hopefully, you’ll see this graphic elsewhere in the near future). for now, i had to do this for my own purposes, and so i’m going to share it with you here.

this quick analysis is based on the following assumptions, which, i think, are quite generous (you may disagree):

i did a quick survey of “middle eastern dance teachers” in the united states and came up with just about 850 of them. for purposes of being generous with the bellysphere (and easy math), i’m going to round that up to 1000.

each teacher, of course, has a set of students. also for the sake of easy math, i’m going to assume that the average teacher has 49 students, which, i think, is on the high side. that gives us a ratio of 50 dancers to each teacher (counting, of course, the teacher). 50,000 dancers.

further, i’m going to assume that each dancer has 3 friends and/or family that are hard core enough to play along in this adventure of belly dance, without actually being dancers themselves. 150,000 supporters.

putting all this simple math together, we get 200,000 bellyspheroids, consisting of 50,000 belly dancers and 150,000 belly supporters (in the united states).

now, to put that in perspective:

this grid consists of 6000 squares, each of which represents approximately 50,000 people in a total united states population of 300 million.

this is the bellysphere. in the united states. approximately.

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