For those of you who don't already know, I am 6.5 months pregnant and expecting a little girl in late August. I have not danced professionally since I started showing at about three months. I am feeling very out of the game. I performed at my student showcase, and I still teach my classes, but as far as gigs go.....I haven't been able to do any of those since February. I am hoping to get back into performing shape soon after the baby is born, but that's not what's worrying me. I feel like being a pro bellydancer is a constant game of keeping your name out there, staying in the public eye, and building your repuation. And after all is said and done, I won't have done any of that for about a year!
Ladies, I need to know how you do it! How did you get back into gigging after the babies were born? Was it totally different? I know I really can't go back to the levels that I used to, with multiple gigs each weekend - I was never home! I will need to scale it back somewhat, I know. But how to I even get back to the point where scaling back is an option? How do I let everyone know "Ok world! The baby has been born and I am ready to dance at your parties again! Come hire me!" :-)