Neither did I. I joined this forum before I started taking classes---my dance education started here. Kinda gets on my nerves when someone assumes something about me when they don't know me.And no, I never believed any of that crap. My first teacher had solid technique and a great grasp of the dance (she had studied folk and flamenco before belly dance). She passed on accurate knowledge. Then the first workshop I attended was with Aisha Ali. I don't need the dance to provide my fantasy life.