June 28, 2009

If Emily Post had learned to belly dance

I've realized that over the years I've accumulated a great deal of belly dance knowledge and etiquette. Maybe it's a sign of me growing older, but I'm often disappointed or even worse, shocked at some dancer's behavior in and about town. I consider myself the Switzerland of the local belly dance scene. I get along with most everyone, I can be invited to almost any event, and I don't start any wars!

So, in the spirit of neutrality and with the hopes of providing some nuggets of information or resources to newer dancers, I've decided to start my own, "Dear Najla" column. I posted recently some tips about attending a workshop but now I'm the process of working on several posts about dancing at events, getting invitations to perform and being a gracious guest or dancer. Don't even get me started about costuming issues either...we could spend sooo much time talking about how regular bras are not dance bras. (I'll save that one for later).

For you the reader, I hope you enjoy. If you have any topics or suggestions you'd like me to take a stab at or have pet peeves you'd like addressed, leave me a comment. But be nice, be gracious...be like Switzerland.


  1. I'm really looking forward to reading this!

  2. That sounds like it would be a wonderful column! As I personally work more on "being like Switzerland", I chime in with agreement on this posting Najla! (Though I always try to bring my best dancer behavior because I love being asked back! ;-) Wonderful idea gal! ~ Liz of Damali

  3. I'm still working on it...but if you notice my recent post about costumes you'll notice I'm a tad busy this week! Stay tuned.

  4. Oh of course! I certainly understand! Really and truly, many good wishes and good vibes being sent your way on that new costume! Good luck! I know your photo shoot will be gorgeous!

    I will definitely stay tuned for the article, whenever you find the time to write it! ~ Liz of Damali :-)