on Gilded Serpent by Najia Marlyz
and Advice, Dance
and Teaching Techniques, Memoirs
and History, Costuming
and Textiles, Reviews,
is Not a Review: Bellydance Superstars Commentary by Najia
Herein lies one major flaw concerning the concept of superstardom
in Bellydance: choreography. While choreography is a form
of quality assurance, it is also assurance that the quality
attained will be less than stellar in Bellydance!
Died and Made You Queen of Dance?
This lack of background basic performing experience would
be unheard of and un-tolerated in any other dance form.
from a Temporal Dance Oracle --Dance related
for Your New Dance Teacher, The First Interview
New Age Adage for Performing Dancers
If you have nothing to say through your dance, do not dance.
the Certifiers, The Chicken or the Egg? Part Two By Najia
El-Mouzayen, ... artists and stars are born, not schooled.
You’ve either “got it, or you don’t”
the Certifiers By Najia El-Mouzayen
...this has occurred because of the current need to be correct,
and within certain predictable standards of competence rather
than special, unique, outstanding, unusual, memorable, or
even (gasp!) emotion producing...
You Owe Your Dance Teacher, besides a Christmas Fruitcake?
Teaching involves a selflessness that often does not often
jibe with the egotism it takes to be an outstanding performer.
Take Private Lessons and Coaching?
You will enhance your presentation beyond your wildest
Dancing to the Houri's
She was always there dancing at my shoulder and up-staging
me in my own mind...
It is possible to be an artiste in a non-art form in the sense
that one may be skilled, professional and artistic at the
business of entertainment.
Welcome to Bellydance
..Do not allow anyone to limit your possibilities.
8-20-99 BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU
A Case against Standardization in Nomenclature for Belly Dance
1999 Najia introduces her
West 2002 Looms Ahead By Najia El-Mouzayen
and Teaching Techniques
Although Rakkasah still is an attempt to give all dance performers
an equal opportunity, results of the phone-in to book a dance
time is often very chancy because of high demand.
Taxim from a Dancer's Perspective:Tarab or Tyranny? by Najia
Sometimes, these improvisations can be quite elaborate. The
effect is somewhat like modern jazz and stays within the framework
of the traditional maqam or maqamat.
to Basics by Najia Marlyz
Belly Dance is most meaningful when we define it as a communication
of mutually held emotional response and truths between people
Assaya Instruction at Najia’s Studio
Demonstrated by Rawan El-Mouzayen (Arab-American, age 3)
Between the two men, my dance teacher and my artistic lover,
how could I not learn to bring the movements from the core
(heart) to the outside?
I'd like dancers to understand how the ideas of color, texture,
tone, shading, etc. can also apply to the art of speaking
to My Ears, How I Learned to Hear Like a Dancer
Musical interpretation is the single, most important skill
that can elevate the Oriental dancer from the chorus line
to the spotlight.
Great American Belly Dance Veil Routine by Najia El Mouzayen
After having said all that, I must add that American style
Oriental/Belly dance is a distinctive style composed of creative
elements that are simply outstanding.
Learning Constitute Copying? My Musings about Sharing Dance"
I could still feel her pain as she spoke...
the Bouncing Butt; in Defense of a Teaching Method
Some of the "Follow Me" teachers should be more
aptly described as "inspirationally oriented".
Taming the Wild
Frilly-Lou Bird, Or Training Your Hands to Dance
Once the dancer learns the skill of audience dialogue
through energy transfer...
Put Your Dance on
Many dancers make the mistake of using the entire width
of the front part of their feet when they dance, because they
have never been taught dancer's footwork. "Ankle wobble"indicates...
The audience is not going to care, or even notice, that a
dancer did a high-stepping Fandango Walking Step with an over-lay
of a Soheir Zaki Head Tilt and a really fine ......
Emotion, Part 1
"The place of dance is within the heart."
Becoming a Fanana
of the Belly Dance-
Instead of a musical slave, I believe it is your calling as
a dancer to interplay with the music.
Dance Career’s Dark Side: As seen through a fog of murky emotion
by Najia Marlyz
Will recounting my dark stories help me to purge them? Should
one forget those special moments of insult and bad human behavior
that all performers face?
The Magnificent Fundraiser Part IV: The Berkeley Fire Department
and Act 3, Bert and Najia's Duet by Najia Marlyz Slideshow
coding by Tammy Yee
Near the end of our Second Act, the curtain began to smolder
badly filling the air with an acrid stench and blue smoke...
Magnificent Fundraiser Part Three: Acts I and II by Najia
...today’s dancers and producers sometimes write that they
believe that large stage shows with good sound and lighting,
a Master of Ceremonies, and live music are only now starting
Magnificent Fundraiser, Part Two- Police Barriers Surround
Event by Najia Marlyz
Over coffee, we decided that our fundraiser would have to
be an extraordinary dance show rather than “just another student
night” or worse yet, a studio recital.
Fundraiser by Najia Marlyz
That included the Belly dance, which he confided in me (later)
that he had hated, because it had been introduced to Greece
during the time that Greece was under the suppression and
control of the Turks.
Dancer: How I became a Dance Pioneer In a small 1970s California
Community Festival My attitude turned from community
spirit to outright defiance.
Star Remembered, The Maturation of a Career in Performing"
... last thing in the world that I wanted for myself and
my own dance career was to be a "forty year old belly
in the '70s, Memories from another Viewpoint
My experience with Bert was the opposite, however; the
cymbals were hardly a secret.
North Beach Project
I took leave before I was invited to leave.
4-18-07 Antique Textiles:
Renewed Life for Dance by Najia Marlyz
In fact, we often danced for many little luncheon gigs in offices
and other places as a surprise birthday
gift—to the music of our own solo sagat. Now, that is a skill
that I have never seen anyone repeat since the early seventies!
Five; Lace and My Muses: Treasures by Najia Marlyz
I was looking at a piece of artwork featuring a classical
dancer of the past, turning it this way and that to get a
better view, and suddenly, I realized that I had lost contact
with my treasured mentors and had also abandoned my sense
of artistic direction that they had helped to foster within
and My Muses, Part 4 of 5:Tarnished StarDust
Not until very recent times, could I admit, even to myself,
that I had lost a large part of my creative thrust along with
many of my treasured friendships because I had perceived wrongly
that I needed to become more like the Egyptian and Lebanese
dancers of the day.
and My Muses: In Search of A Personal Style Part Three
I suggest that “elevating Belly dance” to the standards of
western dance would be counter-productive in the long-term
rather than a valid goal for us to desire.
and My Muses: Everything Old Becomes New Again Section 1,
Now it was the ancient, exotic art of Belly dancing and my
fantasies of the bizarre life of a Belly dancer that smoked
incense into my heart.
and My Muses Part 1: Egyptian Mummy Lace or “Assiute Cloth”
and Allegories about Dance
I fastened around my hips a white Assuite cloth encrusted
with gold knots throughout, forming pictographs of falcons,
pyramids, crosses, and diamond shaped designs.
Key: an Allegory* in Which a Courtesan Dancer Greets the New
Year by Najia Marlyz
Court dancer, Raven, was lost in thought as she shifted her
gaze toward a novice barefoot dancer whose name she could not
of the Night: Dancer’s Allegory for New Year’s Eve 2005
Raven of the Night was the name by which he thought of her–but
feathers? Raven had none! She was the castle’s Dancer of Dreams
and aspired to become Jester of the Court...
New Year's Dance Poetry by Najia
Adding Dance to Her Repertoire
Set choreographies are seldom the “stuff of dreams” but simply
serve as crutches for the dancer who has not developed a “clean
Music and Me: The Third Sunday at El Morocco, Photos and
story provided by Faridha, Written by Najia Marlyz
Live musicians, whether hot or just luke warm, alway confront
the dancer with a set of variables.
Story Written with Arabic Idioms; Why it is Difficult
to Translate Arabic songs into English, Story by Annonymous,
Translations and interpretations by Rima El-Mouzayen, Introduction
by Najia El-Mouzayen
“just try to read it in English and at the same time, think
in Lebanese Arabic…if you can! "
Best Kept Secret for Music Lovers I would unhesitatingly
recommend that, at the very least, a dancer should own a MiniDisc
recorder for its editing function alone.
Goddess", June 18, 1999, Marin County, CA by Najia
Theatrical Dance production by Dhyanis
by Mirage CD Review by Najia
The Mirage sound is exceptionally clean ...
Classic & Original Music Arranged with the Dancer in Mind”
CD Reviewed by Najia El-Mouzayen
this well recorded music gives the “Belly Dance” a decidedly
Habibi: Music for Middle Eastern Dance” CD Review by Najia
...the production is meant to be "dancer-friendly"
from Lebanon, The Enchanted Dance” Produced and arranged
by Emad Sayyah, Reviewed by Najia El-Mouzayen You are
going to have to strap on your dancin’ stiletto heels tightly...
“Qanun El Tarab” By H. Ramsy and M. Serour Reviewed by
Najia El Mouzayen
Ramzy has fired yet another musical salvo across the bow of
your tall ship...
Sharif Presents: "Arabic Rhythms Volume Wahid"
Reviewed by Najia El-Mouzayen
...consisted of rhythms disembodied from the motivational
force of complete music
(Silver) by Hossam Ramzy, A Review and Commentary by Najia
Dancers who have enjoyed many of Hossam Ramzy's 16 other CDs
will doubtlessly be thrilled by this beautifully produced
collection of new music.
Bellydance: Nasrah By the Ensemble Huseyin Turkmenler
CD reviewed by Najia
What an absolutely delightful surprise it was...
"Halawah" on Compact Disc
by Reda Darwish review by Najia El-Mouzayen
San Francisco's favorite Egyptian drummer has again produced
a musical offering for the dancer and Middle Eastern music