A Surprise Performance

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A Belly Dance Performance to Remember - Leyla Najma's Belly Dance Blog

I wanted to share an experience I had at a restaurant years ago with you all because I want to let you know that you never know what lady luck will send your way.

One particular night I just happened to be performing at an Italian restaurant in the downtown area of Dallas. I was hired to perform for a large group of Doctors and their wives. Unfortunately I had to be at their beck and call the entire evening which meant performing at a moments notice or giving a lecture on the dance. Oddly enough I performed to a few songs from one of the Gypsy Kings cds since they were one of my favorite bands.

As it was getting very late, I was just about to fall over in my chair until the bartender started to yell telling  everyone that the Gypsy Kings were coming to the restaurant to eat dinner. They had just finished their concert and wanted to eat Italian food. So the owner of the restaurant looked at me and asked if I had it in me to do one more show. Not only did I come back to life but I was jumping up and down because I couldn’t believe my luck. Thirty minutes went by that seemed to last an eternity and I had to remember to breathe so I wouldn’t pass out from the anticipation. With a yell the valet drivers let us know they had arrived. They drove up in their limo to the front doors and everybody started to clap. The entourage consisted of over twenty people and they all walked in with the Gypsy Kings laughing and singing as they were directed to their table.

I  was introduced to everyone and I found them all to be gentlemen and very down to earth. After about an hour the owner finally signaled for me to get dressed.  It was the first time I had butter fingers because it seemed to take me twice as long to get ready. As I came out of the bathroom I will never forget how amazing the feeling was to be performing for the Gypsy Kings. I pinched myself just to make sure I wasn’t dreaming. The bartender started to play my music and as you may have guessed it was to their music. All of a sudden they started to clap and sing along to their own music and as I walked out onto the middle of the restuarant I felt like I was the one being entertained. It was one big  jam session with everyone singing and dancing  together!

For me this is  by far the best dance experience of my career and one I will always treasure!!

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Lifelong professional Belly Dancer dedicated to providing "Belly Dance Instruction That Is Easy To Understand And Learn That Connects The Dots"


5 Responses to “A Surprise Performance”
  1. Belly Dance Husband says:

    Well, this is a great story my love. It would be like going out for a round of golf to be invited to join the foresome in front of you because they were short a player only to find out that Jack Nicklaus was part of the foresome. Just goes to show you that you just never know what will happen and when you least expect it. Kind of like meeting me! Lol!

  2. Leyla Najma says:

    You’re my King Tut!! So meeting you was better!

    • Belly Dance Husband says:

      Um, King Tut was the boy king? I don’t think he got too much past puberty. So what are you saying? I do appreciate the compliment however. Can I be Ramses though?

      • Leyla Najma says:

        King Tut died at around the age of 19 so he was an adult not a boy.He was considered the decentant from the God Ra. His wife was Anaksunamun the inspiration for my body painting photo shoot. So when I say my King Tut………I know what I’m talking about!!