Belly Dance Village and “You”

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Just today Daniel asked me to go into Belly Dance Village and do some work and I asked him, “What’s my password?” Of course he gave me that silent look that basically means, “You’ve got to be kidding!” I cracked a smile and he rolled his eyes.

After all this time it’s hard to get used to the fact that belly dance village is here because there was so much effort, time and moments of anguish that went into making it a reality. Okay, so I’ll fess up, I was the more emotional one in a few circumstances. But Daniel does have his moments too…….lol. After all we are a married couple and that does intermingle into the business element. But I think that’s why the business actually does work because it is really family run with the occasional pit falls of daily life thrown in for good measure.

That is exactly one of the one big differences with Belly Dance Village that makes it stand apart from the other membership sites. And I’ll tell you, at first I wasn’t so sure a membership site was the way to go. There are a few up already and I think back to whenever I was asked to spend money on different sites years ago, I didn’t feel like my two cents would be welcomed or valued. I mean why spend money if you can’t be apart of the various aspects of the site itself. Isn’t that what a community is all about?

The way we see it, Belly Dance Village will continue to grow and metamorphosis according to what we all do as a community. It’s as simple as that.

But at first I didn’t really know what my role would be with Belly Dance Village. I spent a lot of time thinking about what I would contribute and what I felt was important for all belly dancers to know. I knew that one area that I was lax in was in theater terminology. So that was a no brainer when considering to put that in. The only thing I didn’t consider was the time it would take to put it all together. Thoughts no matter how good are very different when put into action!

Next it was apparent that the history of belly dance should be added in but I wanted to focus on Egypt. And OMG, I found out so much information. For all you teachers out there, here are a few tid bits of info to share with your students. Did you know that men balding in Ancient Egyptian use to smear chopped lettuce patches on their bald spots to encourage hair growth? And regarding their wigs they used 3 types of materials to make their wigs. Wigs were made from human hair, sheep’s wool or vegetable fibers. Both wig making specialists and barbers made the wigs and wig making was considered to be a respectable profession. It was one of the jobs available to women.

After all was said and done, I became enveloped in a time warp as I was looking up all this information and found that I was even more in love with my belly dancing then before. To know our history is to know where our dance comes from and it allows us a panoramic view of the way people use to think, live and enjoy life.

For the video library Daniel and I both feel it is very important that members get a new video a month but to me the best part of all is that you can write in and let me know what type of class you want. Since it is a community I want everyone to know that what they say is important and I will listen. Plus to be honest with you all, this will help me figure out what to do each month. I recall someone asking me to do a video on finger cymbals so that will be coming up within the next few months.

Next Dancer Spotlight Video Interviews

Najla of Najlas Dance from Ohio

I will be video taping teachers and dancers who are a major part of changing their communities. First teacher to be interviewed will be dancer extraordinaire  Najla from Ohio. I found out just the other day that Najla’s family is a huge part of her dancing especially her daughter. That definitely hits home with me since my daughter has been apart of my dance career since she was old enough to walk.

Also Najla has a new website that is just beautiful so go check her out at:

Tania From South Africa

Belly Ache Radio

Joe Robaina American Cane Self Defense and Robaina Fitness

Our first guest on Bellyache Radio will be Dr. Joe Robaina from Miami Florida. Dr. Robaina is one of the foremost leading experts in weight loss and staying fit for life. We are also honored because  Dr. Robaina is a world wide known Grand Cane Master and he is going to create a self defense video for dancers to coincide with our first Bellyache interview.

It will definitely be a must have video for every dancer who is performing and traveling!

Dr. Robaina’s credentials are:

  • B.S. degree in Exercise Physiology
  • A Master of Sports Science,
  • Doctor of Naturopathy degree and….
  • Is a Board Certified Naturopath by the American Naturopathic Certification and Accreditation Board.

Check out and meet Dr. Robaina’s at

All of this is happening within the community of Belly Dance Village! And it’s only going to get better. Why? Join Belly dance village and find out for yourself!

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


2 Responses to “Belly Dance Village and “You””
  1. aflynn1a says:

    That is cool about the lettuce! I had no idea about that! Thank you dear Leyla for your support!! I am so looking forward to our interview together!! When will the affiliate program be up and running?

    • Leyla Najma says:

      There’s interesting info about make up like why they used black Kohl and jewelry plus clothes, music etc.

      Daniel is the man………to answer the question regarding the affiliate program…….I think it’s coming soon.
      If we cloned him it would be great but I don’t think the world is ready for more then one Daniel!