Restaurant, Nightclub & Stage Differences

 Belly Dancer Leyla Najma

Sometimes students ask me about the differences between restaurant, nightclub and stage performing and I thought it would be a good discussion for professionals or those starting to perform. After years of dancing at each venue, it became obvious to me that the stage is where I prefer to be and even though restaurant dancing made me a more personable dancer, the space, environment and dynamics of stages is what made me feel like an entertainer. Nightclubs were my secret desire, the place where I imagined legendary dancers performing and like every starry eyed dancer, I dreamed of following in their footsteps. Each nightclub performance was another notch on my belt that made me feel like I was successful almost like I had finally made it to Oz! Read more