Leyla Najma’s Belly Dance Choreography – Text and Combos to Help the Perplexed Choreographer
“Sharing moves creates a dance society of soul sisters.” Leyla Najma
More often then not I have found that dancers get to a place within the intermediate stage of dance and they find that choreography is a jigsaw puzzle with missing pieces. The movements of dance can feel effortless and if you look at the completed picture of the puzzle, what seems simple enough to put together, isn’t. In many ways hearing music and becoming inspired and impassioned with the sound is like seeing the finished dance before it is created. This can become a problem for some choreographers. Standing before the mirror and thinking of what goes with what part of the music is an entirely different story then the mind created finished piece.
Frustration, anxiety and tears can end the best of intentions and I know from experience that my sailor mouth took a nose dive and my attitude took a turn for the worst. Add in these two factors and Heaven help the husband, partner or family member that crosses any dancer’s path at that very moment. Civility goes out the window along with the imagined dance that won’t come out of hiding. What we imagine sometimes stays under the covers until we figure out ways to coax it out of bed.
With this in mind I decided to create this book for you and construct it in a format that hopefully makes sense but also helps peel away the outer layers of difficulty in understanding choreography. I will be sharing with you many of my combinations and cosmically inspired ideas that I consider real gems and I am confident that with the way I chapter and organize everything that you will get the help you need or at least feel free to take from my ideas.