Ok not sure if it belongs here, but since it is about performing I thought I might post it here:
here's a link to Leila's latest article for the GS
Belly Dance News & Events – Gilded Serpent Blog Archive Dance for Dancers
I think it's just fabulous - after returning from Egypt and entering a competition in Europe (with judges who have little knowledge of the actual arab understanding of the dance) for the first time, a lot of dancers here wondered how come I did not win since I danced in Egypt and at Reda's etc. etc.... well Leila explained it quite well!
I was quite disappointed at how little people appreciate the "egyptianness" in my dance over here and how little they consider it actuall bellydance - I learned now to adapt my dance to european non-arab audiences (I dance every friday at a moroccan café/restaurant in Slovakia), and to get back to the "arabness" whenever there are arab expatriates or tourists in the audience (which is rare in Slovakia but still happens).
This article also illustrates quite well why Egyptians adore Camelia, yet western dancers not always...
Anyway, all this just to say that this article is a gem and worth reading!