- Paperback: 164 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (February 23, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1482602806
- ISBN-13: 978-1482602807
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 10.7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 10 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,174,189 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Divine Unrest: My Stories and Personal Views on Belly Dance Paperback – February 23, 2013
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About the Author
Leyla Najma is a Middle Eastern dancer, trained in Egypt, who has been performing for 28 years. Leyla's belly dance career has taken her abroad to Switzerland, France and Italy and through out the United States. In the best traditions of Egyptian Cabaret style dancing, Leyla blends contemporary themes, rhythms and music and draws upon her years of experience to entertain audiences. Leyla has been teaching belly dance for over 25 years and has over 30 instructional DVDs available on-line or hard copy. Leyla is an accomplished choreographer who has had the honor of working with the notable New Mexico Sparx sisters. Leyla performed for her favorite band "The Gypsy Kings" as well as for dignitaries from Jordan, Egypt, Iran and Iraq and for members of the Saudi royal family. Leyla's greatest production accomplishments were her collaborations with Rozana Al Jinan in producing the life and times of Cleopatra in a dance-play called "Cleopatra's Court" and "The Pearl Fantasy". Cleopatra's Court play was performed with the drama students from Cibola High School at the Joan Kent Theater. The Pearl Fantasy play was performed at The Hispanic Cultural Center, Albuquerque, New Mexico. Leyla developed her curriculum, Hip Phylososphy in 2002 which simplifies belly dance into an easy to understand format. Leyla specializes in restaurant, night club and theater performing and works with students of all levels within these genre. Leyla is a published writer for notable Belly Dance magazines such as The Belly Dance Chronicles, Zaghareet and Jareeda.
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I bought this book on a whim after a particularly stressful dance class. Once I started reading, I hated to put it down. It was like talking to a big sister or close friend! Leyla honestly talks to us about self doubt, divas, criticism, the joy of dance, the frustration of finding your niche, and aging. I think this book would help anyone in the performing arts and may have applications beyond that as at some time or another, we all must put ourselves "out there" in order to get ahead. It came into my life at the perfect moment and I am grateful to Leyla for writing it.
In addition, learning from Leyla's DVDs is an experience in itself, as she makes it easier and fun, yet very educational, which is very encouraging as a new belly dancer.
If you love success stories, if you love dance, if you love reading about a little girls dream, this book is for YOU!
On reading the book, "The Divine Unrest" by dancer, Leyla Najma, I have decided to give it, in addition to 5 stars, another 5,000 stars. It is magnificent! Leyla's writing is of the finest and most profound, a true milestone, in the history of dance literature. Her breadth of vision concerning the dancer's inner motivation and outer creativity, indicate definite pathways in planning, understanding, and outlook. These perceptions are a treasury of guidance, not only to women dancers, but to all creative individuals who are seeking to accomplish works in a spirit of compassion, worth, fairness, and grace. Bravo!
The beautiful cover coupled with the in-depth content makes for a great read for any belly dancer. She shares her experience of belly dance with personal stories, and each story contains a lesson. Her chapter on restaurant dancing alone is worth the cost of the entire book. Sharing her experiences gives anyone interested in restaurant dancing tips and information and those who aren’t interested in being a restaurant dancer will be thoroughly entertained.
Do you suffer from stage fright? If you do, Leyla gives you a fountain of information about her experience with it as well as lots of pointers to help you overcome it. Again, this chapter is a gold mine of information. Her chapter on belly dance bloopers is a fun one, and brought up many of my own blooper memories! She writes about photography, and again this chapter is a filled with personal stories and what she learned about photo shoots. It’s a great way to learn from someone else’s experience. She has a chapter about ‘paying dues,’ one about youtubing, teaching and so much more!
Divine Unrest is absolutely filled with ‘divine’ and detailed information. Leyla writes from the heart and she shares the bad along with the good. Her experiences are like lessons as she writes her thoughts, her advice and her opinions about everything from choreography to certification, to making a living as a dancer. It’s almost like having a personal dance coach.
This book is an invaluable tool for any belly dancer whether they are a hobbyist or professional. Everyone will receive great value from reading this book. You will be entertained, amused, inspired and educated all at the same time.
This is a definite must for your belly dance library and for anyone else’s library who wants an inside view of the life of a belly dancer. For your own copy of ‘Divine Unrest,’ go to [...]