My own preference has always been to dance on a level with the audience, up close. Some prefer the stage, but dancing on the street or in a small company goes back more to the roots of this dance, which was always a street, or a special celebration, sort of dance, done at weddings and other such joyous events. Our 'ancestors' the Ghawazee danced on the waterfront in port cities in North Africa for dowry money, as the legend goes. Bellydance movement is somewhat contained and centered, and its subtleties don't always carry well in a big house, or from the stage, but it's right at home in a small space.
Here is the lowdown on the 10th at the Buzz.