As someone who does not perform Egyptian style bellydance, I will defer to those more experienced in the dance form— but my understanding is that she had several inaccuracies when it comes to the dancers she referenced and the overall reason why white dancers are currently working in Egypt, the Middle East, and for those restaurant/club owners in the US. (She also completely neglects to mention that bellydance has a rich history in Turkey, where it is performed and taught by Turkish women who ID as white.)
Also, she conflates wearing a (modern) bellydance costume associated while performing with pretending to /be/ an Arab, which in my mind are two different things (although it does happen sometimes, and when dancers cross this line or engage in Orientalist tropes, I do think it’s important they be made aware what they’re doing is wrong). Ditto Arabic stage names— far from an attempt to be received as an actual Arab, many dancers on boards I frequent have mentioned that restaurant/club owners oftentimes request or require such a stage name because it is expected, especially with Middle Eastern audiences, and a failure to have one may actually be off-putting to the audience or seen as an unwillingness to engage their culture.
So far, Nazaneen’s response is the best I’ve found at discussing this, and if any other followers have other good responses, please message them to me!
And while I did have issues with some of Autumn Ward's arguments/assumptions about Ms. Jarrar (particularly when she questions her brown-ness), I will say that she does a good job of deconstructing some of Ms. Jarrar's discussion of professional dancers and costuming.
ETA: I will say, however, as someone who has learned from an Egyptian teacher who detailed why he came from Egypt to the US to perform and teach (essentially because political happenings in Egypt had greatly limited his livelihood and ability to practice his art), Ms. Jarrar’s assertion that Arab & brown teachers who teach bellydance are doing so because they are “perfectly all right” participating in “self exploitation” strikes me as incredibly presumptuous at best, absolutely insulting at worst, and flat-out wrong no matter how you slice it.
Transphobes will still hate trans people regardless of how nice we are.
Queerphobes will hate queer people regardless of how nice we are.
Sexists will still hate women regardless of how nice we are.
Racists will still hate people of color regardless of how nice we are.
It doesn’t matter what we say or how we say it, they will still hate. And if your “support” is totally dependent on oppressed people’s tone and attitude, then you weren’t a supporter to begin with.