Q: How long is a show?
A: A most typical show is aprox. 25-40 minutes. The booked time includes actual performance time as well as any time spent waiting between sets. The dancer may use veils, Wings of Isis, sword, finger cymbals, Egyptian cane and/or Tray with candles while dancing. When appropriate, the show may include audience participation, with the guest of honor or the entire party being asked to get up and dance. Many people choose to have a dancer at their party for 1 to 2 hrs, in which case the dancer will perform "sets" that each last between 15 to 30 minutes with breaks, and costume changes between the sets lasting 10 to 20 minutes.
Q: Why is there a 'range' for your rates?
A: The rates are based on a number of factors. Mainly, it is determined by the total length of the show, including the wait time between the shows and the number of costume changes, if any. A typical party performance starts at $225. Wedding performances, requiring more preparation and attention, start at $400 for 30 mins. The location is another major factor. Remote locations will incur transportation and time-for-travel fees. A quote will be provided based on all factors.
Q: Do you require a deposit?
A: Yes. No booking is valid or honored without a deposit. The deposit is due with a signed contract as soon as the booking has been completed and the deposit is non-refundable. Once the deposit and contract have been received a confirmation letter will be sent to you and your event date and time saved.
Q: Is it appropriate for children?
A: Yes. It is a family oriented art form, originating from Folk dances that everyone danced at parties and gatherings. The shows are always family friendly and children often love to dance, too! Most often the children are the first to willingly get up and dance with the performer (a great photo op).
Q: Will the dancer bring music?
A: The dancer will provide Middle Eastern Music on a CD or iPod. Sometimes the client hires a live band to play Middle Eastern Music, and the dancer can perform to the live music. Other forms of music are also available upon request.
Q: What kind of music is used?
A: Depending on your preference music can range from classical Arabic to modern pop; there can also be Turkish, Persian, or Bollywood. Techno and Industrial are a favorite for fusion shows.
Q: Is tipping appropriate?
A: Yes. Tipping the dancer is in fact customary throughout the Middle East. Unless the host has requested otherwise, the dancer will gladly accept tips. Tips may be tucked into the side of the dancers' belt, or thrown at her feet or above her head or discretely added to the final payment for the show.
Q: How far in advance should I make the booking?
A: It all depends. If you have a specific date and time, the sooner you call the better, at least 2 to 3 weeks in advance. If you are flexible about the time of your show, it can often be worked into the schedule. However, Friday and Saturday nights, during holidays, and wedding season (May to Sept), tend to book up completely.
Q: Do you do bachelor or all male parties?
A: No. Again, this is a family oriented entertainment. Belly dance is just a more modern artistic version of Folkloric dances of the Middle East. It is NOT a dance of seduction, but for entertainment of men, women and children.
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