Length of Performance: Shows are booked in 30 minute increments. Additional time can be negotiated for "meet-and-greet" type events and photo opportunities.
What is included in the bellydance show? A basic belly dance show includes exciting choreographed routines with various props like swords, veils, candles, finger cymbals, zils, isis wings and more. Audience instruction and participation can be included if desired.
Which types of events hire bellydancers? All ethnicities enjoy bellydancing! We perform at quineneras, weddings with zeppa procession for the bridal party, i.e. candelabra dance, graduations, grand openings of restaurants, civic functions,and many other occasions including night clubs and elegant restaurants. We do weddings both ethnic and American, birthday parties, anniversaries, retirement parties, grand openings, corporate events, children's parties, cultural events, and more.
Bachelor parties?? NO!! We do not perform at bachelor parties or at all male events. We do perform at Bachelorette parties for the bride and her bridesmaids, and include a class for the girls to learn how to bellydance.
What about tipping? Although tipping is not required, it is appreciated. Placing the tip in the bra area is not acceptable, but in the belt or showered over the dancers head while in performance is okay. This is to be collected and presented to the artist at the end of the performance. Preferably tipping is done before or after the performance. Please be aware that the gratuity for the dancer is not included in the price quote and goes directly to the artist. Thanks!
Is it okay for me to get up and dance with the performer? Interruptions like that are not encouraged because the choreography has already been predetermined by the dancer. If the dancer invites you to come up and join her, feel free to do so, or to decline if you don't want to dance with her. Please treat the entertainer with respect as you would want to be treated.
Do you take credit cards? Only through PayPal* payments in advance, money orders, cashiers checks or cash can be accepted. Your contract will give specific details for payment. A non-refundable deposit will be required with your request for a performance, one month prior to the event.
*NOTE: To make a deposit or full payment with PayPal, please add a $5.00 transaction fee to your quote or deposit. Under details, include name and cell phone #of contact and location of the event, and the date and time of requested performance. We will then reciprocate with a confirmation letter.
Can you perform at the last minute or do I have to make arrangements in advance? We will always try to accommodate you at the last minute but usually 6 weeks is about right for booking your show. Please give us as much notice as possible to ensure your preferred time slot is available.
How expensive is it to hire a bellydancer? Live entertainment is PRICELESS, whether it is a clown, magician, band or DJ, and your guests will remember it for a long time, good or bad. Remember, you always get what you pay for.
Why does it cost extra to have the dancer stay after the performance? Many times dancers have another party to go to after yours, so it is important that you adhere to the scheduled time you have arranged for your show so it is not possible for her to stay at your venu. Remember you are paying for years of dance training, expensive costumes, dancing time, gas, mileage, and a professional performance.
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