Frequently Asked Questions
There are so many belly dancers in Orlando to choose from. What makes you different?
First, let’s be real here – there are some wonderful belly dancers in Orlando, and it’s an honor to be one of the more popular ones! While it’s not my style to tell you that I’m better than anyone else, I can tell you a few things that make me unique:
- Your Event is My Business – Literally: Unlike most Orlando belly dancers, I do not manage a studio, dance at theme parks every day, or work the competition/workshop circuit full-time. I am strictly a performing artist. Since my only focus is weddings and special occasions (like yours), this gives me a very unique and specialized approach.
- The Audience is Part of the Show: If you’re looking for a slick, ultra-choreographed production with minimal involvement from the crowd, there are tons of dancers that rock that style. If you’re looking for a classy, professional dancer that loves a good party and really knows how to work a crowd, you’re in the right place! While my shows are super glam, I’m also not too much of a diva to ham it up with party guests. My shows are totally upbeat and designed to engage the crowd from beginning to end. (I won’t even get bent out of shape if you join me while I’m showing off during a drum solo!) If you work with me, I can guarantee we’ll have lots and lots of fun!
- I’m a Wedding Industry Insider: Anyone can belly dance at a wedding, but few belly dancers specialize in weddings and even fewer have any sort of track record in the wedding industry. I have a deep understanding of multicultural wedding traditions, have performed just about every venue in Orlando, and have great working relationships with countless vendors. (Just ask any of them about me!) I’ve even been recognized by WeddingWire for quality, excellence and customer service. But most importantly, I am truly passionate about making memories with my beautiful couples!
- Every Client is My Friend: This is my core philosophy, which cannot be imitated or replicated – though some have definitely tried! I am really big on making the personal connection with every client, and when we “click” before the event, this leads to a beautifully customized show and those wonderful spontaneous moments on the dance floor.
If you love my style, don’t be shy! Contact Me today and let’s talk! I’d love to get to know you!
How long of a show do you usually perform?
Most of my clients go for the Classic Show, a complete set usually 20-25 minutes in length. This is a great option because it gives guests a complete show experience without killing the flow of an event or taking away from other activities you’ve planned. If you’re looking for more, the Ultimate Show (2 20-minute sets with a costume change) is a nice way to fill a longer block of time. You can check out my Booking page for all show options, or give me a call and we’ll create something special just for you!
Do you do any sort of audience participation?
Yes, and that’s what I’m known for! Audience participation is not just fun, it’s totally authentic. I frequently pull guests up to dance throughout my performance and encourage the whole crowd to become part of my show, just like belly dancers do at parties in the Middle East. Because every audience has a different energy, I’ve developed a knack for “reading the room” and tailoring my level of interactivity to the crowd’s, whether it’s a bachelorette party where everybody’s getting silly or a corporate function where the group is a bit reserved.
Some of my guests are bringing their kids to the party. Is belly dance appropriate?
Absolutely! Belly dance is 100% family-friendly and comes from traditional folk dances that are done by men, women and children at weddings and family celebrations throughout the Middle East. Kids are some of my biggest fans and they love getting up to dance with “The Princess” or admiring from afar.
Do you carry liability insurance?
Of course! Did you know that many Florida wedding venues and hotels do not allow uninsured vendors on their property? While my act itself is very low-risk, I am insured for up to $1,000,000 and can provide proof of insurance or special named certificates if you or your venue request it.
How do I book you?
Thank you for choosing me! To book me, please call (203) 716-1479 or E-mail Me so we can discuss the details of your event. If I’m free, I’ll ask that you sign a performance agreement and send a non-refundable 50% retainer to hold the date. Once I get this from you, we’re all set!
How far in advance should I book you?
While I can occasionally work magic at the last minute, I strongly recommend that you book at least 2-3 weeks out to guarantee my availability. For weddings and large corporate events, it’s best to play it safe by booking 3-6 months out – especially if your event takes place during the busy spring, fall, or Christmas season.
Can you work with additional dancers if we want more than one?
Absolutely! Multi-dancer shows can add so much visual impact to an event. If we agree to a duet, trio or other ensemble show, I will personally select performers at an equal or higher skill level than myself, and act as the main point of contact for all belly dance talent leading up to the show.
What type of music do you dance to? Can you dance to a non-Arabic track?
My music playlists range from traditional to non-traditional, and are tailor-made for you. Want classical Egyptian music? I’ll bring on the Oum K. Want a Bollywood and hip hop fusion? You’ve got it. A little bit of Shakira for your familia? My hips don’t lie. I’m a big music geek, appreciate all world genres, and will dance to anything that gets your guests moving on the dance floor!
Is tipping appropriate?
While tipping is not required, it is greatly appreciated and can even add an element of fun to the festivities! In many parts of the Middle East, tipping the belly dancer is said to symbolize good luck to the newlyweds or the Guest of Honor. The most common way to tip a belly dancer is to throw bills over her head in a money shower (aka “making it rain”) or to discretely tuck a folded bill into the dancer’s arm bands or the side of her belt. If you prefer, you may simply hand me my tip or add it to the balance of my payment. For more tipping etiquette and traditions, check out my article Hot Tips on Tipping.
What if we love your performance so much that we want an encore show? Can we pay you on the spot for additional songs/sets?
Of course! I typically carry a USB or tablet with extra music, and can almost always create a second or third performance set on the fly. You can pay with cash or card. If you think there’s a good chance your guests will want another show, please try to let me know ahead of time so I can pack backup costumes, music and props.
Do you perform same-sex weddings?
Do you perform at bachelor parties or all-male events?
For both personal safety and artistic reasons, I do not perform at bachelor parties or any other type of venue or event where the audience consists entirely of men and “adult” entertainment would typically be expected. I have only made one exception, and this was for a group of gay men.
Why do you charge more than other belly dancers in Orlando?
Cheap dancing isn’t good, and good dancing isn’t cheap! As every experienced belly dancer will tell you, professional dancers charge professional rates. While my prices may be slightly higher than the norm, they reflect a level of quality, preparation and expertise that exceed even the most budget-conscious customers’ expectations and deliver 5 star ratings in service, value and satisfaction. (Just look me up on WeddingWire, GigSalad or any other third-party site and read my reviews). If price is your only consideration, there are countless belly dancers who will show up and shimmy at a bargain price – but buyer beware! Most of the time, you’ll get what you pay for. For more on this subject, check out my popular article “Would You Like to Hire a Free Belly Dancer?”