Frequently Asked Questions

There are dozens of belly dancers in Orlando. Why should we choose you?

This is where I’m supposed to dazzle you with a long list of impressive-sounding awards and convince you that I’m the best belly dancer in Orlando. That is not my style, so let’s talk about what makes me unique! I have been performing for over 10 years, with a focus on multicultural weddings. As a performer, I’m known for my classic Arabic dance style and my engaging, interactive shows. As a business owner, I’m known for my core philosophy that each of my clients is my friend. I am truly crazy about each of my clients and love being part of the best days of their lives. This shines through in every aspect of my craft, from the care I put into customizing each show to the way I make the crowd feel when I’m doing my thing on the dance floor. But don’t just take my word for it! Watch my videos, read any of my online reviews, or ask any of your wedding vendors about me, and you’ll see how much more amazing your wedding will be with belly dance in it!

  • How long of a show do you usually perform?

    It all depends on the size and type of your event. While you’ll see plenty of customizable options on my Booking page, the most popular choice is my Classic Show, a complete set usually 20-25 minutes in length. My clients love this option because it’s just enough dancing to set the mood and open the dance floor, without interfering with any other activities that you might have planned. If you’re looking for more, my Ultimate Show (two sets with a costume change) is a great way to make entertainment the focal point of your event.

    • Do you do any sort of audience participation?

      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 weddings 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.

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      • Some of my guests are bringing their kids┬áto the party. Is belly dance family-friendly?

        Of course! Belly dance comes from family-style social dances that are done by men, women and children of all ages at weddings and 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 is incredibly 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 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, most of my clients book at least 3-6 months out.

      • How far will you travel for my event?

        I primarily perform belly dance in Orlando and the surrounding areas, but frequently travel to Brevard County, Ocala, Sarasota and the Tampa/St. Pete/Clearwater area for gigs, as well. (A reasonable travel charge may apply).

      • Are you the dancer who will perform at my event?

        Of course! One thing that sets me apart from many other Orlando belly dancers is that I’m an independent, one-woman show, not a booking agency or troupe that contracts out performers. Your entertainment should be the last thing you worry about, and my clients feel very comfortable knowing that one reliable person is handling all the key details from the first inquiry to the moment I leave their event.

      • What type of music do you dance to?

        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. No matter where your audience comes from, I’ll make sure my music is relevant, appropriate and most importantly, fun!

      • Is tipping appropriate?

        While tipping is not required, I always appreciate a “thank you” for a job well done! In fact, in many corners of the Middle East, tipping the belly dancer is part of the festivities and a way to symbolize good luck to the newlyweds. The most common way to tip a belly dancer is to throw bills over her head in a “money shower,” or to discretely tuck a folded bill into the dancer’s arm bands or the side of her belt. If this all sounds like too much excitement, 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.

      • Do you perform same-sex weddings?

        I warmly welcome ALL couples who are in love, support the LGBT community, and have worked with same-sex couples before, like Ashley and Jennifer, and Mary and Jamie.

      • Is there any type of event you don’t do?

        I don’t do bachelor parties, and I don’t make exceptions – unless your group consists of gay men!

      • Carrara Nour is one of those dancers that captivates the crowd with her moves and her energy. She shows true professionalism and heart in her dancing and the art of belly dance could not have a better representative than her. Her passion and love for her dancing shows with every performance and if you ever get the chance to catch her fire dance, it is a MUST SEE!

        – DJ Zeus, fan

      • So I’m shopping around for Orlando wedding entertainment and belly dance prices are all over the place. Why should we pay more for you?

There are literally dozens of working bellydancers in Orlando. On average, you can expect to pay at least $200 for a professional show – and that’s a pretty conservative estimate. So why pay more? The answer comes down to three words: preparation, quality and expertise. Any dancer can show up to your event and shimmy. A professional will give you a stunning show, and so much more.

If you’re looking for a seasoned wedding entertainer with a warm personality, creative ideas, wedding industry connections, and great working relationships with your wedding vendors, then I may be the right belly dancer for you. If you’re looking for a worldly entertainer who loves other cultures, treats the dance with dignity, and is conscientious about using appropriate music and costuming so even the more conservative members of your family can enjoy the show, then I may be the right belly dancer for you. If price is your only consideration, then you will probably be better served by a cheaper dancer. Just remember, you get what you pay for, for better and for worse! (And on that note, I encourage you to read my article “Would You Like to Hire a Free Belly Dancer?” for more on why belly dancers charge what we do).