So you are planning your event and are thinking about booking a Belly dancer. Great stuff! Here are some commonly asked questions to help you in your event planning adventures:
What time should I book the Belly dancer for?
I generally advise later on in the night. Or at a time where your guests have arrived and had time to get into the party mood. After many years of dancing at parties, I have noticed that an early party booking may not gel so well with your guests. A couple of hours later on and everyone is much happier to get out onto the dancefloor to show off their moves. If you can, wait for at least a couple of hours after your party has started.
What do I need to prepare?
The music system! This is probably THE most important thing. A little CD or boombox is definitely not enough. Belly dance music is drum heavy and therefore needs a solid, loud sound system. I STILL have gigs that think that holding a little CD player will be enough for a party. Sigh!
Your guests will be more inclined to hit the dancefloor with the Belly dancer if you have LOUD music. If you have quiet music, then it gets awkward......for the guests and for the Bellydancer! So discuss your music requirements with the Belly dancer before the night.
If possible, try out your music system before the party. You may think that the music system works fine, but music systems are tricky beasts. No matter how organised you are. I even had a wedding recently where they didn't check the sound system and it turns out the venue blocked the volume controls to only ambient background music. The Bride was so upset and my heart broke for her! :<
I personally don't like using CDs because they can skip every now and again HOWEVER your Belly dancer can bring along an ipod, CD or USB. Whatever works for you. The only thing you need to do is check out your sound system beforehand.
What type of music do you want played?
Are you or your guests from a particular cultural background? Do you think they would appreciate particular music? e.g. Turkish? Arabic? Bollywood? Greek?
The Belly dancer is there to get the party started and she can dance to a wide range of music. If you think that your guests are predominantly Greek then tell your Belly dancer to bring some Greek music. She can bring along a mix of music. Once again, I have countless stories of going to parties and being requested to play particular Bollywood or Greek music AFTER I've arrived. Your Belly dancer can bring all of that along but ONLY if you tell her.
Of late I have also been asking event organisers if there is a particular song that the birthday boy/girl really loves. I have therefore been dancing to a bunch of Beyonce, Bollywood and Hip hop songs recently. If the party is to celebrate a particular person, then why not add their favourite song into the Belly dance mix.
Tell the Belly dancer if the Birthday boy/girl wants to get up and dance
Some people don't want to dance and would simply prefer to watch the show. No one wants to embarrass anyone, so tell your Belly dancer if there is a particular person who doesn't want to be approached.
Remember, the Belly dancer is there to get the party started and to help you and your family celebrate. Give her as much information as possible to help her do that.
Enjoy your party!!!!
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