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Frequently asked questions

Are your shows appropriate for children?

Absolutely!  In fact, kids are often the first ones to get up and dance along!  All of my shows are fun, classy and appropriate for audiences of all ages.


What sets you apart from other dancers?
I am a skilled and experienced professional dancer who loves Middle Eastern dance…and I can’t wait to share that love with my audiences!  I bring a high level of energy and confidence to every show, as well as a touch of glamour and sparkle.  I am diligent about my dance training, and spend 100+ hours every year studying with master instructors from around the world.  But most importantly, my goal in every performance is to make every audience member want to get up and dance!


Are your rates standard?
Yes. My rates are standard for a professional, highly-trained entertainer. My rates reflect my years of training, the preparation and customizing that I will put into your special show, and my high quality costumes (what are your wedding colors?  I’ve got a costume to match!).  Unfortunately, there are many under-trained dancers who will charge less to show up with a pretty hip scarf, but with little to no experience in creating a professional, high quality show.  If you want to leave your guests with unforgettable memories of your special event, I will guarantee you beautiful, high end entertainment.

What kinds of music do you use?  Who provides it?
I am happy to provide you (or your DJ) with music for your event. I have a large library of music, from traditional Middle Eastern to more modern pop. I can also provide a small sound system for more intimate events (extra fees may apply).

 

Are there events that you won’t do?
I won’t perform at bachelor parties or other all male events.


Is tipping appropriate?
While certainly not required, tipping as a “thank you for a great performance” is always greatly appreciated! A very common way of tipping in the Middle East is through a money shower, in which dollar bills are gently tossed above the dancers head, raining the money down over her. Tips can also be tucked in the dancer’s hip belt, at her discretion. And of course, tips are always accepted at the end of the performance.


Can your performance be a surprise?
Sure! In fact, I usually assume that at least one person at the event will be surprised by the dancer. I’m happy to work with you to customize the details of the surprise.

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