Book the troupe or individual members to add a touch of magic and flare to a party or gathering!
Below are guidelines for typical entertainment packages. The Daughters of the New Moon is happy to work with you to customize a performance to your specific event's needs.
Bellygram ~ $75 A quick way to spice up any party with a performance time between 10-15 minutes. Bellygrams are perfect for birthday parties, retirement parties, bridal/baby showers, bon voyage parties, or any gathering where you want to add a touch of the unexpected!
Classic Oriental Routine ~ $100 When you think of bellydance, this is it! A full length, up to 25 minutes, performance consisting of 3-6 music choices that showcase the dancer’s variety of skills, which may include veil, wings, cane, sword, or drums. Audience participation may be included if appropriate.
Troupe Performance ~ $225 - $375 A full-length, 25-35 minute, performance by the troupe consisting of a mixture of full troupe numbers as well as solos and duets. Perfect to energize events in larger venues such as a wedding reception, office holiday party, or special event. Three or more troupe members are available at a rate of $75 per dancer, up to a maximum amount of $375 for 5 or more dancers.
Taste of Bellydance ~ $75 - $200 Add an extra special flair to your next social gathering by adding a mini lesson to the schedule, an exciting change of pace for you and your guests. Particularly fun for baby showers, children/teen sleepovers or birthday parties, and bachelorette parties. The cost depends on the length of the lesson (usually 30 minutes up to an hour) and the number of people attending. A 10-minute performance can be included.
Give the gift of dance! Gift certificates are available for the above services or for specific amounts that may be applied toward class tuitions, performances, or in-home lessons.
Whenever possible, to assure that performers will be available: ~ for a solo performance please contact us a minimum of 1 week in advance ~ ~ for a troupe performance please contact us a minimum of 3 weeks prior to the event ~
Dates and details to be mutually agreed upon. To hold the date for your event a contract and deposit may be required.
A clean, obstruction free area is necessary for performance. Please provide your own sound system for the best quality sound.
All proceeds go to continuing efforts to host and participate in events and to provide scholarships for dancers to participate in annual training workshops sponsored by the troupe, as well as national and international training and workshops.
*These are base guideline amounts. Additional charges may apply for such items as: non-standard programs, travel to locations beyond the main part of the city (such as Thane, Out the Road, or North Douglas), holidays, contracts finalized with short notice, etc. Becoming an interactive audience
Below are some common words that you can use to encourage dancers (and other members of the audience) during the performance: "Opa!" (pronounced: oh-Pa), the equivalent of bullfighting's "Olé", translates to "Well Done". "Hizzy Hizzy!" translates to "Shake Shake" or "Shake it Baby!", commonly called during drum solos. "Jamilah" (pronounced: jah-Mee-la) translates to "Beautiful", common during slower pieces but appropriate any time. "Ya Habibi" (pronounced: Yah ha-Bee-bee) loosely translates to "Loved One" or "Lovely Dancer", general term of encouragement. "Ya Su" translates to "Yes", a general term of encouragement. "Yallah" (pronounced Yah-La) translates to "Good Job!"; common during faster dances.
Other 'sound effects' include: "Rrrrrrr" (rolled 'r's) - general sound of encouragement. "Ssssss" unlike in melodrama performances, this call is used during slow songs to encourage the dancer's slow, graceful, or sinuous movements. A 'zagarheet' - a fast high falsetto 'lalalala' used for celebrations (anytime we dance it's a celebration!).
If you are too busy enjoying the performance to call out, clapping along to the music is always welcome and appreciated.
Tipping: Tipping the dancer is another way to interact and show your appreciation of the performance. There are several appropriate ways to do so, depending on your and the dancer's level of comfort. Most commonly during a troupe performance there will be a basket set out where tips may be placed. Other options include a "money shower" (a fun interaction where an audience member tosses bills over the head of the dancer), handing it to the dancer or tucking it into her costume where she directs you to do so, handing it to her after the show, or including it with the payment.