BOOKINGS

As of 2016, Nicola will book for:

-women’s parties
-studio-based combo lessons/short performances
-educational lectures/demonstrations ( with 5-8 minute short performances)
…in safe, suitable, select locations.

Nicola is not booking performances of full 15-20 minute sets.
If you’re seeking a “bellydancer” for your party, restaurant, event, or wedding, Nicola recommends Karla Yanina, https://www.facebook.com/karla.yanina.3.   

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“Just wanted to thank you… again for Saturday.  My mom was so surprised and everyone enjoyed the performance so much. Several people called yesterday to say thanks and that you were  the highlight of the evening!   You really helped to make it an extra special evening for my mom and for that  I can’t thank you enough!  Will let you know as soon as I have the pictures…can’t wait!” ~ S.Baker     xoxoxo

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Invite the magic of Orientale dance to your next celebration.

Orientale dance is traditionally performed at weddings and other family celebrations to warm hearts and enliven the mood.  Nicola embodies authentic Egyptian Orientale dance with a joyful, playful spirit.

Beautiful, elegant, compelling, magnetic, smooth, powerful, classic, sensuous, nuanced, pretty, and playful–this is just some of the praise for Nicola. Master-level dancers have commented on her talent and especially her musicality , including Hadia, Cassandra,  Sahra Saeeda, Jalilah Zamora, Roula Said, and Suzannah del Vecchio. Her varied and extensive experience makes her a charming, entertaining performer in any venue. Nicola has danced in restaurants, in many stage shows, cabarets, gyms, parties, parks, homes, backyards, and poolside on the pavement.  She has even taught and danced on a piano bench, and “in the hay” with a canine assistant at a horse ranch!

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Nicola wedding dance (3)offers family-friendly mixed lessons/dance demos, half- or full-day workshops for dancers of all levels, shows for weddings, parties, retirements, cultural events, festivals, stagettes/bachelorettes, blessing ways, promotions, and more.

Nicola was the first dancer in Winnipeg to offer stagette parties featuring “bellydance”.

For details, see Nicola’s CV.

Nicola performs in authentic costuming appropriate for the audience and the show. Costuming styles reflect current trends in Egypt.  For example, the picture at right depicts the modern bedlah (bra and belt) costume, while at left, Nicola appears in casual, teaching attire.

Nicola donates free and discounted shows and gift certificates to charities, non-profits, and community groups, based on a first-come, first-served basis.

Nicola’s dance theatre group, Amar Egyptian Dance, is available for casual shows such as street festivals and community gatherings (at her discretion).    AED bookings require 2-4 weeks notice.

Nicola is happy to discuss your booking over the phone or via email.  Once the details are sorted, you will receive a written agreement to confirm these details.  This makes for a happy show for everyone.

Nicola is available for consulting, choreography, television and film work.  She has also developed teaching units and materials consistent with the MB Department of Education’s Social Studies curriculum.

See: Teaching & Performance Rates for prices and packages available.

Prior to show:

  • non-refundable deposit of 25% is required, 1- 2 weeks in advance
  • bookings made less than 48 hours before an event carry an additional charge of $25
  • host must provide a private, secure space to warm-up and change, and to store belongings/costuming during the performance  and access to a clean bathroom and water
  • host must provide a stereo system that will play burned CDs/MP3s–$10 surcharge for portable stereo brought by Nicola
  • venue/party should be as described during booking interview
  • payment is due promptly upon arrival, prior to show, by cash or cheque. Full pre-payment may be paid by cheque, e-transfer, or Paypal
  • details of event:   reason/theme of  event,  expectations,  who/how many people attending (ages, women only, co-ed , children), location with specific directions, parking info, indoor or outdoor, type of flooring, obstacles or hazards –open fire, animals, other performers, size of the dancing area, length of set/number of sets, special requests/preferences e.g. music, styles/props, costuming, special attention (e.g. birthday-girl/boy)

Nicola reserves the right to refuse a show. If she arrives and deems the venue/audience unsuitable or unsafe, she will decline to perform.  Your deposit and (in the event of out of town booking) transportation fees will be retained.

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  • liason/contact person to meet Nicola upon arrival for orientation, updates, and timing of the show’s start
  • ceiling height minimum 8 feet, without obstructions (e.g. hanging light fixtures or decorations)
  • minimum floor space of 8 x 8 feet (approx.)–15 x 15 minimum more for troupe
  • clean, stable floor or stage surface free of debris, water, power cables
  • clear passage to stage or floor area
  • secure, safe space with a locking door in which to change and store her gear while performing (not a shared space)
  • access to a clean, private washroom
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“On with the dance! Let joy be unconfined!” ~Lord Byron


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Contact Nicola

204-957-7520
nicolaraks@mymts.net
Located in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.