Tag: <span>performing</span>

General Guidelines for Informal Recitals or Haflahs

Informal recitals (e.g. where dancers perform in a large open area, in a community centre or gym) and haflahs (parties) are often students’ first foray into performing. They can, however, present logistical challenges, and have unique issues and attributes that every dancer, regardless of ability, must face. Share on Facebook Follow me…


About Formal Stage Shows

In no particular order… These types of shows often:  feature local and visiting dancers and a headliner or star, who closes the show; or, feature a variety of dancing amongst which is bellydancing place the better dancers later in each half of the show, and latest in the second half, with some exceptions; or, may…


The Golden Guidelines for Performing (in any venue, at any level, for any reason…)

Here is the best advice I have been given, the best advice I can pass on, and what has served me best in all areas and all venues of performing. I always try to be prepared, plan for a few scenarios, and expect that something will go wonky, if not for me then for someone…


What Should You Expect from a Professional Performer? (Are you truly ready to call yourself a professional?)

The following checklist should be used as a guideline, both for the student who is considering taking their dancing further and for the potential patron wanting more information about hiring a dancer. Any performer calling themselves a “professional” should be able to meet a minimum set of standards and expectations for a show, be it…


About Charging Standard Rates

I encourage other dancers to expect and request a consistent, minimum rate for teaching and performing. I only provide referrals to teachers and performers who do so. This is our livelihood, not just a hobby or past time. There are often very talented hobby dancers and troupes that will perform at community events and fundraisers…


Q – What is appropriate behaviour during a show for the performer and the audience?

Westerners are used to a very polite distance between themselves and a dancer. We’re used to sitting back in a darkened theatre with the dancer elevated on a stage. Share on Facebook Follow me…


Q ~ I want to hire a dancer for an event, but I don’t want it to be too sexy. How do I tell her this?

Most of us do not put on racy, provocative shows. Sometimes we are playful, and we are paid to be entertaining. If we know (and usually we ask questions about your event) that there will be children and/or elders there, we will tailor our dance and costuming to be more conservative. A great dancer will…


Spice Road says “Farewell”

Spice Road Belly Dance is officially retired as a group. Winnipeg’s best party and event bellydance troupe members are working on new projects. Nicola will be busy with Amar Egyptian Dance, a project-based, theatre stage dance group.  Other members are working on new solo and group projects of their own. Photos and video of Spice…