Tag: rates and fees

Protocols and Expectations of Performing as a Professional Dancer, or, How To Avoid Stepping on Toes

by on Feb.05, 2012, under For Dancers, Professionalism

This is an opinion piece. I won’t hide behind a pseudonym or pen name and pretend that the opinions belong to someone else. I also won’t apologize for the opinions. The opinions expressed below are done so very candidly for the intent of informing intermediate level dancers who may be interested or intent upon performing publicly. I write and share this knowing full well that the reader does not have to agree with me, nor take what I write to heart. Take it or leave it. (continue reading…)

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How to Tip a Dancer

by on Feb.03, 2012, under For Dancers, Patrons & Audience

resturant (4)Tips are a traditional part of the dance show, but many Westerners do not know how to do it tastefully and respectfully. Some dancers will not accept tips directly, which is their choice. I accept tips. Most dancers feel appreciated by the giving of tips, as it shows you really enjoy what she is doing. (continue reading…)

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About Restaurant Dancing

by on Feb.03, 2012, under About Bellydance, For Dancers

Ah, the restaurant gig.

Fun, unpredictable, often ill-paying, it’s regular, bread-and-butter work, yet is often also tiring and tedious. It tends to be the last bastion of bad dancing. On occasion, it is the secret stomping (shimmying?) grounds of diamonds-in-the-rough. I know I cut my performance teeth and learned the hardest way possible the year I danced 2-4 times a month alongside other dancers at an upscale bistro. (continue reading…)

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

by on Feb.03, 2012, under For Dancers

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 a 10 minute bellygram, or a couple of sets at a restaurant. (continue reading…)

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About Charging Standard Rates

by on Feb.03, 2012, under For Dancers, Information, Patrons & Audience

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 for a discount or for free. Many professional dancers, including myself, will also book a number of discounted or free shows for charity and community causes we support. (continue reading…)

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Q – I took a session with another instructor and didn’t like it. I’m in your class now and it’s totally different. I feel like I’m starting over. Why are classes so inconsistent?

by on Feb.03, 2012, under FAQs

I’ m truly sorry to hear that you had a negative experience. Sometimes you have to take several classes with several teachers before you find the right one for you. You may require a different kind of room (mirrors vs. no mirrors, cool vs. warm, bright vs. dark), a different teaching style, prefer a different dance style, need a more or less intensive class, or maybe a smaller class. Changing instructors can feel like a set-back, because you may be changing many factors: the room; the voice you hear; the body you are watching; teaching and dancing style; ability; experience; techniques; atmosphere, attitude and/or mood; philosophy; and the other students in the room. You may also be using new props. Furthermore, we tend to use different names for movements, since there is no universally-accepted lexicon (vocabulary) for dance movements in our genre. Change can challenge us all in surprising ways, and yes, it can feel overwhelming or frustrating. (continue reading…)

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