I have found that knowing some things about "belly-dancer etiquette" will help you and your guests relax around the dancer and have more fun!
- The most important thing to remember is when the performance begins, you are being entertained along with your guests. When I dance, it's your turn to take a moment and enjoy yourself. You set the tone for your guests.
- Please provide a back room or bathroom for me to use when I arrive. Though I come nearly ready to go, there are a few costume pieces to put on that I cannot wear while driving. I will also need a little time to stretch and warm up before we begin.
- I come with a portable CD player, but I would appreciate your assistance setting it up. If you are setting up the unit, it will build suspense. It doesn't have the same effect if I come in - all decked out - and have to fiddle with a cord and socket.
- If you are going to have me dance in an enclosed room, please move furniture, like coffee tables, out of the way before bringing the dancer out. But if you forget, don't worry 'bout it. I dance easily around tables, people and such. Don't ask after the performance has begun to move something. Just sit back and enjoy the show.
- If you are going to have me dance outside, please be sure to have a firm, clean surface for me to dance upon before bringing me out.
- If you have a pet that is overly enthusiastic, or would be scared by the jiggling sounds of coins or finger symbols, please put the sweet baby someplace safe and away from the festivities before bringing the dancer out.
- Do not offer food or drink to me at any time, especially during the performance. I am the hired help. I am here to dance, not eat, drink, and be merry. I do not eat or drink at my patron's events. It's not professional.
- Tipping the dancer is part of the experience. Wait until the last number (which you will know about ahead of time) to start the tipping process. It will help your guests feel more comfortable tipping the dancer if you set the mood.
- Help keep the "mystique of the dancer" alive at your event. When the dance is done, bring the portable CD player to me in the back room and finish paying me the amount due in private. From there I will depart. If your guests are intrigued to know more, they are welcome to call me later. It's not that I don't like to socialize, many times I have another event to go to.