Lara dancing at Chatanoga Persian ClubHere are the answer to some of the most frequently asked questions about hiring a bellydancer for your event.

Q. How long is the show?
A. Typically 25-40 minutes. The dancer will start off with a performance involving veil, sword or finger cymbals. This will be followed by getting the audience involved in dancing. If there is someone special being honored, let the dancer know and she’ll be sure to include him/her!

Q. Is the show appropriate for children?
A. Absolutely! Children love to dance and are often some of the most enthusiastic and entertaining participants of the audience participation portion of the show.

Q. How far in advance should I book a bellydancer?
A. Sooner rather than later. If you are flexible on days and time, a last minute show can often be accomodated. Saturday evenings during holidays and wedding season tend to book early.

Q. What kind of music is used?
A. Depending on your preference, music can range from classical Arabic to modern pop. I have a varied music collection including everything from Bollywood to contemporary Turkish and Persian favorites.

Q. Who provides the music?
A. The dancer will provide the music and the venue should provide the sound system (typically louder is better). Please let the dancer know whether you prefer the music on CD or iPod. If you do not have a sound system available, please let me know in advance and I can coordinate to bring one. Live Persian or Arabic musicians can be arranged upon request.

Q. Is tipping appropriate?
A. Yes. Unless the host has indicated otherwise, tips are appropriate and appreciated. Tips may be tucked into the dancer’s belt or thrown over her head in a “money shower.”

Q. What kind of payment is accepted?
A. Payment is due immediately after the show in for the form of cash (preferred) or personal check.

Q. What if I need more than one bellydancer?
A. Ask about booking Lara’s award-winning duet Sassafras. Larger groups of bellydancers can also be arranged.

Q. Can I get a sample DVD?
A. Performance DVDs are available for agents and overseas venues. Sample performances are also available on my video page.