HOW DO I HIRE A PERFORMER?Laura Selenzi
- Please review the information in this section.
- Request a quote. Please include details such as location, date and time, special occasion, and any questions you may have. Often a phone call is the best way for us to get a feeling for your vision and the needs of yoru event.
- We will discuss on the details of your perfect show together, and present you with a number of package options.
- Your deposit holds your booking. We will then send you a Performance Agreement to fill out and return to us, and we're all set!
WHAT IS REQUIRED FOR YOUR PERFORMANCE?Laura SelenziRequirements for a performance are a private, locking change room (not a public washroom) where the artists may store their belongings and change securely, a powerful stereo system and ability to connect our music, and sufficient performance space that is clear of obstacles and safe for the artist's feet. We need a clear path to the performance area, so please adjust seating as necessary. We of course also require a safe environment that is free of harassment or threats to our safety; our booking form outlines all of these requirements clearly.
HOW DO WE PAY YOU?Laura SelenziWe ask for a non-refundable 50% deposit to hold your booking, via E-transfer, credit card, or cheque (if it is more than 3 weeks in advance). We will send you an invoice through our website. The remainder is due on the day of the performance, preferably when the artist(s) arrive.
WHAT KIND OF OPTIONS ARE THERE?Laura SelenziWe have an amazing team of artists who specialize in various art forms such as bellydance, circus arts, fire performances, stilt walking, custom characters and much more. You can view a sample of what we offer on our Performance Page. For Bellydance shows, we can create a dynamic show using props such as wings, finger cymbals, veil, sword, shamadan (candelabra), candle tray, assaya (cane), hand candles and other props may be requested. Fire requires an additional fee for preparation, safety staff and insurance costs. Specific styles such as traditional folklore, bollywood fusion and more are also available upon request. Please don't hesitate to let us know the mood you're looking for, any colour schemes you'd like us to work with, and what the background of your guests are so we can choose the best music.
DO BELLYDANCERS ACCEPT TIPS?Laura SelenziWe will not solicit tips from guests, but if they choose to tip on their own accord, they may hand them to us. Tips are not to be placed in the dancers costume, and any inappropriate behaviour will not be tolerated. Any tips given to the dancer are hers to keep, in addition to her full payment amount.
WHAT HAPPENS IF MY EVENT IS RUNNING LATE?Laura SelenziOur artists often have more than one show in a night and it is important that we stay on schedule. We understand that events often do not run on time, and are flexible with our performance time to within 45 minutes. Any longer than this and there may incur an additional charge of $50 per half-hour, or we may even need to leave to make it to our other shows. We will discuss this with you when booking to be sure we leave enough time between commitments. If you anticipate your event may be unpredictable time-wise, this is a great thing to let us know at the time of booking so we can factor this into our planning.
BELLY DANCE: MY FRIEND’S NIECE SAID SHE WILL DO IT FOR $50. WHY DO YOU CHARGE MORE?Laura Selenzi
You are always welcome to have friends and family perform instead of hiring a professional, we understand that hiring entertainment specialists is not in the budget for every event. However you may want to consider if saving money is your only consideration.
Entertainment can make or break an event and hiring an amateur may mean an awkward, stressful, or even embarrassing situation for you and your guests. A professional provides peace of mind and can handle any challenge or unexpected complication. Check prices for cirque performers or hip-hop dancers to get an idea of the current rates for entertainers.
A professional performer puts in dedicated rehearsal and preparation time for your show, not to mention coming to you with thousands of dollars invested in training, travel, costuming and more to bring you a sensational performance and expert entertainment.