Beyond Arabian Nights: 5 unexpected belly dance themes

With Halloween, October is the most popular month for costume parties. I have performed at Halloween themed weddings, birthday parties, and business grand openings. In fact, I just got back home from performing for a Moroccan “witches” Halloween party. I coordinated a black costume with flame colored silk veils to match the mood of the party. The blend of Moroccan, Halloween, and witch themes looked great and was very creative.

On the way home, I started thinking of party themes and how much a theme adds to the fun of an event. 90% of the parties I perform for are Arabian Nights or Moroccan themed. 5% of the parties are Halloween themed, 4% have no theme or are birthday parties for husbands, dads, or sons, and 1% have unexpected themes that make for really fun events.

Halloween belly dancer

Belly dancing at a Halloween costume party

Belly dancers can be incorporated into many party themes. Working with a professional belly dancer will ensure that any modification to dance style, music, or costuming will result in a well organized and professional performance designed to fit your theme. Here are 5 unexpected themes that I have encountered when belly dancing for parties.

1. Under the Sea / Luau / Nautical / Pirate / Island themed parties

Hula dancers may be expected, but surprise your guests with a belly dancing mermaid at your next party! Throw a nautical themed 50th birthday extravaganza or an Under the Sea dinner party. The performance can give a great underwater impression with the right music, flowing movements, blue light, and, of course, a mermaid costume.

Mermaid belly dancer

San Francisco mermaid belly dancer and pirates

 

2. Jungle / Wild Cats / Safari / Caveman themed parties

Most professional belly dancers have at least one animal print costume in her collection (see first photo). Pair a leopard or tiger print costume with heavy drum influenced belly dance music for an exciting and exotic “purrr”formance. Welcome to the jungle!

Caveman belly dancer jungle

Nyla’s wild side

 

3. Futuristic / Robot / Sci-Fi / Matrix themed parties

By accenting the belly dance style with more body isolations and adding in modern dance influences, your average dancer can transform into a bionic belly dancer or laser-toting futuristic femme fatale warrior. Make sure you have great speakers to get the full effect of the pulsing techno beats and deep bass space sound effects. Set phasers to stunning.

Matrix bellydance

Double trouble from the Matrix

 

4. TV-Land / Movie / Literature themed parties

A TV-Land themed party featuring an “I Dream of Jeanie” belly dance performance would be an obvious example here, but what about a Victorian themed party featuring entertainment right out of the pages of Oscar Wilde’s Salome? Belly dance is an ancient art and has been present through centuries of story-telling making it a perfect entertainment for any time period-themed party.

Salome belly dancer

Salome with the head of St. John the Baptist

 

5. Circus / Cabaret / Vaudeville

Popcorn, clowns, acrobats, stilt walkers, and belly dancers. You may not have enough room in your backyard for a tight rope and your ceiling might not be high enough for a stilt walker, but a belly dance show is perfectly achievable. Be sure to hire a belly dancer that can balance one or two swords (at least) to get the maximum circus effect. She may not agree to wear a beard for the show, but a costume of old coins and a full skirt will compete the circus look. Everyone loves a circus!

sword belly dancer

Step right up and see sword dancing from the Eastern lands.

 

What will your next party theme be? Have a great idea, share it below in the comment box.

 

• Meet the Author • Nyla Crystal


Dr. Nyla Crystal holds a Ph.D. in biochemistry and performs family-friendly shows for weddings, birthday parties, and corporate events in the Silicon Valley portion of the San Francisco Bay Area. She also co-directs the international award-winning Troupe Scimitar and the Dangerous Beauties Belly Dance show. Learn more about Santa Clara belly dancer, Nyla Crystal.


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