Belly Dance for your Business?

A belly dancer is a perfect way to grab attention and create a fun atmosphere for your business, whether you are at a convention, trade show, having a grand opening, or a special sale event. Not only will a well-trained, family-friendly dancer create interest at your booth or store, her sparkly costume will draw in crowds from long distances wanting to get a better look at the shining mirage.

Winery event entertainment

Grand opening entertainment

In addition to performing beautiful belly dancing, the dancer will get the crowd involved with some short belly dance lessons, posing for photos, or joking with the audience members. If pre-arranged, she can even help to promote your product or guide people into your display.

Belly dancers are not just for rug stores or Middle Eastern Restaurants.

Get creative! Belly dancers can work with many different types of themes. Below is a short list of ideas to include belly dancing at your next company event.

Location-based products and services:

Does your business service or product have any location-based relation to the Middle East?  Countries such as Egypt, Morocco, Lebanon, Syria, Saudi Arabia, the EAU, Yemen, Jordan, Palestine, Iran, Afghanistan, Turkey, and Greece all have their own style and history of belly dancing.

Services can include travel agencies, hospitality management, translation or interpretation services, destination wedding planners, etc. Products can include Middle Eastern food, imported rugs, Egyptian cotton, perfume, teas, coffe, etc.

Example: Miraflores Winery in Placerville, California used a Moroccan theme one year and included saffron, cardamon, and cumin spices in their boutique wine. To help sell their Moroccan-inspired wine during a local weekend wine event, they hired a belly dancer to make their winery stand out from over 50 participating vineyards. It worked because the next year during the same winery event, people were still talking about the belly dancer and their fun experience at Miraflores.

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Theme:

Using a theme, your business does not have to have any Middle Eastern relationship at all. A grand opening can have a 1001 Nights theme to imply that your product is luxurious, rich, and exotic. A Casablanca theme can portray elegance, something classic, or a 1940’s time theme (if you are tying in the movie). An Egyptian Pharoanic theme gives the impression of immortality and ancient wisdom.

Think sand, spices, deserts, pyramids, hookah, hieroglyphics, etc. Don’t forget about the treasure aspect either! If your product sparkles or is a “gem”, a belly dancer can sparkle and shine in your display room.

Does your product or service grant your customer’s wishes? Of course it does and you can use a genie theme to drive that point home to your potential clients. Watch Aladdin or I Dream of Jeanie for decorating ideas.

Belly dancers also fit in great with a circus theme. An “Under the Big Top” event can allow for fun theme incorporation like circus performers, clowns, animals, etc.

Example: Luxe Midtown Spa and Salon in Sacramento, CA promoted their hair and beauty services using a “Passport” or “Around the World” theme. Each hair and makeup style was represented by a country. The crowd loved the multicultural approach and had fun watching the different styles of dance from around the world.

Multicultural Corporation

Multicultural Business Theme

Motion:

Can your product shake, shimmy, undulate, jiggle, wiggle, rotate, or gyrate*? This can apply to machines as well as food items. Get creative!

Example: Acquiesce Vineyards in Lodi, California used their product to create Rose wine jello shots. Jello, of course, jiggles, so they thought it would be fun to have a belly dancer at their wine weekend event. It was a great hit and the customers were convinced that after having a wine jello shot (or two), they could jiggle much better.
*Most belly dancers do not like to associate the term “gyrate” with their dancing. If you can find a better verb, please do!

 

Female-based products and services:

Does your product or service target women? Belly dance is a very feminine art and in addition to being an empowering dance to women, it is fun and interactive. Examples include makeup lines, clothing, female gyms or fitness classes, girls night out services, etc.

Girls Night Out Activities

Girls Night Out

However you decide to tie in a belly dancer to your business event, make sure you have clear communication with the dancer to discuss things like costuming, music, audience involvement, and your product or service information so she can tell customers about your business when asked.

• 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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  • Great idea. Thanks for sharing these with us. I am planning to build a business and I think these Belly Dancing is a bright idea.

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  • Have you try teaching male clients?I wonder if they are also interested in doing those stuff.:)

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    • Yes, I have had a few male belly dance students. There are definitely more women in my classes, but men can learn too! Belly dancing is great for body control and core strength building.

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  • How glamorous of a job do you have? Hiring your entertainment for business events seems like a real original idea than you would see at most business type of presentations, employee events and the like. I would not expect my employer to hire a service like yours and it would be a pleasant surprise too. I am sure that you are successful because in every photo and video you have a look of passion in your eyes for dance. Thanks for sharing what you do.

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    • Thank you! It is definitely a fun job and I love being able to help people celebrate and have a great time!

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  • I have never thought to use belly dancers for marketing. It would work just like you say everybody has to at least glimpse at the dancer. Nobody just passes that opportunity up.

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    • Yes! Not many can resist watching a sparkly belly dancer with a sword balanced on her head! It is definitely a spectacle to draw attention for your marketing campaign.

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  • Thankyou for the idea. I never use belly dance for marketing campaign but it is good to seek people’s attention :)
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  • Wow, these women are so beautiful, simply beautiful.

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    • Yes, the ladies I performed with are gorgeous. We had a great team of hair and makeup stylists from Luxe in Sacramento to help us out ;)

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  • How often do you get the crowd involved in your routines? I wouldn’t mind a belly dancing lesson if my company decided to hire some. Do you find that men get involved often?

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    • Almost all of my shows have an audience interaction portion and it definitely makes the whole performance fun. Many men like to participate and some are actually pretty good at belly dancing!

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  • Hi Nyla,
    It’s a new bright idea for me to have a belly dance for marketing campaign. It’s really fun and interactive, the best thing I found is that they can even help to promote our product or guide people into our display. Thanks for your suggestion.
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  • What a novel way to help a business! This would certainly be a promotion that would stick in people’s minds. I like the fact that your shows have some audience participation/interaction. I imagine this makes the experience all the more memorable.

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  • This seems like an exciting thing to attend in general. I’ve never seen a belly dancer do their thing. The idea of using it to promote a business event or a product sounds interesting. It can certainly garner some media attention as it would be a more unique approach that isn’t seen often.

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  • it is nice to seek people,s attention. i never use the belly dance but it is so good for marketing. It is fact that your shows have some audience participation

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  • Man, this is a brilliant idea, I’ve never heard of belling dancing for business before. This can be a double-edged sword I don’t know.

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    • Usually belly dancers perform with a single edged sword :) If you are concerned with modesty, many dancers perform in full length belly dance gowns.

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  • Hello,
    Firstly thanks to such a good article. I found it useful because it cleared my confusions about topic what you written.

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  • Kelly, I like your question about men learning, I was thinking the same thing. Good to see that you do have some men in your classes Nyla..

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  • I loved the multicultural photo! sexy and beautiful dancers!

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  • Hi Nyla,
    The concept to have belly dance for business is very new and exciting for me. It’s a great way to grab people’s attention. Thankyou for the idea.
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  • I love the way belly dancers move. Seems like they lack the hip bone. But I know it is not simple as it seems. Requires hell lot of practice and dedication. Hats off to you Nyla. You are doing a great job by spreading smiles and hearts filled with content.

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  • craze of belly dancing on people mind is lot and many people are using them these days for promoting their products. We at our own Hookah shop have 4 belly dancers for dance

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  • Your such a very good dancer. Actually were on the same field. I love belly dancing too. Right now I’m teaching lessons with it!

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    • Thank you! It means a lot coming from you :) I always love your performances at Rakkasah West.

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  • Great idea. Thanks for sharing these with us. I am planning to build a business and I think these Belly Dancing is a bright idea.

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  • Belly Dance is really the king of all the Dance forms :)
    It requires a lots of efforts :)
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  • My body is so stiff I can learn some belly dancing. lol
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  • I have never thought about belly dancers and that to for business. Thanks for this informative discussion about belly dancers for business.

    thanks.
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  • I think so it is a good idea to grab customers to your business but it is not suitable for all the countries like us..

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    • Khan, You are right. even if my counties is not allow for business purpose. But still it’s possible legally, if belly dancer club will be their.
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