If you buy half a carton of eggs, it costs half as much as a full carton. If you buy half a tank of gas, it costs half as much as a full tank. So when a belly dancer quotes you a rate for a 30 minute show, why won’t she half the rate for a 15 minute show?
Hiring an event entertainer is not the same as buying merchandise. A belly dancer will not put half the thought into her show, will not bring half the music, will not put on half of her costume or makeup, will not drive halfway to the venue, will not bring half of a sword and will not perform half as good as she normally does. A professional event entertainer is 100% invested in a fantastic show and will not sacrifice any part of the performance to give a discount. How entertainers entertain is their business. Purposely performing a half-as-good show would ruin their reputation as well as your guest’s experience at your event.
Performance time is only a small part of what you are paying for. The bulk of the time spent on your event entertainment takes place before the actual show. After hours of prep work and travel time, performing for 5 minutes is not much different from performing for 15 minutes. This is why you see rates for 5-15 minute short shows or 30-45 minute standard shows. Longer shows typically include prop work and add even more prep time to the performance.
As you and your guests enjoy the amazing belly dance performance, you will see all the time and effort your belly dancer has put into planning the perfect show for your event.