Half the Price for Half the Belly Dancer?

Sacramento entertainers

Which half will perform?

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.

• Meet the Author • Nyla Crystal

Sacramento belly dancer

5 comments… add one

  • It’s arduous to seek out educated folks on this subject, however you sound like you realize what you’re talking about! Thanks

    • Thank you for reading the article. I think a lot of people have never hired live entertainment before and don’t know how it works. This is why I started writing on the topic. A lot of people have similar questions about entertainers and want to make sure they are getting the best value for their money.

  • I think this applys to all dancers.

    • Yes and also other entertainers like magicians. The actual show is just the tip of the iceberg!

  • yes, many cant see that, they just see the tip of the ice berg and hence bargain over the cost, but the effort required to put up the whole show is simply neglected.
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