How Many Belly Dancers Should I Hire for my Event?

When planning a larger than life event, be it a wedding, engagement party, or lavish Arabian Nights event, you want your belly dance entertainment to also be larger than life. The first thought is that more entertainers make for a better show, but that is not always the case. This blog article will help you decide how many belly dancers you should book and whether they will make the impact you are seeking for your event.

Logistical Considerations:

Budget

The first thing you will have to do is set your entertainment budget. Depending on where you live, the quality of the dancer(s), how long you want the performance to last, and how many performances you want during the night, belly dance rates per dancer will range from $200 to $500 and up. Remember that hiring multiple belly dancers is not like buying eggs in bulk. There is generally no discount beyond reduced travel fees for hiring additional belly dancers and the cost per performer could actually increase due to additional rehearsal time needed for your event.

Quality of Belly Dancers

Once your budget is set, you will need to decide how many belly dancers your budget allows for and the quality of dancer you wish to have. Would you rather have a group of low quality belly dancers or 1 high quality belly dancer? With advanced stage presence, audience interaction skill, and overall talent, 1 high quality belly dancer can exceed the impact of a group of cheaper and inexperienced belly dancers.
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One belly dancer entertains at a corporate event.

Space and Number of Guests

You will also need to consider your venue space and number of guests. 3 belly dancers performing in a small space for an audience of 50 people may be overwhelming to your guests. On the other hand, 1 belly dancer performing on a dance floor for 1,000 guests may be underwhelming unless she is performing on a raised stage and visible to all of your guests.

Audience Participation

There are typically two parts to a belly dance show. First is the show where the routines are performed and second is the audience participation where the guests will be asked to dance with the belly dancer(s). If you are planning an event with under 200 guests or want little to no audience participation at your event or only want the guest(s) of honor to dance, then 1 belly dancer will be sufficient. However, if you want 100% audience participation or have an event with over 500 people, then you will want to consider hiring more than one belly dancer to accommodate the number of guests wanting to participate.
Once you have made your decision on the number of belly dancers to perform at your wedding, corporate event, or large party, you will now want to think about the type of show that will best fit your event.

Show Type:

The Coordinated Show

Description: Belly dancers perform at the same time to the same music, but different and improvised movements.
Appearance: Costumes may be similar in either color or style. Or they may be completely different.
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Group of belly dancers.

Pros: Easy to find and can hire with little to no lead time. Little to no extra cost for rehearsals.
Cons: Can be very disorganized-looking and lack show focus. Visually confusing to guests if dancers are in the same area dancing.
Best for: Large events and conventions were dancers can be spread out enough to focus on separate areas. Also great for parties where the focus is mostly on audience participation, not a traditional show.

The Belly Dance Relay

Description: Belly dancers perform solo routines one after another.
Appearance: Costumes may be similar in either color or style. Or they may be completely different.
Pros: Each belly dancer can highlight her own specialty. Guests experience more performance diversity and a fresh face with each song.
Cons: This show format can seem disjointed and the show impact is similar to hiring one very experienced belly dancer.
Best for: Weddings, engagement parties, or large events with a seated or captive audience.

The Stage Show

Description: Belly dancers perform a combination of choreographed group routines, duets, trios, and solos.
Appearance: Costumes are exactly the same or identical in color or style. Highly coordinated appearance.
Pros: Organized, dynamic, polished, and high energy show. Very engaging to audience with group routines and belly dancer interaction.
Cons: Difficult to find performance groups and need to hire in advance. May be more expensive because groups require more rehearsals.
Best for: Large weddings, engagement parties, corporate events or themed gala events that require high impact entertainment with a more polished appearance.
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Double sword belly dance duet

• 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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  • I got my taste of Arabian nights in Dubai. Love that place!

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  • very impressive article on belly dancers hiring process, thanks for sharing..

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  • Good and informative. Definitely i will try to read your all post. I am very inspired !

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  • Wow, I never thought of adding belly dancers to a wedding. I really like the Arabian Nights idea. I really like the idea of an on stage show. This will give guests time to relax, get to know each other and have a few drinks so they can get up and dance too.
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  • Dance is an important part of wedding and when it comes to belly dancing it becomes more exciting, thanks for sharing great article about hiring the best belly dancers.

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  • 2 is good enough i think

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  • didn’t know belly dancers got paid that much….are there any male ones cause I have a huge belly!! :)
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  • Nice information about arranging events.
    Thanks author. ..
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  • Good piece of information.

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  • Interesting post, I think that its all about the quality of the dancer. If you have one good belly dancer that can steal the spotlight then thats all you need!
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    • Hey

      I believe the same that belly dance create a different ambiance at the event.
      I personally too like the belly dance.

      Thanks buddy for sharing information

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  • Good post about your celebration, may be I can hire some belly dancers to my friend’s wedding too.

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    • You should of recorded all of that belly dancing with some nice wedding cinematography

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  • Can you perform in New Delhi, India. If yes, then what would be the charges for 2-3 dancers.
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  • Wow i just love belly dance. I am a professional belly dancer and i love to learn ore on it. hiring a belly dancer is a very difficult task
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  • Hi,

    This is very useful article for those who are really want to have blast in his/her wedding. Certainly the idea of Belly dancers in wedding sounds great !

    thanks a million :)

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  • i don’t understood your post because i speak english very bad. But i like it, good luck to you.

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  • wow , she is amazing and i love her <3

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  • She is amazing dancer, Really awesome dancer you are..
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  • I never see that kind of entertainment is nice or fun.

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  • Dancer’s can really serve as the ice breaker of the event but for me, i guess if you are on a budget, you can have those friends whom you know are dancers. They might not ask anything from you and it may serve as their wedding gift.
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  • Can you perform in Ahmedabad, India. If yes, then what would be the charges for 2-3 dancers.
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  • didn’t know belly dancers got paid that much….are there any male ones cause I have a huge belly!! :) very nice collection of articles..
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  • Great article…. I’m with the person above… Didn’t realise there was that much scope for belly dancers!

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  • Great post. I love belly dance and really admire belly dancers. I often spend time watching these shows.

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  • We had these belly dancers in Wattle Park Chalet a really great wedding venue and they looked really great having their attire match the fairy tyle like design of the venue. They were really awesome and very great dancers. They were perky and had some audience join in, it was lots of fun!
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  • I like velly dance…..

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    • Event was awesome!
      How much you charge for one night stay? Do you have an offer for online booking.

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  • Thanks friend. I really like the belly dance.

    And, I believe that such dance will create a different sort of ambiance in the event. I have always preferred to look for such shows.

    Really appreciate

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  • its nice picture
    We had these belly dancers in Wattle Park Chalet a really great wedding venue and they looked really great having their attire match the fairy tyle like design of the venue. They were really awesome and very great dancers. They were perky and had some audience join in, it was lots of fun!

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  • Hey great post! Belly dancing is becoming like a lost art. You don;t see it as much as you would before. When I travel I always book belly dancing tickets along with my car rental and hotel room. Thanks!

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  • We have arranged the Arabian nights theme with elegant decor a few times. It makes a great night and depending on a number of guests we suggest you shouldn’t have more than five dotted around the venue.

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  • great post i love bally dance. thanks for amazing post.

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  • We had these belly dancers in Wattle Park Chalet a big wedding and they looked very big to have her outfit to match the fairytale, as the design of the seat. They were really impressive and very great dancers. They were cheerful and had some audience to join, it was a lot of fun!
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  • I guess 15-20 belly dancers would give a good work pool of dance.

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  • Ya dance is a part & parcel for a actress life.. so keep it up Leon.. keep it. I am a big big & big fan of u(only as a actress)..

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  • Hi Nyla Crystal,
    Thanks for posting it.
    Its always the question in a wedding that How much?, how much of guests, how much of relatives, how much of vendors, how much of belly dancers, etc.
    The most important thing in appointing the numbers of belly dancers totally depends upon your budget and the no. of guests coming. Theirs quality must be good if their are low in numbers.
    Keep sharing your posts like this.
    Have a nice week ahead.
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    very nice article
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  • Hello Nyla, your blog is very interesting. I enjoyed your blog and it is informative for me as I am an event organizer so, I learn many things about the belly dance.
    Thank you!

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  • Hi Nyla Crystal,
    Thanks for posting it.
    Its always the question in a wedding that How much?, how much of guests, how much of relatives, how much of vendors, how much of belly dancers, etc.
    Keep sharing your posts like this.
    Have a nice week ahead.
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  • Nyla keep it up and also watch bollywood movies hope you will see dance

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  • I have never experienced any belly dancer till today…!

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  • howdy Nyla Crystal!
    from so long!
    i love belly dancer!
    and this is a great article! everytime i travel I always book belly dancing tickets along with my car rental and!
    yes,thanks for sharing this post!
    goodluck!

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  • Great post. My country not have Belly Dancers show. So interesting
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  • This is all really good to know. Thanks for your suggestions/tips.
    Melissa

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  • You can hire based on your requirements thanks for sharing

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  • I like to see belly dance and dancer. I enjoying your post very much. Thanks for the shearing.

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    I don’t know about belly dance after reading your post I have more knowledge about belly dance its very beautiful dance.
    Thansk for sharing

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  • I think you should hire as many as you can afford!

    Great read, thank you!

    Jordan

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  • Hi there,
    You hire belly dancers as much as you can.
    But, I think 5-10 belly dancers will be perfect for your event.

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  • Hey Nyla,
    Very informative article. I think its a complete guide for people who are looking to hire Belly dancers for their next event.

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  • Congatrates !!! 3 maximum as its eye catching , many spole the show !!

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  • Congatrates !!! 3 maximum as its eye catching , many spole the show !!. Mostly as seen all Public places it one or max two and not more!!!

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  • I think its depend on the stage and the leader like how many dancers he manage but i suggest 5 belly dancers is enough to rock the stage

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  • Great tips! I bookmarked this post. Budgeting is so important!
    I like the tip about getting your own food. Very helpful!

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  • One of my college friends is a belly dancer. And she performs regularly. I think this would be a great way to add a classy twist to any reception. Even without needing to have a full blown Arabian nights theme.

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  • Great tips! I bookmarked this article. Budgeting is so important!
    I like the tip about getting your own food. Very helpful!

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  • Everybody has its own budget to do it. But u have shared nice things that will help out someone in deciding what to take care of in deciding his budget and do according to it.
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  • A belly Dancer is a Great event for a Marriage and I think you have 5 belly Dancer for your Occasion

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