Wedding Entertainment: A Belly Dance Show for Conservative Guests

Vinasa Winery: An Italian Dream

If you haven’t visited Vinasa Winery in Sonoma, CA, you should definitely include it in your next trip to the Napa and Sonoma wine country. Seated on top of a hill looking the Sonoma valley, Vinasa Winery is constructed and decorated with a strong Tuscan theme that makes you feel like you are in Italy.

The Barrel Room, where Ali and Tara held their marriage ceremony, was beautifully romantic with soft candlelight reflecting off the textured walls. It was hard not to wander around the gorgeous winery when I first arrived, but I managed to enjoy the scenery as much as I could before meeting with the coordinator to prepare for the show.

Custom Belly Dance Performance Considerations

Combining families of Turkish and Scottish descent, the couple wanted to showcase authentic Turkish belly dance wedding entertainment that would be enjoyed also by the Scottish and American guests. With this mixed group of cultures and religions, Tara and Ali were a little nervous of possibly offending some of the more conservative guests, but after reading my customer reviews and watching some of my performance videos, they were comforted in their decision to incorporate the cultural experience and trusted me to put on a tasteful and professional show.

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Conservative belly dance costume for a wedding.

With the costuming being one of the biggest factors, I talked to Tara about options ranging from full coverage dresses to modest two piece costumes. To satisfy the conservative crowd as well as the Turkish family members wanting to see a performance that didn’t remind them of a Renaissance Fair, she decided on a two piece costume with a color matched stomach cover. A nice modest, but modern selection.

Secondly, we talked about the dance style. I picked out a traditional Turkish dance to be appreciated by the Turkish side of the family and added in some more modern Turkish dances to appeal to the Scottish and American guests. I also decided to not include  floor work, which is very popular in Turkey right now,  as it can be seen as inappropriate without the cultural background on the dance. Instead of boring the guests with a dissertation on Turkish dance traditions and styles, I thought it would be safer to leave it out all together.

The Wedding Show

When the big day came, I was still a surprise to all the guests. After the final round of toasts, the DJ started my music and alluded to a special surprise. The guests were delighted to see a dinner show and the Turkish family members were excited to see a piece of home at the wedding.

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Sonoma belly dancer for weddings.

My show began with a modern Turkish Oryantal piece complete with silk veil dancing. Next I danced to a traditional Turkish song in the 9/8 rhythm using authentic hand gestures made popular by the Turkish Romani. Finger cymbal (zill) playing is highly popular in Turkey so I made sure to play finger cymbals in the traditional dance as well as with a fun drum solo in the Turkish style. For the American audience members, I performed a sword dance, which was a definite crowd pleaser.

After my show, I got Ali and Tara up to dance to fun Turkish pop music and soon the rest of the guests were up and dancing with us. It was a fantastic way to transition into the DJ dancing for the rest of the reception.

Q & A with the bride

Q: Did the belly dance show live up to your expectations?

A: The show was amazing! We had so much fun. It really gave the wedding some extra pizazz – everyone was very impressed. I would say that the show was better than expected, but I already had so much faith in you even before the show began. I was very pleased indeed.

Q: What was your favorite moment of the performance?

A: My favorite moment was seeing my husband and father-in-law’s reaction to the dancing and the Turkish music – they have probably never seen anything that authentic in the U.S. They were very surprised, and that was exactly the effect I had been dreaming of. Thank you so much for that! Also, that sword dance was amazing. Another big highlight for me.

Q: Was there anything that would have made the show even better for your wedding?

A: Can’t think of anything that would have made the show better – you were so considerate, and in the midst of so much chaos I felt like you had really taken my wishes to heart when others definitely hadn’t.

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To see more gorgeous photos of the winery and the wedding, please visit the amazing Vinasa Winery photographer’s blog.

• 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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  • Hmm, belly dancer. Never would’ve thought of that! I’ve always loved belly dancing, it’s especially great in the Cirque De Soleil shows I’ve seen. Fabulous idea for a wedding! :).
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    • Yes, unexpected entertainment is a great way to show off your fun and spontaneous side. It gives the guests something to talk about and shows them some new moves to try out on the dance floor!

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      • Plus, watching belly dancing when it is rightfully performed (such as in the Cirque du Soleil example, levels the playfield with us and our children as we both get in awe on the same degree.
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  • I think this is perfect for my wedding, haha! I want to have a conservative theme on my wedding but I don’t want it to be boring. This kind of entertainment is a great idea!

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  • Perfect entertainment for a wedding. I prefer this on my wedding too. Honestly I don’t like the traditional wedding ceremony where only the couples will dance on the floor.

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    • Yes, belly dance is something the singles and couples at the wedding can participate in. Children and men can try to belly dance too!

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  • Your entire body will feel the benefits as the aerobic exercise works large muscle groups, and the dance enhances strength and coordination of small muscle groups in the trunk, hips, and arms.

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    • Yes, and with all the wedding guests dancing, they will feel better after the dinner and ready to eat the cake!

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  • I tried belly dancing once and it was absolutely incredible.Haha.I really enjoy those moments:)
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  • Hi Nyla,

    My future wife will surely love your idea.She is also doing belly dancing and would like that idea for our wedding theme.

    Thanks,
    Jay

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    • Great! I hope your future wife enjoys belly dance as much as I do. A belly dance show would be great at your wedding so when she gets up to dance with the belly dancer, she can impress all of her family with her talent.
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  • Thanks for talking about your passion for Belly Dancing. How did you get started Belly Dancing? What are the cultural and historical origins of the dance? I have noticed it becoming popular in local performances.

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  • This is exciting entertainment, love the music and dance. Loved ur dancing videos.
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  • Perfect entertainment for a wedding.I think this is perfect for my wedding

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  • Yes, belly dance will be fun and also exciting, but will be toned down an bit with regard to conservative events.

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  • Belly dance is most commonly entertained in Arab Countries, Having it on a wedding event make it crazy and more entertaining. I wish I could find myself in the list of Conservative Guests :)

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  • wow, this is an amazing dance, everyone should watch.
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  • Belly dance is a good exercise to get your muscles to work.
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    • Really nice dance. Thanks for sharing this.

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  • I completely mad about belly dancing it’s really great feeling after reading your article..

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  • Hi,I frequently read your post and I noticed that you have not posted anything new so please update I love to read the way you write..

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  • I have watched many videos of belly dance but never seen a live show.
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  • I really like this article! It gave me some new insights I never really thought about before.

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  • i like this much of entertainment.
    wedding is best part of entertainment
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  • Belly dance is very excitwing and entertaining dance particularly in wedding functions. Wiile reading the post the scenes live in front of my eyes. Thank you very much to share this fantastic article.
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  • I like belly dance………….
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  • I love to watch belly dance. I have seen belly dance in TV show. The belly dance girl was just an awesome.

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  • belly dancing is one of most toughest dancing form ……i am very big fan of belly dancers…..while watching belly dance normally i got a goosebumps……
    thanks for sharing such a wonderful post..!

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  • wow..great. Really belly dance is always a tough dance format. I personally love to watch this type of dances.
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  • I love belly dancing and also the fashion style they did. Doing belly dancing will require a clothes that is very comfortable to wear and to easy to carry.
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  • wedding is best part of entertainment.I love belly dancing.
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  • I have only seen belly dancing on TV show… really love it
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  • Interesting post, I just read your post how to hire a belly dancer and know how to do. I really enjoyed those moments… Thanks for sharing..
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  • Hi Nyla,
    Thanks for sharing it.
    Wedding is an enjoying place for the guests so, its good to make some arrangements for entertaining the guests. You can hire any of artist or any of group playing any act, or play, or dance, or song that can entertain guests.
    Having a nice belly dance is one of the best ideas for entertainment, and also it makes the guests memorize your wedding for long. Your wedding story was so nice to be shared.
    Very nice of you for posting it.
    Have a nice day.
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  • A superb suggestion for my upcoming nephew’s marriage anniversary. Really loved the belly dance event suggestion. Thank You.

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  • Wow great tips on belly dance, I would certainly hire on my wedding. Thanx for the post!

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  • i never seen belly dance live but it seems to be interesting….

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  • I have seen belly dance in T.V kinda like it. Nice article.

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  • i always see belly dance on TV.

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  • Belly dance is one of my favorite show what i am seeing most of the day.

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  • Nice article! I like belly dance

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    Such an entertaining dance and wedding theme .Everyone looking for such a fun on that special day.
    Thanks for sharing that awesome article with us.

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