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Info on tipping and show etiquette below…
SHOW ETIQUETTE FOR THE BELLY DANCE AUDIENCE:
When seeing a show at a restaurant or party, you may not be sure what is acceptable behavior and what is not. No problem. Just follow the tips below…
Let’s start with the facts…
Belly Dancing is:
-a complex dance dating back thousands of years to the oldest cultures in the Middle East, especially Egypt, Turkey, Morocco and most countries inbetween.
-a challenging dance form that takes years to refine.
-an appropriate dance for men and women of all ages
-featured at many types of events including wedding receptions, bridal showers, restaurants, birthday parties, engagement parties, anniversaries, and other family oriented events.
Belly Dancing is NOT:
-stripping/burlesque or even a g-rated version of it.
-a dance of seduction.
-a joke or an act.
-It is not the same thing as Hula/Polynesian dancing.
-It is not an Indian Dance form.
Dancers love their audience to:
1. Clap along with the music; also after she finishes a song.
2. “Zaghareet”, a sound women sometimes make by moving the tongue quickly and using a loud, high-pitched voice. Sometimes Americans find this to be startling since it is usually so loud. But don’t be scared! This translates as, “Great Job!” and “We’re excited to see the dancer!”
3. Dance along with the dancer, especially if invited by her. Just make sure you…
-Keep an appropriate distance from the dancer, especially if you are male.
-If you’re not sure what to do, just follow her lead. Belly Dance is for EVERYONE after all.
-Do not approach the dancer if she is balancing fire or sharp objects.
-NEVER, repeat, NEVER touch the dancer for any reason besides a hand shake.
4. Take Pictures of the performances. If you would like a posed picture with you and/or your friends, please wait until the dancer is done with her song before asking.
5. TIP! – a traditional part of the Belly dance experience.
TIPPING- Info and how to’s
-In restaurants, tips are generally welcomed either as a gift after the dancer is done, in a tip jar, or as a money shower during the performance, depending on the restaurant.
-Please do not hand the dancer money while she is performing.
-Linda’s policy is NO TIPPING IN THE COSTUME for ANY public events!
-Different cultures have their own traditions in regards to tipping which may be observed at a private party, bridal shower, or wedding. They may include tipping in the costume, showering the money over the dancer, or even sticking the money on the dancers arm and then letting it fall to the ground.
How to do Money Showers:
-If needed, get some change from your server/friends (usually 1′s and 5′s).
-Please stand up and shower the dancer with bills over the head either one at a time or throwing all of the bills into the air.
-Or you can ask the server to do the shower for you.
-Afterwards, sit back and relax: the restaurant staff will pick everything up after the show.