A: A belly dance performance is a dance performance of Middle Eastern dance sometimes combined with the use of props (such as veil,sword etc.).
Q:How long are your performances?
A: Depending on what you requested (for example, bellygram vs. a standard performance), a typical full show is 30 minutes. In a full show, Mariana dances with (but is not limited to): fan veils/ feather fans, veils, wings, candle tray, balancing sword and even plays finger cymbals!
Q: Are belly dance shows appropriate for children?
A: Yes! I love dancing for children! (they are always welcome to participate at the end as well!) All my shows are family friendly (from 1 to 100 years old).
Q:What kind of music do you use?
A: Mariana prides herself on having an extensive music collection that includes the Arabic classics of Oum Kalthoum and Abdel Hafez Halim to the hottest new Arabic pop music, fusion hits (for example, flamenco & belly dance), as well as music from Greece, Morocco, Lebanon, Turkey, Israel, India & Iran (to name a few). Mariana loves to incorporate new music, so if your event embraces a specific culture or ethnicity, make sure to notify her when booking so she can include it and celebrate your heritage.Also, if you have a favorite song, I’d love to incorporate that too!
Q:Is it appropriate to tip?
A: Yes. Unless otherwise requested, Mariana does accept tips. There are 3 ways to correctly tip a belly dancer: 1) money shower: tips may be thrown over Mariana's head while she dances or 2) belt tips: tips may be tucked gently in the dancer's sparkly belt or 3) handed to her after her performance.
Q:When should I book Mariana?
A: It is always better to book your event sooner rather than later. Keep in mind Friday and Saturday nights and national/international holidays are the busiest times and Mariana may be completely booked. Book early to ensure the date and time of your choice.
Q:Does Mariana dance out of state and/or at international events?
A: Yes! While Mariana is currently located in Philadelphia, PA, she is happy to travel out of state to perform at private events as well as teach workshops. Out of state events must be booked in advance 2-4 weeks minimum and out of country 2-3 months prior. Please be aware additional travel fees/expenses will be added. Please contact Mariana directly for a quote.
Q:It says Mariana dances at Bachelorette parties, does she also dance at bachelor parties/stag parties?
A: Unfortunately no. Mariana has great respect for the art of raqs sharqi (belly dance), and considers herself a professional artist and is not available for bachelor parties/ stag parties, or any/all male only parties in general to preserve the cultural and artistic originof the dance.