Book Farah Abi for your event
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What to expect
Farah is available to perform for a variety of events, including for kids and people who are kids at heart. Celebrations like weddings, birthdays, anniversaries, holiday parties, and more are perfect for a performance.
Farah’s shows usually open with a classic entrance with a veil. After the entrance, shows usually include a slower song, instrumental, or emotive piece. To round out a show there’s always some fun audience participation, comedy, a prop, and drum solo.
If you’ve never been to a belly dance show before, enjoy the show, cheer on the dancer and show you’re having a good time. It’s often perfectly fine to tip a dancer. Usually the arm band is the best place but if you’re not sure just place the tip in her hand. If the dancer gets you up to dance, don’t be shy, have fun, she’ll show you what to do.
Show lengths & props
Most belly dance performances clock in around 20-25 minutes. Interested in a shorter performance? That works too, though the base rate is the same up to 25 minutes. You can also add a longer performance or a second show for an additional fee.
Farah will make sure to find the right music and costuming for your event. Costuming can be more covered up, if needed, and she will try to accommodate any special color requests you may have.
Every show includes an entrance with a veil and usually other props like finger cymbals and cane. Farah will work with you if you have any special requests like highlighting an honored guest and audience participation.
In the Maryland, DC, Northern VA area, plan to budget around $300 or more to hire a dancer. One show is any length up to 25min. Since weddings need more flexible timing, plan to spend more to accommodate all the moving pieces. You have enough to worry about on your wedding day, this way, you won’t need to worry about the dancer. If you’re further out from DC, additional travel fees may also apply.
Interested in adding more? Additional shows can be added for a discount. However, there may be additional fees for wait times. Want a short class? Farah can teach short classes for your guests as an add-on. She’ll even bring some hip-scarves for guests to borrow. Planning a holiday party? If you’re booking for holidays like New Year’s Eve and Christmas, rates are double for all private events and restaurants. Farah will work with you to find the package that makes the most sense for your special event.
Upcoming public performances
Hafla Party at Yayla Bistro, June 2, 2019, Falls Church, VA
Fez Tones Hafla, June 16, 2019, New Deal Cafe, Greenbelt, MD
On March 22, 2019, Farah will be returning to Art of the Belly in Ocean City, MD
The Lebanese Simon Gala show, February 8, 2019, Falls Chruch, VA