Tips, hints and
everything you need to know about taking a dance
What you need to know from the client-
Date of the performance?
Keep a diary close by the phone.
Plan to arrive at the venue 10-15 minutes early. This
allows time for relaxed preparation before performing and also for you to
have a look around the performance area, talk to the band etc.
Ask for the full address of the venue. If it is at a
hotel or reception centre, this address should include the floor number,
or the name of the room (e.g. “The Celebrity Lounge”) as many large
hotels, clubs and function centres have several different reception
1. The contact phone number of the person
making the booking.
2. Name and preferably a mobile
phone number of the contact person on the night - the name of the person
to ask for when you arrive. (You can ask the contact person to
point out the guest of honour if there is one.)
1. Quote your price (know the ‘current
rates’ in your area, don't undercut) Ask for a deposit if
2. Ask for the name of the person
who is responsible for paying you on the night.
3. Cash payment on the night is
preferable - cheques occasionally bounce.
If the booking is for you to perform at a private house or
hall, ask for street directions, and get the nearest cross-street from the
client. Ask for a contact phone number (preferably a mobile) so you
can get further directions on the night if you get lost. Check your
quickest route on a map before you leave home. Beware of
street directions that include the words “You can’t miss it!” -
because you probably will.
The type of function?
Is it an engagement, wedding, cabaret floorshow,
party, christening, Middle Eastern theme night, birthday. Is there a
guest of honour? Ask for their name. Will it be a mixed female/male
audience? (Is it a bucks/stag nights?) If it is a wedding,
does the client want you to only 'dance in' the couple and/or give a
Tell the client the length of your
Nearest car parking. If your appearance
is to be a surprise, you may be asked to come in via a back door or
Nationality of audience - choose your music to suit.
Will there be a band? If not, does the venue
have a tape/CD player or do you need to take your own ghetto
Bucks/stag nights? Think twice. The
customers will be drinking and expecting different, possibly “full
service”, entertainment. You could be very vulnerable and no amount of
queenly demeanor or professional attitude is going to work for you here.
An offer that seems too good to be true
What the client needs to
know:-Your price and the length of your performance.
A little bit about you - how long you have been
dancing; restaurants/clubs where you dance as the client may want to come
and see you perform before confirming their booking.
A brief description of your performance - will you
use a veil, zills, sword? Do you give special attention to any guest
of honour/birthday person. Do you get audience members up to dance
If you present a show that is suitable for all
members of the family, including children, then say so. This tells the
client what they will (and won’t) see. Sometimes prospective clients
honestly don’t know if you are going to keep your clothes on, or do
“something” to them.
The client may ask “How old are you?” Be
moderately accurate if necessary - late 20s, late 30s.
Emphasize that you are a skilled, professional dancer.
If the client is insistent that they want a “young,
beautiful dancer” and that isn’t you, then be honest and refer them to
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