Frequently Asked Questions
Q. You say you do Fire Dancing. Is that the same as the people I've seen at festivals throwing and spinning fire staffs?
A. There are many different types of fire performance, which i will roughly split into 2 distinctive types for the purposes of explanation - Fire Dancing and Fire Spinning. Fire dancing is dancing in a bellydance style with fire props, almost always choreographed to music. Fire spinning is less about dancing and more about the prop - throwing and spinning rather than using the fire as a frame or accentuation of the body, as infire dancing. Generally, the people you see throwing and spinning fire staffs are fire spinners, not fire dancers. Fire dancers use the prop to accentuate the dance and the body, and tend to on the whole use different props to fire spinners, including fire palms, fans, fingers, and additionally in my case, fire umbrella and fire stick.
Q. I'm interested in hiring you to perform / teach at my event. Where do I find out more information?
A. You can contact me by using the contact form on this website. Performance duration, style, prices, and other details will be agreed and a deposit taken for any booking. Standard terms and conditions will be sent to you which you will need to sign up to and send back with your deposit. Simply let me know what you had in mind, or ask if you are unsure, and we can take it from there.
Q. Do you dance for free?
A. Belly Dance and Fire Dance is an art form. As such, a lot of time, effort, and money goes into constantly striving to perfect this art, and stay at the forefront of the movement, whilst retaining the traditional accurate portrayal of belly dance. This includes hours and money spent attending classes, workshops, shows, money spent on professional costumes, travel to events, etc. Therefore when you book me for an event, all these aspects have been allowed for in the price in order to be able to afford to continue to perform and teach.
For charity events, I can reduce or potentially waive my fee provided this is given to the charity. Like a lot of dancers, there are many charity events out there so I can only agree to do a limited number in order to not be operating at a loss. This must be agreed before the event and the usual terms and conditions will apply.
Q. What teaching qualifications do you have?
A. There is no overarching 'qualifications body' for belly dance teaching - there are a few different courses and accreditations available via different schools and awarding bodies. I have been accredited by the OCN (Open College Network) for 'Safe Delivery of Belly Dance Classes'. I am a certified teacher at the Rachel Bennett School of Belly Dance. I have also undertaken a teaching apprenticeship at the Santa Maria Bellydance Academy.