Girls’ Night Out type events

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    Anonymous

    Hello –Has anyone here done girls' night out type parties/events? I was recently contacted by a group of women who wanted to come to one night of my classes. The class that's running right now really isn't drop-in friendly, but I was thinking about seeing if they'd want to do a couple hour lesson with a little demo, similar to girls' night out events I've seen other studios hold in the area. Thought I'd check here and see if anyone has tried this, and whether it ended up being worth doing. Interested in lessons learned, stuff that worked, stuff that didn't, really anything. Thanks in advance!

    #95609

    Anonymous

    I have done one that was very successful.  It was at their own clubhouse and I brought a lot of hip scarfs so all could get into the swing of things.  It seemed like a good way to intoduce a very different type of dance then they were use to and we had a lot of fun doin it. -Janine

    #95610

    Anonymous

    I actually do several a month.  I make a lot more money in one hour than my regular teaching brings in.  I tailor the party to the needs of the client.  For example, if it is for a bridal shower, I will often bring interesting trivia about women preparing to get married in other countries.  If it is for a bachelorette party, I often bring little prizes that folks can win for best shimmy, less likely to be a professional belly dancer (folks actually love this one as it allows them to laugh at themselves).  I usually offer performance, mini-lesson, ice breakers, etc.  Sometimes, I will send an abreviated list of dance names and folks will pick a name for the evening.  I always explain where my dance name, Sadiya, comes from and what it means.  I find that when the organizer wants it to be a "surprise" that we are having a belly dance lesson, that is less successful than when everyone knows ahead of time.  Sometimes, the bride to be/birthday girl/etc is not happy about having a belly dance lesson for her party.  They are always happy by the time we finish, but in my experience it is best for the guest of honor to know what is happening.Make sure you check out the party rates for other types of parties in your area.  I charge $150/hr for the basic party and then other elements are added a-la-carte.  However, I live in MN.  I charged more in NC when I lived there.  Good luck and have fun!!

    #95611

    Anonymous

    I have done these as well, and really enjoy doing them. I bring hip scarves, too, and go through moves pretty quickly and string them together. Depending on the size of the space, we often dance the whole time facing in, in a circle. There is no emphasis on technique – they are always just giggly (often there is wine involved) and excited to be dancing with each other and wearing hip scarves. I usually do a 3-4 minute performance at the end, too.

    #95612

    Anonymous

    Thanks, all!

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