Welcome to the world of Al-hambra Tribal Dance! Our troupe can customize a performance for your Bay Area event to add color, drama, joy, and flair. Our performances are family-friendly and can be tailored to fit any setting from informal to elegant.
Who We Are:
Al-hambra Tribal Dance is a female dance troupe dedicated to the performance of American Tribal Style belly dance. This style of dance evokes the old world, but is actually a modern phenomenon that, like America itself, borrows elements from different cultural styles. Our dance has the ability to bridge the gap between ancient and modern, and has broad appeal among young and old and various ethnic backgrounds.
Length of performance and Fee:
Standard fee for Al-hambra Tribal Dance performances is $200 per set for 2-4 dancers, adding $40 per additional dancer. Most sets are a length of 10-15 minutes. Longer sets require more dancers. Multiple sets/dancers may be negotiated according to request. Al-hambra Tribal Dance does a limited number of benefit events per year, so please inquire. Client is expected to provide parking assistance and a "green room" location (i.e., an office or store room) for pre-event preparation and belongings security during the performance.
Event lead time:
As we are all working professionals, as much lead time as possible is appreciated. Typical event lead time is two weeks. If your event is in the extreme short term, we will do our best to accommodate you; if we cannot, we have contacts with many other dancers to whom we can refer you.
Photos and Video:
Al-hambra Tribal Dance may bring our own videographer or photographer for our own purposes. We enjoy getting dressed up for you and are happy to take time out for pictures and poses with guests. Videos and photos of our performance may be taken, and sharing them with us is always appreciated. Dancers love to get pictures of themselves - video is even better!
Do you have a gung-ho group that wants to try to belly dance? Do you have a guest of honor who might want to try to shimmy? We can accommodate such requests, but prefer to know about it ahead of time for the purpose of preparing. If the additional request requires much preparation or time, an additional fee may apply. Unplanned "additions" to the agreed performance (i.e., distributing client's merchandise to the crowd after performance, or assisting a raffle on the spot), if accepted, will be charged and payable according to the discretion of Al-hambra Tribal Dance.
Al-hambra Tribal Dance is wholly dedicated to our art and we will take the utmost care in crafting our performance for your event. We are certain you will love what we do!
Leigh Anne Leighannadanna: Principal Dancer
Al-hambra Tribal Dance is a sister troupe to FatChanceBellyDance of San Francisco. We have studied with FCBD for a combined total of fifty years! We also incorporate stylings from Rashani World Fusion and various other styles of Middle Eastern-influenced dance.
What to Expect
Typical Gig Duration: 5 - 30 minutes
Al-hambra Tribal Dance can perform single or multiple sets of mesmerizing and riveting dance performance ranging in length from 5 minutes to 30 minutes. Most performances are single sets of a length between 10 and 15 minutes.
Our troupe is elaborately costumed in a glamorous, family-appropriate style that evokes cultures along the Silk Route. We are modestly covered and heavily bejeweled with full skirts that extend when we spin. Many of our dancers sport exotic tattoos; if your needs require us to be completely covered, we can dress accordingly. We play metal finger cymbals and occasionally incorporate props such as swords, scimitars, or baskets. Our dance can vary between slow and dramatic to fast and energetic with moves borrowed from Flamenco, North African dance, Middle Eastern Dance, and Indian Kathak dance. Performances can be tailored to a certain degree to reflect a ceremonious mood, a festive celebration, a reverent ritual, a mystical journey, a celebratory gathering, or a sassy show. Music ranges from traditional Middle Eastern music to modern club beats; care is taken to craft music sets to fit the performance request. Tips are welcome, but are not commonly solicited during the performance; if tipping is appropriate for the setting, our dancers only gather tips into baskets or receptacles, never on the body.
Performance space and sound requirements:
The troupe typically comprises 2-5 dancers who can dance in aisles between tables, full stages, corners of rooms, or in the round. We have danced on patios, in hospital halls, in cafes, on sidewalks, in gymnasiums, and on 40-foot stages. Consider the sightlines of your audience, especially those seated or standing at the back. Raised stages, or a buffer zone between audience and dancers sometimes aids visibility. Please specify the surface the dancers are to dance on, as this will affect the type of footwear we must bring. We can dance on wood, concrete/tile, asphalt, carpet, or open earth.
Please specify the sound system and ensure that it will be able to project the sound clearly to the room, but most of all, back to the dancers. Remember that we play metal finger cymbals, so check that your event is not constrained by sound ordinances. If you do not have a sound system, we have a portable P.A. system that we can bring. Please also specify how music shall be delivered and who is running the music. We are accustomed to bringing our music on mp3 player or CD, or bringing a live drummer.
If your audience has hearing issues (i.e. seniors with hearing aids), please inform us so that we can choose music that is most agreeable with such devices.
Music can include authentic folkloric music from Egypt, Persia, Turkey, or other cultures, folkloric arrangements, modern Middle Eastern or Eastern-influenced music with synthesized elements, pop music of various cultures, and live drumming. Due to the improvisational nature of our dance, on-the-spot requests can be difficult. If you have music you would like to hear, please suggest it and we can review it to see if it is possible to interpret it with our dance.
Available for Your
Anniversary Party, Awards Night, Baby Shower, Bachelorette Party, Bar/Bat Mitzvah Party, Bar/Lounge, Birthday Party, Bridal Shower, Casino, Christmas Party, Church Service, Club/Nightclub, Competition, Concert Venue, Convention, Corporate Event, Ethnic Celebration, Fair, Festival, Fundraiser, Grand Opening, Halloween Party, Holiday Party, Hotel, Launch Party, Luncheon/Tea, Parade, Private Party, Religious Celebration, Restaurant, Retreat, Reunion, Seminar, Sporting Event, Trade Show, Wedding Reception, Workshop
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