Do you want to add glamour and fun to your event, making an unforgettable experience? As a multi-award-winning Egyptian/Arab-style dancer, I will bring a taste of the Middle East to your party, wedding or other event.
Amirah is extremely talented. She brought life to the party!
Amirah performed at one of my holiday party recently. She was just amazing. Her dance skills and music selection reflected her awesomeness! She engaged the audience from the time she stepped on the dance floor till the end. Can't thank her enough!
Price Range: $150-350
Gig Length: 15 - 180 minutes
What to Expect
I am co-owner of Ahlaa Raqisaat, a professional company of dancers/entertainers specializing in performing the art of belly dance since 2010, and can be booked there for a duet or trio show. Our solo show packages are detailed below.
★ Belly Gram: a mini 15-minute show comprised of 3-4 songs and includes audience participation, usually as a surprise to the guest of honor. Includes up to 10 minutes of taking photos with guests after the show. This option is ideal for smaller parties - 150
★ Double Belly Gram: includes two 15-minute shows (3-4 songs each) with a costume change and an interval of about 20 minutes. Includes up to 10 minutes of taking photos with guests after the show. Ideal for small to medium parties and restaurants to entertain guests before and at the end of a meal - 225.
★ Classic Belly Dance Show: The music of this 20- to 30-minute show takes the participatory audience on an emotional journey. It starts with a dynamic entrance, then moves to a romantic classic, followed by tarab; then it lightens up with a simple soulful improvisation, followed by a folkloric piece, and finally it ends on an upbeat note. Includes up to 15 minutes of taking photos with guests after the show. This option is ideal for private parties, cultural events, casinos, charity events, corporate events, and festivals - 200.
★ Classic Belly Dance Show with Audience Participation Set: Includes the 20- to 30-minute classic show plus a 12- to 15-minute audience participation set. The goal is to have everyone on their feet and dancing by the end of the show, so we allow special music requests for the audience participation set. Includes up to 15 minutes of taking photos with guests after the show. Ideal for weddings, engagement parties, graduation parties, retirement parties, large parties, bar/bat mitzvahs, charity events, cultural events, corporate events, quinceaneras and sweet sixteens - 250.
★ Performance & Lesson: This special package includes a mini performance plus a belly dance lesson for all your friends. It is a fun package perfect for women-only parties such as bridal and baby showers, bachelorette parties, quinceaneras and sweet sixteens. This package is usually about 30-45 minutes long. Includes up to 15 minutes of taking photos with guests after the lesson. - 250.
★ Private Dance Lessons: Learn some moves that you can impress your friends or your special someone with on the dance floor! Lessons take place in the dancer’s home studio. Minimum 1 hour. 50/hour
ALL PACKAGES INCLUDE:
★ Up to 2 hours of travel time (1 hour each way)
★ Arrival 15 minutes prior to show start
★ Travel time: 10 for every half hour beyond the initial 2 hours, per dancer
★ Waiting time: 15 for every 15-minute interval after the first 15 minutes, per dancer (n/a for weddings)
★ Speaker rental for 1-room parties: 20
★ Overnight stay: actual hotel costs plus 250/dancer
★ Over 100 miles radius: actual travel expenses plus 300/dancer
A Tip on Tipping: An appropriate, authentic & fun way to show your appreciation is to shower the dancer with bills.
Looking for unique wedding entertainment?
In the Middle East, no wedding is complete without a belly dancer! Whether belly dance is part of your culture or something fabulous and new, Ahlaa Raqisaat will make your wedding sparkle with elegant wedding entertainment custom-crafted just for you. Classy and colorful costumes and props coordinated with your decor; a perfect music playlist created just for your crowd; lots of creative ideas and surprises – this is just the beginning of an unforgettable entertainment experience!
Your entertainment sets the tone for your entire wedding celebration, and nobody understands this quite like Ahlaa Raqisaat. Contact us now to customize your show and reserve the date!
Enhance Your Wedding With Belly Dance:
There are so many different ways to integrate belly dance into your wedding and all the celebrations leading up to it. Here are a couple of Ahlaa Raqisaat’s favorite ideas to make your wedding magical!
★Reception Entertainment – Entertain your guests with a full-length belly dance show to kick off the party and transition flawlessly from dinner to dancing. You know those boring, cookie-cutter weddings where nobody dances and everybody goes home early? With great entertainment, you won’t have to worry about that!
★Cocktail Hour – Let’s face it – nobody ever knows what to do during that hour of down time between the ceremony and the reception. Make your cocktail hour a little less awkward and a lot more fabulous with a belly dance show! Your guests will enjoy plenty of photo ops and even learn a few new moves while they wait for you and your wedding party to make your grand entrance.
★Modern Zeffa – The zeffa (also spelled zaffa) is an authentic Middle Eastern showstopper that never goes out of style! This is a modern twist on the traditional Arabic wedding procession where the belly dancer leads the newlyweds and their bridal party through the room and to their table, balancing a lighted shamadan (candelabra) to symbolically light the way and playing the sagat (finger cymbals). (A flameless LED option is available for wedding venues that prohibit fire).
★Wedding Ceremony – Did you know that you could have a belly dancer lead you down the aisle? While this option is far less common, it would be an unforgettable, unique addition to your wedding.
★Rehearsal Dinners & Engagement Parties – Who says you have to save all the fun for your wedding day? A belly dance performance is the perfect way to break the ice and get everyone in the mood for celebration at your rehearsal dinner or engagement party!
Amirah Al-Shuruq, from Cincinnati, Ohio, has been a professional Cairo-style dancer for over 5 years, performing for international audiences at restaurants, weddings, parties and cultural events across the country. She has won multiple awards at regional and national belly dance competitions. She graduated from the School for Creative and Performing Arts with a Major in Dance and Minor in Visual Art, and continued to study dance at University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music.
She took her first belly dance class in 2009 and has continued her study of Arab and Middle Eastern dances by taking intense workshops with master instructors all over the United States. Amirah traveled to Egypt in 2015 and 2017 to take private lessons with Cairo dance stars, learn about the culture, and practice speaking Arabic. She even had the chance to dance on stage next to Saad el Soghayar at the Semiramis Hotel in Cairo! Amirah claims to be Nagwa Fouad’s biggest fan, but her other strong influences are Golden-Era Egyptian dancers; Samia Gamal, Naima Akef, Naemet Mokhtar, Kitty Fotsaty, Soheir Zaki, and Mona Said.
Additional Booking Notes
Client provides sound system and safe dancing space. Please let me know if you would like to rent the 1-room speaker. It is also nice to know if the dancing surface is wood, tile, carpet, etc. and the height of the ceilings.
Influences & Inspiration
Dance influences: Nagwa Fouad, Soheir Zaki, Fifi Abdou, Samia Gamal, Dina, Aziza of Cairo, Naima Akef, Tahia Carioka, Naemet Mokhtar, Kitty Fotsaty, and Aida Bogomolova.
Musical influences: Om Kalthoum, Mohammed Abdel Wahab, Farid Al Atrash, Abdel Halim Hafez, Sabah, Warda Al Jazairia, and Fayza Ahmad, as well as newer artists such as Nancy Ajram, Nawal Al Zoghbi, Amina, Abdel Basset Hamouda, and Hakim.
loud sound system (I have only a 1-room large bluetooth speaker)
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