Annakiya is an elegant dancer, who brings traditional Middle Eastern dance to life to life with her lively performances. She strives to preserve the cultural treasure of Middle Eastern Dance (also known as bellydance) by making it appealing with modern aesthetics.
If you are interested in hiring a bellydancer, Annakiya is available to perform throughout the Buffalo and Western New York area. She also teaches ongoing and private lessons in the art of Middle Eastern dance.
For more information, including video, price listings, and details on classes, please visit Annakiya's website.
Price Range: $100$ and up
What to Expect
Annakiya will be happy to work with you to tailor her performance to your individual needs. She can honor requests for request for specific music, props, even arrive as a surprise for you guest of honor. Bellydance is family friendly entertainment suitable for an audience of all ages, thus Annakiya does not perform at all male events, such as bachelor parties.
Here are some packages offered:
Classic Show: A 20-30 minute classic bellydance show. This is a five part show which includes an exciting, fast, entrance, graceful veil dance, balancing act with sword or candles, drum solo, with an Arabic pop song for a finale. Audience participation is encouraged during the final song. $180
Bellygram: A 10-15 minute min show with prerecorded music and audience participation. A bellygram is a great surprise for the guest of honor and offers many opportunities for pictures, as Annakiya will get a willing guest of honor up to dance. $140
Show & Mini Lesson: The standard 5-part show plus a 20-minute mini bellydance lesson, or a 10-15 minute show with a 1-hour lesson. Perfect for birthday and bachelorette parties. Annakiya will bring coin scarves for guests to borrow.(Purchasing coin scarves for guests can also be arranged) $250
Bellydance has been an integral part of Annakiya’s life since she first started taking bellydance lessons in the year 2000. She has studied with local teachers including Ilya, Kadri, and Nadia Ibrahim. She was invited to participate in Gaia Tribe and Belly-Esque performance troupes in the year 2004 and the year 2008 respectively. She began teaching bellydance in the year 2006, which was a natural fit for her as her masters of occupational therapy from the from University at Buffalo gave her a profound understanding of the functional anatomy behind the movement.
Annakiya is on a constant quest to keep up with the current trends in the bellydance community, thus she has traveled all over the country to take workshops with many famous dancers. These dancers include Fifi Abdo, Khaled Mahmoud, Ranya Renee, Zahara Zuhair, Sema Yildiz, Jillina, Bozenka, Hadia, Sera Solstice, Amel Tafsout, Delilah, Suhaila Salimpour, Nourhan Sharif, Eva Cernik, and Mohamed Shahin.
Additional Booking Notes
Frequently Asked Questions:
What types of events do you perform at?
A bellydancer is appropriate for almost all occasions, including birthdays, graduations, bachelorette parties, nightclubs, restaurants, retirement parties, grand openings, cultural events and outdoor summer fairs. Bellydance is family-friendly entertainment.
Who provides the music?
Annakiya can bring a CD or Ipod to work with your sound system. A boom box is fine for smaller events, but for larger events, a bigger sound system may be necessary, which you will have to arrange. If requested, Annakiya can bring a boom box to your event. (Please also mention if there will be an electrical outlet.)
Annakiya dances to Arabic, Lebanese, Greek, and Turkish music, with Arabic-Indian fusion music available upon request. Feel free to request a particular style of music or a favorite song in advance of the event.
What do you wear?
Annakiya typically wears the standard bellydance 2 piece bellydance costume (please see gallery) which revels her belly. Particular requests can be accommodated, including a more covered costume.
Should we tip you?
Tipping is appreciated and a fun way to interact with the dancer. Culturally appropriate ways to tip include bills being placed in the belt and armbands, showered over the head, or given before or after the performance.
Can we take video or photos?
Of course! It’s part of the fun of the event. Annakiya greatly appreciates pictures/videos of the event and comments being sent to her email.
Will you perform for free just for exposure?
No. Because Annakiya is a trained and professional dancer, she has no need or desire to accept these gigs. However, Annakiya does donate a few gigs a year for charitable causes.
Past Booked Events
|December 31, 2014||Holiday Party|
Annakiya can bring a sound system for small venues. For large venues, it is recommended that the sound system be provided.
Safe floor to dance on that is free of debris.
Area to store belongings and check make-up prior to performing.
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