Crowd-pleasing belly dance performances. Ultimate professional gears music & routines to fit audiences & celebration themes. Weddings, holidays, birthdays, graduations, etc.
Price Range: $300 and up
Gig Length: 10 - 25 minutes
What to Expect
Diana Jelena delivers a lively belly dance performance suited to the particular event and audience composition. She can perform for a wide multitude of events, including deliver of bellygrams to venues such as hospitals and nursing homes to cheer up patients and residents.
Diana Jelena is a professional Belly Dance instructor and performer. She has performed in a multitude of tri-state restaurants and events, and was also a principal dancer with the troupe “Dancers of Samarkand”.
Her belly dance style is American Cabaret” known for having 5 dance parts which are geared to restaurant & party performances:
(1) Fast opening draped in veil & playing finger cymbals.
(2) Slow veil work, typically to rhumba rhythm.
(3) Fast dancing, often audience participation
(4) Very slow “taxim” to highlight the slow/serpentine movements for which belly dancing is known
(5) Fast ending; typically a drum solo and then a karslima or other rhythm to end/exit the performance
These cabaret performances typically use other “props” such as wings (gold and LED), veil, sword, etc. The focus of her performances is making the crowd lively and happy...she has often received feedback commenting that the party was "dull" until she performed and woke everyone up. :-) Her performances are family-friendly so there never needs to be a concern regarding the ages of audience members.
She continues to perform in NJ and FL. Diana Jelena loves performing. Her other passion is sharing this beautiful dance form with students in Atlantic City and Florida. Her general classes, inclusive of all women, utilize core belly dance isolations to tone, firm and for overall wellness. Classes are a positive female empowerment experience. She also provides private classes for the few who may want to perform.
Additional Booking Notes
Diana Jelena typically requires a good sound system that can project her music clearly and loudly. There are obvious extra benefits of a stage and professional lighting, but she can perform in any venue with even standard overhead lighting. She typically discusses and works this out with the venue and/or hiring contact.
This will always vary depending upon the length of performance required and audience. For example, if I am dancing for a Greek audience then the set will include Greek music..if Arabic, then Arabic music, etc. If length of performance requested is 15-20 minutes, then this "set" will include slow & fast songs with varied props and movements.
Influences & Inspiration
I have been influenced by the classic Egyptian and Turkish stars who brought belly dancing into the light and onto the stage...Nagwa Fouad, Zohair Zaki, etc. Their pure moves and essence of musical connection has always inspired me.
A good sound system is important. Lighting is an added benefit, but she can perform in any lit atmosphere.
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