A Middle Eastern and Persian dance artist providing belly dance, folkloric and cultural presentations, Mirah Ammal is among the most sought-after belly dancers in the midwest. Let Mirah bring a special touch to your event, party, bachelorette, wedding or educational/cultural demonstration. In addition to "belly grams" and dance shows, she offers private group lessons and seminars. Mirah has tailored shows for clients of American, Egyptian, Lebanese, Jordanian, Palestinian, Persian, North African, Turkish, Greek, Somali, Indian, Gulf, and other backgrounds. She is also artistic director of Al-Bahira Dance Theater troupe, and can provide additional dancers/musicians for zaffas and events.
Everyone at the party enjoyed her and she was able to get the group involved in dancing. Would definitely recommend!
Response from Mirah Ammal & Al-Bahira Dance Theater:
Thank you so much, Jenny! Is was great meeting you and your guests, and I enjoyed working with you. Hope your husband had a wonderful birthday celebration! Best regards,
She was perfect for our party. Patient with a bunch of middle aged ladies. We learned just enough to not get frustrated.
We had a lovely time with Mirah, she was very family friendly and was very entertaining. We really enjoyed having her at our party.
Price Range: Start $175 & up (ask re: add'l performers, travel)
What to Expect
Mirah Ammal provides excellent client service and exemplary performances. She will create an exciting, varied show that suits the purpose of the event and (as appropriate) reflects the cultural background of the participants or the event theme. Mirah specializes in weddings and women's parties (bachelorette parties, bridal showers, baby showers, women's wellness events) as well as corporate and festival events, and she is experienced working with Egyptian, Lebanese, Palestinian, Moroccan, Turkish, Greek, Iranian/Persian, Somali, Gulf and Indian clients (among others) to understand and reflect their regional preferences and tastes. Mirah's performances are family-friendly, and Mirah is proud to serve clients of all ages, conditions, ethnic and religious backgrounds, orientations and gender expressions.
Mirah can customize an event package to suit you and your needs, but some common packages include:
Classic Belly Dance Show
Duration: Up to 30 minutes
This enchanting show begins with a dramatic, energetic entrance and takes your guests on a beautiful and exciting dance journey that may incorporate different styles and dance "props" such as veil, stick, sword, or other), ending with an upbeat section with sagat (finger cymbals), suitable for getting your guests up to dance as well! Mirah will select a musical/performance set specifically for tailored to your event, space and audience, and bring the music on usb drive, ipod or CD.
Popular for: Parties, engagements, weddings, corporate events, club/restaurant openings, and other special events. (No all-male/stag parties, please.)
Belly Dance Lesson with Performance
Duration: 60 minutes (additional time or studio destinations also available)
Spice up your special event or plan some group bonding with an exciting belly dance lesson! In this package, Mirah begins with a short performance, then she guides you and your guests through a lesson--teaching some basic belly dance movements and stringing them together into a fun, festive choreography. Mirah will bring a limited number of hipscarves for guests to wear during the lesson. No previous dance experience is necessary, and Mirah's teaching style (and humor) are warm, welcoming, and suitable for participants of all shapes and sizes, ages 5 to 105.
Popular for: Bachelorettes, bridal showers, baby showers, scouting groups, children's parties, book clubs, ladies' night gatherings, and other group events.
Wedding Zaffas, Processions, and Grand Entrances
Duration: up to 20 minutes - can also be paired with a Classic Belly Dance Performance (see below)
Zaffa or zeffa essentially means "procession with noise." Cultures throughout the Arabic-speaking world incorporate their own local versions of the wedding zaffa into the wedding day. In modern day, the zaffa often accompanies the bridal couple's arrival at the wedding party or reception. Whether you are looking for a zaffa specific to your cultural heritage (for example, Egyptian, Palestinian, etc.) or enjoy the idea of a grand procession/entrance to herald your entrance at your reception, Mirah and Al-Bahira can help. We can organize dancers (including one or more wearing shamadan--a candelabra that is set on the dancer's head), drummers and other musical elements.
Popular for: Wedding receptions, Somali women's bridal parties, and wedding celebrations. This can also be paired with a dance performance of up to 30 minutes (classic belly dance or folklore), which can take place immediately following the procession or later in the evening.
Cultural Dance Presentation
Duration: 20-60 minutes, depending on format
Learn about the beautiful dance and music arts of the Middle East and enjoy a gorgeous, lushly costumed cultural show, and learn about the history and context related to each dance presented. (Informational/historical component is tailored to the organizer's preferences, the length/nature of the event and the age or background of the audience.) These presentations can cover the broad MENAHTI region (Middle East, North Africa, Greece, Turkey, Iran) or be tailored to feature a specific country or region (e.g. Egyptian, Persian, etc.) Additional dancers or musicians may also be available for such packages through Mirah and Al-Bahira Dance Theater.
Popular for: Schools, libraries, cultural associations, festivals, special events.
Workshop or Seminar
Duration: 45-180 minutes
Dive deeper into the dance or the cultural arts! Workshops and seminars are generally designed around a topic or purpose and can be formatted as primarily dance/movement workshop (e.g. teaching technique, choreography or other movement skills to a room full of participants), primarily as a seminar (in which Mirah provides a presentation about dance, music, cultural context or other relevant topic), or as a mixture of seminar and dance workshop. For a list of possible workshop/seminar topics or to suggest a topic, contact Mirah.
Popular for: Conferences, college classes, belly dance festivals, women's wellness/fitness retreats, and other special events.
Known for her elegant-yet-passionate dance style and musical interpretation, Mirah Ammal is one of the most sought-after Middle Easten dance performers in the region. Friendly, fun, professional, highly-skilled and deeply knowledgeable, Mirah can help make your event special, whether you seek entertainment for a party, Arabic wedding performance, or an educational cultural demonstration. Mirah is also artistic director with Al-Bahira Dance Theater, a professional Arabic and Persian dance company based in Minneapolis. For larger shows and multi-dancer events, Mirah and Al-Bahira can provide belly dance and folklore/cultural performances.
As a teacher, Mirah Ammal's humor, down-to-earth personality, and healthy, accepting approach makes her popular for women's parties with dance lessons, for workshops, and with long-term students.
In addition to many private parties and events, Mirah Ammal and Al-Bahira Dance Theater have been hired to perform for a range of corporate, government and cultural entities such as:
* Arab World Fest (Milwaukee, WI)
* Egyptian American Society
* Persian Student Organization of Minnesota
* Arab Student Association (St. Cloud)
* Hennepin County Library System
* City of Minneapolis
* Ramsey County
* Festival of Nations
* The Wedding Guys
* University of St. Thomas
* College of St. Benedict
* Normandale Community College
* North Hennepin Community College
* Twin Cities Women's Expo
* Various High Schools within Minnesota
* Minnetonka Elementary Schools
* A national political convention
* ...and many other corporate and non-profit organizations.
Past Booked Events
|May 05, 2018 • 8:00pm - 10:00pm||Cocktail Party|
|September 10, 2017 • 3:00pm - 4:30pm||Birthday (Adult)|
|September 10, 2017 • 1:30pm - 1:45pm||Birthday (Adult)|
|September 02, 2017 • 5:00pm - 9:00pm||Wedding - Zaffa & Performance|
|September 01, 2017 • 8:00pm - 9:30pm||Bachelorette Party|
|August 31, 2017 • 6:00pm - 6:45pm||Ansari's Mediterranean Grill - Eagan|
|August 27, 2017 • 12:00pm - 5:00pm||With Al-Bahira at the State Fair - Int'l Bazaar|
|August 25, 2017 • 7:00pm - 8:45pm||Ansari's Mediterranean Grill, Eagan|
|August 19, 2017 • 6:00pm - 7:30pm||Wedding Event|
|August 18, 2017 • 7:00pm - 8:45pm||Ansari's Mediterranean Grill, Eagan|
|August 13, 2017 • 4:00pm - 5:00pm||Fringe Festival Show|
|August 12, 2017 • 5:00pm - 10:00pm||Private Events|
|August 10, 2017 • 10:00pm - 11:00pm||Fringe Festival Show|
|August 07, 2017 • 8:30pm - 9:30pm||Fringe Festival Show|
|August 05, 2017 • 7:00pm - 8:00pm||Fringe Festival Show|
|August 03, 2017 • 5:00pm - 6:30pm||Fringe Festival Performance|
|July 29, 2017 • 7:00pm - 9:00pm||Ansari's Mediterranean Grill - Eagan|
|July 28, 2017 • 9:00pm - 10:00pm||Private Event|
|July 28, 2017 • 6:00pm - 9:00pm||Benefit Show|
|July 22, 2017 • 7:00pm - 8:00pm||Wedding - Zaffa & Performance|
|July 21, 2017 • 6:00pm - 10:00pm||Wedding - Zaffa & Performance|
|July 16, 2017 • 7:00pm - 8:30pm||Baby I'm A Star Show at Phoenix Theater|
|July 15, 2017 • 5:00pm - 11:00pm||Private Events|
|July 14, 2017 • 7:00pm - 9:00pm||Ansari's Mediterranean Grill - Eagan|
|July 07, 2017 • 7:00pm - 9:00pm||Ansari's Mediterranean Grill - Eagan|
|June 30, 2017–July 03, 2017 • 12:00pm - 6:00pm||Madison|
|June 22, 2017–June 25, 2017 • 7:00pm - 11:00pm||Kansas City - Workshop|
|June 16, 2017–June 18, 2017 • 12:00pm - 9:00pm||Milwaukee - Workshop|
|March 18, 2017 • 9:30pm - 10:15pm||Birthday (Adult)|
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