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    Default OK, this has passed from a someday fantasy to reality....yikes!!!

    I made business cards (with LOTS of help from dear hubby) several months ago, put a few up in local businesses but not expecting to ever actually GET a call.

    I have just booked my first official gig, a surprise birthday bellygram for the visiting brother of one of our local hairdressers.

    So, I picked music I already know, have rough routines to, and it's just under 15 minutes...I'd rather leave 'em wanting more than glad I'm done! Although I am anxious that if I screw up they'll be glad I'm done anyway...

    Thankfully, it's two weeks away so I have time to practice myself into exhaustion.

    any helpful suggestions?

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    Hey congrats !!!
    Dont worry you are gonna be great !!!!
    Surprise bellydance parties are always a success (if they are kept as surprise lol).

    What do you plan on doing?

    Do you use probs?

    Have you picked the style of the songs?

    Maybe something like this? simple and easy and no risk.

    Enter with veil for the first song, go around the room to introduce your self to your audience, check where is the birthday person, stay focused around the people that are there.
    Second song maybe something that you feel you are good at.
    Third song, get people up to dance and have fun, insist on dancing with the birthday person, go near him (the photocamera's will get on fire lol).
    Enjoy, enjoy enjoy, bellygrams is about having fun

    Maria Aya

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    Sounds like a good plan!!!!
    Yasmine

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    Awesome!!! Congratulations, you'll be great!

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    Congratulations on the bellygram! And don't wear yourself out when practising - it is supposed to be fun, remember!?

    I am sure you'll do just fine!

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    Congratulations Suhad!!! I hope it will be a great experience for you.

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    Ah, your idea sounds better than mine, I think I'm trying to cram a set into a bellygram or something.

    Here's what I had planned (and it probably would have been helpful if I had posted this to start with)

    1. Habibi Ya Eini (cut to 2 1/2 minutes) by Nourhanne, I was going to enter playing zills

    2. Jemilleh (also cut to 2 1/2 min) for a short veil song

    3. O Sirtis: I love this song, and our troupe has a great routine to this

    4. Short drum solo (1 1/2 min) if my husband decides he's not up to playing, just assisting

    5. Exit music that's about a minute. The whole thing is 13 min 40 sec.

    So, should I ditch the veil song entirely and just do veil to Habibi Ya Eini?

    I could do Habibi Ya Eini (make it longer tho), O Sirtis, and drums, get people up to dance with Jeff drumming maybe? Or just another pop sort of song. It's an American audience so I'm not sure of their experience with ME music.

    Also, I bought a silly sultan hat, when is a good time to put it on the birthday boy?? I liked the idea, but now I'm stumped about when to do it!
    Last edited by Suhad; 02-27-2007 at 05:05 PM. Reason: finger spasms and too many letters

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    Couldn't you just do the veil song first and than Habibi Ya Eini?

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    A Belly~Gram. What a wonderful idea! Waaay to new here to start to try and comment and analyse a dance routine. It sounds great to me. Above all have fun with it. Congratulations!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Suhad View Post
    Also, I bought a silly sultan hat, when is a good time to put it on the birthday boy?? I liked the idea, but now I'm stumped about when to do it!


    You can put it on during your second number. I'm sure they'll love it.

    The exit song can be a longer popsy song. You can start by dancing alone for a couple of seconds, then dance with the birthday boy and little by little make everybody dance. Good luck!!!

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