Bookings are taken throughout the year and up to one year in advance. We recommend that bookings for July and August are made as soon as possible, in order to avoid disappointment.
* * PLEASE NOTE * * that we charge for our performances
Charges are based on the following factors: 1. Type of Event: Village Fete, WI Group, Private Party, Corporate etc 2. Audience number expected 3. Length of Performance (average set is 20 minutes) 4. Number of Performances 5. Costume change required 6. Distance from our 'dance base' 7. Provision of sound equipment by Mystic Bellydance 8. Themed performances
Guideline examples: Small local village fete: 2 performances of 15-20 minutes each (approximately 4 dances), first set at 1.30pm and second set at 3pm, plus audience interactive track at the end of the second set: starting from £100 to 150
WI Group: 1 hour session: dance talk, demonstration and dance performance with use hip-scarves for audience interactive, and use of our own sound equipment: starting from £120 to £150
In comparison (averages): DJ hire for a wedding - 5 hours @ £400-£700, Solo Harpist 1 hour performance @ £200-£350, Music/Dance Band £500-£1000, Ladies Haircut and Colour £80!
On occasion we have been known to waiver our dance fees for an event, BUT the circumstances are usually when a troupe member (NOT our general students) is directly involved in the event, or it is to support one of our chosen charities. We DO NOT make a habit of dancing for free, as this deeply affects the wider belly dance community and damages the work and dedication that we and our dance colleagues put in to offering a carefully planned performance, which reflects our commitment and time. You are paying for a dance experience based upon our individual and collective artistry.
The funds from our performances are used towards our own troupe projects which can be anything from hosting or taking part in charity dance shows, paying for rehearsal space for performances, or further dance education.
How you can book Mystic Bellydance: 1. Contact the Troupe Director to discuss your event 2. Complete the required booking form & enclose a 20% deposit 3. Advise the Troupe Leader on performance times 4. Final payment is to be handed to the Troupe Leader on the day
If you provide us with details of your event, we will cross-promote this using our various media outlets and contacts. We are happy to provide you with promotional information or photographs, should this be necessary.
CURRENT BOOKINGS FOR 2015
MAY 30th - Fun Day in Aldeburgh
JUNE 27th - Hafla in Great Bromley, Colchester
JULY 4th - Village Fete in Rendham 12th - Family Fun Day in Ufford
AUGUST 31st - Village Fete in Rendlesham
OCTOBER 15th October - Essex event TBA
NOVEMBER 7th - Hafla (Essex) 28th - Hafla in Suffolk
Leela (Mystic Bellydance's director) performing at the East Anglian Belly Dance Superstars Charity Show in October 2013, with an improvised routine dedicated to the memory of her mother who passed away earlier in the year. Only the entrance and first 10 seconds were planned... the rest is an expression of 'in the moment' dancing.
DANCE: GEIA (Show Rehearsal - East Anglian Belly Dance Super Stars)
We have performed at a number of events over the years, and have listed these by year for your interest.
2014 Performance Schedule March 19th - Wolsley Theatre Group Meeting: Talk & Performance, Con Club, Ipswich April 5 & 6th - Woodbridge Mind Body Spirit Event for Life Arts www.lifearts.co.uk June 14th - Wickham Market School Fete July 5th - Eastern Delight Hafla July 12th - Private Party July 13th - Ufford Bygones & Family Fun Day (supporting our 2014/2015 charity the St Elizabeth's Hospice) August 9th - Private Function (Wedding) September 9th - Private Function (Wedding) September 13th - Private Function September 20th - Private Function (Wedding) October - Wiggle It Hafla November - Woodbridge MBS Event
2013 Performances January 9th - Levington WI Performance March 3rd - Felixstowe MBS with Gypsy Dreams Belly Dance April 20th/21st - Woodbridge MBS with Gypsy Dreams Belly Dance April 27th - Felixstowe Dancing Event with Bellylicious Babes May 26th - Leiston & Aldeburgh SNT Family Fun Day June 9th - Halesworth Carnival June 26th - Bucklesham WI Performance July 6th - Woodbridge Carnival & Performance July 13th - Trimley Carnival & Performance July 14th - Ufford Bygones & Family Fun Day July 20th - Brook Farm Family Fun Day August 10th - Felixstowe Carnival Procession & Performance August 26th - Rendlesham Village Fete Performance September 7th - Boyton Village Fete Performance October 5th - East Anglian Belly Dance Superstars Charity Show October 19th - Wiggle It Charity Dance Show (Clacton) October 26th - Shiva 'n' Sheik VI - Halloween Hafla
2012 - Performance schedule March 4 - Felixstowe Mind Body Soul event (with Gypsy Dreams Belly Dance) March 10 - Spring Fling Gathering - Evening Hafla: Goddess Rising. March 17 - East Anglian Bellydance Superstars Charity Show hosted by Joanna Vanderhoeven of Gypsy Dreams Belly Dance at the Seckford Theatre, Woodbridge www.eastanglianbellydancesuperstars.co.uk April 21 & 22 - Woodbridge Mind Body & Spirit Festival (with Gypsy Dreams) June 2 - Leiston & Aldeburgh Safer Neighbourhood Team Fun Day June 2 - Private Party (Leela) June 4 - Saxmundham Jubilee Celebrations June 5 - Bruisyard Jubilee Celebrations June 10 - Halesworth Carnival July 21 - Brook Farm Family Fun Day, Saxmundham - times TBC August 11 - Benhall Fete August 18 - Felixstowe Carnival - Theme: Imagination September 1 - Boyton Fete - 3pm September 2 - Brampton Fete - 12.30pm September 9 - Social Gathering September 21 - Social Gathering (Girls Night & Baby Shower) October 20 - Shiva 'N' Sheik V - Halloween Hafla in Kessingland October 21 - Felixstowe Mind Body Soul Event November 24 - Winter Hafla - hosted by Leanne of Mystic Bellydance December 5 - Wenhaston WI - 7.30pm December 7 - Saxmundham Xmas Fayre (tbc) December 9 - Woodbridge Mind Body Soul Event
2011 Performances were... Friday 25th March - Stowmarket Charity Show: Strictly Suffolk: Charity Dance Fest Sunday 17th April - Woodbridge Mind Body & Spirit Event Saturday 4th June - Family Fun Day - Leiston & Aldeburgh Safer Neighbourhood Team Sunday 12th June - Halesworth Carnival Saturday 2nd July - Rendlesham Primary School Fun Day Saturday 16th July - Eastern Delight Hafla Sunday 17th July - Peasenhall Pea Procession Saturday 23rd July - Brook Farm Family Fun Day Saturday 23rd July - Fundraiser at Bruisyard Village Hall (evening) Sunday 31st July - Fundraiser for the Cats Protection League at St Clements Social Club, Ipswich. Saturday 13th August - Felixstowe Carnival Sunday 21st August - Trimley Football Club Fundraiser Monday 29th August - Rendlesham Street Fair & Fete Saturday 3rd September - Yoxford-Oxfayre Procession Sunday 4th September - Private Performance by Leanne - Egyptian Wedding in Ipswich (evening) Saturday 15th October - Performance by Invitation (Children In Need), Clacton with Wiggle It Thursday 20th October - WI Talk with Demonstration by Mystique Saturday 22nd October - Shiva N Sheik IV, Kessingland - Performances by Mystique and Alchemy East Sunday 20th November - Woodbridge Holistic Fayre at the Community Centre www.lifearts.co.uk Friday 2nd December - Christmas Parade & Performance December 2011 - Trinity Park Christmas Events 'Eastern Promise' PREVIOUS EVENTS 2010 - Performances, Carnivals, Parades & Shows 30th January: Charity Show - Needham Market with Bellycise 18 March: Models: FCC Portrait Night 10th April: Hafla Performance - Light of the Nile Show - with Nawarra , Light of the Nile, Akula Tribal, Spirit of the East, Mazazik, Amira, Eastern Delight and other solo performers 14th April: BBC Suffolk - Radio Interview on the James Hazell show 12th June: Private Dance Function in Ipswich - Mystique 13th June: Halesworth Carnival - 1st Prize Trade Float 9th July: Bellycise Hafla & Disco 17th July: Crowfield Village Fete - Mystique 18th July: Peasenhall Pea Festival - Parade & Performance by Mystique 24th July: Brook Farm Residents Association Family Fun Day - Mystique 25th July: Xtreme Fest 7th August: Snape Village Fete - Mystique 14th August: Felixstowe Carnival 19th September: Felixstowe Mind, Body & Spirit event at the Leisure Centre 2nd October: Hafla Performance with Eastern Delight Hafla in Great Bromley 9th October: Performance at the Belly Dance Charity Event in Stowmarket 23rd October: Shiva N Sheik Halloween Hafla, Kessingland 14th November: Woodbridge Mind, Body & Spirit Event 27th November: Charity Show with Wiggle It in Clacton on Sea, Essex
Halloween Performance 2011 by Mystique Shiva N Sheik III - Return of the hip
PREVIOUS EVENTS & PERFORMANCES 2009 Carnivals: Halesworth, Felixstowe and Yoxford Ox-Fayre Performances: Britannia Primary School Fun Day, Sidegate Primary Fun Day, Brook Farm Residents Association, Sweffling Village Fete, Rendlesham School Fun Day, MEGA Ladies Driving Challenge, Shiva N Sheik, Aldringham Care Home Events: The Heart & Soul Festival, Summer Sparkle, Burlesque the Art of Tease workshop, Bollywood Dance Workshop, Mothers & Daughters Dance Fundraisers: Children in Need Appeal - Shimmython Event
Other events 2004 - 2008 Ip-Art Festival (2008), Aldeburgh Carnival, Halesworth Arts Festival, Saxmundham Arts Festival, Ufford Bygones & Family Fun Day, WI's (Hollesley, Wisset, Spexhall & Benhall), MIND Charity fundraiser, Sizewell Club, Law Society Annual Christmas Dinner, Erin-Lee Murphy's Summer School, The Galley Restaurant (Woodbridge), Ipswich Hospital (Back Injury Group meeting), Turkish Night (Ipswich), Private Birthday Parties (80th, 21st, 18th & 12th)
Hire Mystic Bellydance for your event! Our charges are based upon the East Anglian Belly Dance Community recommended charging system.
All genuine enquiries are considered and we will supply you with a schedule detailing what we offer, general information about our performances and the relevant charge.
WHY CHARGE? When you hire Mystic Bellydance for an event, you are not just hiring a group of dancers. Our charges are based on the level of knowledge, hours of study, investment of time and energy that has been undertaken through a number of years as individuals and as a troupe. A great deal of care and time goes into creating our own unique and varied dance routines which we rehearse throughout the year ready for our performances. We source, customize or make our performance outfits, accessories and props and are passionate about supporting the dance community and portraying our chosen dance form with the respect it deserves.
For performances we will have carefully selected our dance routines to make the best of our time at your event, have taken care to create a specific playlist on CD and MP3 to perform to, carefully applied our make-up, styled our hair, ensured our costumes are ready and looking their best before even arriving at your event in good time, and ready to perform.
The funds we raise from our performances help us to fund rehearsal space and special costuming for our charity work and annual show and so please bear in mind that you are not just paying for a person to turn up in a costume and wobble their belly.... you are paying for our individual and collective artistry.
What about dancers who will perform for free for our event? Well for a start, how can you be certain that you have booked a person or group that can actually dance? What training have they had? Have you seen them dance elsewhere? Have they considered the audience they are going to be performing to? Are they dressed in appropriate costumes that are suitable for family audiences? Have they even considered the health & safety implications for themselves and the audience at your event? Do they have 3rd party insurance? Are they a professional or even semi-professional dance troupe?
There are lots of questions you should be asking, but more importantly, why are they happy to dance for free? Any singer of a good calibre won't perform free of charge! If they choose to waiver their fee, that's fine, but you should at least know what they would be charging you, and why they have chosen to waiver this.
Often many teachers will take out their newer students to perform, so they get the experience of dancing in public... and that's fine, but the event organiser and audience need to know this, as it can be damaging to those dancers and troupes who work incredibly hard behind the scenes to try and give memorable, fun, exciting and inspirational experiences to their audiences.