Many potential clients wonder why the standard fees for a Toronto Belly dancer starts at $200 for 20 minutes for a party. It seens a lot for 20 minutes. Well, the actual performance is 20 minutes, but the work is not. For a bellydancer to perform one 20 minute show, it is approximately 4 hours of her time.
To prepare for a show, it generally takes 2 hours. The belly dancer has to stretch and do her strenghtening exercises to prevent injury. Then she has to do her hair, nails, and make-up and eat a nutritious snack or meal to give her energy to perform. That in itself is 2 hours.
Then there is travel time. Depending on where the gig is, the average minimum amount of travel time there and back to the gig is about an hour. Albeit a 20 minute performance, the bellydancer is at the gig for about an hour. She has to change in and out of her costume, set-up the music, and deal with her clients. This takes time.
As well, a professional Toronto bellydancer has to constantly take dance classes as part of her professional development and keep buying new costumes. This costs the dancer a lot of money on her part. At some point, a professional belly dancer will need some form of physical therapy to maintain her body or deal with an injury. That comes out of her pocket.
Considering the time put into a performance is about 4 hours, the cost of professional development and maintainence, $200 for a show is very fair. The client is not just paying for 20 minutes of a bellydance performance.