Please read and understand professional rate practices before going by this list. It will help you make the best of it. International rates are on a separate page here.

**Support establishments that pay fairly and treat dancers with respect.  Bring your friends, go watch a show, etc.
**Help guide and support each other in typical rate practices.  Remember that these rates are merely a guideline – advanced dancers can earn more than newbies as a result of their experience,  however new dancer should NOT use this as an excuse to charge lower than a reasonable professional level minimum.
**A few restaurant owners do not always tell the truth about what they are paying other dancers.  They will often try to get the lowest price possible – as does any business, and know that not all negotiators use honest tactics.  Be fair, but also do not undervalue yourself.
**If a venue doesn’t pay you, or gives you the run around- Remember you are a professional and deserve to be treated as such.  Also let other dancers know this is happening.  Communication with others is key in developing a support network.
**Clearly communicate and negotiate with a venue and/or band about both pay and tips.  Is there body tipping allowed? How are floor tips distributed?  How are you paid if there are few clients in the establishment?  Remember to do this BEFORE you work- so tip and pay methods are understood clearly by all parties. Take notes in your meeting with the owner.  You’ll have it in writing! You may need it!
**If you are a teacher and want to create an opportunity for your students to perform, it’s unethical to take away a gig opportunity from another professional dancer.  Create something OTHER than a “Student Night” at a restaurant or club on a busy night.
If you organize a student night at a restaurant or club on non-busy night or in the afternoon– you are allowing your students the excitement of performing at a real venue, insuring there is plenty of room for their friends, family and supporters AND supporting the restaurants that hire professional dancers for their busier nights.  You are creating a win-win situation! Haflas/student performances can also be held at community centers, retirement homes, daytime/non-busy nights at shisha lounges, coffee houses, after workshops, in your studio etc.  They can be fund raisers for a cause, or for scholarships for your school.  There are SO many positive opportunities you can create for your students, that also demonstrate support of the professionals in the area.

If you or your students can’t get and/or keep a gig at or above the typical local rate, chances are you are not yet ready to perform for the general public as a professional.

**Do yourself and the art form a favor and PLEASE find a teacher or mentor to help guide you.  There are lots of venues appropriate for a developing professional or hobbyist.
**Having students perform in environments where the general public may think they are professional is doing a disservice to the dance.  Our art form will never be seen as professional if we do not uphold professional standards
**Support other teachers and event promoters.  Also do your best to not schedule your events over someone else’s.
**Remember the difference between a Diva and a Professional. Be a professional.
**Follow a strong Code of Conduct, such as the one by Anthea
**Be ethical!
**Speak positively about other dancers, speak positively about the dance.  Educate yourself to the best of your abilities, so you can present the dance in its best possible light and help to dispel myths.

Did you get through all that?
Having the above background information will help you understand how the standard rates list work.
Thanks for taking the time to read it and thanks for caring enough about the dance to support positive and ethical business practices.

Samira Shuruk

Alabama

No rates reported


Alaska

No rates reported


Arizona

Phoenix, AZ:

**Classes: $10-$15 per hour class **Privates class: $30-$50 per hour **Private Party: starting at $125-175 and up **Restaurants: soloist $50-75 per set, duo: $75 and up per set, troupes: $50 per set up to $300 for two 30 minute sets

 

Arkansas

Northwest Arkansas and Arkansas River Valley: **BELLYGRAM – 10 minute performance $100-150 **BACHELORETTE PARTY/GIRLS NIGHT OUT – Short performance with 30 minute mini-lesson $175-200

**RESTAURANTS – 1 set $75, 2 sets $100 (1 set = 15 min) **Troupe rates per 15 minute set: **PARTIAL TROUPE (2-3 dancers) $100-125

**FULL TROUPE (4+ dancers) $150-200 **FULL SHOW (30-40 minute performance) $200-250

**CLASSES $10-15/hour (per person)**PRIVATE LESSONS $25/hr

 

California

San Francisco and San Jose, CA:

** Private parties $275 mini show- $350 and up standard **Weddings start at $350 ** Restaurants $75-150 for 1 show. (these rates have improved several times since this page started due to online discussions and community support. Yay!)

Los Angeles, and Orange County, CA:

**Belly grams (10 minute show) starting at $150. Private Parties (20 min) starting at $200- $350, Wedding with zeffa (short zeffa set plus one set) $400+ Additional shows at same event starting at $100 (depending on wait time)

**Group Classes $10 – $20 **Private Lessons $30 – $75

**Restaurant work: $30 – $85* Some restaurants pay hourly wages plus tips

Southern California desert communities, CA:
**Private Parties: ranging from $125 and up. $175 and up is common with longer travel times. **Group classes: $35-50 for 4 **Restaurant work: $50-$85 per show

**Mini show (15 minutes) $200, **Classic show (20 plus audience participation) $250 and up, **Party Performance (20 min) plus lesson (30 min) $350 ** Restaurant Rates- one show $75, two shows $100. These are pro dancers outside of the major undercutting school.

SanDiego and surrounding areas: with undercutting running rampant, unfortunately. Dancers: Quality dancers stick to quality rates that support their business.

**Parties $150 AND UP (close by), $175-$200 and up for out in the county

**bellygram (10 min) $125-$150**weddings $250 and up for belly dance show OR zeffa $300 and up for both **regular restaurants $40/$50 and up for 1 show **New venues should be $50 or higher **classes $10/12 registered or $13-$15 drop in.  **private classes $40-$60

 

Colorado

Boulder/Denver, CO:

**$125-$200 plus travel etc per show for Denver/Boulder (1/2 hour) – restaurants $65 for one/$85 for two

 

Connecticut

**Restaurants- $100/20 min show. **Parties: $225-$300 for 20-30 minute show **regular class rates $20 drop in, $15 for 10 or more. **Troupe rates $450 for duet 30 minute. ** Hen party $250-$300 plus.

 

Delaware

**Lower Delaware: Restaurant rates: $75-100 for a 20 minute show.

 

District of Columbia

Washington DC and Baltimore, MD greater metro areas:

** Parties $300-$400 per 20 min show ** Restaurants $100-$150 per show up to 20 minutes. New venues should be started at a minimum of $120 per show.  We have several venues paying $120-$150 for one 20 minute show. **Most experienced performers are charging $300 or more for a party and $325 or more for weddings. Most are quoting $350 or more at first. 

If it’s been more than 2 years since your venue or party rates have been raised… it’s time to address that for the sake of your business. Double or more New Years and major holidays. More for mileage.

**Troupe rates. A troupe is 3 or more dancers: Professional troupe rates: $200 per dancer per 20 minute show. **Weddings often pay $1500-$3000 for ashow. Really large troupes may go for $150 per dancer. Not below.

 

Florida

North Florida:

**Restaurants 2-3 15 minute sets, $30 and up per set

Miami, Florida:

** $175 to $300 for private parties for 15-30 minute show ** $100-$125 plus tips for restaurant gigs, 2 or 3 sets (plus a meal at some restaurants!) ** $40-$60 Private lesson ** $10-$15 regular group classes

Tampa, FL:

**Restaurants: minimum $75 per set, usually 2 set minimum **Private Parties: starting at $125 **Classes: $12 per 90 minutes **Private classes: $45-50 per hour plus any studio fees

Melbourne, FL:

** $125 -350 private party, 15-20 min. show ** $75-$100 restaurant 2-3 15 minutes sets ** $10-$15 One hour group, classes ** $25-50 Private classes, 1 hour

Orlando, FL:

**Party (local) $200 and up for 35 min show.  **Party outside Orlando $300 and up **Party with fire (local) $350 **party with fire (outside Orlando) $450. **Restaurant once a month all year $175 **restaurant weekly $150 **private lessons $40/hr

 

Georgia

Atlanta GA rates:

**Large, popular restaurants: $100-130. for one 20 minute show **small, rural restaurants: $75 and up **Private Parties: starting at $150/15min – $300/30min **classes: $12 **private classes: $40/hour (this is for Atlanta, Decatur, Kenesaw (sp), Alpharetta and Marietta areas)

 

Hawaii

No rates reported

 

Idaho

**Boise: $150 “Belly Gram,” $185 for a 20-35 minute 5 part show, $250 for longer shows with mini lesson, and $100 each additional dancer. Add extra for travel.

 

Illinois

Chicago:**Base performance rates (thus add on mileage):Belly Gram – (10 – 15 min) $150. Though I have been told not to leave the house for 200. Shimmy Party(10min performance + 30 min lesson) $250. Classic Bellydance Routine(25-45 minutes) $250-$350.

Weddings $400. Instruction $125 per instructional hour.Restaurants with CD: $100 plus all tips for one set $150-170 plus all tips for two **  Restaurants with band: $100 and up for one set (no tips), two sets: $150-175. Nicer places may pay $200-350 for two sets.

St Louis, MO and southern Illinois:

**15-min show at a private party = min $100, 15-min show at a restaurant = min $50, 1 hour private lesson = $25-$35

 

Indiana

**Restaurants: $100 for half hour of dancing (two 15 mins sets), or $150 for one hour. Dancers always keep the tips.

**Party Gigs: minimum $150 (depending on event). Average gig with one 20-30 mins show $250+tips and gas money, hotel if necessary.

 

Iowa

Iowa City, Iowa:

** $50 and up for one 15-20 minute restaurant show, $75 and up for two sets of that length in the same night ** $50 for a one-hour private lesson ** Group classes: if someone pays for a series of multiple classes (say, 6-8 week session)

classes are $8-$10 per one-hour class, but drop-in onesy-twosy rate lies in the $12.50-$15.00 range.

 

Kansas

No rates reported

 

Kentucky

Louisville, KY:

**Parties (10 min belly grams): starting at $125+, **full shows $200 and up**wedding or other gala $300 and up for up to 30 min show** party lesson : $200, **Party lesson plus mini show $250, **Classes: $7 – $12 **Private Lessons: $30 – $50/hr. **Restaurants: $35-45/ set.

Lexington, KY: **Parties: 15-20 min belly grams starting at $225, **full show 30 min starting at $250,

weddings or other gala starting at $400 for 30 min,**party lesson and mini show $350

**Classes: $12-15 with discounted rates for paying for multiple classes **Private Lessons: $45 – $60/hr.

**Restaurants: $60-100 per set with 2 set minimum and contract for weekly shows.

 

Louisiana

New Orleans Metro area including Gulfport MS:

**Parties: Bellygram (one song): $120, Standard show (3 songs): $250, Standard show with fire apparatus: $350, Standard show with 2 dancers: $450

Wedding/Corporate Party (one dancer with standard show): $500

** Regular venues: Venue with weekly dancing (one dancer onsite for two hours with four 3-song sets within the time frame): $120, Venue with bi-weekly dancing: $175, Venue with monthly dancing with a signed 6 month contract: $200

 

Maine

**Bellygram 10-15 minutes $150-$175

Ladies nights: $175-$250 per hour

Restaurants/ongoing: $125 per dancer for 3 sets in 2 hours, no costume change – 2 shows no costume change $160

New Hampshire, Vermont, Maine:

 

Maryland

Washington DC and Baltimore, MD greater metro areas:

** Parties $300-$400 per 20 min show ** Restaurants $100-$150 per show up to 20 minutes. New venues should be started at a minimum of $120 per show.  We have several venues paying $120-$150 for one 20 minute show. **Most experienced performers are charging $300 or more for a party and $325 or more for weddings. Most are quoting $350 at first.

If it’s been more than 2 years since your venue or party rates have been raised… it’s time to address that for the sake of your business. Double or more New Years and major holidays. More for mileage.

**Troupe rates. A troupe is 3 or more dancers: Professional troupe rates: $200 per dancer per 20 minute show. **Weddings often pay $1500-$3000 for ashow. Really large troupes may go for $150 per dancer. Not below.

 

Massachussets

Boston MA:

**Belly gram 15 – 20 minutes starts at $150, Standard show: $200 and up, 45 minute lesson + performance starts at $300, Restaurant rates, better restaurants $75 per 20 min – 30 min set. Last minute gigs $300 and up.

 

Michigan

Southeast Michigan, Detroit Metro area:

Nightclub show $110 and up **wedding dinner show (30 min w CD) $250 **zeffa $200 **weddng show with zeffa $300-$350 and up, **regular party $275 and up

 

Minnesota

Updated Aug. 2016 –

There is a dancer organizatio in Minneapolis that sets minimum wage guidelines. Those guidelines are:

**Restaurants and clubs with ongoing, regularly scheduled dancing: $75 for one show $90 for 2, $110 for 3 .

**$30 charge if performance is cancelled after the dancer has arrived  **Restaurant one-time event generally should charge private party rate. **Minimums set for private parties and weddings, but dancers may charge more ** private party: Minimum $175 and up for 1 show any length up to 30 min or private party lesson up to 60 min (extra fees for extra time, performances, distance, excessive wait time, or other conditions) **wedding performance $225 minimum; add minimum $50 if performance includes zaffa with dancer plus a show later in the evening. More for specialties etc **classes $12-$16 for 1.5 hr class $15-$18 for 2 hr classes (drop ins–many programs offer package deals.)

 

Mississippi

Jackson, Mississippi:

**Basic Bellygram: (2 songs/ less than 10 min) $100 in Metro Jackson area **Bellygram  – 20 minute/ up to 3 dancers $300 **Classes: $15 for a drop in **Private lesson: $40/hour **There are currently no restaurants that pay dancers in $$ (ouch!)

Gulfport MS (and New Orleans metro area:

**Parties: Bellygram (one song): $120, Standard show (3 songs): $250, Standard show with fire apparatus: $350, Standard show with 2 dancers: $450

Wedding/Corporate Party (one dancer with standard show): $500

** Regular venue: Venue with weekly dancing (one dancer onsite for two hours with four 3-song sets within the time frame): $120, Venue with bi-weekly dancing: $175, Venue with monthly dancing with a signed 6 month contract: $200

 

Missouri

St Louis, MO and southern Illinois:

**15-min show at a private party = min $100, 15-min show at a restaurant = min $50, 1 hour private lesson = $25-$35

 

Montana

No rates reported

 

Nebraska

No rates reported

 

Nevada

No rates reported

 

New Hampshire

**Bellygram 10-15 minutes $125-$150, Standard Show 15-20 minutes $200 – $350 plus travel, Deluxe Show two 15 minute sets $300-$325, Add a 30 minute lesson $50 or more, Add a 60 minute lesson $100, ladies nights: $125-$250 per hour **Restaurants/ongoing: 15-20 minute show $100. Two sets with costume change, $160. Troupe Rates $75-$125 per dancer **classes $10-$15/hr

 

New Jersey

New York City and surrounding metro area (Northern New Jersey):

** Parties $275-$400 for one 20 min show ** Restaurants $100-200. New venues should be started at $100 or more.  Many are paying $150 now.  Double or more New Years

**Other New Jersey rates: restaurant: $100 and up ** Private party rate: starting at $225+ for 15 minute set **Weddings etc start at $300 **Restaurant rates in southern Jersey  might be different-most bistros have  no liquor license

 

New York

**Buffalo: Parties: short, up to 15 minute performance should run $150 and up. Longer shows $225 and up. These are all soloist rates.

Venues (an ongoing gig, such as weekly ormonthly) starting at $100 per short night (two sets or three very short sets)

Classes: $9-$12 per class/per person.

Demo class for women’s party $150 and up in studio. More with travel.

weddings $225 and up per dancer for a full wedding set. (20-25 minutes) with Shamandan extra

**New York City and surrounding metro area: ** Parties $275-$400 AND UP for one 20 min show ** Restaurants $100-200. New venues should be started at $100 or more.  Many are paying $150 now.  Double or more New Years. More for Mileage.

**Syracuse: PARTIES:$150-$175 for a 5-15 minute show. $200 for a 20 minute show or a brief show & a 30 minute mini-lesson (hip scarves for purchase extra). REGULAR VENUES $100-$125 for a restaurant

 

North Carolina

Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill (The Triangle):

**Party rates: $125 and up 10-15 min show (additionalshow $75 each)

**$175 and up 15-25 min show (additional show $100 each)

**15-25 min show for wedding or other large event $200

**$225 and up for 25-30 min show ending with audience participation

**$175 and up- 10-15 min show with a group lesson (such as hen parties)

**Added costs include travel outside the Triangle, last minute bookings and double for New Years.

**Restaurants – two shows $75-$100

 

North Dakota

No rates reported

 

Ohio

Cleveland Ohio: *Restaurants regular weekly show $75 (2 sets – average 15min ea.)

Night Clubs regular weekly show $80 (1 set 15min)

**Private Parties $125-$150 and up (1 set 20min)

Columbus, OH:

**Private parties: starting at $125 and up.  Some formal events over $250 for one show **Restaurant rates: ranging from $50-75 for one show, $100-$135 for two shows  **Group lessons: $10-15/hr/student **Private lessons: $35-45

Dayton and Cincinnati OH:

**party rate $200 and up. Regular venue rates: $45-$60 per show, 2 show minimum.

 

Oklahoma

Tulsa:

**$100 +tips for restaurants/hookah lounges, this is usually two 15-20 minute sets.  Weddings & private parties $125-$150 for one 20 – 25 minute set.

 

Oregon

No rates reported

 

Pennsylvania

Philadelphia: ** Parties $175-250 ** Restaurants: Currently $90-$125 for 1-4 shows in a night.  New gig recommendation: $100-$150 for 1 – 2 20 minute shows minimum. The rate per show should be such that they only want / can afford 1 or 2shows.

 

Puerto Rico

No rates reported

 

 Rhode Island

**Restaurant rates are around $60 for a 20 minute set. Private parties are $175-$250 for a 15-20 minute set

Group classes are $10-$12 per class with a class card, $15-$20 for drop-ins Private lessons are $40-$50 per hour

 

South Carolina

No rates reported

 

South Dakota

No rates reported

 

Tennessee

No rates reported

 

Texas

Dallas, Fort Worth TX:

**Restaurants: $75-$100 per show or $150 for 2.**New Venues should start at a minimum of $75/20 min show. Private Party: $200-225 minimum for one set (15 min) ** $250-$300 and up for 20-30 min show.  Additional show $100 and up. **Classes: $15-20 drop in, $10-15 ea with multi class card **Private class: $40.   **Hen parties with short show $300 and up. Without short show $250 and up. **Group shows- minimum $200/dancer/hr onsite

Houston, TX:

**Restaurant (2016!): $125 per set (15-20 min), Private Party: $200 and up for one set (15-20 min), additional $25 outside Beltway 8 but still in Houston. ** $250-$300 and up for 20-30 min show.  Additional show $150 and up. Troupe rates: $175 PER dancer for our private parties – though sometimes a discount for more than two dancers. Bella Donna also does a signature 2-girl show 5 nights a week in Houston. We charge $100 per dancer (so $200 total) for this show and it is 30 minutes in length.

Killeen / Fort Hood (including Harker Heights and Copperas Voce areas):

**bellygrams (10-15 min) $150 and up **Hens night (1hr lesson plus mini show) $175-$225 **weddings $250 and up **restaurants $100 and up for 2x 15-20 min shows **nightclubs one off events $175 and up for up to 20 min. Regular/repeat bookings $125 and up for 2 shows up to 20 min each. **classes $40/month or $15 drop ins **private lessons $50/hr

San Antonio: OLD RATES **Restaurant prices: $100 for two sets (+tips) **Private Parties for ONE dancer: Starting rate will be $150 for one set (10- 12 min) Not including travel fees if farther than 20 miles from residence. **Troupes start at $150 for one dancer then 100 per person is what we considered fair.**Duets: Starting at $250 for two sets (One set each dancer 10 -12 min a set) 
NEW RATES, to demonstrate what happens when undercutting prevails, and standards for professionals and professionalism are not kept high.**Belly grams start at $75 and private parties at $100. Because it's so spread out down here, there now isn't a mileage factor. Several prominent dancers have moved out of the area... Kata Maya, America Tru and Naahma are gone now.**There are now NO dancers getting paid to perform at restaurants, nightclubs or hookah bars. Unfortunately, the matriarch of this community has her girls dancing at several locations for FREE. 

 

Utah

Southwest utah:

**Parties $175 and up per 20 minute show

 

Vermont

New Hampshire, Vermont, Maine:

**Bellygram 10-15 minutes $125-$150, Standard Show 15-20 minutes $200 – $350 plus travel, Deluxe Show two 15 minute sets $300-$325, Add a 30 minute lesson $50 or more, Add a 60 minute lesson $100, ladies nights: $125-$250 per hour **Restaurants/ongoing: 15-20 minute show $100. Two sets with costume change, $160. Troupe Rates $75-$125 per dancer **classes $10-$15/hr

 

Virginia

Washington DC and Baltimore, MD greater metro areas:

** Parties $300-$400 per 20 min show ** Restaurants $100-$150 per show up to 20 minutes. New venues should be started at a minimum of $120 per show.  We have several venues paying $120-$150 for one 20 minute show. **Most experienced performers are charging $300 or more for a party and $325 or more for weddings. Most are quoting $350 or more at first. 

If it’s been more than 2 years since your venue or party rates have been raised… it’s time to address that for the sake of your business. Double or more New Years and major holidays. More for mileage.

**Troupe rates. A troupe is 3 or more dancers: Professional troupe rates: $200 per dancer per 20 minute show. **Weddings often pay $1500-$3000 for ashow. Really large troupes may go for $150 per dancer. Not below.

 

Washington

Seattle, WA:

**clubs/restaurants, for 20 minute show: Some places still paying minimum $50. Most paying $60 -$80, with new gigs aiming for $80 and up. **parties: starting at $200 **classes: $10-15 **privates: $35+

Spokane, WA:

** clubs/restaurants $70/two shows (plus tips). Classes: $12/drop in, $40/month, $50 privates.

 

West Virginia

For the West Virginia, Ohio, Kentucky Tri-State areas:

**Parties $200-$400 per 20 minute show

** $75-$250 for 1-4 10 minute shows (rates vary according to frequency and location)

In Huntington, WV- Classes range from $7.50-$12.50 depending on venue and registration

**Private lessons $25-$50 an hour

 

Wisconsin

Milwaukee, WI

**BellyGram – (2 songs, apprx 10 min show) $85 and up **Full Set – (apprx 20 min show) $125 and up **Performance + Mini Lesson (2 song, 10 minute performance & 30 minutes of basic instruction) $200 for up to 20 guests **Mini-Lesson only – $50 per half hour **Restaurants (waiting for more info).

Northern Wi,

** Party $100 for 10-15 min show, if you add a mini lesson it’s $150, and ‘ambience’ – wandering around and interacting with the audience – is $30 per half hour.

**Party lesson (1/2 hour) is $120 for up to 30 participants. 1 hour intro lesson (also usually for parties) is $150 for up to 20.

**Workshops are flat rate $150 per hour. Alternately a $100 deposit, or then 70/30 split if the 70% goes over $100.

**Private lessons are $70per hour, $60 for Skype lessons.

 

Wyoming

No rates reported