As a performer who provides professional kids entertainment, I frequently run into that question and problem. Each event has an audience that enjoys different things and I pride myself on creating custom shows that maximize each diverse group’s enjoyment. If you are having an event sometimes it is hard to tell if you need a show designed for kids, adults or both.
Case in point, one time I was hired to perform at a two-year old’s birthday party. I discussed the event in depth with the client and if I should use my “mini belly” package instead of a regular performance. He insisted that the children would be outside and the show was for the parents. He had seen me perform previously and was highly interested in a sword piece in the show. Day of as I went to start my show I was in for quite a surprise as the children were highly involved in the show running around and making the requested sword piece quite dangerous. I modified the show to great success but this is one quick example of why sometimes you need a belly dance show geared toward children. Let me share some quick tips to figure out what kind of belly dance show you might need.
To start off with I am not saying that kids at a party automatically equal a kids belly dance show. I have had many regular shows with children involved and I love them. But there are times where a show designed specifically for children is needed. Here are some of the questions you need to ask:
If it is a young child’s party (and geared towards entertaining the children) I may suggest my “mini belly” package. It is highly interactive with a mini lesson and circle dance time. These shows also include shorter songs with brightly colored child friendly props. This helps keep them engaged and enjoying the show due to a shorter attention span then adults.
A mixed age show will still offer allt he powerhouse pizazz as a regular show but if there are many children involved who may run around and up, I may suggest modifying the show with different props (ie – no to limited sword/fire).There are plenty of parties I have performed at that are mixed ages with children and sword. This is why it is important to talk to your entertainer and give them as much detail as possible.
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