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Customer Reviews

"Your performance was wonderful. You displayed the beauty and art of bellydancing with sophistication and elegance. Your dance not only livened up the party but it made everyone in the audience want to get up and dance. I would highly recommend your beautiful dancing to anyone planning their next party!"

Lilit Sukiasyan
USC Graduation Party in Los Angeles, CA


"Thank you for dancing at my husband’s 60th birthday party. You were a big smash hit – everyone loved it! You really made our day! You really made the party come alive! I'm so glad that I found you!  Thanks again!"

Kathy M. Curtis
Surprise Private Party in Santa Babara, CA

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Hire Cris! Basimah for your next Event

Hiring a belly dancer to perform at your event can get your guests energized, enthusiastic and create a buzz that will carry on throughout the party. Cris! is a professional performer and entertainer with over twelve years of experience dancing in various stages, as well as restaurants and private events (read more on her bio page).

Costuming is comprised of authentic Middle Eastern garb traditionally worn by professional belly dancers. Audiences of all ages will be delighted with authentic costumes and traditional music from the Middle East.

How to book a bellydancer or more dancers

E-mail Cris! at cris @ (just remove the spaces around @) or call 805-685-0058 and provide date, time and location of your event, as well as how many dancers.

Cris! BasimahIf you are looking for a way to incorporate something new, different, and fun into a corporate event, birthday party, bridal shower, rehearsal dinner, baby shower, family gathering or women's group get-together hire a belly dancer to mesmerize and entertain your guests!

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  1. Examples of occasions for hiring a belly dancer
  2. Types of Shows
  3. Performance fee and Booking
  4. Restaurants & Nightclubs

Are you in charge of booking entertainment for your company or group's next function?

Here are some recommended occasions for hiring a belly dancer:

Types of Shows

Classic Belly Dance Routine
The Classic Belly Dance Routine is about 20- 25 minutes in length. Cris! usually does "her show" during the first half of the performance and the second half is dedicated to audience participation. Audience participation is optional, but it is always a crowd pleaser and can even help get your guests loose and on the dance floor! Cris! will liven things up and get the party started!

--> Great for birthdays, Bar Mitzvahs and Bat Mitzvahs, Anniversary, Housewarming, Graduation

Performance & Lesson Package
This package includes a performance plus a belly dance lesson for all your friends/guests. About 45-60 minutes in length. Cris! can provide hip coin scarves for the participants to wear in class. Hip scarves may also be purchased as a keepsake if desired.

--> Great for bridal showers, bachelorette parties, corporate events, theme parties

Have the most memorable wedding and guarantee energy at your reception! Performance time and style can be customized to please the bride and groom. Cris! is happy to coordinate costume colors, play special songs, and dance with important guests. Extra time is considered when booking weddings because we understand that uncontrollable events can affect the schedule.

Duets, Trios or Multiple Dancers
Cris!' Ya 'Ayuni Dance Company can provide multiple dancers for your event. Costume changes and breaks can be incorporated to the entire show.

--> Great for large parties, concerts, or corporate events.

Restaurants and Nightclubs
A discounted rate is available for venues that have dancing on a regular basis. Please read more under Restaurants and Nightclubs section below.

Apply to All Shows

  1. The performance can be presented as "surprise" for your guests and/or guest-of-honor!
  2. The performance can include props such as veil, finger cymbals, sword balancing, cane dance (Raks Assaya), wings of Isis (space needed)
  3. The performance can include live music. Cris! works mainly with musicians from the UCSB Middle East Ensemble.
  4. Cris! also performs to Folkloric Dances in many styles including Persian, Debke (Lebanese line dance) and Greek.
  5. Tipping: It is the cultural custom to express appreciation of a dance performance with tipping. Unless the host has requested otherwise, the dancer will gladly accept tips. Tips may be tucked into the dancer's belt, or thrown above her head as a "money shower".
  6. For shows with multiple dancers, Cris! only hires professional/advanced dancers.

Performance fee and Booking

A Belly Dance performance starts at $250 (The Classic Belly Dance Routine). Once you contact Cris! (e-mail Cris! at cris @ -just remove the spaces around @- or call 805-685-0058) she will be able to customize and provide you with an accurate quote for your upcoming event.

Cris! is primarily available for bookings in the Santa Barbara area (California, USA), but arrangements for out-of-town and as well as international venues can be arranged.

Restaurants & Nightclubs

Are you a Restaurant Owner interested in hiring a Bellydancer? Having dance performances at your venue is a way to transport your guests to another place through music and dance, in addition to satisfying the senses of your guests through food and drinks. Many non-Middle Eastern restaurants are also booking belly dancers for their restaurants as a way to attract new customers and keep their existing clientele coming back again and again. To get a quote for a belly dancer contact Cris! at cris @ (just remove the spaces around @) or call 805-685-0058.

See clients feedback at the Testimonials section on the right and throughout this website.

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