Steps to Hire a Dancer

Steps for hiring a dancer and what to expect:

Learn more about the performer.

  • Review the Guild member soloists and groups available for hire.
  • We recommend browsing their social media accounts, web sites, and any photos or performance videos they choose to share to get a sense of their dancing and style.

Be prepared to provide the following information with your inquiry:

  • Event date, time, location
  • Type of event (wedding, birthday party, wedding shower, etc.)
  • Show length desired
  • Number of dancers desired
  • Your budget
  • Performance details such as indoors or outdoors, type of floor surface (grass, concrete, wood deck, carpet, etc), size of performance space, how many guests are expected, parking availability, dressing room availability, and whether you will provide a sound system.

When you are ready to hire a dancer, we advise you to include all the details agreed upon in a contract or booking agreement. Be prepared to pay a deposit, if requested.

Considerations when selecting a dancer:

  • Level of experience desired, including years of performing, experience with your type of event or audience demographic (children, seniors, cultural group, etc.)
  • Do you want audience interaction (have performers dance with your guests, and how much time to allocate for audience interaction)
  • Do you have any special requests (dancer is a surprise, dance with a special guest, specific music/song requests, costuming requests, zaffa procession, mini-lessons, extra time for photos with guests, etc.)
  • Style of dance or specialty areas desired (Persian, Turkish, etc.)
  • Number of dancers desired.

Cost to hire a dancer

The minimum wage guidelines (provided below) apply to the Twin Cities area and are intended to be a tool to help you with budget planning for your event. These rates are intended for solo performances. Group rates are typically higher and vary from group to group. A more experienced and skilled dancer may cost significantly more than the minimum wage guidelines posted here. Travel and show length, add-ons like mini lessons, how far in advance you are booking can all impact the cost.

Note that the restaurant rate is for ongoing performances, such as hiring house dancers on a weekly basis. If it’s for a special one-time event held at a restaurant, then the private party rate applies.

When hiring dancers please keep the following minimum wages and guidelines in mind

  • Private events: $200.00
  • Weddings: $250.00

(See Holidays and rates below.)

New Restaurant wage guidelines, effective October 1, 2022. The following minimum wage guidelines were reviewed and approved by Guild members in May 2022 and are effective October 1, 2022.  Wage minimums have been increased to keep up with inflation.

Restaurant minimums (effective Oct. 1, 2022)

  • $90 for one show
  • $110 for two shows
  • $130 for three shows

Average show length for one performer is 20-30 minutes.

Dancers are required to wait a maximum of 30 minutes after their scheduled performance time to dance again or be done for the night.

Cancellation: If a performer arrives at the restaurant and the show is canceled:

  • $50 + meal for no-dance fee

Holidays and rates 

  • Double pay: New Year’s Eve, New Year’s Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day
  • Time and a half: Easter, Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Fourth of July

Please send any questions to us, see contact us.