Conventions are typically more suitable for a business kind of crowd. They’re usually pretty boring, the only real (fleeting) enjoyment being the free samples and plastic Frisbees you get. By the end of it all, you’re just more pregnant with the many prophecies of businesses you’ve never heard of. The Cincinnati Belly Dance Convention is different, though, as you can probably imagine. The Sharonville Convention Center will come alive with the colorful influences of belly dancing culture. The weekend-long convention will feature two shows, a competition and many different workshops put on by the best in the biz, catering to all levels of belly dancing ability. For $55, a five-course Middle Eastern meal can be enjoyed with a heaping helping of bellies and chimes on the side. Prices vary depending on how involved you care to be: Friday workshops are $99, Saturday workshops are $149, Sunday workshops are $175, or you can purchase an entire weekend VIP pass for $475. Sharonville Convention Center. 11355 Chester Road, Sharonville. Visit cincinnatibellydance.com for more information or to purchase tickets.