AUG 24, 25 & 26: Rachel Brice Intensive

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Shakti’s Den Productions is proud to present

Rachel Brice
Honolulu, Hawaii Weekend Intensive & Showcase

August 24, 25, & 26, 2018 •Aloha Dancesport Center



Friday, August 24

Aloha Dancesport Center
10am-1pm: Twitch • All Levels

Contrasting fluid technique with quick isolations + musicality = WHOA. In this workshop we’ll learn how to develop the contrasting qualities of fluid and percussive. We’ll experience two different types of practice: One to build both flexibility and control for slow movements, and one for speed for clean hip-work and locks.

6pm-10pm: Performance Showcase
Honolulu Academy of Arts Doris Duke Theater, 900 S. Beretania St., Honolulu

Doors open at 6pm
Show starts promptly at 6:30pm
$30 pre-sale tickets
$40 at the door
$45 VIP seating, first 2 rows

Join us for an incredible evening of Fusion Bellydance featuring the one and only Rachel Brice!! Performance applications will be available to workshop participants.

Saturday, August 25, 10am-2:30pm

Dissolve: Learning to Let Go • Intermediate to Advanced

In this class, you’re going to dance. A lot. We’ll start with a yoga flow sequence to get us relaxed and all yoga-ey, then RB will guide you through an hour-long, non-stop improvisation with a playlist that’ll move through several tempos.

Sunday, August 26, 10am-2:30pm

One Hip Wonder with a Twist • Intermediate to Advanced

Learn an intermediate combo with as much hip work variation as we can stuff into 4 phrases, including complimentary finger cymbal patterns and good old-fashioned tribal style posture and presentation.

For more information, visit shakti808.com


Last Fridays of the Month
Aug 31, Sep 28, Oct 26


Still & Moving Center
1024 Queen St, Honolulu, Hawaii 96814
Register: https://www.stillandmovingcenter.com/event/dance-veil-mystique-with-willow-chang/

Enhance the magic of your dance with the beauty of the veil, admired for by many cultures over generations. Whether draped on the body or used in dance, the veil’s mystery and intrigue are undeniable! This class is a great intro and refresher for dancers of all disciplines and experience levels. In addition to movement and dance, you’ll be amazed at the upper body and full body workout veil dancing provides. We’ll cover the types and styles of veils, ways of draping the veils, various traveling entrances and veil combinations that will leave you both more aware, confident and inspired. Ms Willow will provide veils, and if you have your own, please feel free to bring it.

Willow Chang

Willow’s students experience grace and joy through movement. Willow is deeply committed to the creative process, learning experience and sacred practice. A life-long dancer, she started dance early, studying hula for 10 years with Kumu Alicia Smith. After living abroad performing in Egypt in a Hawaiian Show (1994), Willow began to study bellydance with her first teacher, Glo Ayson, in Hawai’i. Willow holds a BA in Dance/music minor, (UH, ’02) and has also studied Classical Indian dance, Balinese, Flamenco, Argentine Tango, Ballet and Modern dance. For the past 18 years, she’s focused on Middle Eastern/Northern African dances. She has long been recognized as Hawai‘i’s premier Middle Eastern dance artist, with her emotive and elegant dance, on spot musicality and exceptional costumes of her own design. Willow is respected for her commitment to the innovation of the art of dance, as well as its traditions. She travels annually to study and perform with master teachers, as well as give workshops. She’s always honored to share the beauty of this ever-evolving art.

If you have ever seen Willow spin like a perfectly balanced top for minutes at a time, you recognize her flawless posture that provides the still axis of her rotation. In addition to her training and accomplishment in the dance and music disciplines, Willow has faithfully followed a wealth of yoga practices since age 15. Synthesizing her studies in yoga, biomechanics and dance, Willow’s yoga practice celebrates safe form, cultural hallmarks, fluidity, breath work and mind-body awareness.




Saturday, September 29 at 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Aloha Dancesport Center Studio 2
350 Ward Ave, Ste 200, Honolulu, Hawaii 96814

MEDAH members $20 (complimentary entrance to hafla included)
Non-Member $25 (complimentary entrance to hafla included)
Hafla to follow in the evening!

Learn the secrets to making your dancing Middle Eastern as opposed to just doing Middle Eastern moves to music.


Saturday, September 29 at 6:00 pm -10:00 pm
Ong King Arts Center
1154 Fort Street Mall, Honolulu, HI 96813

MEDAH members $5
Non-Member $10

Special perfoce by visiting instructor Alia
Live middle eastern band “ Island Oasis”
Live Drumming
Live singing by Adly
Food  and beverages provided by Ong King
An Open dance floor for all to enjoy and dance!

Come ready to dance! You can come in costume, or in your favorite belly dance wear! Tell your friends to get dressed and meet you on the dance floor!

Some FAQ

“Haflat Raqs” what does that mean? A Dance party
‘Hafla’ is an Arabic word and has multiple meanings: party, celebration, and/or concert

Haflas are a wonderful opportunity to gather as a community to share joy and friendship by dancing and making music together .Haflas can be a time to perform with or for each other, but at their essence they are a chance to support each other and allow hobbyist , students, teachers and professionals alike to come together in non- competitive and supportive environment.

What should you expect to see when you walk in to a hafla?

Fellow enthusiast of dance and music – you found your people!
A room full of music, color, sparkles and smiles.
Dancers and musicians of all skill level out on the dance floor together
Perhaps a sneak peak of students with their teachers working on the latest combos from class
Familiar faces or friends you haven’t met yet
Leave room for spontaneity: A chance to follow a dancer in a different style, practice a tricky musical rhythm with live music. Play your new drum, maybe sing Who knows –It’s a party!!

Do haflas have rules? Yes and no. At their very core they are meant to be social
Can anyone come join the dance floor at a hafla? – YES, YES, YES! However, there may be times set aside for brief performances or activities.
Should I wear a costume?

For the dancers:

Wear what makes you feel fabulous you dancing Queen or King !
If you are aching to show off a new hip scarf, pants, skirt, choli or all of the above or more, you absolutely should!

For Musicians and Singers:

Wear what makes you feel like the superstar you are!

Don’t have a costume, or a costume will get in the way while you are jamming out. No worries!
You can accessorize where you can ( hat, head piece etc.), a cool top or dress shirt that is unique to the occasion, pants or skirts that are comfortable and functional enough but still sure to standout . A caftan if you wish.
The options are endless, come subtle and cool, come dressed to impress. Just come!
There will probably be a mixed of folks in full costume and folks in street clothes. (Since some may want to come an join last minute)

Can I come and jam with my own instrument? If you just want to show up and jam to whatever’s happening, feel free! (But if there’s a set band /singer/ dancer in a set instead of an open jam session, please ask before jumping in. There will always be time for open jam after the set)


Alia is a professional Belly Dancer, and has worked all over the world, especially in Egypt, where she earned her Performer’s License there (which is the highest qualification you can earn in the Middle Eastern Dance world). While in Egypt (1996 – 1997), she had the unique experience of being the only foreign dancer to have performed for President Mubarak. Originally from New Zealand, but now lives in Australia, she almost 30 years of dance and teaching experience and brings a wealth of information. In Melbourne, Alia performs at restaurants, weddings and functions, both in the cabaret and folkloric styles.
Join us at her workshop!




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Sammie in Hawaii and MEDAH are excited to host visiting artist, Bagoas from Seattle, Washington! Bagoas will offer two workshops designed for dancers of all levels! The weekend concludes with a performance to remember as Bagoas brings down the house at the October Belly Dance Cafe on October 14th!


Bagoas is an award winning tribal fusion belly dancer known for his musicality, lyricism, technical power, precision, dramatic presentations, overwhelming charisma and down to earth interaction with his audience. In 2010 he won the title of the Yellow Rose of Texas at Ya Halla Y’all in the Professional Tribal Alternative Men’s category. Since then, he has been published in Zaghareet magazine, What Weekly, and Belly Dance Japan, and has performed at oriental dance events along the East Coast including Rakkasah East, Belly Horror, River City Raqs, DC Tribal Café, and Seven Cities Tribal Cafe. He has also been a featured performer and workshop instructor at events such as the premiere Annapolis Fringe Festival, the Winter Festival of Wonders, TribalCon, Hard Raqs Festival, Cues and Tattoos, and the Super Fun Dance Camp retreat.


Friday – 6-9 PM: What Just Happened?!

Description: Bagoas will teach a high energy Tribal Fusion choreography brimming with musicality, muscular isolation and attitude that will leave your audience wondering “What just happened?!” A wide range of movement will be used including layering, traveling, popping and locking, ticking, arm patterns and turns. Student will leave with a full choreography that they can perform as a whole, or dissect into small combos to incorporate into their own choreographies.

Saturday – 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM: Breath and Shadow

Description: This workshop will break down the mechanics of the breath within the context of common belly dance isolations. Students will be coached through breathing exercises and techniques that can be used to develop phrasing and a broader range of movement options. These exercises will then be applied to short combos to help tie breath into movement. Bringing awareness to the breath allows dancers to increase their performance endurance, and to discover their potential slinkiness by adding that luscious, molasses-like aesthetic to choreographies and combos.


Early Bird Package (for both workshops BEFORE August 31):

Non-MEDAH/Non-College Student – $100
MEDAH Member or College Student – $80
Regular Package (for both workshops AFTER August 31):
Non-MEDAH/Non-College Student – $120
MEDAH Member or College Student – $100
A La Carte:
What Just Happened?!: $75
Breath and Shadow: $60

Sammie accepts PayPal payments (sent as friends and family) to paypal.me/swon, Venmo payments to “Samantha Giridhar,” and cash or check in person. Please contact Sammie through Facebook Messenger or via email at sammieinhawaii@gmail.com if you would like to discuss a payment plan!***Please note that we will only be able to issue refunds BEFORE October 1***

Private Lessons:

Bagoas will also be available for private lessons. Please contact him directly at bagoasdances@gmail.com for all the details!


DEC 2-9: 8th Annual Belly Dance Retreat with Zoe Jakes & Kami Liddle

Kalani Oceanside Retreat Center
12-6860 Kalapana Kapoho Beach Road, Pahoa, Hawaii

December 2nd- December 9th, 2018

Embark on an experience of a lifetime at the world famous Kalani Honua Retreat Center with Belly Dance Super Stars, Zoe Jakes and Kami Liddle. Soak in the beauty of Hawaii and deepen your dance with a total of 34 hours of Fusion Belly Dance training! This retreat is designed to help you take your dance to the next level, by giving you the tools and techniques that will assist you in your growth as a dancer. Receive personal attention from Kami and Zoe that will catapult your dance!!  Join us for this amazing week of dance, inspiration, and adventure! Connect with dancers from around the world as you relax and enjoy all that Hawaii has to offer! Enjoy the healthy, local, and mostly organic meals that Kalani is famous for. This dance retreat is intended for Intermediate/Advanced dancers, but beginners who are up for a challenge are welcome! This retreat is open to 30 participants during the week-long intensive and an additional 70 during the weekend intensive.




New session of belly dance classes in Honolulu Hawaii with Malia Delapenia!

August 20- October 1 (excluding Labor Day 9/3)
Monday’s 7:00pm- 8:00pm

Dance back into your fun and sensual side💗
We will shimmy, laugh and undulate to our happy sexy selves 💃🏾
All levels welcome 🙏

932 Ward Ave FL #7
Honolulu Hawaii
(Conveniently locates directly across from the Neal Blaisdell Center)

Validated complimentary parking in structure
Please arrive 10mins prior to your very first class to register at the front desk

Rates and more info www.MaliaDelapenia.com



MEDAH’s very own Arabic language professor, Adly Mirza, will be teaching in the evenings! Get your spot so you can deepen your Middle Eastern cultural knowledge.
دعنا نقوم به!

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Turkish Belly Dance for Fitness with Murat Demirtas

Not your typical belly dance class!

Destress, have fun and get an amazing workout!

Murat’s Turkish Belly Dancing Class for Fitness is like none other, helping cardiovascular capacity and increasing muscle strength through basic and unique movements. While the focus is on the hips and abs, this belly dance helps you to vibrate all the muscles in your body, which in turn helps to increase cell activity.

Classes are at the Still and Moving Center, Friday 4.30-5.30pm and 5.40-6.40pm.


Bellydance Happy Hour with Ashlee

WEDNESDAYS 6:15-7:15 pm

$45 per month (4 weeks), $15 drop in


1001 Dillingham Blvd. #227, Honolulu, HI 96817

ASHLEE 808-499-9702
Facebook: @AuroraDanceCompanyHawaii

About Ashlee:
Ashlee found her love of dance at a young age and grew up with music and movement playing a big part of her life. She stumbled upon her first Belly Dance class in 2006 and fell in love. Having taken multiple workshops and classes over the years Ashlee is an avid seeker of learning and challenging herself to seek out new knowledge and actively develop new skills. As of early this year she has gained her certification as a SharQui bellydance® instructor.
She is grateful for the all the experiences and the amazing people that belly dance have brought in to her life.
She looks forward to “shimmying” with you soon!

About The Class:
The class is multi-level and for everyone !
SharQui is the perfect marriage of authentic bellydance and fitness. Its fitness accredited with AFAA and ACE fitness associations and has been tested and taught to pro instructors , Dancers and fitness enthusiasts – and it works. SharQui is fun and easy-to-follow and have women and men dancing and Shaking their Beauty right from the start!

SUMMER Belly Dance Raqs Classes with Sammie

Summer 2018 Regular Class Info: 

Sundays – 4-5 PM at Aloha Dancesport Center
Wednesdays – 7:30-8:30 PM – Please inquire!
Please contact Sammie for pricing and specific location details as they sometimes change.
Sammie is now offering dance scholarship opportunities for her students to explore other belly dance styles and instructors!  For all the details on eligibility, please contact Sammie anytime!

Instructor Bio and Contact:

Sammie (Facebook link: https://www.facebook.com/SammieinHawaii/, email: sammieinhawaii@gmail.com)

Sammie’s love of belly dance began when she joined the student organization, Hill and Veil at Virginia Tech in Spring of 2007. For the rest of her time as an undergraduate, a Master’s student, and a Doctoral student, Sammie remained involved with belly dance as a way to stay active, relieve stress, and make lifelong friendships – things that she hopes to bring to University of Hawaii students (Manoa and West Oahu) through the student organization, Belly Dance Raqs.

As a dancer, Sammie continually seeks to challenge herself through participating in workshops and classes with a variety of instructors, creating new choreographies, and performance! She has had the amazing opportunity to take lessons and/or workshops with Malia Delapenia, Thana Tarab, Elena Faye, Sabah, Victoria Teel, Moria Chappell, Bagoas, Madame Onca, Petite Jamilla, Bozenka, and Frank Farinaro – all of which have played a role in her growth and development as a dancer.

While Sammie will always miss her belly dance family on the East Coast, she is excited to have a new belly dance family here in Hawaii, and to spread her love of dance even further! Sammie is currently available for private events and workshops.

Also available for private lessons, choreography coaching, and custom choreography!

What are YOU Doing This Summer?

Do you have a song you’d LOVE to choreograph?

Sammie would absolutely LOVE the opportunity to work with you and/or your small group this summer to make your vision come to life! Whether you want to be guided through the choreographing process, or whether you’d like her to create a custom piece just for you, she can work with you to achieve your dance goals!

Benefits of private lessons: Individual (or small group) attention, Classes customized to YOU, Works with YOUR schedule, Convenient meetings at your place or my home studio!

What’s on the Menu:

  • Individual Private (Solo or Group) Sessions – 1-2 hours on a topic of your choice
  • Beginner Belly Dance Starter Kit – 4-6 1-hour sessions for the dancer who wants a good starting point for the basics!
  • Intermediate/Advanced Dancer Coaching – 4-6 1-hour sessions for the dancer wanting to more seriously advance their dance – individual assessment, feedback, and strategies to build and develop individual style!
  • Choreography Coaching – 4-6 1-hour sessions for the dancer wanting additional support through the choreographing process!
  • Custom Choreography – 4-6 1-hour sessions for the dancer wanting a full piece choreographed in my style just for them!

Contact sammieinhawaii@gmail.com) for details on pricing for any of the specialized packages offered this summer (she also offers college student rates).



Aloha Friday Bi-Monthly
Boozy Bellydance Shindig

2nd & LAST FRIDAYS, 7-8:30 pm

$20 drop in

Geared towards Beginner/Intermediate Students




Belly Dance Classes For Fun & Fitness with Teresa Harlow

Every Sunday @ 5:30pm, Except for Special Events & Holidays

$50 for Month or Drop in $15
(Ask about New Student & Yoga Loft Teacher specials)

Benefits of Belly Dance classes: 

    • Cure for Bordom
    • Makes you happy
    • Makes you feel like a goddess
    • Helps stimulate your brain
    • strengthen and town muscles
    • Does not cure obsession with shiny things

Waipio Location: We are located off Ka Uka Blvd on Ukee street in the Waipio Industrial Court, make your first left off Kamehameha Hwy. Or your last right off Ka Uka Blvd. if you are coming from the H2.

Address: 94-547 Ukee Street, Suite 205, Waipahu, HI 96797. Parking is limited by building so best to find parking along Uke’e Street.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/419664435146635/

STARTING MAY 11: Kailua Dance & Drum Class

FRIDAYS 5:15-6pm

Drums, skirts, veils, zills, and all ages are all welcome!

@ Windward YMCA, 1200 Kailua Rd (drive through the neighborhood), Kailua, HI 96734


APR 15-MAY 13: Beginners Fusion Bellydance with Haunani 


Learn Fusion Bellydance with Haunani
from Shakti Dance Movement

SUNDAYS 10-11 am

6 week session

$75 for full session or $15 drop ins

Register @ shakti808.com/classes



APR 14 – MAY 2: Fusion Belly Dance Class for Moms with Haunani Ramil and Kalae Kaina

Bring your keiki! Childcare provided while mom gets an hour of dance time. Optional 10 min. free dance with keiki after each class. For keiki 1 year and older.

6 week series starts April 14th-May 26th (no class May 12)
$90 or $18 drop in price, includes the cost of keiki care 

Facilitated by Haunani Ramil & Kalae Kaina, who will be switching off each week between teaching class, and watching the kids.
For registration and information, visit shakti808.com.

Mixed level Fusion Bellydance with Kalae Kaina

Ongoing classes starting March, 7th,
Tuesdays 7-8pm

$15 drop ins or $48 class card, good for 4 classes.

Aloha Dancesport Center, 350 Ward ave.



Gypsy Caravan ® Style Tribal Belly Dance with Melinda Walker

Tuesdays 6:30-7:30 pmThe tribal circle is ready for you to join in with sweet shimmies, syncopated hip bumps and a serious stomp or two! COME ON OVER!

San Bao Studio, 167 Hamakua Dr, upstairs in Suite 202 (Same building as Coconut Grove Music, Lanikai Brewing)
Street parking only

Wear Stretchy, comfy clothing that allows me to see your feet. Colorful, jingle-y hip scarves provided!

Only $10 per class!

We all have the dance within us.  Come and experience it together in this easy-going atmosphere for a sweet workout and some fancy stepping.

Melinda Walker, Certified Gypsy Caravan Tribal Belly Dance ® teacher


 2016 Vietnamese New Year


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Summer Dance Showcase



International Dance Day



Valentine Veils at Ala Moana Center Stage


2016 Valentine Veils by Bob McKeand    PHOTOS BY MIKE BAMBI: 2016 VALENTIINE VEILS Mike Bambi


More than 173 cities participate annually in the World Wide Shimmy Mob to raise awareness and funds for women’s shelters and victims of domestic violence. Mahalo to all our dancers, drummer and MEDAH President Miko, and photographers…and special thanks to Helenka, our team leader, and to Bob McKeand for videotaping the event.

Make sure to sign up and join us next year! Everyone is welcome to participate!



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