JUL 1 – AUG 19 – Flutter Fan Workshop Series with Sammie! 

Every Sunday, Jul 1 – Aug 19

Classes will be from 5-6 PM UNLESS there is a Double Workshop that weekend.

In this 8-week series, students will learn flutter fan technique and a full choreography with opportunity to perform in the upcoming Belly Dance Raqs hafla in September! Drop-ins are welcome through the second class, but will be closed after that.

For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/events/690003614722527/


JUL 8: 1st EVER Belly Dance Cafe at Ong King!

Sunday, July 8 at 10 AM – 1 PM
onG kinG aRts cenTer
1154 Fort Street Mall, Honolulu, Hawaii 96817

An amazing show, an awesome lesson, delicious food, and fun times with our Hawaii Belly Dance Ohana 

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Sammie in Hawaii is super excited to be piloting her first ever Belly Dance Cafe event in partnership with the one and only onG kinG aRts cenTer ♥ The mission of Belly Dance Cafe is to feature and support local belly dance artists, bringing them together as a dance community and providing outreach to the general public! We love belly dance and want you to love it too! ♥

A portion of the admission sales will support the Belly Dance Raqs Scholarship fun.


Our Belly Dance Cafe event includes a fun mini-lesson by our featured instructor, Ariyana,  and an awesome show including a variety of dance styles ♥ including With Kalae, Ariyana, Belly Dance Raqs, Lilikoi Dance and more.


Admission and meal tickets are only available at the pre-door rate until Friday, July 6 so don’t hesitate! Let’s get you on that guest list and reserve you a plate while the price is right! Only $15 for the event, add the noms for only $10 

Paypal – Friends and Family to paypal.me/swon
Venmo – To Samantha Giridhar

MORE INFORMATION: https://www.facebook.com/events/179131069413640/

JULY 15 & AUG 12: Double Workshops with Sammie and Dayl!

Already registered for Sammie’s May classes? Sammie’s workshop is already included and you can add Dayl’s ATS workshop for $15! Not registered for Sammie’s classes? Come for both workshops for $30 or one for a $20 drop in!

Sammie’s monthly rate is $40 for non-students (flat rate), and $25 for students with a college ID. Drop in rates also available for regular classes.

***Please note that refunds are not issued past the event date, and that Sammie does not allow rollovers month to month for missed classes***

Dayl’s Workshop: Continuing Introduction to ATS!!! 5-6 PM
American Tribal Style® belly dance is a celebration of feminine and evocative movements that are rooted in the earth. It has been designed to bring out the best in people of all ages, shapes and sizes. The dance is created through group improvisation using a common vocabulary of movements, steps and cues. ATS® combines movement from folkloric inspired dances to a fusion of modern and ancient dance techniques from North India, the Middle East, Spain and Africa. For more information about ATS®, please visit http://fcbd.com/about/

In this workshop you’ll continue to learn the basic moves on which to build your repertoire! Open to dancers and movers of all ages, genders and abilities. All levels of ATS experience will be catered to!

More information: https://www.facebook.com/events/2041511349404780/

July 15:
4-5 PM – Closed Workshop – Flutter Fan Series Participants Only
5-6 PM – Topics in American Tribal Style Belly Dance with Dayl
August 12:
4-5 PM – Closed Workshop – Flutter Fan Series Participants Only
5-6 PM – Topics in American Tribal Style Belly Dance with Dayl


Join MEDAH for a magical experience at the Foster Botanical Garden!

If you have never been to the gardens this is a perfect day to come out and enjoy, relax with family and friends and take in some family entertainment.  There is always fun for everyone.

Foster Botanical Garden will be turned into a magical wonderland with 2500 luminaries sparkling along the pathways weaving through the garden.  Come and smell the night blooming flowers, enjoy some great performances, and meet the Mongolian Tribesmen & their fighting knights.

DATE: Saturday, July 21st
EVENT TIME: 4:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
PLACE: Foster Botanical Gardens ~ 50 N. Vineyard Bl at Nuuanu Ave

MEDAH TIME: 4:30-5:30
Call time for MEDAH performers – 3:30 p.m.

All performers will be on the main stage

Contact us at: medah808@gmail.com by July 7th @ 11:59 pm. We will not accept after that date.

All Performers MUST be MEDAH members at the time of performance!

JUL 28: Khaleegi Workshop with Ariyana


Saturday, July 28 at 1 PM – 3:30 PM
Golden Light Studios
1001 Dillingham Blvd. #227, Honolulu, Hawaii 96817

The 2.5 hour Khaleegi workshop will be $30. Registration starts July 1st!

Ariyana will be teaching a 2 1/2 hour workshop on Khaleegi (Saudi) dance at Golden Light Studios in Honolulu. Learn cultural connections, proper technique, and rhythm introductions with combinations.

Space is limited to 8 participants. Registration opens JULY 1st by email. Instructions on how to register will be by the Email newsletter. So please join the mailing list at http://eepurl.com/cXUULb

To learn more about Ariyana, visit https://ariyanaraqs.com/.

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

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.




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 9-MAY 14: Belly Dance with Malia Delapenia

New session of belly dance classes with Malia Delapenia!

April 9th- May 14th
Mondays 7-8pm

HONOLULU CLUB, 932 Ward Ave Fl #7, Honolulu Hawaii
Validated complimentary parking in structure
Please arrive 10mins prior to your very first class to register at the front desk

Dance back into your fun and sensual side💗 We will shimmy, laugh and undulate to our happy sexy selves 💃🏾 Beginners to intermediate students welcome 🙏Rates and more info www.MaliaDelapenia.com

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.


Summer Arabic Classes with Adly Mirza

The University of Hawaii at Manoa is offering two Arabic language classes with Adly Mirza!

MWF 9:00 AM-12:00 PM
May 21-June 29

MWF 9:00 AM-12:00 PM
July 2-August 10

For more information, contact adly@hawaii.edu.

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


Created with flickr slideshow.

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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