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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!

NOVEMBER 4: MEDAH’s Students’ Recital

43 N Hotel St, Honolulu, Hawaii 96817

Sunday, November 4, 2018 at 4 PM – 9 PM
This is an open call for MEDAH dancers/ singers/ musicians and their students!

Call time for performers: 3:30 pm

If you are interested and available, please respond with the below information to medah808@gmail.com

1- Name and brief description of your style of dance or the piece you have chosen to perform:
2- Song: (Limited to 6 Minutes for groups)
3- Entrance: (Starting on or off stage)
4- Names and full headcount of participants: (this list will be at the front door)
5- Any additional info or request that MEDAH needs to know:

Deadline for submissions will be 10/21/2018

Teachers must be a MEDAH member to perform! If you haven’t joined or renewed your membership, please do so prior to meet the deadline for the call of performers. Please keep in mind that if your submission is incomplete unfortunately we are unable to hold a performance slot for you.

Students do not need to be a MEDAH member and will receive free admission to the event to participate with their instructor.

We are very excited and look forward to having you and your students perform at MEDAH’s Students’ Recital!

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.






Aloha Friday Bi-Monthly
Boozy Bellydance Shindig

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

$20 drop in

Geared towards Beginner/Intermediate Students


Belly Dance Raqs Classes with Sammie

Sundays – Aloha Dancesport Center
4-5 PM – Belly Dance Technique
5-6 PM – Blue Troupe Practice (NEW – open to any level, a brand new performance troupe)
Tuesdays (starting August 21) – UH Manoa (Hemenway Hall 208)
7-8 PM – Belly Dance Technique
8-9 PM – Belly Dance Choreography
Thursdays (starting August 23) – UH West Oahu (room TBA – please contact Sammie for updates)
7-8 PM – Belly Dance Technique
8-9 PM – Belly Dance Choreography
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 all of her dance students.

As a dancer, Sammie continually seeks to challenge herself through participating in workshops and classes with a variety of instructors, creating new choreography, and performance! She has had the amazing opportunity to take lessons and/or workshops with Thana Tarab, Karim Nagi, Elena Faye, Sabah, Victoria Teel, Moria Chappell, Bagoas, Madame Onca, Petite Jamilla, Bozenka, Mira Betz, 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!

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

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).

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!

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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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


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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