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.


Scholarship details:

Kalae will be offering 1 monthly scholarship to her new Tuesday class.
This is how it will work, about a week prior to the beginning of each month she will make a post with her class flyer and scholarship guidelines on her social media www.facebook.com/kalae.kaina  and instagram @shakti.dance.movement.

To enter please follow ALL the steps as follows:
1) Share the post on your personal Facebook or IG wall
2) Comment on the post how you could benefit from this opportunity
3) Tag 3 friends on the post who may be interested in her classes 

Once you’ve completed all 3 steps, you will be added by name to the list, and Random Picker will be selecting the Scholarship Recipient.
Kalae will announce the March recipient on Monday, March 5th, at 10am HST so get all the steps completed before then to be considered.
The recipient will receive free access to the Tuesday class for one month (4 or 5 classes depending on the month).

Mixed Level Fusion Bellydance Class with Kalae Kaina

Aloha Dancesport Center

Studio 2

350 Ward Ave.

Classes start Tuesday March 6th

$15 drop ins, or $50 for class card, good for 4 classes

This ongoing class is tailored to everyone who wants to come dance!  Open to beginner & intermediate students, Kalae will adjust the content of each class based on attendance.  Kalae has a clear and comprehensive approach to teaching technique and a true passion for & knowledge of fusion bellydance.  Pop, lock, & shimmy your way to dance bliss in this fun upbeat and evolving class.     


Rehearsal dates: March 3, 10, 24, 31, April 7, 14, 21, 28 and May 5th . 9:30-10:30am

Studio: Paradise Tango

Price: $135

Kalae Kaina will be offering a 9 week performance series open to any of her past and current students, concluding in a final performance, SHAKTI’S DEN, on May 12.

In this session you will learn a complete 3 min. choreography, concepts of dance composition, and staging, all while being supported in a positive classroom environments.

Kalae’s goal is to highlight every dancer’s strengths and abilities. The option to take the course and not perform is also available.

Contact kalae@shakti808.com to register.


STARTING FEBRUARY 22: Introduction to Finger Cymbals 4 week series with Kalae Kaina

More information here

Thursdays 7-8pm
February 22- March 15th
Shakti’s Den Studio, Waimanalo
Message kalae@shakti808.com for registration & more info.

STARTING MARCH 4: Haunani’s Fusion Bellydance for Beginners

6 week session

Sundays @9:45-10:45AM

March 4-April 8

$75.00 for 6 week session

$15 drop ins

This class is for the novice dancer looking for an introduction to bellydance and it’s movements. This class will give you a foundation to bellydance technique, stylization and simple choreography. In this art form, the dancer becomes a physical manifestation of the music expressing the moods of the music. We will practice isolations, shimmies, traveling steps, simple turns and transitions. Class will start with 15 minutes of conditioning exercises.

Please bring with you a yoga mat for warm up/cool down, a water bottle, and hip scarf (optional).


Paradise Tango Dance Studio


150 N. King Street. Suite #202

Street Parking or Municipal Parking

Message: hau_nani@yahoo.com for registration details

Haunani Ramil

Haunani began Bellydancing at the age of 20. In her early Bellydance years she studied Egyptian Cabaret from a local teacher, Shadiya. Not too long after, she began taking classes from Kalae Kaina at a dance studio near her home. She went to see Shakti Dance Movement perform at a local hot spot and was totally captivated. There was fire, beautiful fluid bellydance, and a community of women on the stage. She has been a dedicated member and student of Shakti Dance Movement for over 10 years. Tribal Fusion Bellydance has been an array of life experiences for her–an expression of art, empowerment, health/wellness, the learner/the teacher/the performer, a spiritual practice, but most importantly the gift of sisterhood and feminine wisdom. She is so grateful for all the love and support from her family and all who support her love of dance

STARTING MARCH 7: 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.

MARCH 18-26: Myra Krien on the Big Island – AscenDance of Athena

Myra Krien: AscenDance of Athena Retreat 

March 18-25, 2018

Heaven at Mauna Lea Manor, 75-5259 Mamalahoa Hwy, Apt E, Holualoa, Hawaii 96725


March 18 -25, 2018 . 7 night stay at Mauna Lea Manor
Retreat Fee: $550 (paid to Pomegranate Studios)
Lodging Fee: $350 (paid to Mauna Lea Manor)
Total for retreat: $900
*Not Including Food and Travel expenses

Day 1 : Monday, March 19th – Athena
Day 2 : Tuesday, March 20th – Bast
Day 3 : Wednesday, March 21st – Artemis
Day 4: Thursday, March 22nd – Aphrodite
Day 5: Friday, March 23rd – Isis
Day 6: Saturday, March 24th – SHOW DAY
Day 7: Sunday, March 25th – check out
Daily Schedule:
9-12pm Meditation, journaling, technique drills and practicum, conceptual performance skill building, improvisation
1-3pm Choreography

Daily Schedule:
9-12pm Meditation, journaling, technique drills and practicum, conceptual performance skill building, improvisation
1-3pm Choreography

Optional Extras:
*A portrait session with an amazing photographer*
*Beach day / water snorkel day*
*SPA day: mani/pedis or massages*
*Trip to Pele*

For more information and to register contact:
Stephanie Bolton



Marching Through March Double Workshop with Dayl and Sammie!

Sunday, March 25 at 4 PM – 6 PM

at Aloha Dancesport Center, 350 Ward Ave, Ste 200, Honolulu, Hawaii 96814

FOR INFO AND REGISTRATION, VISIT https://www.facebook.com/events/513649418994529/

Sammie and Dayl are super ready to get back to doubles for the month of March ♥ Come in like a lion and strut your stuff with some dramatic American Cabaret combinations and some super sassy ATS!


Already registered for Sammie’s March 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***

Workshop Topics:

Sammie’s Workshop: Dramatic AmCab Combos and Accents 4-5 PM

Drama. You try to avoid it at all costs in life, but you want to include just the right amount in your dancing! Join Sammie as she walks you through some super dramatic combinations to wow your audience and keep all eyes on you. Release that belly dance diva within and own your stage!

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!

 April 14 – 18: Envision Retreat Hawaii – A-Z Bellydance

Keti Sharif’s A-Z Bellydance ‘ENVISION’ Retreat at the Mauna Lea Manor

April 14-18, 2018

Mauna Lea Manor,75-5259 Mamalahoa Hwy, Holualoa, Hawaii 96725

envision /verb:
to conceive of as a possibility, foresee

Join Keti Sharif’s A-Z Bellydance ‘ENVISION’ Retreat at the Mauna Lea Manor.
Explore creative new directions in dance, wellbeing & artistry – your way.
Retreat accommodation at Mauna Lea is limited to 16 Participants.
View or download the full Retreat Schedule at http://ketisharif.com/A-ZRetreatHawaii.html

Envision offers four days of fun workshop – new directions and an exploration of your personal style.
Learn the new A-Z Bellydance with a focus on Somatics and the Elements, blended with AstroBelly.
The focus is on bellydance, wellbeing, creativity and how to integrate A-Z Bellydance.
We will be staying at the beautiful Mauna Lea Manor, in the element-themed cottages for Envision.
Mauna Lea Manor is located on Hualalai Mountain just 15 minutes from Kailua-Kona, Hawaii.

Enjoy 10 specialised workshops at the retreat – giving you 20 hours of workshop training with Keti Sharif. Participants can perform at the ‘Envision’ Soiree – share your inspiration and creativity!

Questions? Email office@ketisharif.com



Belly Dance Raqs Ala Moana Showcase

Saturday, April 21 at 3 PM – 4 PM

at Ala Moana Center, 1450 Ala Moana Blvd, Honolulu, Hawaii 96814

Join Belly Dance Raqs for their semester-ly showcase! They will be highlighting the work of students from Belly Dance Raqs UHWO (2 years old) and UH Manoa (in its second semester). Both organizations are made up of both student and non-student members, all with a love for the art of belly dance and led by Sammie in Hawaii (Samantha Giridhar). Also featuring Lilikoi Dance, Sammie’s advanced troupe. Now in its second semester, Lilikoi Dance is made up of dancers who are committed to challenging themselves and pushing to the next level excelling in technique, complex choreography, and prop work.  Bring family and friends for a fun and engaging showcase sure to please!

For information on any of the featured organizations or the instructor, please visit Sammie in Hawaii or contact Sammie directly at sammieinhawaii@gmail.com.


Shakti’s Den Productions is proud to present

RACHEL BRICE: Queen of Tribal Fusion Bellydance
Honolulu, Hawaii

Weekend Intensive & Showcase

August 24, 25, & 26, 2018

Studio Location TBA


Friday, August 24

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.

This 3 hour workshop has two segments of 90 minutes each:

Part One: We’ll learn learn how to gain speed and clarity for locks, hip-work, and several shimmies through a carefully constructed practice sequence.

Part Two: We’ll learn phrases that integrate both slow and fast movements, and serves up a heavy dose of musical interpretation. You can use these combos for practice or performance.

Please be warmed up for this class. Bring water.

6pm-10pm: Performance Showcase, details TBA
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.

Basically we’ll dance until the voices in your head stop talking, or you stop believing them. Whichever comes first. Please bring a yoga mat.

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.

Please bring water, zils, and a willingness to keep your arms up!

REGISTER AT: https://rachelinhawaii.eventbrite.com

Gypsy Caravan ® Style Tribal Belly Dance with Melinda Walker

The tribal circle is ready for you to join in with sweet shimmies, syncopated hip bumps and a serious stomp or two!

Tuesdays 6:30-7:30 pm

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


Spring 2018 Class Info: 

Sundays: Aloha Dancesport Center – 4-5 PM
Tuesdays: Warrior Recreation Center, UH Manoa (when class is in session) – 4-5 PM (Workout/Technique)
Wednesdays: UH West Oahu Campus (when class is in session) – 7-8 PM (Workout/Technique), 8-9 PM (Choreography)
Thursdays: UH Manoa Campus Hemenway 208 (when class is in session) – 7:30-8:30 (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 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.


Every Tuesday, 5:30-6:30 PM
at Dream to Dance Studio
1070 N King St., Honolulu, HI 16817

$45 for 4 Classes or $15 Drop-in

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:
SharQui bellydance® Happy Hour
At Dream To Dance Studio http ://www.dreamtodance.com/calendar.html
1070 North King St, #202-204 | Honolulu, HI 96817 |
The class is multi-level and for everyone !
SharQui is the perfect marriage of authentic bellydance and fitness. It’s 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!


 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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