MEDAH JOINS THE 2015 WORLD WIDE SHIMMY MOB! by Bob McKeand

173 cities participated in the 2015 World Wide Shimmy Mob on May 9, 2015 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!


AUG 15, 2015: Shakti’s Den 9th Annual Fundraiser

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Shakti’s Den

Shakti’s Den Productions
Saturday, August 15, 2015 from 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM (HST)

at

Ong King Art Center, 184 North King Street, Honolulu, HI 96817

Come on down and show your support for Shakti Dance Movement & Devi Dance Company at their 9th annual fundraiser! This will not be your typical belly dance show! For the first time ever Shakti Dance Movement & Devi Dance Company are presenting their very own in-house show full of surprizes!  We are pulling some of our Devi girls out of the nest as many of them will be performing solos!  We will also be featuring our brand new, first time ever performed in Hawaii, Tribal Fest 15 piece!  Bring cash or your check book for our silent auction and always popular, belly dance garage sale!

Featuring Performances by:

Darrell Imaginarian

Kiku Byrne

Tara Bowman

Anjanette Thomas

Lynette Day

Kalae Kaina

Wendy Caldwell

Nicole Chatterson

Vila Donovan

And of course..

Shakti Dance Movement

&

Devi Dance Company

To purchase tickets, visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/shaktis-den-tickets-17827392210

AUG 16: FRAME DRUMMING FOR DANCERS AND DRUMMERS with ROWAN STORM

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MEDAH presents…

Frame Drumming for Dancers and Drummers

with

ROWAN STORM

 

WORKSHOP: AUGUST 16, 2015 4-7pm

FOLLOWED BY OPTIONAL DRUM CIRCLE: 7:15-8:45pm*

*The drum circle is free, but tip donations would be appreciated.

Frame drums are a perfect instrument for belly dancers. Women have been dancing with these drums since ancient times. Frame drumming helps belly dancers learn and internalize different world rhythms, and they are fun to dance with! Learn Rowan’s unique symmetrical frame drumming technique that improves your drumming style while promoting physical and mental balance, wellness and creativity.

Participants must sign up by July 29th so Rowan can know the correct number of drums to bring. We need a minimum of six (6) participants and we must cap it at 15.

COST:
For those who do not already own a 10″ or 12″ Thinline Frame Drum* (required for the workshop) ~ these prices include its purchase:

MEDAH members ~ $60
Nonmembers ~ $70

For those who already own a 10″ or 12″ Thinline Frame Drum:

MEDAH members ~ $40
Nonmembers ~ $50

REGISTER AND PAY VIA PAYPAL AT: http://medah.org/events/rowanstormworkshop.html

*Please note that the low price for the Thinlines is special for workshop participants. Rowan designed them. You may also pay by check. To register and pay by check, contact medah808@gmail.com.

LOCATION:

Teahouse 1
Queen Emma Gardens
1511 Nu’uanu Avenue Honolulu, HI 96817

Parking is free, but participants must register their vehicle information at the security office in the “King Tower” building for a parking pass. So arriving by 3:45pm is urged.

About Rowan:
With more than 25 years of experience with cultures and drumming of the Middle East and Mediterranean, Rowan Storm is recognized internationally as a performer and educator. Rowan brings freshness to tradition with her teaching method and frame drum designs, including the Thinline Frame Drums by Remo and her signature Rowan Storm Dayereh by Cooperman, now also produced by Remo.

Throughout the US, Europe and the Middle East, Rowan has studied and performed with some of the greatest masters of Middle Eastern music. Maintaining a full international concert and workshop schedule, Rowan plays and teaches a wide vocabulary of drumming styles, and sings in several languages.

The frame drum is the oldest documented instrument, used primarily by women for millennia in the Middle East and Mediterranean. In addition to its traditional use for rites of passage, singing accompaniment and musicality, Rowan Storm is pioneering a new approach to the frame drum. As the non-dominant hand (and corresponding feminine principle) is released from its supporting role and begins to share creative leadership with the dominant hand (and male principle), we summon and integrate dormant capacities of both brain hemispheres.

With the narrow frame and light weight of Rowan’s Thinline Frame Drum by Remo, Symmetrical Frame Drumming promotes balanced partnership between the rational and intuitive, feminine and masculine, linear and holistic perception. As a daily practice, we gradually open the door to vast untapped resources of wellness and creativity. You can view Rowan’s teaching method videos at http://www.rowanstorm.com/teaching-method-videos.html.

OCT 8-12: HAWAII BELLY DANCE CONVENTION

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11th ANNUAL HAWAI‘I BELLY DANCE CONVENTION
TO SHOWCASE MIDDLE EASTERN DANCE OCT. 8-12

Now in its 11th year, the 2015 Hawai‘i Belly Dance Convention will bring performers and teachers from near and far to Honolulu to share the beauty and drama of Middle Eastern dance October 8-12.

“We’re so excited to announce the eleventh annual Hawai‘i Belly Dance Convention. This year will be the best yet, bringing some of the best belly dancers in the world to Honolulu to share their knowledge and passion with dancers and dance lovers alike,” said convention founder Malia Delapenia. “We hope you’ll join us this October.”

Featured visiting performers and instructors include Moria Chappell, a tribal fusion belly dancer from Washington DC; Shahrzad, an Oriental belly dancer from Virginia, and belly dance royalty Princess Farhana from Los Angeles as well as Andrea Aranda from San Francisco and Draconis from Texas.

– See more at: http://hawaiibellydanceconvention.com/wordpress/#sthash.xH3dw6rH.dpuf

February 21, 2015: Dream to Dance Studio, Photos by Bob McKeand

Passport Productions and MEDAH organized a joint Hafla and membership drive at Dream to Dance Studio. Mahalo to Willow Chang for putting together a fantastic lineup, and to Board Member Bob McKeand for capturing the moment!

If you have problems seeing the slideshow, view it here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/65112663@N03/sets/72157651911884210/


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APRIL 25, 2015 DANCERS AND DRUMMERS FOR A CAUSE HAFLA

On April 25, 2015, MEDAH held a hafla to raise funds for women’s shelters and victims of domestic violence. Special thanks to Board Member Helenka Ratzlaff for organizing this event and the 2015 Shimmy Mob Hawaii! Multi-talented Helenka teaches yoga and belly dance, and was just certified as a life guard. And mahalo to Mike Bambi for the spectacular photos. You can view more of his work at http://artisthawaii.net/

If you have problems viewing the slideshow, please view it here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/65112663@N03/sets/72157651905426589/


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