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!


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).

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




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 performance 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 who has worked all over the world, especially in Egypt, where she earned her Performer’s License (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, she now lives in Australia. She has 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!


SUNDAY, AUG 12: Belly Dance Cafe at Ong King!

Sunday, August 12 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 

Featuring Helenka, Sahara Spirit Tribal Belly Dance, Sammie, the UHWO Belly Dance Raqs troupe, and more! With a fun mini-lesson by our featured instructor, Dayl.

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Sammie is a belly dance performer and instructor on Oahu. She is excited and proud to be hosting this monthly 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! ♥

Each month, a small number of professional highlighted dancers are featured along with students ready to take the stage and begin their journey as independent dancers. No restrictions are placed on style, as it is the VARIETY of belly dance in our community that makes the art form so wonderful and well loved ♥


Admission and meals are only discounted through Friday, August 10th so order today and confirm a fantastic brunch date 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/