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


Last Fridays of the Month
Aug 31, Sep 28, Oct 26


Still & Moving Center
1024 Queen St, Honolulu, Hawaii 96814

Enhance the magic of your dance with the beauty of the veil, admired for by many cultures over generations. Whether draped on the body or used in dance, the veil’s mystery and intrigue are undeniable! This class is a great intro and refresher for dancers of all disciplines and experience levels. In addition to movement and dance, you’ll be amazed at the upper body and full body workout veil dancing provides. We’ll cover the types and styles of veils, ways of draping the veils, various traveling entrances and veil combinations that will leave you both more aware, confident and inspired. Ms Willow will provide veils, and if you have your own, please feel free to bring it.

Willow Chang

Willow’s students experience grace and joy through movement. Willow is deeply committed to the creative process, learning experience and sacred practice. A life-long dancer, she started dance early, studying hula for 10 years with Kumu Alicia Smith. After living abroad performing in Egypt in a Hawaiian Show (1994), Willow began to study bellydance with her first teacher, Glo Ayson, in Hawai’i. Willow holds a BA in Dance/music minor, (UH, ’02) and has also studied Classical Indian dance, Balinese, Flamenco, Argentine Tango, Ballet and Modern dance. For the past 18 years, she’s focused on Middle Eastern/Northern African dances. She has long been recognized as Hawai‘i’s premier Middle Eastern dance artist, with her emotive and elegant dance, on spot musicality and exceptional costumes of her own design. Willow is respected for her commitment to the innovation of the art of dance, as well as its traditions. She travels annually to study and perform with master teachers, as well as give workshops. She’s always honored to share the beauty of this ever-evolving art.

If you have ever seen Willow spin like a perfectly balanced top for minutes at a time, you recognize her flawless posture that provides the still axis of her rotation. In addition to her training and accomplishment in the dance and music disciplines, Willow has faithfully followed a wealth of yoga practices since age 15. Synthesizing her studies in yoga, biomechanics and dance, Willow’s yoga practice celebrates safe form, cultural hallmarks, fluidity, breath work and mind-body awareness.




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 perfoce 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, and has worked all over the world, especially in Egypt, where she earned her Performer’s License there (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, but now lives in Australia, she 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!





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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, Venmo payments to “Samantha Giridhar,” and cash or check in person. Please contact Sammie through Facebook Messenger or via email at 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 for all the details!

For more information, visit

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
Venmo – To Samantha Giridhar