WORKSHOP: HOW TO PUT THE MIDDLE EAST BACK INTO YOUR DANCE
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.
HAFLA: HAFLAT RAQS SHARQI
Saturday, September 29 at 6:00 pm -10:00 pm
Ong King Arts Center
1154 Fort Street Mall, Honolulu, HI 96813
MEDAH members $5
Special performance by visiting instructor Alia
Live Middle Eastern band “ Island Oasis”
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!
“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!
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