STARTING JANUARY 13: Fusion Bellydance 6 week sessions for Beginner & Intermediate level students

Fundamentals for Beginners: Fusion Bellydance

January 13-February 17

Saturdays 9:00am-10:00am

at Paradise Tango in China Town, 150 North King St., Honolulu
Registration and more information here:

Fundamentals for Beginners/Intermediate Students: Fusion Bellydance

January 13-February 17

Saturdays 10:15am-11:15am

at Paradise Tango in China Town, 150 North King St., Honolulu
Registration and more information here:


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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

Aloha Dancesport Center

August 24, 25, & 26, 2018 •Aloha Dancesport Center



Friday, August 24

Aloha Dancesport Center
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
Honolulu Academy of Arts Doris Duke Theater, 900 S. Beretania St., Honolulu

Doors open at 6pm
Show starts promptly at 6:30pm
$30 pre-sale tickets
$40 at the door
$45 VIP seating, first 2 rows

Join us for an incredible evening of Fusion Bellydance featuring the one and only Rachel Brice!! 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!

For more information, visit

JAN 6: BELLY DANCE RAQS PRESENTS Hafta Have A(nother) Hafla!

Belly Dance Raqs presents:
Hafta Have A(nother) Hafla!

SATURDAY, January 6, 2018 at 6 – 10 PM


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

Come and join the lovely ladies of Belly Dance Raqs (UH West Oahu AND UH Manoa) and Lilikoi Dance for a night of mini-lessons, awesome performances, henna, potluck food, and raffle drawings! All entry fees go to supporting the Belly Dance Raqs Dance Scholarship and student organizations ♥


We will have performances in blocks throughout the night by our BDRaqs/Lilikoi Dance student dancers in addition to many amazing guests from the belly dance community in Hawaii!

ALL PERFORMANCE SLOTS ARE CURRENTLY FULL (what a fantastic problem to have)!!! If you are still interested in performing, please email about a spot on our waitlist! Performers will have their admission waived!


We will have short 15 minute mini-lessons so you can sample all the amazing variety that belly dance has to offer! If you are interested in teaching a mini-lesson, please email about securing a slot! Instructors will have their admission waived.


We’ll provide all cups/plates/drinks/napkins/cutlery! If you bring a dish, we will take $5 off of your admission to the event!


Honolulu Henna is donating a big chunk of all henna sales at the event to Belly Dance Raqs ♥ Support our students and get some lovely henna too! Please note that cash is highly preferred!

Small designs: $15, Mediums: $25, Larges: $40

Ticket Information and Raffle:


Before the Door – $10
At the Door – $15 , or $10 if you bring something for the potluck
Children under 12 – $5

Raffle Tickets – 1 for $2, 3 for $5, 8 for $10, 15 for $15 – you will be able to choose the prizes that you’d like to win!

Please visit for ticket and event information.

DEC 4-11: 7th Annual Hawaii Belly Dance Retreat with Zoe Jakes & Kami Liddle

Shakti’s Den Productions presents..

7th Annual Hawaii Belly Dance Retreat with Zoe Jakes & Kami Liddle

December 4-11, 2017

at the Kalani Retreat Center on the Big Island of Hawaii

Embark on an experience of a lifetime at the world famous Kalani Honua Retreat Center with Belly Dance Super Stars, Zoe Jakes and Kami Liddle. Soak in the beauty of Hawaii and deepen your dance with a total of 38 hours of Tribal Fusion Belly Dance training! This retreat is designed to help you take your dance to the next level, by giving you the tools and techniques that will assist you in your growth as a dancer. Receive personal attention from Kami and Zoe that will catapult your dance!!

Join us for this amazing week of dance, inspiration, and adventure! Connect with dancers from around the world as you relax and enjoy all that Hawaii has to offer! Indulge in the healthy, local, and mostly organic meals that Kalani is famous for. This dance retreat is geared for Intermediate/Advanced dancers, but beginners who are up for a challenge are welcome! This retreat is open to 45 participants during the week long intensive and an additional 30 during the weekend intensive.

For information and registration, visit: 

Scholarship Opportunity!

If you desire to attend the retreat but need financial assistance we have a scholarship opportunity!

Kami Liddle & Zoe Jakes are offering a $500 scholarship to the retreat this year for those who may need financial assistance!  

To apply please submit an essay to by Oct. 27th reflecting on:

  1. Your goals with dance and why you specifically want to study with Kami LIddle & Zoe Jakes.
  2. Please explain any personal or financial circumstances that effect your ability to pay for the retreat.
  3. Like our FB page, share our page on your FB wall, and tag 3 friends in your post!

 Good Luck to all our applicants!

Workshop descriptions are now up on our registration page too!!

Here is the link to our FB page:

If you have any questions please contact

NOV 12: ALL the Fixings with Sammie, Dayl and Jacky!

ALL the Fixings with Sammie, Dayl and Jacky!

SUNDAY, November 12, 4 – 6 PM

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

Sammie, Dayl, and Jacky are back with a big serving of November dance with ALL the fixings ♥ Come fill up on some generous servings of American Cabaret and American Tribal Style sure to put you in a food coma (or maybe you’ll just be super tired out).

*NOTE – this IS the first class in November. There will be no class on Sunday, November 5th.

Already registered for Sammie’s November classes? Sammie’s Drum Solo class is already included and you can add Dayl and Jacky’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.

Workshop Topics:

A Slice of Sammie: Drum Solo Short Choreography 4-5 PM
The single most requested topic by Sammie’s students, this short drum solo choreography will challenge your precision. In previous workshops, we have focused on flowy, smooth movements. Now change up your perspective and break everything up into sharp, bite sized chunks! Can you keep up? I’ll bet you can!

A Side of Dayl and Jacky: Continuing Introduction to ATS 5-6 PM
In this session, we will explore more Tribal Tricks and Treats!
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

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!


SHAKTI’S DEN: A Performance Showcase Fundraiser Show

FRIDAY, November 3rd, 6 – 9 PM

Artistry Honolulu
461 Cooke st., Honolulu
Metered street parking and lot parking available for $5
Limited Pre-sale VIP Seating: $30
Pre-sale General Admission: $20
Door General Admission: $25
18 & Under General Admission: $10
All Ages Welcome
Online tickets at:

Featuring new work and dearly loved pieces by Shakti Dance Movement
And guest performers: Aaja Nachle Hawaii, Amala Gameela, Ashlee Domingo, Malia Delapenia, Michael Azure, Tahiti Mana, Vila Donovan
And More!

Bring Cash! We will have our famous Belly Dance Garage Sale, a Silent Auction, our famous Bake Sale and Raffle Prizes!


Saturday, November 18 at 3 PM – 4 PM



Join Belly Dance Raqs for their semester-ly showcase! They will not only be highlighting the work of students from Belly Dance Raqs UHWO, but introducing the NEW Belly Dance Raqs Manoa as well as Lilikoi Dance, a new, select belly dance troupe. 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 We would love to hear from you!

Mix Plate Special! – Double Workshops with Sammie and Dayl <3

Sunday, September 24 at 4 PM – 6 PM


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

Sammie and Dayl are teaming up to offer up a scrumptious mix plate of belly dance workshops! American Tribal Style® and American Cabaret are two completely different delicacies, and we invite beginners and experienced dancers alike to have fun, experience new styles, and fall more in love with all the diversity belly dance has to offer! For more information, visit


Already registered for Sammie’s September classes? You get the Dayl-y Special for $15! Not registered? You’re all good for $20! To register early, visit the PayPal ticketing link and make sure to include your name! Send as a friend to avoid the fees!


4-5 PM: SAM Musubi!

5-6 PM: Dayl-y Special with Jacky-roni Salad!


SAM Musubi (Smooth And Melty)

In this workshop, Sammie will introduce a variety of super slinky combos that will improve your ability to connect movements fluidly, give you inspiration for your own dance choreographies, and really work out the kinks in those smooth kind isolations. Glide your way across the floor, hit that ooey-gooey undulation, and meeeeeelt your way through some level changes. All experience levels welcome!

Dayl-y Special with guest teacher Jacky-roni!

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

In this workshop you’ll learn several of 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!



Bellydance Raqs Presents: HAFTA HAVE A HAFLA <3

Saturday, July 22 at 5:30 PM – 9:30 PM

Arthur Murray Dance Center Hawaii
770 Kapiolani Blvd, Ste 115, Honolulu, Hawaii 96813

Bellydance Raqs and Sammie in Hawaii invite dancers, friends, and family to their first ever hafla potluck to enjoy togetherness and the love of belly dance within the Oahu dance community! Join us for a night of performances, open floor dancing, drumming, and food for good vibes and plenty kind shimmies!

Got That Performance Itch?

We’d LOVE to have you perform and to celebrate your love of dance at this event! Troupes, soloists, small groups, first timers, all are eligible (although groups will take preference if we have an overwhelming amount of dancers)! Guest dancers (non-BDRaqs should aim for a song between 4 and 5 minutes max, BDRaqs performers should aim for a song 3-4 minutes max). Please contact Sammie ( to request a slot – time will be limited, so make sure to let us know soon so we can accomodate your performance!

Wanna Teach for Us?

We are currently full up on instructors for mini-lessons. However, I will post back if another slot opens up! Instructors will have their entrance fee waived.


Purchase tickets to support BDRaqs and get entered to win one of several awesome prizes throughout the night!

Food and Drinks:

For any dishes that are not already labeled or in the original packaging, please provide an ingredients list to be placed near your dish – allergic reactions to food make for poor shimmies! Drinks, plates, napkins, and utensils will be provided. Please be advised that this is an alcohol-free event.


***PRE-ORDER – $10 flat rate for adults, $5 for children under 12 – non-refundable, but you will receive two free raffle tickets! Send through PayPal at my link here including the First and Last name of all guests:PayPal.Me/SWon ***

Dancers and Musicians Performing – Free admission (donations and food contributions welcome)
Adult Non-Performers – $15 without a dish, $10 if you bring a dish to share
Invited Photographers and Mini-Lesson Instructors – Free admission
Children – Infants and toddlers admitted free, $5 for other children under the age of 12

*The entirety of admission and raffle sales go to cost of the venue rental and to supporting Bellydance Raqs as a Resistered Independent Student Organization at UHWO ♥

Visit for more information.

April 22, 2017: Sammie in Hawaii at Leeward Music Festival


April 22, 2017  •  6:45 PM

Leeward Music Festival is an annual event held at the Kroc Center in Kapolei, and hosted by the Kapolei Chorale. Performers each year cover the spectrum of arts from hula to whistling to singing and musical instruments. Sammie is so excited to be invited to perform as a soloist this year!

Visit for more information.

April 8, 2017: Bellydance Raqs Takes Ala Moana Centerstage!


April 8, 2017  •  3:00-3:45 PM

Bellydance Raqs is a student organization based out of UH West Oahu, and under the instruction of Sammie in Hawaii. Lessons are open to students and members of the public. This performance is a chance for students to showcase their troupe choreography learned over the semester, as well as to begin creating and performing their own work as independent dancers! Other guests at this event include Beats Generation, Brittany Castle, and Sammie’s Flutter Fan Workshop Students.

Visit for more information.



Belly Dance Show and Workshops in Honolulu featuring some of Hawaii’s Finest Instructors from multiple Islands.
Let’s unite and celebrate our love for dance!


Hip Convergence Belly Dance Show at Ala Moana Center Stage on Friday March 24th 7pm.
Come experience a variety of dance performances from local professional dancers, from multiple islands!

Ala Moana Center Stage
1450 Ala Moana Blvd.
Honolulu, HI 96814


Hip Convergence Dance Workshops 7am-5pm at Paradise Tango Studio in Chinatown Honolulu.
An array of workshops targeted to improving your development in dance!


Workshop costs for individual workshops are:
Pre register/early rate $35 each
Register the day of $40 each
MEDAH member bundle: Any 3 Workshops $95

Paradise Tango
150 N King St
Ste 202
Honolulu, HI 96817


JANUARY 21, 2017: Egyptian Dance Workshop with Amala Gameela

Learn to creatively and confidently express yourself while experiencing an exhilarating way to exercise with sensual movements from Egypt. Amala invites students of all ages, shapes and levels to explore traditional Near East movements, music and culture while utilizing nearly every muscle and joint in the body to improve strength, coordination, balance and grace with an emphasis on proper posture, hip articulations and body isolations. She is eager to share a fun and original choreography to an upbeat Egyptian pop piece. Allow Amala to show you how empowering and therapeutic the beauty of belly dance is for your body, soul and mind.

Date: Jan 21st

Location: Still and Moving Center – 1024 Queen Street Honolulu

Time: 1p – 3p

Cost: $22

Complete workshop information:

Jan 29, 2017 Saidi: Raks Al Sayya Workshop with Amala Gameela

Saidi: Raks Al Sayya Workshop with Amala Gameela

Event Date: Jan 29, 2017 | Aloha Dancesport Center | View Map

Immerse Yourself in Folkloric Egyptian Dance!

Learn the famous Saidi stick dance of Upper Egypt with one of the very few dancers in Hawaii who has perfected this beautiful dance and preserved it’s authenticity. Amala’s background of various belly dance styles surpass basic steps and reach deep into the culture, history and eclectic music. She is eager for you to enjoy fun and sassy Saidi combos in one of her favorite, original choreographies while sharing Saidi instrumentation, rhythm and costuming.
Some dance experience recommended and all dance styles are welcome!
Hand-outs and music are provided but sticks to borrow are limited.


Complete Workshop information


Date: Jan 29th
Location: Aloha Dancesport Center –  350 Ward Avenue Honolulu

Time: 4p – 6:30p 4:00 -6:30pm
In advanced Cost: Non-MEDAH – $35.00,  
MEDAH Members – $30

At the door: $40.00

Nov 16: Amala Gameela performs at Kan Zaman

Amala Gameela performs at Kan Zaman
Nov 16 at 7:30 PM
Kan Zaman
1028 Nuuanu Ave, Honolulu, Hawaii 96813

Enjoy enchanting belly dance performances by Amala Gameela and delicious, authentic Middle Eastern entrees. Reservations are strongly encouraged. BYOB
Please call 808-554-3847 for details and reservations.