feb bd cafe

Sunday, February 17, 2019 at 10 AM – 1 PM

onG kinG aRts cenTer
1154 Fort Street Mall, Honolulu, Hawaii 96817

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 ♥


Our Belly Dance Cafe event includes a fun mini-lesson by one of our amazing featured dancers and an awesome show to enjoy over your brunch check out our schedule below ♥

10:00 – Doors open! Come in, have brunch or grab a coffee, meet and greet with the dancers, and relax!

10:30-10:45 – Mini-lesson in belly dance by one of our featured performers! Get up and shimmy your cares away!

11:00-11:30 – Show Set 1 – Check out some of our amazing performers!

11:45-12:15 – Show Set 2 – Can’t get enough? Our dancers can’t either! Check out part II of our awesome lineup!

After the show, stick around to chat and shimmy with our dancers as we close out our event!

Pricing and Payment:

***Please note that refunds are only available through the Friday prior – February 15th***

$15 gets you a discounted pre-order to get on our guest list if you pay by Saturday, February 16th!
$20 gets you in at the door!

Kids under 12 – $5 admission anytime 🙂

Want to add a meal ticket? Add one for $10 for the perfect accompaniment to the show! Meals should be pre-purchased by Thursday, February 14th.

Sammie accepts Venmo (to Samantha Giridhar), PayPal (use a card or your account to send as friends and family –, and cash or check in person! You will be placed on our guest list held at the door and will receive a confirmation via email or Venmo comment 🙂

More information:


melinda walker

Saturday, January 19
9:30a – 10:45a

Pulelehua Studio
46-020 Alaloa St, Kaneohe

Join Melinda Walker for a Gypsy Caravan Style Tribal Belly Dance Workshop! Jump in to the circle for some earthy shimmy and shake you’ll love from head-to-toe.

Try something new! Empower and center yourself with Tribal style. You will leave shimmering, smiling and wanting more!

COST: Only $15
PM Melinda’s Island Tribal Hawaii Facebook page to register, or email her through her website:

Melinda Walker is a Level II certified teacher in the Gypsy Caravan Tribal Belly Dance® style. Let’s dance!



Jan 4 & 5
Tone your core & learn beautiful dance: Commit to your New Year’s Resolutions NOW!

Aloha DanceSport Center
350 Ward Avenue, Studio 1, Honolulu, HI 96814



Belly Dance Workshop #1: Body Isolation & Movement Training

Friday, January 4, 6-8 pm (choose Jan 4, 6:01 pm for this workshop alone)

Holiday special through January 1: $38 / January 2 or later: $50

All levels (beginner to experienced), body movement techniques using drum solo rhythms & tribal fusion.

This master class teaches strong body isolation techniques which can be layered to create beautiful belly dance combinations. Yoco has trained for years to master strong isolation techniques. She is an excellent instructor and during the workshop will provide individual attention to every participant, with a focus on the mind-body connection through dance. Yoco will provide helpful demonstrations, analogies and hands-on guidance. A great way to tone your core, arms and legs.


Combination Zumba with Belly Dance Workshop #2: Belly Dance Original Choreography

Saturday, January 5, 10am – 1 pm Holiday Special through January 1: $48 / January 2 or later: $60

Diva Yoco will kick off the first hour of the day with Zumba exercise, incorporating many types of dance and music.

Zumba with Yoco: Dance Exercise

Saturday, January 5, 10-11 am

All levels of experience welcome, come ready to dance and sweat. Zumba only price available.

Belly Dance Workshop #2: Belly Dance Original Choreography by Diva Yoco

Saturday, January 5, 11 am – 1 pm

All levels (beginner to experienced), workshop 1 recommended prior for beginners

Yoco’s unique style of belly dance choreography embraces traditional Middle Eastern, Indian, tribal, and modern dance. This workshop will build on the foundation of isolation movements to teach combinations and original belly dance routines while toning the entire body with a focus on relaxation, fun and moving to the music.


2 Days Package (choose Jan 4, 6:00 pm option which includes both workshops on both days plus Zumba)

Holiday Special through January 1 for both Jan 4 & 5 workshops and Zumba: $72

2 Days Package January 2 or later for both Jan 4 & 5 workshops and Zumba: $94

Holiday Special, Zumba class alone through January 1: $10 / January 2 or later: $15

**ALL events reserved with a $20 deposit, please come prepared to pay the balance in cash at the door!** (Zumba only participants will receive cash back at the door from their deposit)


Yoco Yoshikawa is an international belly dance certified instructor, choreographer and performing artist. Influenced by her dance and music experience in Jazz dance, African, Latin, Egyptian, Turkish, Moroccan, Tribal and various types of Asian dance, Diva Yoco has created an original, ethnic fusion belly dance style that is beautiful and unique.

Yoco communicates her unique personality through dance. She is a master of isolated body movements and provides individualized, guided instruction to her students to help them identify and practice proper posture, breathing, mind and body control and isolation movements. She then layers all of these techniques into the creation of remarkable belly dance fusion choreography that is fun to perform and easy to learn with her instruction.

Diva Yoco has performed and taught extensively in New York City and Tokyo, including dancing at Carnegie Hall. She has been featured many times on TV/film and in print including in the New York Post, interviewed on CBS news and for several Japanese websites and papers, danced on ABC TV’s “Wife Swap,” and has performed at celebrity private events.

She is excited to return to Hawai`i after many years to share her unique belly dance style



In 2018, more than 2,000 luminaries lit up Foster Botanical Garden on the evening of July 21, as part of “Midsummer Night’s Gleam,” an annual program featuring live entertainment, botanical painting, children’s crafts, games, storytelling and a demonstration of Mongolian martial arts.

MEDAH is a proud participant at the annual Gleam, and we hope you can join us each year!

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Saturday, February 2, 2019 at 6 PM – 10 PM

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

Hosted by Sammie in Hawaii


It’s always a good time when the whole shimmy ohana gets together! Support the lovely ladies of Belly Dance Raqs and our Dance Scholarship at this amazing event! We’ve got a raffle with a killer reputation, a delicious potluck, mini-lessons to get you all warmed up, and amazing performances by our troupe members and local talents!

***Please note that this event is ALCOHOL FREE and family friendly :)***

Interested in performing as one of our guests? Fill out our form here!

Event Schedule:

Coming Soon!


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!

Ticket Information and Raffle:


***Please note that we highly recommend paying in cash at the actual event***

Before the Door – $10 (your early purchase includes 2 raffle tickets FREE)
At the Door – $15, or $10 with a potluck item
Children under 12 – $5

Raffle Tickets – 1 for $2, 3 for $5, 8 for $10, 15 for $15, or 25 for $20 – you will be able to choose the prizes that you’d like to win!

Performer Raffle Rate – 10 for $10, 20 for $15, 30 for $20 (less than 10 tickets reverts to normal pricing)

Use the ticketing link listed (PayPal) and send as FRIENDS AND FAMILY (not for goods and services) to avoid the fees! Sammie also accepts Venmo (send to Samantha Giridhar). Payments in cash or check can be given to any Belly Dance Raqs, Blue Troupe, or Lilikoi Dance member!

***Please note that we will not be able to issue refunds – apologies for the inconvenience***

Raffle Prize List:

Coming Soon!


Shakti Dance Movement is proud to present!

Image may contain: one or more people and closeupRACHEL BRICE

Honolulu, Hawaii
Weekend Intensive & Showcase
April 26th, 27, & 28, 2019


Aloha Dancesport Center
350 Ward Ave. #200
Honolulu, Hawaii 96814

Friday, April 26th
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.

Saturday, April 27th
Dissolve: Learning to Let Go
All Levels

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.

6pm-9pm: Shakti’s Den, Performance Showcase Featuring Rachel Brice!

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!!
Ticket Sales go live 2/27/2019

Sunday, Sunday April 28th
One Hip Wonder with a Twist

Experienced beginner to advanced: Learn a combo juicy hip work variations, (optional) finger cymbal patterns, and good old-fashioned tribal style posture and presentation.
Please bring water, zils, and a willingness to keep your arms up!


Official signing & pictures with Rachel Brice. (Open to workshop participants only)


All workshops will be held at the
Aloha Dancesport Center Studio 1
350 Ward Ave. Suite 200
Honolulu, HI 96814
The Largest and only Dancesport Center in Hawaii. With 4,000 sq. ft. this Dance Center features 2 Beautiful and upscale Dance Studios with gorgeous floating dance floors, wall to wall mirrors, and high performance sound systems.

About Rachel:

The Short Version
If she’s not teaching workshops or training teachers in the 8 Elements method, she works at her home studio Datura, regularly films classes for Datura Online, sells prints on Society6, and is completing a full collage tarot deck called Datura Tarot. She studies with her teachers Carolena Nericcio and Gary Kraftsow whenever possible.

The Long Version
Rachel Brice first fell in love with Belly Dance at 16 years old, when she saw The Gypsy Moor Dancers (who later became Hahbi’Ru) at a Renaissance Faire, and started classes with Atesh immediately. Soon after, she discovered a video of Suhaila Salimpour which she obsessively studied. She began making her living by performing American Cabaret Belly Dance at restaurants and teaching yoga while putting herself through school.

A decade later she discovered Carolena Nericcio’s American Tribal Style, which shifted her aesthetic from nightclub to nomad, and Jill Parker became her technique inspiration. She then studied several world and contemporary dance forms as she earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Dance Ethnology. The fresh immersion in these dance forms and exposure to San Francisco culture began to mix with her 10 years as a restaurant dancer, and she (unwittingly) started to blend these influences and create something new.

In 2001 she was accidentally discovered by rock mogul Miles Copeland, and toured for several years with his company, The Bellydance Superstars. Through The BDSS, Rachel had the opportunity to work with the incredible Mardi Love, who quickly became her inspiration and muse. Mardi had also started with Cabaret before discovering Tribal, and as they made dances and costumes together for BDSS, a new style, influenced by the late 1800s to 1920s, emerged. These international tours, along with the newly born YouTube, sparked a global interest in this emerging style of Belly Dance, which has gone on to grow, change, and evolve. Rachel and Mardi rode that li’l wave with their old pal Zoe Jakes, and together the three of them created a show called Le Serpent Rouge (which was as much of an excuse to drink whiskey as it was to dance together).