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 – paypal.me/swon), 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: https://www.facebook.com/events/2279584132052022/


SAMMIE 10 x 8

Spring 2019 Schedule:

SUNDAYS – Aloha Dancesport Center
4-5 PM – Belly Dance Technique (ongoing)
5-6 PM – Blue Troupe Practice (starting February 3, 2019)
TUESDAYS (starting January 8) – UH Manoa (Hemenway Hall 201)
7-8 PM – Belly Dance Technique
8-9 PM – Belly Dance Choreography
THURSDAYS (starting January 17) – UH West Oahu (Room D-151)
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 her anytime!


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. She currently directs 4 performance troupes on Oahu, and teaches classes in three different locations.

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, Frank Farinaro, Zoe Jakes, and Kami Liddle – all of which have played a role in her growth and development as a dancer.

As the new president of MEDAH, Sammie is committed to service. Important to her are the initiatives of developing community, and providing student-centered opportunities to MEDAH members. At its core, belly dance is about having fun, and Sammie intends to not only work hard, but play (shimmy) hard as well!

For information about Sammie’s classes and events, follow her at https://www.facebook.com/SammieinHawaii/


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!