Delaware Drum and Dance Hafla: Special Edition!!

About the Hafla

There is a special Edition for the Drum and Dance hafla on 3rd Sunday of Dec at 3:30 pm (most months) at MOJO Main, 270 E Main St.

Traffic warning: Elkton Rd is under construction.  Final paving is being done, so watch for detour signs.   Avoid it by taking rt 4 to 896 or 72.  Google map detour route 

Lorelei and MOJO Main are hosting a Bellydance performance Hafla. This is a monthly event.  See the hafla history here: hafla_hist  and the next hafla details here: hafla_hist

This coming hafla has no headliner:
but it does benefit the Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition.


Donate here if you cannot attend out event:
Thank you so much.

This is the final Hafla of 2012.
Stay tuned for information on 2013!! (Feb 2013 will be our 3 year anniversary)

The Belly-anna is a new twist on the hafla.  At this time of year, some participate in a Pollyanna gift giving.  The belly-anna uses that idea, with performance music.

In the spirit of gift giving, the dancers of the Dec 16th Drum and Dance Hafla plan to give the gift of their favorite dance tune to another dancer to perform, while giving back to the community by supporting the DBCC.  All the music CD's will be wrapped as gifts.  Each dancer has chosen music, but that is not the "gift" that they may choose. 

This hafla will feature 9 - 10 guest dancers, some who are professional restaurant dancers and some who students of the dance, but all have experience in Bellydance. Both traditional Middle Eastern styles as well as Tribal, Tribal Fusion, and Cabaret Fusion will be performed. There will also be time for open dance and drum, so bring your hip scarves, drums, and dancing feet.

Performances by other dance forms and musicians also welcome.  Please contact Lorelei,, to be considered

Mojo Main is a restaurant serving American and Cajun Cuisine. Drum and Dance Hafla will be in the back room with the stage (including lights).

Sidebar and header photographs by foto illume and Larry Saunders of Triformis Photography

Info:  or call 302-464-0392

Next Delaware Drum and Dance Hafla: Sunday  Dec 16th

Last updated Dec 8, 2012 by Lorelei

Our local charity: Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition

In the spirit of gift giving, the dancers of the Dec 16th Drum and Dance Hafla plan to give the gift of their favorite dance tune to another dancer to perform, while giving back to the community by supporting the DBCC.  Come see improv dancing at it's finest! 

And support the Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition.

About the DBCC:
The Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition is a state-wide non-profit organization whose mission is to empower our community by raising awareness of breast health issues through outreach, education and support services, in order to facilitate the early detection and treatment of breast cancer.

With Your Support, DBCC provides…
  •     Free Statewide Education and Outreach Programs
  •     Support Programs for Survivors, Families and Caregivers
  •     One-on-One Peer Mentor Support and Clinical Trials Peer Mentors
  •     Annual Breast Cancer Update
  •     Access to Mammography Screenings
Dec Bellyanna

Hafla Hosted by Lorelei


MOJO on Main  270 E Main Street
Newark, DE 19711

$5 cover (children under 6 no cover) plus the cost of your food/drink.
Or any donation to the DBCC for this hafla.

Check out the menu ahead of time.Menu

ALSO: this month we will have

Performances by Dendarah Nar
Dendarah Nar entertain locally at festivals, haflas, shows, retirement homes around the State.
Under the direction of Doukissa, their style is mostly Egyptian - feminine and fluid.  Their choreographies range from traditional to lighthearted incorporating canes, baskets, candles, veils, and zills.

Our brave improv Guest dancers:

For this hafla, all the dancers will bring their music wrapped like a present.  They will choose and randomly get performance music.  It may be the one they brought, but it may not.

Vivana: (DE)
Viviana Viviana worked as a Raks Sharki dancer at Marrakesh in Washington D.C.  She has also performed at Mem Sahib, Amers, Red Mapel, Fatimas & Moes restaurant. She was part of performed at "The Fabric of Life" at the Smithsonian Institute of African Art. Since moving here she performed at Shag restaurant in Rehobeth, Turquoise in Bethany Beach, as well as Smith & Company. And at various local events. she hopes to introduce to this area the femininity and fun of bellydance. Vivana also know a lot about the culture and roots of this dance that she would love to share this with anyone interested.

Leona: (MD)
Leona began studying belly dance in 2001, her teachers include Almaaza in New Castle, Delaware, Devra Johari in Maryland, and Maria Urbaez in Texas. A former member of Blue Lapis, Leona now dances primarily as a soloist, favoring a fusion style rooted in Egyptian Cabaret.

Lorelei : (DE)  
Lorelei  artfully combines several styles of bellydance with the dramatic flair, as well as a touch of humor.  Her style is a mix of Turkish, Gothic, with a sprinkling of Vintage Oriental and
ATS Tribal.

Lorelei currently lives in Newark Delaware, where she hosts the monthly Delaware Drum and Dance Hafla.

Liana: (DE)
Liana has been dancing since 2006. She is a bona fide student of Studio 1831 in Philly having studied under Valerie Rushmere, the owner, Rena, Azia and Khuzama to name a few. She has also taken workshops from Elisheva, Raqia Hassan and others. Her inspiration comes from the love of dance in general and the many accomplished dancers out there!

Tribal Spirit: (PA)
Tribal Spirit was originally formed in 2003 under the direction of Vikki Gale and has since metamorphasized in the semi-pro sister troupe to Hipnosis. Tribal Spirit Improve Belly Dance Troupe embraces what tribalbelly dance is all about - a sisterhood of dancer coming together and dancing as one moving unit. These unique ladies embrace a style that they have dubbed "ethnic eclectic", an amalgamation of style, cultures and times. Most loved for their sense of sass both on and off stage, these ladies hope to get you to shimmy out of your seat!

Naadriah: (DE)  from Gemz of Arabia
Naadirah is a professional bellydancer and has been performing along the east coast for six years. She is very passionate about this art form and the culture. She enjoys educating others about it through the joy of dancing. She has experience in American Cabaret, Raks Sharqi, Tribal Fusion, Saidi, Turkish, Modern Dance, Ballet and also specializes in veil and cane instruction. She continues her education workshops and seminars along the east coast.

Kelebek: (NJ)
My name 'Kelebek' means butterfly in Turkish. The Butterfly is the universal symbol of change and beauty. I believe the butterfly is also a symbol of growth, inspiration, confidence, and enjoyment-all things that I lacked before I started studying the beautiful artform of belly dance. Receiving this gift has been a blessing and I am proud to share it with others.

As a belly dancer, I have the privilege to enjoy middle eastern music and show appreciation for the rich culture that I've always admired. As a Fusion artist, I have the wonderful opportunity to import some the most exciting combinations from other high energy dance styles and merge them with both traditional and modern belly dance moves. As a Fantasy artist, I am able to create sexy, sassy, awe-inspiring characters that loves to entertain all.

Luna: (MD) from Arabian Lights
Luna Scura is a Middle Eastern Dance Artist from Maryland, specializing in Egyptian Raqs Sharqi (Oriental Dance). Since 2007, she has performed across DelMarVa as both a soloist and a member of Arabian Lights Dance Company, for whom she currently serves as President and Artistic Director.

Tydirah: (MD) from Barakaat Middle Eastern Dance Company
Tydirah is an award winning performer, All Seasons Hafla Organizer, choreographer, and life-time student of Middle Eastern Dance.

Winning People’s Choice in the Rising Star category of 2009′s Northeast Bellydance Competition, the very first competition she entered, Tydirah is proud to be a Middle Eastern Dance Artist. Her training under Basema, Lotus Niraja, MiaNaja, and Shems, exposed Tydirah to the beauty, culture, and authentic interpretation of the artform. Tydirah loves all styles of bellydance. Currently, she performs Raks Sharqi, Folkloric and Fusion styles. She also has experience with veils, fan veils, zills, assaya, sword, isis wings, and candles.

Tydirah is a positive force within the bellydance community and an exceptional example of the grace, passion and technical mastery of a truly gifted and accomplished dancer.