Delaware Drum and Dance Hafla

About the Hafla

Lorelei is still hosting a Bellydance performance  Hafla in Newark, DE.  They will continue in 2016.  3rd Sunday at 3:30 pm (most months)

The Delaware Drum and Dance Hafla (DD & D) has used several locations in northern DE including: Timothy's of Newark, MOJO Main, and the Oddity Bar.  We are now happy to move to our next location: 
The Newark Arts Alliance:  276 E Main St, Newark DE, 19711

The Newark Arts Alliance is a locally supported 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, that provides the citizens of Newark opportunity to explore and display their creativity, as well as to participate in classes and events in the visual and performing arts.

The Hafla has existed since Feb 2010.  See the hafla history here: hafla_hist
You can also find us on Facebook. Delaware Drum and Dance Hafla

Want to help the DD&D Hafla??

  • We always need helpers to set up, break down, MC and watch the donation box.
  • We can also use printing and copying: like Staples and Kinkos.
    • We have plenty of paper now, but not enough ink/toner

2015/2016 Hafla

The Delaware Hafla continues into 2016:
  • location: The Newark Arts Alliance, 276 E Main St, 19711
  • Some months have themes which some dancers will use in their performances
  • Oct 18:  Live music with the 6 degrees of seperation band
  • Nov 15: Blacklight  (wear something white or neon)
  • Dec 20:  video meetup
  • We are back in 2016.   3rd Sunday unless otherwise noted. 
    • Jan 17
    • Feb 21
    • No hafla in March, come see us at Art of the Belly in Ocean City, MD
    • Apr 17
    • May 15
    • June 26  ***4th Sunday***
    • July 17
    • Aug 21
    • Sep 18  Arrrr, Pirate Hafla
    • Oct 16
    • Nov 20  Blacklight hafla
    • Dec 18 (no performances, meetup for videos and shopping)

More About the Hafla

Drum and Dance Haflas will feature a 3 - 6 performances, some from professional restaurant dancers and some from students of bellydance, but all have experience. 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 send the information in the application to
  • Application for being a guest performer: Application   (word document)
Info:  or call 302-464-0392

VIP Advanced Reservations and Donations

For 2015: VIP reserved seating. If you want a seat in the center front row, closest to the dancers, you can pre-pay and reserve for this hafla.

Hafla donations
Just bring a printed copy with you to the hafla. 

Next Delaware Drum and Dance Hafla: Sunday Nov 15   3:30 PM

Last updated  Sep 16, 2015 by Lorelei

This month we will have BLACKLIGHT.  Wear white or neon if you want to glow during upen dance.  

Sep 20, 2015

Hafla Organized by Lorelei

Lorelei by Triformis

$5 cover recommended (children under 6 no cover)
Bring a dish to share

Hafla dancers:

Persephone Rising (PA)
Persephone Rising is the new student troupe for advanced dancers of Tribal Bellies Dance studio in Huntingdon Valley, PA.  Persephone Rising performs Improvisational Tribal Style, using the Tribal Bellies ITS format.  They are under the direction of Vikki Gale.  See more information at

Zeina (DE)
Zeina has been with the jewels belly dance company for nearly 6 years.  She took a little time off and is now back and ready to DANCE.  She has studied tap,ballet, and jazz from the age of 2 and took some ballroom/swing dance lessons.  She is always up for a good beat and ready to move.  I would say she always has her dancing shoes on but most of the time she is in bare feet.  This is her first duet with blue sky who is also a member of the jewels belly dance company for the last 2 years.  Blue sky always willing to practice til she gets it perfect and as we all know nothing live goes perfect but she still has fun!

T-Rex (PA)
Naja Haje has taken a short hiatus from belly dance this past year while in the process of changing careers to the energizing field of fitness. Some of her new training included becoming a Licensed Zumba Instructor. She has found this form of “Latin Dance Fitness” to be not only, exhilarating but fun and inspiring as well. She is licensed to teach Zumba, Zumba Toning, Aqua Zumba, Zumba Kids and Zumba Kids Jr and has decided to share some choreography from her extensive class play list. Part of the fun of Zumba is audience participation. So please, come forward, don't be shy, she will be providing visual cues throughout the choreography... ditch your seats, and join the PAAAARTAAAAAAAY! You don't even have to know how to dance. Just move your body and follow her lead. It's fun! It's easy! Come try it! Guaranteed you will have the time of your life and leave wanting more! For more information or to book a class at your facility visit her website:

Forgotten Tassels Tribe from Jewels Belly Dance Company (DE)
Layla has been dancing for over fifty years and now dances ATS, ITS and Tribal with her Tribe know as Forgotten Tassels, the core group have been dancing together for between two and 5 years , they also have students that join them time to time. They enjoy the many aspects that family in dance brings and they just like to have fun

April Monique (MD):
April Monique has been dancing and choreographing with Turkish Tribal style dancer, Devra Giles for the Sanctuary Dance Company for several years. She is also studying and performing tribal fusion with Naimah Loren in troupe Amandari and has currently become violently addicted to Datura Online. She now teaches beginning bellydance at the Steppingstone Museum. In addition to her experience in bellydance, April has spent much of her life studying other dance forms ­ modern, jazz, theatrical, African, Salsa...pretty much anything she can grab up! (except ballet... she is terrible at ballet.)

Hassania (PA)
Hassania is an immigrant from Morocco. She started belly dancing with Valerie at studio 1831 three years ago. She has performed at Valerie's Hafla events multiple times.  She has also performed at the DD&D before.  Hassania is a teacher at a Philadelphia High School. In addition she also tutors Arabic and French languages.

Khuzamam (DE):

Tydirah (MD): facebook

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