Delaware Drum and Dance Hafla

Interested in the workshop with Ishtar this month?
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About the Hafla

Lorelei is still hosting a Bellydance performance  Hafla in Newark, DE.  They will continue in 2014.  3rd Sunday at 3:30 pm (most months).

From Oct 2010 until Mar 2013 the Hafla was at at MOJO Main, 270 E Main St. in Newark DE. New location  for April, May and June (and maybe more) The Oddity Bar in Wilmington.
The Oddity Bar is located at 500 Greenhill Avenue, 19805.  

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

Be sure to check DELDOT for any road construction projects (epecially I95/Rt1, I95/rt202)

Want to help the DD&D Hafla??

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

2014 Hafla

The Delaware Hafla continues into 2014!!  

Headliners for the first half of the year:
  • Jan 19  Omar of PA    
  • Feb 16  Zahra Noor , now of MD  **Happy Birthday DDD Hafla** 
  • Mar 16  Phoenix of MD 
  • Apr 27 Ishtar of PA (with workshop TBA)  4th Sunday!!! 
  • May 18 Meesha of PA
  • Jun 22  Nefertiti of DE   4th Sunday!!!

And don't forget the Belly-anna improv hafla/fundraiser in Dec.
 Information from the first in 2012  here:

Drum and Dance Haflas will feature a headlining dancer, who is an area pro. There will also be 5-6 guest dancers, some who are professional restaurant dancers and some who are not, 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 send the information in the application to
  • Application for being a guest performer: Application   (word document)

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 of Triformis Photography

Info:  or call 302-464-0392

VIP Advanced Reservations

For Jan -Mar Haflas 2014: VIP reserved seating. If you want a seat in one of the first 2 tables to the stage, you can pre-pay and reserve for this hafla.
  • Sorry, VIP seating is suspended for Apr, May and Jun
  • These are not refundable, and good for only the hafla in question.
  • But they are transferable between people. You can buy one as a gift for friends and family, just include who it is for in the notes.

Just bring a printed copy with you to the hafla. 

Next Delaware Drum and Dance Hafla: Sunday  Apr 27, 2014

Last updated Mar 31, 2014 by Lorelei

********Show starts at 3pm this month***********

Also, with workskop at noon, how to dance with a live band: more info here
New location  for both:  The Oddity Bar in Wilmington (500 Greenhill Avenue, 19805)  


Headliner: Ishtar of Pittsburgh

Since 2006, Ishtar has been Pittsburgh's Vintage Bellydance Band. Ishtar is comprised of Melissa Murphey on clarinet and Jeff Chmielarski on electric bass.
Playing their own unique interpretation of Middle Eastern and Mediterranean folk melodies, Ishtar performs songs that were popular in the bellydancing nightclub scene during the mid-20th century. This exceptional fusion of traditional songs with dynamic elements has become: BellyRock. In 2008, Ishtar was voted as Pittsburgh's Best Underground Band by the readers of the City Paper!

Ishtar is also the house band for Art of the Belly Festival held annually in Ocean City, MD.

Read more about the band here:

New location for the Apr 27 hafla
he Oddity Bar in Wilmington.
The Oddity Bar is located at 500 Greenhill Avenue, 19805.  

Hafla Organized by Lorelei

Lorelei by Triformis

$5 cover (Sorry no one under 21 at Oddity) plus the cost of your food/drink.

Guest dancers:

Dancing starts as close to 3pm as possible.

Kahina: (DE)
Kahina is a local Dancer from Wilmington De.. She has taken Classes from various teacher in the area including Dinah Kirby and Shahrazad. The dancing styles she enjoys performing are Khaleggi, Saidi, and Egyptian (but she has been know to throw in a bit of fusion)

Kelebek: (NJ)
Kelebek Beyaz is a Fantasy Fusion Belly Dance artist from southern New Jersey. Her unique name means “White Butterfly” in Turkish and was chosen because it represents the universal symbol for change and transformation. Her specialty is combining classic Cabaret and Tribal Belly Dance with Latin, Hip hop, Broadway, and Burlesque styles to create stunning fantasy performances. Kelebek has studied with such top instructors as Artemis Mourat, Michelle DeVine, Tempest, and Tarik Sultan to name a few. In addition to performing, she also teaches weekly belly dance classes and workshops in Berlin New Jersey and designs custom belly dance clothing and accessories.

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, Azhia 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!

Eva Nadira: (MD)
Eva Nadira has been dancing for somewhere between 6 and 10 years.  She has studied with MiaNaja and Amina Salah.  She likes dancing with props, especially poi. Eva 
Nadira usually likes music with lots of drama, but is changing things up a little with this piece.  She has performed with Ishtar before, and looks forward to dancing with them again!!

Art of the Belly Eva Nadira

Kimala Nar: (DE)
Kimala Nar is part of the troupe Dendarah Nar, performing mainly Egyptian style and occasionally comedic endeavors.  As a soloist, Kimala Nar explores other styles particularly Fusion and utilizes a variety of props to enhance her performance.  She performed as an extra in Belladonna's cast for Raven's Night and recently achieved a Bohemian Bellydance Sword Apprentice Certification from Belladonna.