Delaware Drum and Dance Hafla

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)

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 Hafla

The Delaware Hafla continues into 2015:
  • location: The Newark Arts Alliance, 276 E Main St, 19711
  • Some months have themes which some dancers will use in their performances
  • Apr 19: Lorelei's Birthday Hafla (it's a round number year!!)  LIVE MUSIC
  • May 19: Patriotic theme, watch for the City of Newark Memorail Day Parade
  • Jun 21 : Thanks to Dad Hafla
  • Jul 19: Optional Partiotic
  • Aug 16 
  • Sep 20:  Arrrrrrrrrrr
  • More TBA.  3rd Sunday unless otherwise noted

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  Apr 19, 2015  3:30 PM

Last updated  Mar 25, 2015 by Lorelei

This hafla will feature: live music from Brett of MAHARAL, with other guest musicians including:  Jacqui, Gene, Charles from MD, Nina from Aubergine and the Brinjal Band , Sue from Philly PA, Lorelei and....more TBA.

They will be joined by several dancers, whose bios are below

And Vending by Arabian Nights Oasis from Cleona, PA

Mar 15, 2015

Hafla Organized by Lorelei

Lorelei by Triformis

New location  for December Only:

George Wilson Center. 
303 New London Rd, 19711

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

Hafla dancers:

Amustela is an award winning performer and instructor of "Danse Orientale", Raks Sharqi  or Belly Dance based in Northern Virginia.  She has entertained and delighted audiences throughout the metropolitan D.C. area and the world.  Amustela would be pleased to work with you to make your next party or event extra special.

Amustela's dance style is described as vintage cabaret oriental.  This style of belly dance incorporates many influences of the dance evolving from Arabic, Persian, Turkish, Greek and Eastern European immigrants.  With a basis in Classical Egyptian mixed with many modern  theatrical influence, Amustela enjoys entertaining with her unique style.

Nina (MD):  also in our percussion section
Nina Amaya is a beautiful dancer trained in Middle Eastern 'raqs sharqi', and director of the marvelous dance group Aubergine and of the Brinjal Band. She specializes in Turkish style dance, veil and sword. She also entertains as a Fairy dancer and has other Mythological Beasts. As one of Baltimore's top belly dancers, she is guaranteed to entertain and delight. Ask for her sword dance- it's stunning. Nina can bring her own music system, use yours, or perform with a live band. She performs regularly with the Brinjal Band, Ishtar, and other local, national and international musicians.

Kimala Nar (DE):
Kimala Nar, who is also is part of the troupe Dendarah Nar, performs 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.

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.

Jacqui (MD):  Also one of our melody instruments
Jacqui picked up her first set of poi around 10 years ago and persisted despite an embarrassing start. She loves performing with poi with lamé veils, which can give viewers an impression of elemental forces at  work. Her graceful turns and the floating fabric create unique performances that often leave audiences amazed. Jacqui has been spinning poi for ten years. She choreographs for troupes, performs as a soloist at
events throughout Maryland, and teaches her workshops with a patient, clear and humorous style.

Kirvo (PA):  who really needs no introdcution =)

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