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 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!!   Look for 2015 dates here soon.
  • Nov 16: the Thankful Hafla
  • And the Bellyanna improv hafla: Dec 28  (4th Sunday)
    • location: the George Wilson Center. 303 New London Rd, 19711
    • Information from the first in 2012  here:  bellyanna.html

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

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

VIP Advanced Reservations and Donation

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.
  • VIP seating:  No VIP seating for Nov, But it will be back for DEC
    • Below are links for hafla donations and Dec vendors and VIPs
    • Donations always welcome

    Hafla donations
  • 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.
  • Also added: DDD Donation.  If you can't make it to the hafla, but want to contribute to help us keep running.
Just bring a printed copy with you to the hafla. 

Next Delaware Drum and Dance Hafla: Sunday  Dec 28, 2014  3:00 PM

Last updated Nov 24, 2014 by Lorelei

 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.  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.

All donations collects support the City of Newark Parks and Rec department.  All proceeds, after rent is paid, will be donated to another local 501c.

This hafla will feature 5 - 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.

DEC bellyanna

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

Vendors and Swappers:

  • Vendors: new or used items:  Paypal contribution to rent
    • Full table (2.5 ft by 8 ft) LIMITED   $25
    • Half table (2.5 by 4 ft)  or round table  $13
    • discounts for performers (contact Lorelei)
    Hafla donations
These are not refundable, and good for only the hafla in question.

VENDORS: (check back for updates)
  • Kelebek:
    Kelebek wiill I will be selling/swapping new and used belly dance clothing (look for stuff with tags on them that have never been worn) and  IN ADDITION TO THAT: her Kelebek Kreations items. Those items include skirts, top hats, and jewelry.

Hafla dancers:

Special group performance by Aubergine (MD)!!!
Aubergine is a dance troupe from Baltimore that specializes in in joyful presentations in multicultural belly dance shows. They also present faerie dance theater at festivals from New York to North Carolina. Today we have Nina Amaya, Amy Fae (and however many other Aubergines they can talk into coming) dancing for us. Make sure to check out the vending table!

Liana (DE):  Inspiration behind the Bellyanna!!!
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!

Kelebeck (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-the butterfly. Her specialty is combining classic Cabaret and Tribal Belly Dance with Latin, Hip hop, Broadway, and Burlesque styles to create stunning fantasy performances that titillate the senses. She is known for her technique, her story telling abilities, and one of a kind, show-stopping costumes. Kelebek has studied with such top local and internationally re-known instructors since 2006. She regularly performs in Delaware, New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania at local charity events, haflas, Ren Faires, restaurants, and both Rakkasah Belly Dance Festivals. In addition to performing, Kelebek also teaches weekly belly dance classes and workshops in Berlin New Jersey, is the director of two performance troupes, and a Co-facilitator for the Philadelphia chapter of P.U.R.E. When she is not busy dancing and teaching, Kelebek designs custom belly dance clothing and accessories.

Brenda (NY):
Brenda is a professional Belly Dancer, Choreographer, VP SambaBelly Fitness, and Transformational Life Coach.

Amy Fae (MD):

Amy Fae hails from the Baltimore area where she dances with her delightful eggplant sisters in troupe Aubergine. She's one half of the delicious duet Baba Ghanoush, a member of the band Brinjal, and an instructor and soloist. When she's not dancing, Amy Fae can be found flitting about with faeries, writing, and sewing.

Nina Amaya (MD):
Nina Amaya has a troupe and a bellydance band in Baltimore and LOVES to travel to teach workshops! Vintage and Modern Veil, Joyful Sword, Enchant with Your Dance, Dancing with Live Music, Improvisational Bellydance and Theatrical Dance are her specialties. With years of choreographies to draw from, she is happiest when improvising, whether to music she has never heard before, or to old Turkish and Arabic favorites. Nina also makes custom dyed silk veils for dancers all around the world- she can match any costume for you! Lorelei rocks! Live Music Rules!

Kalistra (MD):
Kalistra is a fusion bellydance artist who enjoys bringing out attitude, drama, comedy, and all other aspects of her personality through dance. Kalistra is the director of Troupe Awen, a fusion belly dance in Elkridge, Maryland. Her love of variety has led to training with multiple teachers and styles.She is a member of Troupe Amandari under the direction of Naimah and Tribe Masala under the direction of Wendy Broadway.. As a troupe member and as a soloist, she has performed at events such as Art of the Belly, Rakkasah Spring Caravan, Rakkasah East, All Seasons Hafla, MiaNaja’s Annual Hafla, and others.

Khuzama (DE):
Khuzama, is a multi award winning professional belly dancer, instructor and choreographer. Khuzama a dancer for most of her life, found her true passion over five years ago in the art of belly dancing. Gathering influences from Lebanese and Tribal Fusion, she performs Egyptian Cabaret style belly dance. She is a professional dancer and instructor, who performs all over the tri state area. Khuzama performs regularly at Layaly Cafe and at Istanbul Restaurant in Philadelphia.

TBA (PA):Yes, we may have 1 more.  TBA