Bel­ly­danc­ing bo­nanza here

The Tribune (NZ) - - ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT - RICHARD MAYS In­ter­na­tional bel­ly­dancer Candice Frankland is one of the vis­it­ing artists for the Hip­no­tize Bel­ly­dance Mid Win­ter Hafla and belly-dance work­shops.

When some­thing goes ‘‘belly up’’ it’s usu­ally a bad thing, but not this week­end.

Hip­no­tize Bel­ly­dance, the lo­cal belly dance belles, are presenting a ‘‘Mid Win­ter Hafla’’ at The Re­gent on Broad­way.

A hafla is the Arab equiv­a­lent of a Celtic ceilidh, a party show­case of dance styles, cos­tumes and mu­sic rang­ing from tra­di­tional to con­tem­po­rary and shades in be­tween.

Anoushka from Hip­no­tize says ‘‘the party’’ started 11 years ago in Ha­likar­nas on Fitzher­bert Ave, and grew from there.

‘‘Ev­ery year we out-do our­selves. This year we have out­stand­ing in­ter­na­tional artists, Candice Frankland and The Ruby Lady.’’

The 7pm show will fea­ture Frankland, the Auck­land-based multi-award win­ning founder and di­rec­tor of Phoenix Belly Dance, with The Ruby Lady, fresh from trav­els to Syd­ney, San Fran­cisco, New York, Egypt’s South Si­nai, and In­dia.

An­other in­ter­na­tional per­former is Mirian Caber­lon from Brazil, now a Welling­ton-based belly-dance tu­tor and per­former.

Join­ing in is Aar­a­lyn from the Christchurch Trib­alDiva Belly Dance Com­pany, Palmer­ston North’s Manawataki Drum­mers, Dunedin-based African drum­ming and dance tu­tor Robert Koffie Fu­gah, along with lo­cal belly-dance troupe Al Raja.

‘‘There’ll be around 80 dancers, in­clud­ing one man,’’ Anoushka says.

Ac­com­pa­ny­ing the hafla are a series of work­shops that be­gin on Fri­day af­ter­noon and run through­out the week­end.

Tu­tors and work­shop hosts in­clude Frankland, The Ruby Lady, Aar­a­lyn, Fu­gah, and Samba Fu­sion. De­tails and reg­is­tra­tion are avail­able from Anoushka on 022 691 3013 or email hip­no­tize.bel­ly­dance@ya­hoo.co.nz

The Re­gent on Broad­way show­case is on July 9 at 7pm. Tick­ets $20 adult and $10 chil­dren are avail­able through Tick­etDirect 0800 224 224 or tick­etdirect.co.nz.

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