Bellydancing bonanza here
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 email@example.com
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.