Now in its 11th year, the 2015 Hawai‘i Belly Dance Convention will bring performers and teachers from near and far to Honolulu to share the beauty and drama of Middle Eastern dance October 8-12.

“We’re excited to announce the tenth annual Hawai‘i Belly Dance Convention. This gathering brings some of the best belly dancers in the world to Honolulu to share their knowledge, talent, and passion!” said convention founder Malia Delapenia. “Whether you’re a dancer, dance fan or just enjoy the art of Middle Eastern dance and music, we hope you’ll join us this October.”

Featured visiting performers and instructors include Moria Chappell, a tribal fusion belly dancer from Washington DC; Shahrzad, an Oriental belly dancer from Virginia,  and Belly Dance Royalty Princess Farhana from Los Angeles.

The five-day event with the Shimmy Showcase gala on Friday, October 9 at the Honolulu Museum of Art’s Doris Duke Theatre. Duo Feature! . A 6 p.m. show will present a bright, upbeat belly dance performance for the whole family. A second show at 8 p.m. will present more edgy, sensual, fusion performances for an audience 18 years and older.

The Shimmy Showcase is an opportunity for convention participants to see their teachers in action, and for everyone to appreciate the enchanting art of Middle Eastern dance. The show will be preceded by a no-host reception with special preview performances. General tickets for each show are $25, museum members and children under 16 $20, and VIP reserved seating is $50. General tickets for both shows are $40 in advance, $30 for museum members.

The Shimmy with Aloha workshops, now in their seventh year, will be held at the Neal Blaisdell Center on Saturday and Sunday, October 10 and 11. The workshops will cover topics ranging from Folkloric Dance (Moroccan Chikhat, Egyptian Saidi, and Lebanese Dabke) to tribal & modern fusion belly dance techniques. The teachers bring decades of experience to each workshop, and offerings will be available for belly dancers at all levels of experience. Individual workshops are $40-$70 each, or sign up for the entire weekend of seminars and lectures.

Just outside the Shimmy with Aloha workshops at the Neal S. Blaisdell Center, a marketplace will be set up with belly dance costumes, dance wear, and other Middle Eastern artisans from around the world. Many of these products are not available locally most of the year. The marketplace will be open to the public from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, October 10 and 11.

At the conclusion of the Sunday workshops, an official convention after party will be held at Bar 35, 35 North Hotel St. in Chinatown, from 8:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m. The after party will feature belly dance and burlesque performances byLorien Archambeault from California and many more surprises. Hosted by the one and only TelePharaoh.

On Monday, October 12, enjoy a day in paradise with friends new and old with a filled of Hawaiian Excursions.  Advance reservations are required. Enjoy a lunch of local favorites, and top it off with shave ice.