October 10-14th 2014

Shimmy Showcase

Travel To Paradise

Seminars & Lectures

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Now in its 10th year, the 2014 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 10-14.

“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 Ashley Lopez, a tribal fusion belly dancer from Oregon; Shahrzad, an Oriental belly dancer from Virginia, Amira from Las Vegas; and the convention’s first ever male teacher, Frank Farinaro from New Mexico. They join Honolulu’s own Shakti Dance Movement, Malia Delapenia, Arabic vocalist Adly Mirza, the Garden Nile Belly Dance Troupe from Kaua‘i, and more.

The five-day event kicks off with the Shimmy Showcase gala on Friday, October 10 at the Honolulu Museum of Art’s Doris Duke Theatre. Due to overwhelming demand last year, there will be two different shows this year. 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 sixth year, will be held at the Neal Blaisdell Center on Saturday and Sunday, October 11 and 12. 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 (18 hours) for $350.

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 11 and 12.

At the conclusion of the Sunday workshops, an official convention after party will be held at eleven44, 1144 Bethel St. in Chinatown, from 9:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m. The after party will feature belly dance and burlesque performances by Pamela Poles, Lorien Archambeault from California and many more surprises. Hosted by the one and only TelePharaoh. $10 cover charge, 21 and over.

On Monday, October 13, enjoy a day in paradise with friends new and old on the “Belly Dancers Gone Bad” catamaran cruise. The cruise will depart Waikīkī Beach in front of Duke’s at 1 p.m. $45 includes the cruise, drinks, and all gratuities. Advance reservations are required.After a weekend of enchanting dance telling the stories of the Middle East, the finale will be an excursion to the windward side to take in the storied landscapes of O‘ahu. Hike the one-mile Maunawili Falls trail, enjoy a lunch of local favorites, and top it off with shave ice. Tuesday, October 14, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.