Summer ATS® Belly Dance, Part 1 – DC Hafla

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Image courtesy of DC Hafla.  Used with permission.

As summer comes to a close, I wanted to share both of our ATS® dance routines that we performed this summer.  Part 1 is of our performance for DC Hafla, performed on July 18 at Aura Lounge in Washington, DC.  This is my first ATS® performance in a lounge/club setting and it was so much fun!

 What is a hafla?  A hafla is usually an informal, dance party (hafla is Arabic for “party” or “social gathering”).  These are generally performed at a club, a restaurant, or even at someone’s house.  It’s almost like dancing at a club here in the West, although haflas are also performed at weddings and at more formal events.  Sometimes there are performances, sometimes there are none.  Haflas are a great way for people to show off their dancing skills, regardless of skill level.  Professionals, teachers, students, and members of the public come together to eat, dance, and socialize.  You don’t even have to belly dance at haflas; in fact, you don’t have to dance at all.  It’s just a way to socialize in a comfortable, supportive environment.  There are always different haflas going on, many occurring on a monthly basis (such as DC Hafla).

 

Here’s my makeup for the hafla, from bare-faced and boring, to pretty and “tribal-esque”:

before and after
before and after

 

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Eyeshadow has been applied, but no foundation yet. For easier clean up of "fallout", I apply foundation after my eye makeup.
Eyeshadow has been applied, but no foundation yet. For easier clean up of “fallout”, I apply foundation after my eye makeup.

 

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Foundation, blush and eyeliner has been applied. Eyebrows lined and colored in.
Foundation, blush and eyeliner have been applied. Eyebrows lined and colored in.

 

Gold glitter added for some sparkle!
Gold glitter added for some sparkle!

 

My finished face and flowers added to my hair:

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Here’s my ATS® costume and a few more pics from that evening:

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I included this picture because i love the background. But you can see how “naked” I look without the coin bra.

 

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Selfies with my love

 

The following pics are courtesy of DC Hafla and a couple of our beloved friends:

With my buddy and co-worker, Scott
With my buddy and co-worker, Scott

 

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All of us lovely dancers pose for a group shot

 

That concludes Part 1 of our summer dance performances.  You can check out our video from that evening, below my signature.  Stay tuned for Part 2, where we perform for the Sahara Dance Summer Carnival.

Love & Shimmies,

Dasia Denise

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