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”:
My finished face and flowers added to my hair:
Here’s my ATS® costume and a few more pics from that evening:
The following pics are courtesy of DC Hafla and a couple of our beloved friends:
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,