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Shimmy Mob - Washington, DC

Official team site representing our Nation's Capitol

Haflas/Festivals/Competitions

This is a never-ending rabbit hole that gets updated once a year. It is not meant to be a complete comprehensive list; we focus on the more popular and well-known.  

There are HUNDREDS of Middle Eastern events in our area, both large and small, all year long, not just at Shimmy Mob time! 

If you discover a bad link, please report it so that we may take it down. Thanks!

last updated Mar 2020

-- MONTHLY HAFLAS --

Click on the link to go directly to their FB page where current information and last minute changes are posted.

Java -- held quarterly.  Check Facebook

Curves Raqs Hafla -- quarterly. Check Facebook.  This hafla is a fund-raiser for DCBA Convention.

All Season's Ash -- Quarterly hafla. Usually on a Sunday

Meridan Dance Company -- check Facebook

Delaware Drum & Dance Hafla - Quarterly hafla 

-- LARGER FESTIVALS FEATURING BELLY DANCE --

Art Of The Belly -- usually in March

Moroccan Artisan Festival -- April (find it on Facebook or City of Alexandria Rec calendar)

World Dance Day (UNESCO) -- April (also listed as 'international')

National Asian Festival -- usually in May

Fiesta Asia Silver Spring -- usually in May. Precedes National Asian Fest

Tirgan (Persian Summer Festival) - June (find it on Facebook)

Artscape -- usually in July

Tribal Delight -- usually in July

Pak Fest -- August

Turkish Fest -- usually in September

H Street Festival - September

Arab Fest - September

SW Arts Fest -- usually late September/early October

Rakkasah Festival -- there are four. East, West, Spring & Winter Moon

-- Other Salons Shows --

This list usually puts out a call for performers

Typhrodisia's Bellydance & Beyond

-- there are several hafla/salons throughout the year. Comes out on either MeetUp or Facebook.

Raq Out -- does 2 annuals, Spring & Halloween. They use Facebook.

Raven's Night -- always October

Shimmy Sista -- has various events. Check Facebook

Kaleidoscope Bellydance Showcase -- usually in September

Sahara's Treasure -- has several bi-annuals. Comes out on either Meetup or Facebook.

-- USA Competitions --

Miss Belly Queen USA -- usually May

Bellydancer of the Year - May

Rak Star - September/October

-- OVERSEAS --

No longer listed or has updated websites

as of January 2015

World Belly Dance Competition Korea

Miss Belly Dance UK

Stars of Bellydance Belgium

Oriental Fantasy Germany

Queen of Raks Sharki - TX

Bellydance Nationals - MA

Tokyo Bellydance Competition

Queen of the Nile - Montreal