Harlem Hafla

July 20, 2019


Coming to New York for its third appearance, Harlem Hafla is an exciting day of belly dance workshops and performances---with soul! Headlined by Master Performers and Instructors Amar Gamal (MA) and Yasser Darwish (Egypt), Harlem Hafla brings daytime dance workshops and an evening stage performance with an accomplished lineup of dancers, Uptown! Come learn the art of North African Dance (also known as Bellydance) from internationally acclaimed masters of the craft! The workshops, led by our headliners, take place at National Black Theatre of Action Arts (2031 National Black Theatre Way, New York, NY 10035 @ 5th Ave). Later that evening, an array of accomplished belly dance performers take the stage, with special performances by our headlining instructors!

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Schedule of Events

  • 10:00 - 11:00: 'The Bellydance Experience: Basics of Bellydance' with Amar Gamal
  • 11:00 - 11:15: Break and Shop with Vendors
  • 11:15 - 1:15: 'Creating Your Queendom: Adding Flavor and Spice to Your Dance' with Amar Gamal
  • 1:15 - 2:00: Break and Shop with Vendors
  • 2:00 - 4:00: 'Saidi Technique and Combinations' with Yasser Darwish
  • 6:30pm: Doors Open (All Dancers Backstage)
  • 7:00pm: Showtime!


'The Bellydance Experience: Basics of Bellydance' with Amar Gamal

10:00am to 11:00am

Come celebrate being you as we explore the expressive art of Bellydance. Amar will guide you through basic foundation steps, giving you a glimpse into bellydancing! The moves are fun, powerful and help celebrate of our bodies that come in all different shapes and sizes. This class is perfect for students new to bellydance or more experienced students wanting to clean up the basics. Wear comfortable workout clothing, a scarf to wrap around hips, and bare feet. No dance experience needed. 

Workshop price: $25


'Creating Your Queendom: Adding Flavor and Spice to Your Dance' with Amar Gamal

11:15am to 1:15pm

This workshop will focus on adding flavor and spice to your dance to help create your "signature style." Through strong dance technique and combinations, we’ll explore your untapped potential.

Workshop price: $50


'Saidi Technique and Combinations' with Yasser Darwish

2:00 to 4:00pm

Come join Master Artist, Instructor and Troupe Director, Yasser Darwish, in a rare workshop opportunity with him to learn Saidi movements from his homeland of Alexandria, Egypt! Yasser will lead you through the bold, folkloric Saidi dance steps and combinations suitable for the stage or more informal gatherings where Egyptian dance is celebrated! Canes will not be necessary for this workshop.

Workshop price: $50


Harlem Hafla Performance Seating

Join our workshop teachers and an array of wonderful dancers from around the country in our celebratory performance! Doors open at 6:30 and show starts at 7pm.

Premium seating is in the first three rows, $30 in advance ($35 at the door).

General seating is in the fourth row and beyond, $25 in advance ($28 at the door).

To order, pick the quantities for each, then click on the 'Buy Tickets!' button.

• Bellydance Experience: Basics of Bellydance, $25. Qty: 
• Creating Your Queendom: Adding Flavor and Spice to Your Dance, $50. Qty: 
• Saidi Technique and Combinations, $50. Qty: 

Harlem Hafla Performance
• Premium Seating, $30. Qty: 
• General Seating, $25. Qty: 

2019 Specials! Discounts are only available on advance sales.
• All three workshops and a general seating ticket for $130 ($20 Savings): Qty: 
• Both Amar's and Yasser's Two Hour Workshops: $90 ($10 Savings): Qty: 
• Both of Amar Gamal's Workshops for $70 ($5 Savings): Qty: 


If our friends from out of town are looking for a hotel, check out ALoft Harlem. The address is 2296 Frederick Douglass Blvd, New York NY 10027 and is located about a quarter mile from our venue. Their phone number is 212.749.4000.



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