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Best Festivals to Get Your Groove Back: Bellydance Edition

Are you looking for your next bellydance fix? In need of some workshops, some dancer camaraderie, some shopping therapy, and some delicious Middle Eastern foods? Check out this great list of bellydance festivals that will help you get your groove back!

Art of the Belly – Ocean City, Maryland (USA)

Fun, inspirational, and all inclusive! This is what AOTB is all about. Since 2011 we have been bringing all genre's and levels of belly dancers together to experience the warm, friendly and supportive atmosphere that is Art of the Belly. We absolutely LOVE our attendees and strive to give all a chance to perform in front of one of the best audiences on the East Coast! 3 Shows, 2 Intensives, and numerous Workshops with some of the Top Teachers in the World. We are a mini-vacation, educational experience and family reunion all rolled into one! Come join us and become part of the AOTB family!

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Bellydance Blossom Festival – Toronto, Canada

The Bellydance Blossom Festival is an all-immersive experience where international dance artists and scholars engage with each other in creative collaborations and meaningful discourse.

Internationally known Master Teachers are invited to teach, perform and participate in discussions where possible. All registrants are highly encouraged to participate as a dance artist, choreographer or speaker in one or more of the various categories; Collaborative Works, Explorative Works, Blossom Talks, and Panel Discussions.

All participants are encouraged to take part in all discussions. Collaborative and Explorative artists will explain their creative process while working across international borders and across genres and styles.

The Austin Belly Dance Convention – Austin, Texas (USA)


The Austin Belly Dance Convention has been bringing together the Middle Eastern dance and Belly Dance community since its inception. Cabaret, folklore, and tribal dances are all represented by our collection of hand-picked performers and instructors from across the globe.

Celebrate or find your own style. 50+ hours of workshops over the course of three days. Two Evening Gala shows with professional dancers and Afternoon Shows open to any performer. Find your perfect new costume, dance accessory, and music. Learn, perform, and shop all under one roof and experience everything our convention has to offer!

Belly Dancer of the Universe Competition – Anaheim, California

Luscious choreographies, tantalizing technique classes, inspiring lectures provided by the icons of the BDUC judging panel. Learn to be the best version of yourself and all that you can be by learning from the producers and executive judging panel of BDUC. The gold standard of competitive events.

Sirens Fest – Sebastopol, California (USA)

Our 10th year is going to be a good one! Two years ago we moved to our new Space at Sirens Studio & Theater and it's a great fit. We also changed our name from North Bay Belly Dance Bazaar to the new "Sirens Fest". We are excited to offer one pass price with so many things included; Over 100 performers, Fire Show, Shuttle service, After Dark party, Competition, Dj, Live Dance Music, with no extra fees!

Rakkasah West & Rakkasah East – Concord, California (West) & Somerset, New Jersey (East)

Two stages of dancing, vendors, and workshops! The oldest bellydance festival around!

Miami Bellydance Convention – Miami, Florida (USA)

Uniting incredible teachers with passionate students. We are dedicated to bring the BEST of belly dance to Miami!! The Miami Bellydance Convention caters to the Entire Family!! From the Shows to the Workshops, and a Competition to a traditional Middle Eastern live Orchestra, this event is for everyone to Enjoy!!

With more than 10 instructors from around the world , this festival has become the number One leading Bellydance Festival in the USA! The Miami Bellydance Convention organizers have dedicated their time to make this event an International Festival of Belly Dance for Everyone to learn, expand, grow, and enjoy!

Cues and Tattoos – Seattle, Washington (USA)

Hipnotic Productions is proud to host our 11TH ANNUAL workshop event celebrating Tribal Belly Dance. 28 workshops, 2 intensives and 5 performances! Don’t miss this amazing opportunity to learn from those who pioneered this style as well as up-and-coming performers.

Cues & Tattoos will take place in Seattle, WA April 5th-8th 2018 at the Seattle Center.

Heart of America Bellydance Festival – Overland Park, Kansas

Heart of America Belly Dance celebrates dance, art, and music of Arab countries. Our goal is to present high quality dances of the Arab world to foster understanding and diversity of Arabic culture through the universal language of dance.

Theresa, the festival organizer, offers bellydance entertainment, performances, and weekly classes, and workshops in the Kansas City area.

Our annual Festival showcases Middles Eastern dance and provides world class instruction to belly dance enthusiasts from around the world. Our festival has featured professional belly dance instructors and performers from around the world including Egypt, Canada, Japan, China, Mexico, and Russia as well as artists from across the US.

Elevation – Golden, Colorado (USA)

Belly Dance Extravaganza. Workshops, show, and vendors.

Etna Belly Dance Festival – Catania, Italy

ETNA BELLY DANCE FESTIVAL is the first international festival in sicily that celebrates Eastern dance, music and culture and successfully arrived at the ninth edition. It was born in 2010 to preserve and spread this culture in all its particular traditions, through a dialogue and a cultural exchange between East and West.

The Festival is organised by the association “Hunaida Danza”, directed by Hunaida – Daniela Russo, dancer and teacher of belly dance with 16 years experience. Her passion and love for the Eastern Culture and her experience as a teacher and dancer in international festivals are the basis for the birth of this event, where many dancers and musicians from all over the world take part. A whole weekend dedicated to the Eastern world, 30 workshops of dance for all levels from elementary to advanced, music, culture, conferences, international competition, bazars.

Gran Gala’ and performances of dancers from Italy and all over the world, a journey which will lead you to the East.

From the union of the word “Etna”, active volcano on the east coast of Sicily (Catania) which metaphorically represents energy and life, from the word “belly dance” which represents passion and love, from the word “Festival” which represents feast, joy, sharing, here it is the “Etna Belly Dance Festival”, a volcanic explosion, a rainbow of energy, happiness, love, passion, sharing, integration, socialization this is the feeling of our festival!!

Welcome to our “oriental” World!

Hawaii Belly Dance Convention – Honolulu, Hawaii (USA)

Now in its 14th year, the 2019 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.

“We’re so excited to announce the annual Hawai‘i Belly Dance Convention. This year will be the best yet, bringing some of the best belly dancers in the world to Honolulu to share their knowledge and passion with dancers and dance lovers alike,” said convention founder Malia Delapenia. “We hope you’ll join us this October.”

The Hawaiʻi Belly Dance Convention shares the enchantment of Middle Eastern dance with friends from around the world in the spirit of aloha.

The Tribal Massive – Las Vegas, Nevada (USA)

The Tribal Massive™ is an internationally acclaimed immersive Bellydance College where dancers from around the globe and from every continent come together to learn from the most iconic dance instructors of our day. We focus on cultivating a safe, fun, and exciting learning environment where each individual dancer can be honed into her/his own personal best, through the focused attention from instructors and the unique class topics not found at other retreats. Boutique-sized classes and carefully leveled classes, are held in our studio's spacious dance rooms, creating an environment perfect for experiential learning and professional development, a place where dancers can hone their performance caliber and teaching skills.

River City Raqs – Jacksonville, Florida (USA)

As North East Florida’s annual belly dance festival, River City Raqs has become a hub for local, national, and international instructors and performers. Organized by the staff and students of the Anais Belly Dance Studio in Jacksonville, the festival strives to bring together instructors and vendors that reflect the rich variety of bellydance styles that are practiced in Florida. Workshops feature both traditional and fusion styles, as well as classes designed to assist burgeoning belly dance business owners and free warm-up classes each day. The festival also hosts after-workshop events each night. On Friday, participants usually also have the opportunity to perform in a competition in either the Professional Oriental, Rising Star, or Troupe categories. On Saturday, instructors perform for the festival participants at the Gala Show.

Packages vary from a la carte workshops to Elite VIP entry. Warm up classes and bazaar are free to attend. Jacksonville, has an international airport and is located on I-95, which makes it easily accessible. A great destination year round, the venue and most hotels are approximately 20 minutes’ drive from the local beaches.

East Coast Classic Dance Festival and Competition – Virginia Beach, Virginia (USA)

The East Coast Classic Dance Festival and Competition is a weekend bellydance festival in Virginia Beach, VA, January 17-20th, 2019. It features coaching by internationally acclaimed judges, fresh new workshop topics, and a community collaborative vibe that will keep you staying up late and getting up early so you don’t miss a thing.

Ahlan Wa Sahlan – Cairo, Egypt

Ahlan Wa Sahlan Festival is the First Festival to be Organized under the sun and the Great Pyramids of Egypt and now it is one of the best Belly Dance festivals in The World.

Mediterranean Delight International Belly Dance Festival – Tbilisi, Georgia

My goal is to create meaningful, intimate, authentic, and spiritual experiences of living every minute with love, new friendships, grace, professionalism, professionalism, and gratitude. Tbilisi has the eternal charms of a dramatic setting in the deep valley of the swift Mtkvari River, picturesque architecture, an ever-lively arts and cultural scene, and a rich welcoming Georgian lifestyle. A wonderful vacation for people who want to enjoy a fun filled holiday with dance and joy. So, what are you waiting for? Book your ticket now and live the fun-filled experience with the “Mediterranean Delight Festival”.

Which festivals sound exciting to you? Which festivals are you considering attending? I'd love to hear what you think in the comments!

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