Romana Exclusive!

An exclusive look at Romana’s FULL Performance at the Freestyle Freedom Hafla last January! Romana is the Belly Dance Instructor at Freestyle Fitness, specializing in Datura Style Tribal Fusion. She hopes to complete the 8 Elements Program sometime next year, or 2019. A word on the music: This was a party, and Romana literally busted…

RLAB Exclusive!

Here’s an UNLISTED link to Celestina’s FULL American Cabaret performance at the Freestyle Fitness Hafla in January! If you loved the veils or floorwork, let us know! Celestina has an etsy shop where you can peruse all her whimsical hand dyed silk veils. It’s right here:Silks by Celestina Celestina is currently taking appointments for private…

Romana in her element…

slow tribal fusion. I’ve been training in tribal fusion for years and I’m finally seeing all that  hard work starting to pay off. For those of you who don’t know, I’m talking about half a decade PLUS of weekly, at times daily training. When not dancing, yoga has been a staple of my daily life….

Video Found- Dr. Doum Tek

From Romana: It took some scrolling but I’ve finally found moving footage of Dr. Doum Tek, including what appears to be some kind of abbreviated manifesto. He apparently is very serious about drum solos. I think this might be serious. I’m going to turn over part of my own research to Celestina. In the meantime,…

Stills found of Dr. Doum Tek

After plunking around on the internet for a while, and hard core stalking a couple ladies I knew were at  the hafla, I managed to pull these stills from various sundry facebook posts. I’ve collated them on our own facebook site, in case anyone in the community comes across this guy. He calls himself Dr….

Ghost of Smokey Ro… mana

This was the second half of my contribution to the Pop Up Akasha Hafla in Louisville, KY last October. The first number was to the Stranger Things opening theme, and if you wanna see that, well, you’ll just have to come out to the show next year! I love this song and I love Cab…

SHIMMY for the Nest 2016!

We were so honored to join the amazing line up of dancers donating time and talent to this year’s Shimmy for the Nest Charity show! Every year we come together as a community and present our favorite dance- belly dance! for a good cause. The Nest is a center that helps women and children in…

Phantom of the Hafla

Celestina experienced a Fusion Intrusion when she coaxed Dr. Doum Tek from hiding/semi-retirement. Perhaps she should have left him there. There’s been a lot of speculation regarding the origins of Dr. Doum Tek on the internet. Is he a prank, a Facebook creeping rando? Some sort of Slenderman in a hipscarf? No one seems to…

Bharatanatyam in Lexington

From Romana: Here’s a video of my guru and I doing a light bharatanatyam piece at the Kolkata to Cairo gallery hop at Arabesque World dance last month. Bharatanatyam is one of the ancient, classical forms of Indian dance, along with styles like Odissi and Kathak. Styles are regional and sometimes, as in Odissi, the…

Delving into Classical Indian Music

From Romana: It was so exciting to get to show off all the hard work I’ve put into studying classical Indian music- called karnatic music- for the last couple years. This was my very first  musical performance of karnatic music, and I was so nervous and excited, not to mention the first time I’ve really…

Romana is taking a road trip…

to do a special guest lecture at Schoolhouse RAQS 2017! By special request, Romana is taking to the road to bring her expertise in zils and dance to Ohio! Schoolhouse RAQS is an annual day or workshops and shows showcasing some of the best belly dance has to offer in Ohio and surrounding states, and…