In danger of displacement
Now we have by now all experienced Belly Dancing in some form or another, and we have all come to expect some sensual movements set to mystical Eastern music, some good performances, some iffy and some really bad.
So the afternoon spent at the Hafla presented by the fun and sometimes over- the- top- in- a- good- way ladies of the group known on the Cape Town belly dancing scene as Hip Fusion set the bar really high.
Now a Hafla (pronounced Hah-fla) I am told is a private party for belly dancers – and Hip Fusion took to the party spirit to the max.
Those ladies are not shy to swing hips around.
And another thing I learnt at this Hafla is that a good belly dancer has loose hips. These ladies have hips so loose they looked in danger of displacement.
And shyness is not a word in their vocabulary.
Each talented dancer came up and presented her own dance interpretation to her choice of music and let me tell you, this was not all about Eastern mysticism but more like Beyonce and Shakira meets belly dancing.
It looked hard core at times – a perfect fusion of East meets West – all performed at a club with the very apt name of Fuzion
Of course the bar-lady was kept busy and food was to be had when the dancing became too exhausting – for dancers and audience alike, mind you.
So – ever been invited to a Hafla and thought better of it? Well don’t – if things are done the Hip Fusion way, you will be clamoring for more.