Shakira singlehandedly brought belly dancing to mainstream America and, with it, dance floors packed full of partygoers who appeared to be having convulsions. Now, please stop butchering this sexy dance and learn how to do it the proper way at Madame Léon’s Holiday Hafla Extravaganza. This Middle Eastern holiday party will captivate youwith the real gyrations from such dancers as the Maine Attraction, whose expertise is burlesque fusion; Mariko Shiraishi, who studied belly dancing under the legendary Serena Wilson; Sapphire Sultry, star of the Off-Broadway production Musée Des Femmes; and N’Tirzah Ammann al Rephaim, who also doubles as a vocalist and composer. Belly dancing maven Madame Léon, also an extraordinary hip-hop dancer, will serve as hostess. Stay for the after-party, in which the ladies will show you how to execute some tricks of the trade.
Mon., Dec. 14, 8 p.m., 2009