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Shimmy Mob - Washington, DC

Official team site representing our Nation's Capitol


This is a never-ending rabbit hole that gets updated once a year. It is not meant to be a complete comprehensive list; we focus on the more popular and well-known.  

There are HUNDREDS of Middle Eastern events in our area, both large and small, all year long, not just at Shimmy Mob time! 

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last updated Mar 2020


Click on the link to go directly to their FB page where current information and last minute changes are posted.

Java -- held quarterly.  Check Facebook

Curves Raqs Hafla -- quarterly. Check Facebook.  This hafla is a fund-raiser for DCBA Convention.

All Season's Ash -- Quarterly hafla. Usually on a Sunday

Meridan Dance Company -- check Facebook

Delaware Drum & Dance Hafla - Quarterly hafla 


Art Of The Belly -- usually in March

Moroccan Artisan Festival -- April (find it on Facebook or City of Alexandria Rec calendar)

World Dance Day (UNESCO) -- April (also listed as 'international')

National Asian Festival -- usually in May

Fiesta Asia Silver Spring -- usually in May. Precedes National Asian Fest

Tirgan (Persian Summer Festival) - June (find it on Facebook)

Artscape -- usually in July

Tribal Delight -- usually in July

Pak Fest -- August

Turkish Fest -- usually in September

H Street Festival - September

Arab Fest - September

SW Arts Fest -- usually late September/early October

Rakkasah Festival -- there are four. East, West, Spring & Winter Moon

-- Other Salons Shows --

This list usually puts out a call for performers

Typhrodisia's Bellydance & Beyond

-- there are several hafla/salons throughout the year. Comes out on either MeetUp or Facebook.

Raq Out -- does 2 annuals, Spring & Halloween. They use Facebook.

Raven's Night -- always October

Shimmy Sista -- has various events. Check Facebook

Kaleidoscope Bellydance Showcase -- usually in September

Sahara's Treasure -- has several bi-annuals. Comes out on either Meetup or Facebook.

-- USA Competitions --

Miss Belly Queen USA -- usually May

Bellydancer of the Year - May

Rak Star - September/October


No longer listed or has updated websites

as of January 2015

World Belly Dance Competition Korea

Miss Belly Dance UK

Stars of Bellydance Belgium

Oriental Fantasy Germany

Queen of Raks Sharki - TX

Bellydance Nationals - MA

Tokyo Bellydance Competition

Queen of the Nile - Montreal