Down East Bellydance & Drum Fest

Upcoming Events

Hosting New Event in New Bern
Coming soon! A day of bellydance and hula workshops and performances in Downtown New Bern, NC that will feature vending, henna, tarot, fire dancing, live drumming and performances by local and regional dancers. Details below.

2018 Aloha Habibi

    Kaitlyn Bellydance Presents:
    | An Evening of Hula, Bellydance & Fire Performances featuring local and regional acts.
    September 8th, 2018

    From the topical breezes of Polynesia, to the sun swept sands of the Sahara, "Aloha Habibi" will be an evening of dance performances where Hula and Middle Eastern cultures converge and celebrate the beauty of timeless feminine movement.

    Henna & Shopping with various vendors TBA

    This is an All Ages Family Friendly Event

    Workshops with Kaitlyn, PyroSapian & Onca COMING SOON!!!!

    *** Be sure to bring a chair for the outdoor fire show!


    Workshops @ Rivertowne Ballroom
    11:00am - 12:30pm - Bellydance w/ Kaitlyn
    1:00pm - 2:30pm - Flow Arts w/ PyroSapien
    2:45pm - 3:45pm - Tarot w/ Onca

    Show @ City Stage
    5:00pm Doors open
    7:00pm Show time (main stage)
    9pm Fire Show (outside)


    Workshop Location:
    Rivertowne Ballroom
    305 Pollock St.
    New Bern, NC 28560

    Show Location:
    City Stage
    901 Pollock St.
    New Bern, NC 28562

    Aela Badiana
    Apsara Dancers
    Susan Henry
    Shelley Epling
    Rebecca Guy
    Plus MANY MORE!!


    Contact and Tickets:
    - Purchase Tickets Online
    - Visit the City Stage Facebook Page


Workshops for Aloha Habibi

Join us during the day to learn a variety of skills from some of the featured entertainers at Aloha Habibi

Sept. 8th, 2018
Rivertowne Ballroom
305 Pollock St, New Bern, NC 28560


  • Bellydance Combos w/ Kaitlyn

    Learn fun and exciting brand new bellydance combos by Kaitlyn. Perfect for anyone who wants to challenge their dance and add some sass in their step; these Oriental inspired combinations are sure to please!
    Levels: Beginner - Intermediate

    Cost: $35.00

    Bellydance Combos w/ Kaitlyn

    Totally Tarot for Everyone! w/ Onca

    How do these things work anyway? Tarot is a fun and profound tool for self-exploration, community and creativity. Let’s explore the uses, structure and fascinating history of the tarot in this workshop. We’ll also discuss technique for reading! Open to all levels of experience. Madame Onça is a noted tarot artist and author. Her deck, World Spirit Tarot, will be available for sale at class.

    Cost: $25.00

    PayPal Code for Tarot Workshop
    Totally Tarot for Everyone!

    BIO: Lauren ‘Onça’ O’Leary is a career entertainer, event producer, internationally touring performer, and published author and artist with twenty years in the arts business.

    She has taught and performed in Germany, the UK and Czech Republic, as well as across the US, and in international waters. A veteran Tribal Fusion Bellydance instructor, she was the first in the world to be certified by Carolena Nerriccio in General Skills, and has worked with thousands of students of all ages in competitions, colleges, festivals, and everywhere in between.

    Onça has a background in visual, movement and music arts, co-founding and directing the Future of Tradition Center for Folkloric Arts from 1999 to 2006, a 3500 sq. ft. multi-purpose dance and art studio complex in Asheville, NC, that was home to many of the burgeoning fire, circus and world dance arts in the city in its formative period.
    She stages several festivals and events annually. Produced in Asheville, NC, her award-winning ABSfest: the Americana Burlesque & Sideshow Festival, is now is in its eighth year of bringing together artists from around the world to perform, study and network. The Virginia Burlesque & Sideshow Festival is in its second year bringing the Revival of Vaudeville Arts to Richmond, VA. Bandit Queens Tribal Cafe is her monthly family-friendly bellydance showcase, drawing artists from Florida to NYC to share their skills with audiences in Richmond, VA.

    Onça’s North Carolina bellydance festival, TribOriginal: Tribal Dance, Music & Culture Camp ran for seven years, and was nominated for Best Event in the Golden Belly Awards. Her dance company, Baraka Mundi Live Music & Dance Ensemble, was nominated likewise for both Best Kept Secret and Best Dance Company. Madame Onça traveled steadily for five years with the Balkan fusion project the Mezmer Society, and for over ten years with the Accidental Circus, directed by Jester of England’s Muncaster Castle, Paolo Garbanzo.
    Under her given name, Lauren O’Leary, she also co-authored The World Spirit Tarot, and illustrated it entirely, with 79 original color block-prints. This work was hailed as an instant classic, and has been translated into Spanish. She writes for numerous national bellydance magazines. In 2014, she will release the first two in a series of instructional bellydance DVDs.
    It is her stalwart belief is that “The greatest expression of Rebellion is Joy.”

  • Intro to Poi w/ PyroSapien

    Embark into the exciting world of Flow Arts! This one hour and a half hands on introductory and intermediate poi classes. Perfect for beginners who want to start their flow arts journey or current flow artists who want to sharpen their skills!

    We will be offering two packages:

    PACKAGE 1 | $35

    • one and a half hour introductory hands on beginner class. In this class you will learn the basics of poi spinning, exercises and your very first tricks.
    • We will have practice poi for you to use during the length of the class.
    Intro to Poi w/ PyroSapien #1

    PACKAGE 2 | $50

    • one and a half hour introductory hands on beginner class. In this class you will learn the basics of poi spinning, exercises and your very first tricks.
    • one pair of practice poi for you to take home and continue on the path of the flow arts!

    Intro to Poi w/ PyroSapien #2

    BIO: Christian Castro, (aka PyroSapien), hails from Costa Rica and currently reside on the eastern seaboard in Wilmington NC. He is an extremely accomplished performer who practices object manipulation, flow, and fire arts, and has done so for eleven years. PyroSapien constantly strives in all he does to grow as artist and entertainer with his performance work with his own group "Komorebi Fire Arts" and collaborations with other acts like Creative Flame and Radiance Aglow.