Women's Only Hafla

on Mon, 01 May, 2023

Dancing, live music if we have musicians, enjoying each other's company (potluck and costume swap welcome)

Join us playing music and dancing

Event Timing: 12 noon-2:30 pm on the First Saturday of the Month (starting Saturday, June 3)

Event Address: McNail-Riley House (pretty, old fashioned house across from the fairgrounds)
601 W 13th Ave, Eugene, OR 97402

Use the contact form on the website to ask questions.

This will be a women's only event. There already is a hafla open to everyone that is run by Jeanie on the 1st and 3rd Sundays of the month at the same location. (You can join their FB page if it is a better fit: https://www.facebook.com/groups/146514105441962)
*There are two reasons a women's only hafla: many women become involved in belly dance because they enjoy something that is related to a community of women or they need a safe space away from men. After speaking with Middle Eastern women at U of O, I realized that we are excluding a community of women who would like to be involved with belly dance, but most of them will not dance in front of men. Americans try to be exclusive by saying anyone can dance and join a class or event, but by doing so, we are excluding the actual cultures that belly dance come from. 

I would like to create an event separate from the regular haflas being held and try to encourage people of Middle Eastern descent to feel comfortable joining, as well as other women who want to dance with others, but away from the male gaze. Since it is technically summer vacation, this might not draw in Middle Eastern women who are students at U of O, but I figured it would be great to get the ball rolling.

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