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Celebrating our second year of oceanfront fun!

** Classes & Schedule Subject to Change **

Beachfront Belly Dance Frolic (BBDF) is a mini-workshop and maxi-dance party held in Nags Head, NC, on Columbus Day weekend. The second annual event is on October 11-12, 2024. The Beachfront Belly Dance Frolic (BBDF) offers a fun and relaxing day of music and dance to bring the belly dance community together, providing an environment of companionship, shared interests, exploration, innovation, and inspiration.

For more information, go to: Workshop, Dance Party, Schedule, Location, Cost, Registration.


Tathara (2017) Photo of Tathara with parasol


Chelydra has been a student of middle eastern dance since 1978, and began performing professionally in 1981. She was the artistic director of the Caravan East dance troupe from 1981-1997, and has performed and taught dances of North Africa and the Middle East at the award-winning Fields DanceStudio since 1985. A two-time featured cover artist and current contributing author to Zaghareet! magazine, she is also the producer of the No Frills series of instructional videos. In 2004, her Andalusian-Moroccan Romany choreography was one of the entries selected to be featured in the Old Dominion University Local Choreographer's Showcase, and in 2006, a ghawazee duet choreographed by both Chelydra and Aegela was chosen for showcase presentation.

Chelydra presents authentic folk dances of the Middle East and North Africa along with modern folkloric fusion adaptations, including a tap-dancing melaya leff, a hip-hop khaleegy, and a techno ghawazee. She considers dancing to be serious fun.

Chelydra will present Whimsical Parasol. Introduce a little bit of flirtatious whimsy into your dance with this lighthearted and unexpected prop - the classic parasol! Most combinations also suitable for cane.

Dance Party

The stars are out at the beach, and the stars are YOU! The afternoon dance party is a great time to try out your latest & greatest costume and choreography. Have you always wanted to try something just a little bit different - but never had the right setting? This is it! Be experimental! Be daring! Be playful! Time limit is seven minutes (but remember, less is sometimes more).

You can sign up for a dance party slot ahead of time or join the list the day of the event. A group or members of a group may dance more than once. Contact chelydra.dtfa(at)chelydra(dot)com if you wish to pre-register for a dance party slot.

You must register for the event to qualify for a place in the dance party.


Subject To Change
Time Activity
Friday, October 11
8:00-9:30 PM Welcome Wagon & Bargain Marketplace $5 per table space
Saturday, October 12
Subject to Change!
9:00-10:00 Registration
10:00-12:00 Chelydra: Whimsical Parasol
Bring parasol or cane.
12:00-3:00 Lunch (On your own)
3:00-6:00 Dance PartyBring a snack to share!


BBDF is held at the Comfort Inn South Oceanfront at milepost 17 on the Beach Road in Nags Head, NC. For reservations, call 1-252-441-6315.

Be sure to specify Beachfront Belly Dance Frolic when you call to get the special seminar rate! Room rates are $94 soundside/$117 ocean view for 1-2 persons. Add $10 each for a third or fourth person. At the current time, room tax is 12.75%. Reservations must be cancelled 48 hours in advance, or a 1-night stay will be charged.

Check-in time is 4 PM; check-out is 11 AM. No more than four persons per room are allowed by the local fire/safety code.

The hotel is usually full over the holiday weekend, so call early to guarantee you get the room you want. Reserve rooms by Tuesday, 09/10/2024, or rate and availability are not guaranteed. The hotel frequently sells out over this weekend, so don't procrastinate.

The nearest airports to Nags Head are Norfolk International (ORF) and Newport News/Williamsburg International (PHF). A rental car is required to reach Nags Head.


The fee for the seminar and dance party is $40. Register here.

Additional dance party guests may pay $5 at the door.


Individual registration is available online or at the door via check or money order. To register online, visit the EventBrite link.

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