Middle Eastern Fusion Bellydance
Hakan is Pittsburgh's only professional male Belly Dancer!








Upcoming performances
Date and TimeLocationDescription
August 8th, 2010, 1:30-2:30 Hartwood Acres Family Festival, performing as part of Moquette Volante
August 21st, 2010, 8pm Columbus Ohio
August 22nd. 2010. 8pm Akron Ohio Shimmy-a-thon

Past Performances
July 24th, 2010, 8-10:30pm Pittsburgh Dance & Theatre Arts, 4740 Liberty Ave Bloomfield Cabaret Series "Midsummer Magic" Join us for our latest Cabaret/Variety Show- a Summer evening of Music and Magic in Bloomfield!
June 26th, 2010. 6-7pm workshop, 8pm show All Things Art, 65 S. Main St, Canandaigua, NY. [Directions]. Come see Moquette Volante's newest show. We will be presenting The Anklet, The Ass, The Blue Pearl, Fear, and MV original Dunazade's Tale.
June 25th, 2010. 8pm (doors at 7:30pm). $6-$12 Bread and Water Theatre, 243 Rosedale St, Rochester, NY. [Directions]. Come see Moquette Volante's newest show. We will be presenting The Anklet, The Ass, The Blue Pearl, Fear, and MV original Dunazade's Tale.
June 24th, 2010. 7:15pm The Union Project. 801 North Negley Ave, Pittsburgh PA. [Directions] See a free preview of Moquette Volante's newest show before we take it to upstate New York! We will be presenting The Anklet, The Ass, The Blue Pearl, Fear, and MV original Dunazade's Tale.
June 19th, 2010. 8pm Gypsy Cafe A showcase of local belly dance talent. Hakan and Kristi Ward will perform an excerpt of the story "The Dragon Prince".
June 11th, 2010, 8pm Holiday Inn Elk Grove Village Ballroom, 1000 Busse Rd. in Elk Grove Village, IL. [Directions]. Tribal Revolution Friday Night Hafla. Hakan will perform a dramatic solo to the music of "Wine And Alchemy".
May 28th, 2010. 7:30pm-10:30pm Allegheny Unitarian Universalist Church Raks Sharki Souk bellydance bazaar, featuring show and marketplace, hosted by ElectroBelly Dance & Music Troupe.
May 22nd, 2010. 7pm-11pm Smiling Moose Rock Raqs rock music bellydance show (and open dance party), hosted by ElectroBelly Dance Troupe
May 21st, 2010. 6:30pm-10pm Father Ryan Arts Center Dancers for a Cause: Austin's Playroom Project Benefit show to raise funds for Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh.
May 16th, 2010. 12:00pm - 12:30pm. Free show! Schenley Plaza, Pittsburgh, PA. [Directions] International Children's Festival. Free show!! Sean Miller, Hakan, and Kristin Ward bring The Dragon Prince to life through dance, music, and spoken word storytelling.
May 14th, 2010. 8:30pm-11pm. $6 at the door. Sterling Yoga [2889 Glenmore Ave Suite One, Dormont, PA 15216]. ElectroBelly Hafla. Dance Party & Drum Circle, hosted by ElectroBelly Dance Troupe. Fundraiser to bring Egyptian-born Turbo Tabla to Pittsburgh, to teach and perform dance & musicality. Go to [ElectroBelly] for more information.
May 7th, 2010, 8pm-midnight Onmi William Penn Hotel Silk Screen Gala Asian American Film Festival. Performing as part of Moquette Volante
May 3rd, 2010 Pittsburgh, PA Private Party, Russian Film Symposium.
April 17th, 2010 3000 Krebs Blvd, Akron Ohio. Qaina IV, A Middle Eastern Dance and Music event. This event is sponsored by the SCA and Barony of Brendoken. Dance, music and costume classes run during the day. Dinner Show in the evening followed by a hafla with Ishtar! Hakan performed a solo to the live music of Ishtar. Photos from the event.
April 9th, 2010 Carnegie Mellon University SCS Day Talent Show
March 20th, 2010, 9pm Muncie, IN Muncie Gras. Hakan was hosted by the Tantric Trio. Pictures can be see at Muncie Gras 2010 photo page.
March 7th, 2010. 6pm Beth El Synagague, Mt Lebanon, PA Vashti's Banquet Hakan will join MV dancer Darcy Mahaffey as she steps into the role of Vashti and Esther as the Beth El Sisterhood in Mt Lebanon celebrates its second annual s Banquet on March 7 at 6pm. $36 includes dinner buffet, wine, performance and belly dance workshop by Moquette Volante, and one henna tattoo. Rsvp by February 28th : sisterhoodsec@aol.com or 412-561-1168. This is a ladies only event.
February 28th, 2010. 2pm-11pm Sphinx Cafe, 405 Atwood St, Pittsburgh PA. [directions] Purim Party with Pillar of Fire. What do dancing women, shining swords, and an evil puppet have in common? They are all part of Moquette Volante's one of a kind Purim show! $15 for food, drink and alcohol. Moquette Volante will perform around 7pm, but come early and stay late for a great time.
February 27th and 28th, 2010. 4-6pm both nights. Charity Randall Theatre, Stephen Foster Memorial (adjacent to Cathedral of Learning, University of Pittsburgh), 4301 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15213 Living In America (produced by Guiding Star Productions) is a performance work that uses the medium of dance to portray some of the most difficult human emotions. Choreographed by Varun Mahajan and Sonia Mahajan, this performance explores the life of an Immigrant in the United States. For tickets, go to ProArtsTickets.
February 20th, 2010. 6pm-10pm The Brewerie At Union Station, Restaurant Side, 123 W 14th Street, Erie PA [directions] Midwinter Hafla Moquette Volante's Kristi Ward and Hakan will join a fabulous exhibition of Erie talent and guests from around the area. $5 for the show and open hafla aftershow!
February 19th, 2010. 7pm 3rd Street Gallery, 220 3rd Street, Carnegie, PA [directions]. Fourth Annual Hafla Come out for the 3rd Street Bellydance's Annual Hafla. We are ecstatic to keep the event alive and well. This year has no theme but is meant to act as a place for first time or nervous students to perform comfortably or for more experienced dancers to try out a new choreography they've been working on. $7, BYOB and snacks!
January 9th, 2010. 2-4:30pm. Allegheny Unitarian Universalist Church. 416 West North Ave, Pittsburgh, PA [directions] Bellydance Bazaar Bellydance Show and Marketplace, featuring bellydance students and instructors (Amethyst Bellydance Group, Sapphire, Nawal & students, Berna & La Belle Sultana, Hakan). $5 suggested donation.
December 31st, 2009. Showtimes are 7:30pm and 8:45pm. Workshops are 6:30pm and 10pm 929 Liberty Ave, Downtown Pittsburgh Pittsburgh First Night. Moquette Volante will do their first "First Night" performance this year. Kristi Ward, Sadira, and Hakan will dance to the music of Nick Ragheb and Erika May. Sean Miller will provide his excellent storytelling skills to tie the whole show together. MV will perform two 45 minute shows and teach two half hour workshops.
December 19th, 2009. 7-9pm Mansfield Reformatory, Mansfield Ohio. [directions] "Dark Christmas". Hakan will show his versatility by performing a gothic themed Christmas dance.
December 6th, 2009. 5:30-8pm Carnegie Library Lecture Hall, Oakland "TypewriterGirls Save the Libraries". Kristi Ward and Hakan will join other local performers and artists in a fundraiser for the Pittsburgh library system. More information at the Facebook event page.
December 5th, 2009. 7:30pm Pittsburgh Dance Arts A Christmass Tree Grows In Bloomfield, with appearances by Hakan and Krist Ward of Moquette Volante
October 24th, 2009 Buffalo, NY Private Party
October 23rd, 2009. 8pm Cafe Istanbul (Formerly Your Inner Vagabond) Ishtar and il Troubadore rock the house. Hakan and many other local dancers will perform to the live music!
October 10th, 2009. 8pm Dormont Business District Dormont street fair
October 4th, 2009 Father Ryan Arts Center. 420 Chartiers Ave, Mc Kees Rocks, PA Shimmy 4 Pittsburgh's Bellydance Community Student and Teacher showcase, sponsored by Sadiqa Belly Dance
September 27th, 2009. 1:30pm and 3:30pm Nazareth College, Rochester, NY. Moquette Volante brings a unique blend of music, dance and spoken word to Nazareth College. The troupe will tell two stories as part of the Community Days celebration.
September 25th, 2009. 7:30-9:00pm All Things Art, 65 S. Main St, Canandaigua, NY Moquette Volante tours Canandaigua, bringing Middle Eastern folklore to life with dance, music and spoken word. $10, 18 and under $6.
August 29th, 2009. Summer's Hottest Hafla, The Presque Isle Gallery Coffeehouse, Erie, PA. Hakan shared the stage with the wonderful dancers of Erie PA and nearby regions.
August 27th, 2009. 7:30-10:30pm. Ledgends and Inspirations Show at Hard Rock Cafe Pittsburgh. A bellydance and fashion show. The bellydances will be dancing in the styles of the performers who inspired them. $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Procceds donated to Gilda's Club Western PA.
August 15th, 2009. 7-9pm Your Inner Vagabond, 4130 Butler St, Pittsburgh. [directions] Bellies for Backpacks, An evening of bellydance with some of Pittsburgh's finest dancers. Benefits Backpacks for Pine Ridge, which provides school supplies to the kids on Pine Ridge Reservation. $8 at the door.
July 18th, 2009 Your Inner Vagabond, 4130 Butler St, Pittsburgh. [directions] Taxim 2, student and community review
June 23rd, 2009, 6:30-7:30, Carnegie Library of Green Tree Moquette Volante will perform as part of the summer series
May 10th, 2009, 7:30pm. Your Inner Vagabond, 4130 Butler St, Pittsburgh. [directions] The Sunday Halfa. Hakan will do a duet with Krisi Ward and will also perform a solo. $10 for the show, $20 for show and delicious buffet.
May 9th Fair Trade Day at Ten Thousand Villages, 5824 Forbes Ave, Pittsburgh, PA [directions] Hakan and others will dance to the live music of Ishtar, Pittsburgh's Belly Rock Band, as part of a fund raiser for Ten Thousand Villages.
May 8th, 2009, 8pm-Midnight 121 Seventh St, 6th Floor, Pittsburgh, PA Hakan and Kristi Ward of Moquette Volante with perform a duet at the Silk Screen Gala. Tickets are $60 before May 1st and $75 after. The event is a fundraiser for the Asian American Film Festival.
May 1st, 2009 Your Inner Vagabond, 4130 Butler St, Pittsburgh. [directions] Ishtar presents Belly-Rock-aplosa. Hakan will share the stage with many local dancers, performing to the music of Pittsburgh's Ishtar.
April 26th, 2009. 1:30-2pm 3510 Smallman Street, Lawrenceville 15201. Hakan teams up with Nesheli for Art All Night
April 15th, 2009. Noon-2pm CCAC Performance for the CCAC World Culture Club
March 28th, 2009. Noon-3pm The Gypsy Cafe, 1330 Bingham St, Pittsburgh, PA. [directions] Hakan will reprive his Purim performace of "Mordechai Lament" at Berna's Student and Alumni show. $10 for the show and a Mazze plate.
March 14th, 2009 Your Inner Vagabond, 4130 Butler St, Pittsburgh. [directions] Moquette Volante performed their Vashti and Purim story at Pillar of Fire's Purim Party. $15 with proceeds going to Planned Parenthood. Go to this link for more information
March 1st, 2009 Congregation Beth Al Moquette Volante performed an original version of the Queen Vashti story as well as the full story of Purim.
Feb 21st, 2009. Afternoon workshop and evening performance. Carnegie Mellon University Center

Carnegie Mellon University SCS Days Talent Show and Workshops.

An expo of the University's talent outside of computer science. Hakan will do a morning workshop on simple Bellydance combos. In the evening Hakan will perform in the Talent Show.
Feb 7th, 2009. 3rd Street Gallery, 220 3rd Street, Carnegie, PA [directions]. The Mythos Hafla, sponsored by Sadiqa of Pittburgh. Hakan will be performing with Kristi Ward as part of Moquette Volante.
Jan 10th, 2009. The Bel-Aire Hotel, 2800 W 8th St, Erie, PA [directions] Pittsburgh Bellies presented by the The Fleming School for the Arts. Hakan will be performing with Kristi Ward as part of Moquette Volante. Moquette Volante was unable to attend due to weather
Dec 20th, 2008. 7:30pm Allegheny Unitarian Universalist Church. 416 West North Ave, Pittsburgh, PA [directions] Ishtar plays at the Down Under Coffehouse Music Series. With guest dancer Hakan and Janim.
Dec 6th, 2008. 8pm to 10pm, house opens 7:30pm Your Inner Vagabond, 4130 Butler St, Pittsburgh. [directions] Hakan will join the dance and storytelling troupe Moquette Volante to help bring Middle Eastern folklore to life!
Oct 11, 2008. 7pm. Carnegie Library and Music Hall, Carnegie PA. [directions] Shimmy 3, Student Showcase.
$10 in advance, $15 at the door
Oct 5, 2008. 7pm. Your Inner Vagabond, Pittsburgh Bellydance Sunday!
August 1, 2008 Pennsic War Wine and Alchemy with Featured Dancers
August 5, 2008 Pennsic War Middle Eastern Dance Expo: Drum solo
July 10, 2008 Your Inner Vagabond Ishtar Bellyrock with Featured Dancers Hakan and Nawal
September 23, 2007 Murphy's Tab Room, Regents Square Ishtar Bellyrock with Featured Dancers Hakan