February 4th, 2012 Doors at 7:30, show at 8pm. $8 at the door.
Istanbul Grill [ 4130 Butler St., Pittsburgh, PA 15201 ]
February’s Istanbul Hafla featuring Luciana Brussi. Join us as we welcome our featured performer, Brazilian Samba performer and instructor, Luciana Brussi, as well as Pittsburgh’s finest bellydance performers! We will have a lively intermission mini-lesson, followed by an open dance floor to finish the evening! For more information, visit the event’s facebook listing.

March 23–25, 2012
Art of the Belly
Ocean City, Maryland [ 3000 Krebs Dr, Akron, OH ]

April 14th, 2012
Arkon, Ohio [ 11700 Coastal Highway, Ocean City, MD 21842 ]

Past Performances

November 4th, 2011 7pm. $10 at the door.
Istanbul Grill [ 4130 Butler St., Pittsburgh, PA 15201 ]
The Belly Off! Pittsburgh’s first belly dance competition, hosted by Janin and Ishtar. Each dancer that competes pulls one of Ishtar’s songs out of a hat, completely by random. They dance! Performers will be judged by a panel of Pittsburgh’s finest professional belly dancers.

October 8th, 2011 Doors: 7:30pm, Show: 8pm. $10 online, $15 at the door.
Istanbul Grill [ 4130 Butler St., Pittsburgh, PA 15201 ]
Philly Raqs Istanbul– a Gala Show, featuring: Mirjana and Amala Gameela of Philadelphia. Hakan will be one of the local Pittsburgh performers welcoming two of Philly’s finest belly dancers. Visit Jameena’s event page for more information.

October 1st, 2011, 8-11pm.
Sterling Yoga [ 2889 Glenmore Ave Suite One, Dormont, PA 15216]
Carenza bint Asya Hafla Hang out with the Pittsburgh Belly Dance community in a relaxed atmosphere. Hakan and many others will be performing on and off throughout the evening.

September 24th, 2011, 8pm
Club Café
Hannah Romanza Gala. Electrobelly hosts the amazing Hannah Romanza. Hakan will join a local tour-de-force of talented dancers in honor of her workshop.

September 9th, 2011
The Beehive, East Carson Street
Ishtar, Live and In Concert. Pittsburgh favorite BellyRock band plays the Beehive! Hakan joins a star studded group of local dancers.

August 20th, 2011
Dormont Rec Center
Animal Friends Benefit, hosted by Pittsburgh’s Belli Beauties.

July 9th, 2011, 8-11pm
Unity Through Artistry sponsored by Carenza’s Caravan. Crane Cultural Center [ 1160 North Cass, Wabash, IN 46992]
Hakan joins a star studded cast of belly dancers, musicians and fire performers for a day of uniting and promoting artists in the Indiana and surrounding areas by introducing new and existing students to new styles and instructors. The headline dancer is none other than the amazing Moria of the Belly Dance Superstars!

July 8th, 2011, 7:30pm
The Bel-Aire Hotel Ballroom, Erie PA [ 2800 W 8th Street, Erie, PA, 16505 ]
Mother ATS Gala Lake Erie Belly Dance hosts Carolena Nericcio, the Mother of American Tribal Style Belly Dance. Come see Hakan and Moquette Volante performing for the workshop Gala event.

July 7th 2011, 8pmIstanbul Grill, Pittsburgh
Istanbul Hafla A monthly halfa sponsored by Janim & Katia, See Hakan as one of the featured dancers!

July 6th, 2011, 6:30-8pm
Allegheny Valley Library
Hakan will perform with Morgiana as part of Moquette Volante for a 45 minute storytelling show.

June 9th 2011
Istanbul Grill, Pittsburgh
Istanbul Hafla A monthly halfa sponsored by Janim & Katia,

April 15-16th 2011, 8pm
Om Theater, Seattle, Washington [ 2210 N. Pacific St., Seattle, WA 98103 ]
Misty Montaigne’s Night of Fabulousness Burlesque diva & circus artist Misty Montaigne is throwing a bon-voyage party for her friends because she’ll miss them so very much during a year-long world cruise with the love of her life, Tiger…but is he REALLY the one for her??? It’s a comedy love triangle. It’s a variety show. It’s a party, and YOURE invited!

Come experience AMAZING acro acts of strength and balance, DARING feats of beauty on aerial apparatus, BREATHTAKING burlesque, ASTOUNDING male belly dancing, DELICIOUS dessert, and maybe even balloon animal or three.

March 19th, 2011
Muncie Gras [ Muncie, Indiana ]
Join the party! Hakan travels to Muncie Indiana to help celebrate.

February 12th, 2011, 7pm
Sterling Yoga [ 2889 Glenmore Ave Suite One, Dormont, PA 15216]
The Birthday Show
Members of the Pittsburgh Bellydance community wish Sterling a happy birthday in the best way they know how, with a dance party and show!

January 22nd, 2011, 8pm
James Simon Sculpture Studio [ 305 Gist St, Pittsburgh, PA, 15219 ]
Ishtar Presents A Night of Bellydance
Hakan joins an array of local talent, dancing to the vintage Bellydance music of Pittsburgh’s own Ishtar! Only $5 at the door.

November 20th, 2010, 7pm
Sterling Yoga.
Carenza’s Farewell Hafla.
Hakan will be one of the many Pittsburgh dancers saying goodbye to Carenza.

December 4th, 2010, 7pm
Bellibeautiez Gala

Hakan will perform a duet with one of Pittsburgh’s finest bellydancers.

December 11, 2010, 8pm
Jingle Belly Rock hosted by ElectroBelly
Smiling Moose

July 9th, 2010
Balance That! Workshop at Sterling Yoga in Dormont

June 19, 2010
Hakan performed at the Gypsy Hafla.

May 28th, 2010 7:30pm-10:30pm
Allegheny Unitarian Universalist Church, Pittsburgh PA

Raks Sharki Souk bellydance bazaar — featuring show and marketplace, hosted by ElectroBelly Dance & Music Troupe.

May 22nd, 2010 7pm-​11pm
Smiling Moose, Carson Street, Pittsburgh PA

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, McKees Rocks PA
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
Schenley Plaza, Pittsburgh, PA

International Children’s Festival — Sean Miller, Hakan, and Kristin Ward brought 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.

May 7th, 2010 8pm-​midnight
Onmi William Penn Hotel, Pittsburgh PA

Silk Screen Gala Asian American Film Festival.
Hakan performs 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, sponsored by the SCA and Barony of Brendoken. Dance, music and costume classes during the day, Dinner Show in the evening, followed by a hafla with Pittsburgh bellyROCK band, Ishtar! Hakan performed a solo to the live music of Ishtar.

April 9th, 2010
Carnegie Mellon University
SCS Day Talent Show.

March 20th, 2010 9pm
Muncie, IN

Muncie Gras — Downtown Muncie’s biggest party of the year! Hakan was hosted by the Tantric Trio.

March 7th, 2010 6pm
Beth El Synagague, Mt Lebanon, PA
Vashti’s Banquet
— Hakan joined Moquette Volante dancer Darcy Mahaffey as she stepped into the role of Vashti and Esther as the Beth El Sisterhood in Mt Lebanon celebrates its second annual banquet on March 7 at 6pm. $36 includes dinner buffet, wine, performance and belly dance workshop by Moquette Volante, plus one henna tattoo. This is a ladies only event.

February 28th, 2010 2pm-​11pm
Sphinx Café, 405 Atwood St, Pittsburgh PA
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 perform at 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, University of Pittsburgh, 4301 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Living In America (produced by Guiding Star Productions)
— a performance work that used 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.

February 20th, 2010 6pm-​10pm
The Brewerie At Union Station, Restaurant Side, 123 W 14th Street, Erie PA
Midwinter Hafla
— Moquette Volante’s Kristi Ward and Hakan joined a fabulous exhibition of Erie talent and guests from around the area.

February 19th, 2010 7pm
3rd Street Gallery, 220 3rd Street, Carnegie, PA
3rd Street Bellydance’s Fourth Annual Hafla
— 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.

January 9th, 2010 2–4:30pm
Allegheny Unitarian Universalist Church. 416 West North Ave, Pittsburgh, PA
Bellydance Bazaar Bellydance Show and Marketplace
— featuring bellydance students and instructors (Amethyst Bellydance Group, Sapphire, Nawal & students, Berna & La Belle Sultana, Hakan).

December 31st, 2009
Show times at 7:30pm and 8:45pm
Workshops at 6:30pm and 10pm
929 Liberty Ave, Downtown Pittsburgh First Night

Moquette Volante did their first “First Night” performance this year. Kristi Ward, Sadira, and Hakan danced to the music of Nick Ragheb and Erika May. Sean Miller provided his excellent storytelling skills to tie the whole show together. Moquette Volante performed two 45 minute shows and taught two half hour workshops.

December 19th, 2009 7-​9pm
Mansfield Reformatory, Mansfield Ohio
“Dark Christmas”
— Hakan showed his versatility by performing a gothic themed Christmas dance.

December 6th, 2009 5:30-8pm
Carnegie Library Lecture Hall, Oakland PA
“TypewriterGirls Save the Libraries”
— Kristi Ward and Hakan 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 Christmas Tree Grows In Bloomfield
with appearances by Hakan and Kristi Ward of Moquette Volante.
October 24th, 2009
Buffalo, NY
Private Party.

October 23rd, 2009 8pm
Istanbul (Formerly Your Inner Vagabond), Butler Street, Pittsburgh, PA
Ishtar and il Troubadore rock the house
— Hakan and many other local dancers performed to live music!

October 10th, 2009 8pm
Dormont Business District, Dormont, PA

Hakan performed at the Potomac Ave Street Fair.

October 4th, 2009
Father Ryan Arts Center. 420 Chartiers Ave, McKees 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 told 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 toured Canandaigua, bringing Middle Eastern folklore to life with dance, music and spoken word.

August 29th, 2009
The Presque Isle Gallery Coffeehouse, Erie, PA
Summer’s Hottest Hafla
— Hakan shared the stage with the wonderful dancers of Erie PA and nearby regions.

August 27th, 2009 7:30–10:30pm
Hard Rock Café, Pittsburgh PA.
Legends and Inspirations Show …
A bellydance and fashion show. The bellydancers will be dancing in the styles of the performers who inspired them. $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Proceeds donated to Gilda’s Club Western PA.

August 15th, 2009 7-​9pm
Your Inner Vagabond, 4130 Butler St, Pittsburgh
Bellies for Backpacks
— an evening of bellydance with some of Pittsburgh’s finest dancers. Benefited Backpacks for Pine Ridge, which provides school supplies to the kids on Pine Ridge Reservation.

July 18th, 2009
Your Inner Vagabond

4130 Butler St, Pgh, PA
Taxim 2
— student and community review.

June 23rd, 2009 6:30–7:30
Carnegie Library, Green Tree, PA

Moquette Volante performed as part of the summer series.

May 10th, 2009 7:30pm
Your Inner Vagabond,

4130 Butler St, Pgh, PA
The Sunday Halfa
— Hakan performed a duet with Kristi Ward and also performed a solo.

May 9th 2009
Fair Trade Day at Ten Thousand Villages, 5824 Forbes Ave, Pittsburgh, PA

Hakan and others danced to the live music of Ishtar, Pittsburgh’s Belly Rock Band, as part of a fundraiser for Ten Thousand Villages.

May 8th, 2009 8pm-​Midnight
121 Seventh St, 6th Floor, Pittsburgh, PA

Hakan and Kristi Ward of Moquette Volante performed a duet at the Silk Screen Gala. The event was a fundraiser for the Asian American Film Festival.

May 1st, 2009
Your Inner Vagabond, 4130 Butler St, Pittsburgh
Ishtar presents Belly-​Rock-​aplosa
— Hakan will share the stage with many local dancers, performing to live music by Pittsburgh bellyrock band, Ishtar.

April 26th, 2009 1:30-2pm
3510 Smallman Street, Lawrenceville 15201

Hakan teamed up with Nesheli for Art All Night.

April 15th, 2009 Noon-​2pm
CCAC (the Community College of Allegheny County)
Performance for the CCAC World Culture Club.

March 28th, 2009 Noon-​3pm
The Gypsy Café, 1330 Bingham St, Pittsburgh, PA

Hakan reprived his Purim performance of “Mordechai Lament” at Berna’s Student and Alumni show.

March 14th, 2009
Your Inner Vagabond, 4130 Butler St, Pittsburgh, PA

Moquette Volante performed their Queen Vashti story as well as the story of Purim at Pillar of Fire’s Purim Party. Proceeds donated to Planned Parenthood.

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 taught a morning workshop on simple Bellydance combinations. Hakan also performed in the evening Talent Show.

Feb 7th, 2009
3rd Street Gallery, 220 3rd Street, Carnegie, PA
The Mythos Hafla
— sponsored by Sadiqa of Pittburgh. Hakan performed with Kristi Ward as part of Moquette Volante.

Jan 10th, 2009
The Bel-​Aire Hotel, 2800 W 8th St, Erie, PA
Pittsburgh Bellies
— presented by the The Fleming School for the Arts. Hakan was scheduled to perform 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
Ishtar played at the Down Under Coffehouse Music Series
— guest dancers were Hakan and Janim.

Dec 6th, 2008 8pm-​10pm
Your Inner Vagabond, 4130 Butler St, Pittsburgh

Hakan joined 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
Shimmy 3
— Student Showcase.

Oct 5, 2008 7pm
Your Inner Vagabond, 4130 Butler St, Pittsburgh, PA

Bellydance Sunday!

August 1, 2008
Pennsic War

Hakan performed with Wine and Alchemy and featured dancers.

August 5, 2008
Pennsic War
Middle Eastern Dance Expo:
drum solo.

July 10, 2008
Your Inner Vagabond, Butler St, Pgh, PA

Ishtar Bellyrock with featured dancers Hakan and Nawal.

September 23, 2007
Murphy’s Tab Room, Regent Square PA

Hakan performed with Ishtar, bellyrock band.

Contact: for booking and schedule information.