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Saturday, 09 June 2012 12:05

Hafla Beyond the Mountain

Desert Moon Dancers

Join us for a day of Near and Middle Eastern dance and music in the Middle Ages at our first ever Barony Beyond the Mountain Hafla!  Get ready for mid-summer events - Pennsic and beyond.  Our class theme will be Bringing the Past into the Present - how to bring period knowledge into our Middle Eastern practice in these current Middle Ages.  And, of course, to have fun while doing so!

Sat., June 30, 2012
Connecticut College
Crozier Williams Student Center
2nd Floor Dance Department
New London, CT

Note - This event is offered through the Society for Creative Anachronism (SCA, Inc.).  All attendees must make an attempt at period garb - approximately 600 - 1600 AD.

The event will be held indoors at the Connecticut College Crozier Williams Student Center in the second floor Dance Department.  We will have use of two very nice large dance spaces, including one with mirrors, and a large space for musicians to get together and make noise.  There is smaller less formal space for other types of classes related to Middle Eastern culture (costuming, henna, and the like).  One of the dance spaces will also serve as the hafla performance space and has a wooden floor area for dancing and lots of audience space.

9:30 AM Site opens
10:15 - 10:30 Warm up with Astrea
10:30 - 11:15
Veiled Visions with Astrea
Intro to Percussive Instruments with Jerryd DeWayn
11:15 - 12:00 Zippy Zills with Farasha
Frame Drum Class with Jerryd DeWayn
12:00 - 1:00
1:00 - 1:45 Ottoman Percussion:  Military Bands, Classical Music, Orientalism, and Beyond! with Casey Bond
1:45 - 2:30 Turkish Calpara with Erzulie and Serene
Riqq Techniques with Jerryd
2:30 - 2:45 BREAK
2:45 - 3:30 Raq al Assaya (Dance of the stick) with Hijara
That's Odd (7, 9, and 10 beat rhythms) with Jerryd
3:30 - 4:15 In the Hafla Space:
Drummers and Dancers Together with Su'ad
4:15 - 5:00
5:00 - 7:00 Hafla!  Music by Jerryd DeWayn, Hagop Garabedian, Premjit Talwar, Brian LeDuke, and Casey Bond
7:30 PM Site closes

Classes and Hafla:

We are putting together dance classes and classes for drummers and musicians in Middle Eastern rhythms and music, including a class with dancers & musicians together!

  • If you are interested in teaching a ME dance class or other informal class related to Middle Eastern culture, contact Mistress Suad at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .  Include your information and a class description.
  • If you are interested in teaching a drum or music class, or play in the hafla, contact Lord Jerryd DeWayn at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .
  • If you would like to dance in the hafla, please contact Lady Erzulie at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .  There will be plenty of time for open dancing as well!

Additional Information:

  • Merchant space is available but extremely limited; contact Su'ad for more information.
  • No feast is planned, so bring your favorite snacks and nibbles for the day.  Food will be available for purchase at a nearby on-campus dining hall and local restaurants and grocery stores are nearby.  There is no formal kitchen on site, so disposable dishware is preferred.
  • Please feel free to bring your rugs and floor pillows (chairs also available).
  • For fire safety reasons, please leave live flame candles and lamps at home, but discrete LED candles or other decorations are welcome!
  • The event site is dry.
  • No animals are allowed on site except Service Animals as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act (guide dogs, signal dogs, or other animals individually trained to provide assistance to an individual with a disability).  Site is wheelchair accessible.
  • Note:  Classes will be suitable for responsible tweens and teens (at the discretion of the teacher), but no separate children's activities will be planned.  This is strictly an indoor event.

Site Fees:

Ages 18 and up
Ages 10 - 17*
Children under 10*
Non-member surcharge applies

Minors must be accompanied by an adult; minor waivers will be required. 
Advanced registrations strongly encouraged, but not required.
Feast: none (no feast)
Make Checks Payable to: Barony Beyond the Mountain, SCA Inc.

Send Reservations to:
Nancy L.  Barrett (Suad)
PO Box 465, Hebron, CT 06248

Directions and a campus map are available at http://www.conncoll.edu/about/directions-to-the-college.htm