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Celebrating our first 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 first annual event is on October 6-7, 2023. 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.

COVID-19 Protocols

The COVID-19 protocols for BBDF 2023 are:
  • If the CDC transmission rate for Dare County, NC is Low or Medium, face masks are recommended but optional. (As of 10/dd/2023,Dare County is currently Low; several neighboring counties are High.)
  • If the CDC transmission for Dare Country, NC is High, face masks are required (regardless of vaccination status).

You may view the Dare County community level here.


BBDF offers a mini-workshop by Chelydra.


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 TBD.

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).

Performing slots for the dance party are available on a first-come, first-served basis. TBD performing slots are available. Contact chelydra.dtfa(at)chelydra(dot)com if you wish to reserve 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 6
8:00-9:30 PM Welcome Wagon & Bargain Marketplace $5 per table space
Saturday, October 7
Subject to Change!
9:00-10:00 Registration
10:00-12:00 TBD Chelydra
12:00-2:00 Lunch (On your own)
2:00-6:00 Dance PartyBring individually pre-packaged single-serving snacks 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 $90 soundside/$113 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, 09/05/2023, 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.

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 Eventbrite.

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