On May 9, an international dance event will take place. People from around the world will raise the awareness of belly dancing while raising money for domestic violence programs. The local team leader approached me and asked me to participate in Shimmy Mob. I said yes.
Our local belly dance group is comprised of women of various ages and levels of experience. Some I recognized from over 30 years ago from their performances at Knight of Cups, a beloved restaurant and cultural hub from years ago.
Fortunately, to be in Shimmy Mob, you don't need any experience, just a willingness to learn a dance routine. I have that! Recently, I was invited to join the group for a dance demonstration at an assisted living community. Joann, the Shimmy Mob team leader, took good care of me, outfitting me in the costume pictured. (Coolest part of the costume are the shiny, teal-colored harem pants under the skirt!)
The women in this dance troupe were spectacular! I was especially touched by a dance performed by a mother/daughter combo. Both were so poised and graceful. What a wonderful hobby to share!
We did our Shimmy Mob dance, and now I'm excited about being part of the big event on May 9. We'll be at Mingus Park at 10:00 AM. I'll be doing something way outside my comfort zone.