A team of belly dancers will perform on the streets of Berkeley Springs, West Virginia on Saturday May 13, 2017 as part of Shimmy Mob and World Belly Dance Day.
Shimmy Mob is an international dance event that includes over 2,100 dancers in 172 cities around the globe.
The objective of the event is to raise funds and awareness for domestic abuse survivors.
The Berkeley Springs Shimmy Mob team is led by Bellysima Bellydance instructor Angela Petry.
The Shimmy Mob team will perform on May 13 at the following times and locations: 12:30 at the Master Gardeners Plant Fair in Berkeley Springs State Park, 1:30 at Give Purrs a Chance, 2:30 at the Morgan County Courthouse, and at 3:30 at the Black Cat Music Shop.
This is the fifth year in a row that the team has participated in the charity dance event.
A new addition to this year’s event is the Tri-State Ukeclectic Orchestra.
The orchestra will be joining the dance team at the 1:30, 2:30 and 3:30 performances, as well as playing at venues around the town in between.
The dancers are raising funds for Stepping Stones to a Brighter Future, a local non-profit that provides financial, emotional and life skills assistance to survivors of domestic violence.
The group has been practicing their routine for weeks and will appear in the signature Shimmy Mob T-Shirt, the color of which remains a surprise until May 13.
Over the past four years, the team has raised over $10,000 in individual and business sponsorships. Donations can be made at the Morgan County Public Library, at Travel Berkeley Springs or at any of the performance venues on May 13.
As of this writing, the following business and organizations are sponsoring the 2017 Team: American Legion Post 60, American Legion Auxiliary, Ben’s Plumbing, Berkeley Springs Bridge Club, Berkeley Springs Memories, Black Dog Coffee, Buddy Lou’s, Clark’s, CNB Bank, Community Garden Market, Bob’s Tires, Equine Solutions, FAST, Hunter’s Hardware, Itty Bitty Global Gift Shop, Lone Wolf Tobacco Plus, MAC Ice House, Miramar’s Dance Arabesque, Mountain Laurel, The Naked Olive, Rita Renee’s Spa, Riverbend Family Medicine, Skeeter’s Autobody, Star Theatre, State Farm, Tejase Yoga and Massage, Weaver’s Painting and Staining.
Individuals and businesses interested in donating may call 304-995-5832 for more information.