A team of belly dancers will perform on the streets of Berkeley Springs, West Virginia on Saturday May 8, 2021 as part of Shimmy Mob and World Belly Dance Day.
Shimmy Mob is an international dance event that includes over 2,000 dancers in 183 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 8, 2021 at the following times and locations: 12:00pm at Berkeley Springs State Park and 1:00pm Morgan County Courthouse with a possible third surprise performance.
This is the ninth year in a row that the team has participated in the charity dance event.
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 8.
Over the past eight years, the team has raised over $22,000 in individual and business donations.
Donations can be made in person at any of the performance venues on May 8.
Donations can made online by visiting Stepping Stones Morgan County and clicking the ‘Donate’ button.
Individuals and businesses interested in donating may call 304-995-5832 for more information.
(Photo: Last year’s 2019 Shimmy Mob team. Front row, left to right: Laura Falcon, Rhea Penella, Dale Wurster, team leader Angela Petry. Second row left to right: Jane McCloud, Susan Lothers, Melissa Davis. Third row left to right: Dalene Middlekauff, Carolyn Kligerman, Tina Badley and Carol Caflisch. Also participating this year will be Deborah Colley, Wendy Gallant, Kim Weaver and Bernice Herrmann.)