Shake your hips for a good cause


Celebrate the exotic art and beauty of World Belly Dance Day (WBD) in Cape Town this Saturday, 11 May.

Lydia Tzigane from Dubai conceptualised this day in 2007 to expose belly dancing as an art and entertainment form, as well as a cultural event, with the following in mind:

“Our mission is to unite the initiative of many dancers around the world to celebrate the wonderful art of belly dance as a holiday on the second Saturday in May every year. We got inspired by the idea of holding an event that would serve as a reminder that belly dance is an art form, a cultural event and a sport, as well as social and family entertainment. Belly Dance Day is our way of reaching out and putting our beloved dance form in a different light, by holding an event that would be ‘family-rated’, with all profit going to charity.”

And South Africa has joined in on the fun ? mesmerising local belly dancers will celebrate the art form while raising funds for a good cause. The Feminine Divine Oriental Dance Studio would love to invite you to World Belly Dance Day on Saturday 11 May from 10 am to 5 pm at the Cape Academy of Maths, Science and Technology in Constantia.

The Cape Town celebration will be hosted by Tenille Lindeque for the fifth time this year with all profits raised on the day being donated to St George’s Home for Girls in Wynberg, Cape Town. Last year saw a record R19 450 raised towards computers for the home.

This year 30 studios will  join in the celebrations which will include a belly dance-themed fashion show, a variety of food and goods vendors, and a few surprises.

So . . . get ready to shake your hips, tone your body, have fun – and do good.


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