’Shimmy for Shelter’ This Weekend

NAMIBIA’S contribution to World Belly Dance Day, ‘Shimmy For Shelter’ was first staged six years ago under the facilitation and instruction of Sascha Olivier-Sampson of Moon Goddess Dance Studio.

The aim of the event is to show audiences what belly dance really is, break misconceptions created by the media and to raise money for charity.

The event is aimed at raising money for charities which support animal welfare and protection.

Past beneficiaries of ‘Shimmy For Shelter’ include the Windhoek SPCA, the Cat Protection Society, Namibia Dog Matters as well as the SPCAs of both Swakopmund and Walvis Bay.

Every year the show takes on a new theme to give audiences something new to look forward to.

Moon Goddess Dance Studio has always emphasised the importance of women celebrating their inner goddesses as well as their femininity and grace, which is why the theme for this year’s performance will be ‘Night of the Goddesses’.

Just as belly dance embraces women of all backgrounds and cultures, the show will have dances inspired by goddesses of different cultures around the world.

For the first time, the show will be staged over two nights, so audiences have more than one opportunity to support a good cause while enjoying a spectacular night of dance. Windhoek shows will take place on 15 and 16 May at the UNAM Space Theatre and will start at 19h00. Tickets are N$100 in aance and can be bought at the UNAM Drama Department as well as Moon Goddess Dance Studio. Tickets will also be available at the door for N$150.

This year, the proceeds will go to the Cat Protection Society of Namibia as well as the Have A Heart project. Audiences at the coast can look forward to ‘Shimmy for Shelter’ being staged in Swakopmund on 31 May at the Swakopmund Hotel and Entertainment Centre.

For further information, contact Sascha at sascha.ol.sam@gmail.com or visit the ‘Shimmy For Shelter’ Facebook page.

Source : The Namibian