(All 2014 photos in this post are courtesy of JP Photography)
Saturday, May 10th was our 2nd Annual Shimmy Mob DC. We danced at Freedom Plaza, in front of The Capitol and The National Theatre. Our beautiful, colorful veils were perfect for a grey day.
Even though I was still fighting a cold and feeling miserable that day, I still enjoyed dancing with my lovely dance sisters. My dancing has been slacking. In combination with my depression and grief, I only made it to class half of the time. This is unacceptable to me. But, I just didn’t feel like dancing anymore. I had lost almost all of my joy.
Then, it was time for Shimmy Mob. Shimmy Mob is the belly dance version of flash mobs, basically. Shimmy Mob is an international event and is performed every year on World Belly Dance Day. Dancers from all over the world participate to raise funds for local women’s and children’s shelters. Shavei Dancer started Shimmy Mob DC – last year was our very first Shimmy Mob.
So, as crappy as I felt, I went to dance. After all, I couldn’t just skip out (even though the ladies understood if I did). I’m so glad that I didn’t. It was the swift, kick to the ass that I needed to get my head straight and my hips shimmying again!
Unless I lose limbs and/or die, I will not quit belly dance. I just can’t. Even when I danced half-assed, I didn’t quit.
I actually felt better once it started to rain. Something about dancing in the rain, wearing colorful veils around our hips that helped to lighten my mood. It’s also really hard to stay angry, even if you’re feeling sick.
Shimmy Mob was a great way to kick start my dancing again. I’m happy and I’m honored to be a part of Shimmy Mob and to dance with a fine group of women.
If you’re interested in starting a dance mob, or just to get more information on World Belly Dance Day, you can check out the official Shimmy Mob page.
And we’re so fierce that we have our own Shimmy Mob DC website!
Until next year!
Love & Shimmies,