Belly Up

“A lot of people put belly dancers in the same category as strippers,” says Melissa Brandhorst of Shimmy Mob, a national organization that raises money for women’s and children’s shelters with flash-mob-style events. “But it really is an art form; it takes years of practice and muscle memory and dedication to learn.”

More than fifty dancers from all over the state will showcase that dedication and their prowess in the art of torso articulation today during Shimmy Mob’s Shakin’ It for SafeHouse at Lannie’s Clocktower Cabaret. Featuring aerial silk dancers, tribal fusion, belly dancers and 2010 America’s Got Talent contestant Sadie Marquardt, the all-ages day of artful movement will celebrate World Belly Dance Day as well as raise money for SafeHouse Denver, which provides advocacy and shelter for victims of domestic violence.

Lannie’s is at 1601 Arapahoe Street; doors open at 3:30 p.m., and dancing starts at 4:30. For tickets, $20, and more information on the show, visit For information on SafeHouse, visit or call the 24-hour crisis and info line at 303-318-9989.
Sun., May 18, 4:30 p.m., 2014

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Robin Edwards
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