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International Belly Dancers raise money for women's shelters

International Belly Dancers raise money for women's shelters Local dancers and dance school, Phoenix Belly Dance, will be performing around Auckland on International Belly Dance day to raise funds for the North Shore Women's Centre.

Shimmy Mob - 14th May 2016

Shimmy Mob, a "Flash Mob" type event, the largest event of its kind by the number of geographical territories covered in one day, creating awareness and raising funds for Women's and Children's shelters in participating communities. Dancers from around the world learn the same choreography, receive an official Shimmy Mob T-shirt, and perform on World Bellydance Day.

Funds raised via Shimmy Mob will be donated to abused women and children shelters throughout the world. A percentage of the profits made from selling the official T-shirts goes towards Shimmy Mob's selected charity. Auckland based dancer, Candice Frankland, is the team leader coordinating the efforts for all the local dancers joining forces to raise funds for the North Shore Women’s Centre. Phoenix Belly Dance is sponsoring rehearsal venues, and hosting workshops where 40% of the proceeds will be donated. Funds raised from donated auction items, and collections will also go directly to the North Shore Women's Centre.

Official Website: http://www.shimmymob.com Auckland Shimmy Mob Facebook Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/ 1105668549456845/ About Phoenix Belly Dance Candice Frankland is the founder and director of Phoenix Belly Dance, a multi-award winning dance company and home to some of New Zealand's most sought after performers and teachers.

Her troupe are the proud winners of the Jambalaya Dance Competition 2011, NZ Corporate Event’s Best Entertainment Company in 2012, and the Viva Eclectika 2013 Asia Vision Cup.

Candice received the Tarazade Festival’s Trained by the Stars Award in Turkey in 2012, was winner of the Bellydance Evolution International Casting Competition in 2014 (LA/Sydney) and was invited back to teach and perform at the Tarazade festival in Istanbul in 2015.

During her time in South Africa, Frankland shared her bellydance classes with women from abused backgrounds. Frankland found that dancing was a wonderful tool to allow these women to gain back confidence and power that had been taken from them. This realisation has lead to some of the underlying principles of the Phoenix Belly Dance company (empowering women, and making them feel confident), and raising funds for local shelters on an annual basis, such as the North Shore Women's Centre.

Official Website: http://www.phoenixbellydance.co.nz About the North Shore Women's Centre For 25 years, the North Shore Womens Centre has delivered high quality services to vulnerable women and their children, especially for those experiencing domestic abuse in the community.

Their services are free or low cost and include: free legal clinic, family support service, low cost counselling, clothing exchange, and an information and referral service.

They also offer a range of courses and services including school holiday programmes for young women, massage, healthy eating, Tai-Chi, creative art, and drop-in and telephone services. North Shore Women’s Centre is funded by various philanthropic trusts and Child Youth and Family, Funding programmes that benefit women and their families in our community is an on-going challenge, however, and all donations are gratefully received.

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