Lots of Great Events Coming Up!

Bad Weather Burlesque Tribute to the Beatles!

Bad Weather Burlesque Tribute to the Beatles!

Winter weather getting you down? I’ve got some activities to get you all warmed up!

So get ready for some serious shimmying – see you there!

Anonymous Donor Rights Bellydance Wrongs, Restores Faith in Humanity

I’ve had an unexpected development in the story of my issues with Club Bellydance that I must share immediately. Some backstory for those of you who may be new:

In February 2013 I was the local sponsor for Club Bellydance, which I wrote about here. Although the show was fabulous, I had a great deal of trouble getting paid for our first act contribution to the show, which I wrote about in this article for the Gilded Serpent, and I had also blogged the email I sent directly to Miles Copeland.

Yesterday before class Dawn at the Spirit Room said she had a surprise for me. It turned out that an anonymous donor – and extremely kind and generous person or persons – had read my post and wanted to help. That donor sent me a money order for $415, the amount we had been owed by Bellydance Superstars for the show! Obviously I was absolutely delighted and grateful that this party would be so generous and caring. Please allow me to express my feelings in interpretive dance:

Disco Kitteh is pumped!

Disco Kitteh is pumped!

Now, I think I may not have made it 100% crystal clear in my blog post, which was to be an accompanying read for the GS article, but after 4 months of bugging people I did finally get paid by Bellydance Superstars, although I never did receive a reply from Miles Copeland or Stevo Glendinning regarding my criticisms of their business practices. I have since added an editorial note to that post. But now I still have this check and it was anonymous so I can’t return it. I am certain that the donor/s would want this to go to a good cause so here is my plan: I will be donating a portion of the proceeds to two bellydance charities. First for my dance sisters at the Lovely Dozen in Grand Forks I will be donating to their Shimmython to benefit the American Music Therapy Association. Second, as I am the team leader for Grand Forks’ Shimmy Mob 2014, I will be donating the remainder to a local organization to help victims of domestic abuse. You can learn more about Shimmy Mob here.

To the donor/s who so have been so gracious and generous: Thank you from the bottom of my heart! You are the sort of person/people who keep the good energy in the universe flowing. You are truly helping others. Blessings to you and yours!

Excuse me, I need get a tissue. I seem to have something in my eye…