Women come to Shake Your Beauty with friends, daughters, sisters, mothers, grandmothers or by themselves. They might be hesitant at first but they leave laughing, pleasantly tired and many of them talking about taking more dance lessons.
“No experience is necessary and women of all ages, shapes and sizes and different physical conditions come. They can do as little or as much as they want to. The idea is to have fun and learn about some of the different kinds of dance in our community,” said Debbie Larson, African dance instructor.
There is also instruction in belly dancing with Michelle Ferguson, Polynesian dance with Pat Springborn and light yoga with Anne Foss.
“The women find out that dancing makes them feel good. The music does something. When we hear a beat, we want to move to it. Women always comment on what fun they’ve had,” said Larsen.
“I so appreciate the women who volunteer their time to instruct. They come because they love dancing and want to share it with other women.”
There will be four one-hour dance sessions with 15-minute breaks between. A lunch of fruit, bagels and drinks is provided.
Shake your Beauty is a fundraiser to support costs of providing women’s programs at the Family Resource Centre. Doors open at 9:30 a.m. with dancing starting at 10 a.m. and the day finished at 2:45 p.m. Participants are asked to wear loose, comfortable clothing and bring a yoga mat if they have one. Shake Your Beauty takes place at CMHA (3100-28th Ave., Vernon). The cost is $20 and pre-registration is required because space is limited. For more information and registration call 250-545-3390.