Bellydancers get hip and teach Sheffield how to shimmy

Sheffield Belrobics dancers enetertain shoppers in Barkers Pool, Sheffield. The group will present a bellydance production of Sleeping Beauty at the Montgomery Theatre in December.

Sheffield Belrobics dancers enetertain shoppers in Barkers Pool, Sheffield. The group will present a bellydance production of Sleeping Beauty at the Montgomery Theatre in December.

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A WAVE of hip wiggling spread across Sheffield as television camera crews invaded the city.

A troupe of bellydancers from Belrobics got visitors to the centre practising its best shimmy for scenes broadcast on ITV’s Daybreak, as part of the show’s campaign to celebrate the success of the Olympics.

While presenter Gethin Jones and London 2012 gold medallist Ed Clancy took to the streets giving out goodie bags filled with sports equipment, Sheffield-based Belrobics were called in to show off the range of physical activity on offer.

Dressed in their best outfits, a select group of ladies recreated the flame-inspired dance which was performed by 45 Belrobics members in Tudor Square when the city welcomed the Olympic torch relay.

The TV appearance came as a huge coup to the dance outfit – which runs classes across Sheffield and in Chesterfield – and the dancers are now busy planning their next big venture.

Jenny Muhlwa, founder, said: “The idea of the day was to inspire people to keep moving. We did a performance and got people involved.

“I think sometimes people are a bit reluctant to try it out, but once the crowd started more people started joining in.

“We even got Ed and Gethin having a go!

“It was a brilliant opportunity for us.”

The troupe plans to tell the story of classic fairytale Sleeping Beauty on stage – through the art of belly dance.

Ladies can sign up to take part in the production, at Sheffield’s Montgomery Theatre from December 20 to 22.

For more information on bellydancing email jenny@berlobics.co.uk.