‘Strictly Come Belly Dancing’ will be part of a festival in Sheffield next month to raise money for the benefit of dancers and musicians.
Dance workshops, performances and a show are lined up in aid of the ‘Chance to Dance’, the annual event that brings 30 different dance groups to the city centre, and Croft House Settlement in Garden Street, a home for dancers and musicians, where funds are needed for a revamp.
Zeina Festival, on Saturday, May 10, is being organised by local dancers Nisha Lall and Irene Tormo who are promising a day of “glitter, sparkle and razzle dazzle ... all the way from the Middle East”.
It will start with a day of dance at Croft House Settlement offering taster sessions and performances between 11am and 4.30pm. As well as bellydancing, there will be a chance to try everything from latin, ballroom and African to morris and line dancing
An evening show at Montgomery Theatre, Surrey Street sees ‘Strictly Come Belly Dancing’ in which participants include a lawyer, a civil engineer and a ballet teacher, trained by bellydance teachers.
Judges include Sophie Mei, of Sheffield, who appeared on ITV’s Britain’s Got Talent, and Konny Scotthorne, the first bellydance teacher in Sheffield. The organisers want to ensure Croft House can be “a music and dance hub”.
They also aim to ensure the survival of ‘Chance to Dance’, now in its 14th year, in which different types of dance are performed around the city centre, with the chance for audience participation. It is due to be held on July 16.
- www.zeinafestival.co.uk; email@example.com.