Belly-dance theme for great race

Belrobics belly dancers
Belrobics belly dancers

The night before the Tour de France rolls into Sheffield will see a different type of activity in the city centre.

So far 40 women have signed up for a bellydancing performance themed on the world’s biggest cycle race. It’s the latest production under the banner of Belrobics, a fitness programme aiming to inspire women of all shapes and sizes to have confidence in their own bodies while keeping fit.

Managing director Jenny Muhlwa said: “I’m aiming to bring together women from across Sheffield and Derbyshire to be part of this performance - those who have danced for years and those who have always dreamed of doing something like this, but never had the chance. Well, this is it!

“It will be open to everyone and the Belrobics instructors will teach them what they need to know. We already have 40 signed up.”

Jenny has written and will choreograph ‘Belrobics Bicycles’, to be staged at the Montgomery Theatre in Surrey Street on Saturday, July 5 as part of the ‘Arts Alive - A Festival of Creativity’ programme showcasing local artists and community groups .

It aims to combine bellydance moves, finger cymbals and clapping to capture the excitement among riders and spectators at the Tour De France.

Belrobics has 120 members, and numbers are going up, with women taking the opportunity to get fit and socialise at the same time, said Jenny. Christmas 2012 saw them come up with a bellydancing version of Sleeping Beauty, with 78 in the cast at the Montgomery Theatre.

“It was amazing,” said Jenny. “It was sold out the first night and the other two went really well. There were people of all shapes and sizes on stage thinking: ‘This is something we can do’.”

‘Belrobics Bicycles’ starts at 6.30pm and is free. Rehearsals are starting across the city, with people only needing to go to one a week. Monday, 8pm-9pm, Meersbrook Church; Tuesday, 8pm-9pm, St Timothy’s Church, Crookes; Wednesday, 8pm-9pm, Immaculate Conception Catholic School, Spinkhill; Thursday, time tbc, Cavendish Hall, Bakewell.

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