Friday, December 4, 2009

Pics from Sunday's World March for Peace and Non-violence at Merry's

Sarah al Nour organized United We Shimmy, a great belly dance showcase and fundraiser to support the World March for Peace and Non-violence cause, on Sunday at Merry's in Long Beach. I love going to the events at Merry's (very stroller friendly!) and they just get better and better.

In addition to the silent auction and raffle, there was an amazing lineup of dancers and musicians who donated their time and energy to the cause.

Here's a peek at some of them:

Merry welcomes the crowd

Sarah al Nour says hello

The awesome musicians, from left: Craig, Austin Cameron,
Donavon Lerman, Ed Lee, Marc Cornelius

Camille started off the dancing

Mandala Dance Works' first tribal fusion number

Mandala Dance Works' second tribal fusion number
IrinaXara performed an exciting gypsy number
Sooz (who was an excellent mistress of ceremonies
throughout the event) performed with her amazing
ATS troupe, Azuluna

Edenia proved once again she is the pop and lock queen

The awesome Katerina dancing to live music

The Om Sisters join Katerina (or Katerina joins the Om Sisters)
for some tribal improv

JJ and the Habibis raq it out

Rene performed a beautiful Egyptian number

The Om Sisters did themselves up hippy style to close the event
with a tribal fusion piece set to a 1960s medley.
Yes, they are just that awesome.
There were more wonderful dancers, but I didn't get a chance to snap their picture cuz I was starting my Christmas shopping early, buying raffle tickets, getting a henna tattoo (see below) and just generally socializing while trying to keep a sleepy baby quiet.
For more (and better!) pics, though, you should check out what Richard Lowe has over here.


Passionista said...

Thank you for writing about our event, DeAnna!!!!

DeAnna Cameron said...

Thank you for organizing it! It was a blast and brought a lot of awareness (and $$$) to a great, great cause...