A Lovely Dozen Thank You!

We want to extend a shimmytastic THANK YOU from the Lovely Dozen Troupe for all those who participated in our recent workshops with Lauren Boldt, supported us at our second annual SHIMMYMOB performance at the Grand Cities Mall and came out to our stage show at the UND Burtness Theatre! We learned so much from Lauren, we were able to raise money for Shimmymob and the Community Violence Intervention Center (CVIC), and we were able to share our love of bellydance with our community. The weekend was jam packed with bellydance goodness and we couldn’t have done it without you!


To our Shimmymob Contributors:

Altru Family YMCA and The Spirit Room (workshop/rehearsal spaces)

JR Herzog and Sons

Grand Cities Mall (performance space)

H2M & other Anonymous Financial Donors

…and our Team Leader Enchanting Erica!

To our Fabulous Volunteers:

We are grateful to our stage managers, ticket takers, and others who’ve helped us along the way to plan and execute this event. You know who you are – y’all are awesome!

To our Special Guest and Vendors:

Lauren Boldt with Bellydance Evolution

Sara Cura

World Tree Dance

Briste Ean of the Lovely Dozen

And last but not least, to YOU!

Our audience, friends and family, thank YOU for coming out to support us! We couldn’t have done it without you!


Grand Cities Relay for Life

The Lovely Dozen will be making an appearance at Relay for Life (weather permitting) this year on Friday, June 6. Come out to see some bellydance, support a good cause, and support those who are walking and those who are being honored and/or remembered!

Climax Minnesota’s Small Town

Saturday, June 7

Altru Family Grand Cities Art Fest

Saturday and Sunday, June 14-15, performance time TBA

Brigid’s House Summer Solstice Event

Saturday, June 21, Park Rapids, MN

Amy Danielson from the Bold Oracle

October 19-21, 2014

Workshops and a Halloween Stage Show featuring an original theatrical production by the Lovely Dozen!

Enjoy the start of summer and stay tuned for other upcoming events and performances!

Winding up for World Bellydance Day

It’s been a busy Spring here with the Lovely Dozen!

We’ve had performances and events galore, but we’re gearing up now for our largest annual event: World Bellydance Day!  Here’s what’s in store as we prepare for this international day of dance and culture:

A Hafla (party) with Lauren Boldt of Bellydance Evolution, food and fellowship with all those registered to take part in the weekend’s workshops! Learn more and register at www.lovelybellydanceworkshops.webs.com

Workshops with Lauren on hot topics like Bellydance for Body Conditioning and Drum Solos, hosted by the Altru Family YMCA

Vending from the fabulous Sara Cura, World Tree Dance, and Briste Ean of the Lovely Dozen!

SHIMMYMOB! The international fundraiser for Domestic Violence Awareness returns for its second year to Grand Forks, this year’s team performing at NOON SHARP in the rotunda of the Grand Cities Mall. Come on out and show your support for this event in person at the mall, or at the Stage Show that night, or by donating to our charity (the Community Violence Intervention Center) at gofundme.com (Search for Shimmymob Grand Forks Team).

A Stage Show featuring the Lovely Dozen, Lauren Boldt, and other special guests from across the Midwest, at the UND Burtness Theatre, 7:30pm on Saturday, May 10th.  50% of proceeds from the show will be going towards our Shimmymob Charity! Tickets $10 at the door

So as you can see, we’ve got lots to be excited for – stay tuned to Facebook and our main page for event details as they unfold – we can’t wait to share another World Bellydance Day with our community!

World Bellydance Day Thanks! Plus a Look Forward…

What a weekend!! By the time this post hits the website, we’ll have finished our first ever day of World Bellydance Day workshops with Saroya Atlanta, and the Stage Show will have rocked the house at Firehall Theatre! As we write this post now, our hearts are filled with such gratitude towards all the wonderful people who helped make this weekend a reality – we wanted to make sure we set up the page to automatically thank those people while we were off recovering from what’s sure to have been a tremendous weekend! Namely:

Saroya of Atlanta, for teaching some amazing workshops!

Jennifer Norton, Marie Giarnero, and SaraCura  for bringing us wonderful, jingly, sparkling, and delicious things for us to buy and admire 🙂

The Lovely Sarah for hosting our Stage Show last night and manning the registration booth for workshops – it was such a joy to be able to have someone help us set the tone for the weekend, and be so friendly and beautiful while doing so!

Members of the Lovely Dozen Troupe for hosting this whole weekend and doing all that comes with that kind of responsibility – we couldn’t have done this all without you!

** Posters, Programs & Web Design: Saphira (Jenna Solem)

** Point of Contact, Registration & Location Coordinator: Aremi (Natasha Thomas)

** Hospitality Team (decorators of nametags and posters, hosters of vendors and wonderful
cooks/drink makers extraordinare!) Ana Ari, Amaya, Naminé, Thura, and
Briste Ean (Debbie Jacklitch-Kuiken, Amanda Burke, Kelly Ferguson,
Jennifer Norton & Karlene Clark, respectively 🙂

** Choreographers/Group Number Coordinators: Thura & Amaya

Our Sponsors and Venue Hosts: The CanadInns, Grand Forks YMCA, North Dakota School for the Blind, and Firehall Theatre, all of whom donated their spaces for us to use over the course of the weekend while we were raising funds for our local charity, the Community Violence Intervention Center (CVIC). Thanks to you we were able to spread the word about this event in a way we would never have been able to otherwise! Thank you also to our local news media for their help in sharing World Bellydance Day statewide.

And of course, all the workshop and show attendees, and friends who’ve supported us throughout this process: This event definitely couldn’t have happened without you! Your support and friendship mean more to us than you may ever know! As a token of how much we appreciate you all, we want you to be the first to know who’s coming to Grand Forks next to share all this Bellydance love we’ve been building! These are instructors and performances you WON’T want to miss!

Mahin , of the Daily Bellydance Quickie, October 19-20

and coming for World Bellydance Day 2014…

Lauren Boldt, former Bellydance Superstar and Current Performer with Bellydance Evolution!

Details on both of these fabulous guest instructors next year will be forthcoming on this page, and of course there will be plenty of goodness from your local Bellydancers to come between now, October, and next May 🙂 but we hope seeing these two big names will get you as excited as they have made us! We are excited to continue building what was started this year both professionally and personally, furthering the tremendous Belly-sister and brother relationships we so love to find and nurture. Much love to you all and happy dancing! We’ll see you again soon!