Shimmy Mob: Midland belly dancers put on impromptu performance at Parkerville Children and Youth Care’s picnic


Shimmy Mob dancers from Midland Dance Studio with Parkerville Children and Youth Care CE Basil Hanna (centre back) and staff volunteers, dressed up for their annual picnic.
Shimmy Mob dancers from Midland Dance Studio with Parkerville Children and Youth Care CE Basil Hanna (centre back) and staff volunteers, dressed up for their annual picnic.

MIDLAND dancers performed an impromptu belly dance at a Parkerville fair on Saturday to raise funds for shelters supporting women and children.

Midland Dance Studio students took the international flash mob event, Shimmy Mob, to the Parkerville Children and Youth Care’s annual family day picnic.

Groups in 11 countries and 172 cities around the world performed the same dance on the same day in the same T-shirt.

Perth Shimmy Mob team leader Ann Southall said they raised funds for Parkerville Children and Youth Care, which provides care and a helping hand to children and families affected by abuse, trauma and tragedy.

She said people were surprised by the street performances and had donated generously to raise about $335.

“Shimmy Mob is all about helping women and children affected by abuse and Parkerville Children and Youth Care provides a unique service to children and families who find themselves in situations beyond their control,” she said.

“We love dancing and we’ve really enjoyed learning the Shimmy Mob choreography.

“It’s a chance for seasoned and new dancers to do something fun that gives back to the community. We had a blast shaking our hips and our tins on World Belly Dance Day.”

Parkerville communications manager Vicky Absolom-Hornby said it was a pleasure to have Shimmy Mob support them.

“Raising awareness of child abuse within our community is always a priority,” she said.

“All funds are directed to our specialist services for those affected by child abuse.”

For more, visit parkerville.org.au.