Xaeda invites all women to join her for the harem night on June 26.
Xaeda invites all women to join her for the harem night on June 26.

Women move and shake for charity

GRAB your drum and your hip scarf to enter a magical world of music and dance.

Xaeda, better known to locals as Kylie Walter, will host a charity harem night filled with fun, laughter and belly dancing this month.

Women will be dancing for women on June 26 to raise money for the Young and the Breastless.

“We started the harem night so women could dance,” Xaeda said. “The best thing about the night is the community spirit and fun.”

The Sacred Lotus Belly Dance Annual Harem Night started three years ago as a small event providing a venue for woman to dance and perform in a relaxed and supportive environment while raising funds to help local charities.

This year funds raised will go to the cancer support group that helps local breast cancer patients.

“The Young and the Breastless do the little things, like if you need a wig and can’t afford it, they help,” Xaeda said.

In order to keep this fund active and help as many breast cancer survivors as possible, the support group needs on-going donations from individuals and local businesses.

Last year dancers raised $460 and Xaeda would like to double that this year.

The drums will start beating on Saturday, June 26 at the Coffs Harbour Girl Guide Hall from 6:30pm.

Entry is $10 for adults and a gold coin donation for children under 12.

In the spirit of community, dancers are asked to bring a small plate of food to help create a feast.

Bring your own drinks, and tea and coffee will be provided.

In addition to the harem night there will be belly dance and Arabic drumming workshops during the day, hosted by local artist Shekhinah Morgan (Awalim School of Middle Eastern Dance and Percussion, Bellingen), Karen Wary (The Drum Co., Coffs Harbour) and Xaeda (Sacred Lotus Bellydance School Toormina).

For more information visit www.coffscoastdrums.org.au or phone 0429 587 993 for workshop details and additional information about the Harem Night.

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