ABC Local 24’s morning show, Local Memphis Live, hosted Vernetta Eddleman, FSC’s director of clientservices, along with Bluff City Bellydance Showcase organizer Liz London and local dancers who came together to create a “Shimmy Mob.”
Shimmy Mob is a flash mob-style performance that happened simultaneously in 162 cities around the world by more than 2,300 dancers raising funds and awareness for women’s and children’s shelters and charities within those local communities.
The Bluff City Bellydance Showcase was originally created by Liz London as a show to bring area dancers together and help strengthen the local belly dance community. London decided she wanted the show to be more than that, though, and decided to incorporate a charitable partner each year.
From the interview: “The nice thing about belly dance is, by its nature, it’s one of the original forms of female expression and celebration of empowerment of women,” London said. “Something we like to do in conjunction with the Family Safety Center is help promote services that help bring women to that spirit we share.”
This year’s events raised more than $1,800, which will go to help the victims and families that come to FSC for help to escape domestic violence.
You can view the entire Local 24 segment here.