Changing the world one shimmy at a time!
Changing the world one shimmy at a time!
The bellydance hip shimmy is the perfect at-home exercise.
Strong hip & leg movements get your heart rate up, working large muscles in your thighs, hips, glutes & abs—all without moving your feet!
Dancers around the world are challenging ourselves to raise awareness & funds for local & global causes. Join the movement!
Moving our bodies to stay healthy and fit during the COVID-19 lockdown.
Moving our minds to learn about Middle Eastern Dance and Music.
Moving our hearts to help others in need, whether by donating a few dollars to Social Justice and local & global relief efforts, by volunteering for a relief organization, or by just sharing the livestreamed shimmy-a-thon so friends and family can join the party!
Every shimmycare shimmy-a-thon supports a different local or global relief effort, such as providing food and medical supplies to those who need it most, supporting people suffering abuse at home, or assisting those who have been devastated financially by this crisis.
#ShimmyCare Shimmy-a-Thons are Sunday at 5pm and Friday at 9pm EDT on the ShimmyCareDance Facebook Page.
Shimmy along with us, or just DANCE YOUR OWN DANCE at home!
But whatever you do — keep moving!
Keep exercising! Stay fit and healthy at home.
Live from the ShimmyCare: Bellydance for a Better World Facebook Page on Friday August 21, 8pm Eastern Time!
Shimmy with beautiful SharqiDancers Yame, Cammy, Graceanne, and Allie to live music by April Centrone to raise funds for the victims of the explosions in Beirut earlier this month.
The New York Arabic Orchestra has representatives on the ground in Beirut and is taking donations. Money will be distributed directly to families in need, no third parties or additional organizations involved.
Dance along at home (shimmies or otherwise!), and DONATE to the NY Arabic Orchestra's Beirut relief fund.
Support desperate families in need in Beirut Now!
Every hour that passes is another hour without food, shelter or medical care. Please consider supporting Beirut and will ensure every dollar is saving a life.
The NY Arabic Orchestra is extending our organization as a bridge to those who seek a way to help. We have people on the ground in Beirut to help deliver aid directly and swiftly to families in need. Additionally, as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, donations through our organization are tax-deductible.
During or after the ShimmyAThon, please donate via the "DONATE" button on the ShimmyCare Live Event.
You may also donate via PayPal: email@example.com Or check.
Please make the check payable to: New York Arabic Orchestra and mail it to:
New York Arabic Orchestra
265 West 37th Street Suite 206
New York NY 10018
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact they NY Arabic Orchestra at firstname.lastname@example.org
Live from the ShimmyCare: Bellydance for a Better World Facebook Page at 5pm Sunday June 21st Eastern Time!
Summer is here, so shake off that quarantine fifteen with an amazing hour of bellydance shimmies and support the important work of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund.
By special request, we'll be shimmying to an encore performance of the sultry, heart-stirring music of Raquy & the Cavemen's album "Bewitched". http://www.raquydrumstore.com/music-cds/bewitched-cd
Get your hips moving and your heart pounding when you shimmy along with Laylianah Mahasin, Yame Abdo, Raynier Alexandre, and Carol Tandava Henning and DONATE to the NAACP Legal Defense Fund. https//www.naacpldf.org/
The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. is America’s premier legal organization fighting for racial justice. Through litigation, advocacy, and public education, LDF seeks structural changes to expand democracy, eliminate disparities, and achieve racial justice in a society that fulfills the promise of equality for all Americans.
LDF also defends the gains and protections won over the past 75 years of civil rights struggle and works to improve the quality and diversity of judicial and executive appointments.
LDF is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.
Get your heart rate up and shimmy like you just can't stop!
Live from the ShimmyCare: Bellydance for a Better World Facebook Page at 9pm Friday June 19th Eastern Time!
As States begin to reopen, we must remember that COVID-19 is still with us, and it is more important than ever to get great cardiovascular exercise.
Mount Sinai's Kravis Center for Cardiovascular Health offers state-of-the-art fitness programs that are key to achieving and maintaining the cardiovascular health that is essential to fighting COVID-19.
One such program is the bellydance class led by the gorgeous Queen Esma Korn -- who will be shimmying with her amazing students Pamela Manché Pearce, Jd Fleishman, Tara Jefferson, and Kathy Lamis Josberger-Martin.
Shimmy along with us to the heartpounding otherworldly siren songs of bellydance goddess Jehan, in her album 21st Century Priestess. http://www.bellydanceamerica.com/21st-Century-Priestess--Jehan--MP3-Album_p_718.html
Dance along (shimmies or otherwise!) and DONATE to Mount Sinai's COVID-19 relief efforts at: https://giving.mountsinai.org/site/Donation2?
Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, Mount Sinai’s first responders have selflessly cared for patients while putting their whole hearts into this lifesaving work. By staying fit and making a gift, you are ensuring that all our caregivers on the front lines—from doctors and nurses, to student volunteers and transporters—can stay mentally fit, too.
Your funds will support Mount Sinai’s Center for Stress, Resilience, and Personal Growth, a first-of-its-kind initiative in North America that is designed to address the psychosocial impact of COVID-19 on the mental health and lives of frontline health care workers. Drawing on our extensive expertise in trauma and mood disorders, the Center will focus on screening, intervention, and research.
Live from the ShimmyCare: Bellydance for a Better World Facebook Page at 5pm Sunday June 12th Eastern Time!.
Shimmy and sweat for amazing hour of exercise and support the important work of the Grass Roots Law Project.
Live from the ShimmyCare: Bellydance for a Better World Facebook Page at 5pm Sunday June 14th Eastern Time!.
In our deep commitment to racial and social justice, #ShimmyCare is continuing to dedicate shimmy-a-thon events to supporting social justice causes.
We'll be shimmying to the sultry, heart-stirring music of Raquy & the Cavemen's album "Bewitched". http://www.raquydrumstore.com/music-cds/bewitched-cd
Dance along at home (shimmies or otherwise!), and DONATE to the Grass Roots Law Project. https://www.grassrootslaw.org/
Grassroots Law Project bridges the gap between grassroots organizing and legal expertise in criminal justice reform by bringing millions of us together to address the most pressing and egregious failures of the system, hold powerful actors accountable, and advocate for deep structural change
Every dollar you donate will go towards helping Grassroots Law Project get justice for families and radically reform the American legal system.
Live from the ShimmyCare: Bellydance for a Better World Facebook Page at 9pm Friday June 5th Eastern Time!
Donate here: https://m4bl.org/
Live from the ShimmyCare: Bellydance for a Better World Facebook Page at 9pm Friday June 12th Eastern Time!
To honor the lives of George Floyd, Tony McDade, Sean Reed, Ahmaud Arbery, and every Black life lost to racist police brutality and vigilantism, ShimmyCare is dedicating Shimmy-A-Thon events in June to organizations and funds that are standing strong against racism and supporting Black lives.
The dynamic dancers of New York's own Pure Onyx Movement Dance Company -- Antina Johnson, Jeannie Campbell, and SAMIRAT, will join Carol Tandava in ShimmyCare's Shimmy-A-Thon in support of the Movement for Black Lives. https://m4bl.org/
The Movement for Black Lives launched the Vision for Black Lives, a comprehensive and visionary policy agenda for the post-Ferguson Black liberation movement, in August of 2016.
Black humanity and dignity requires Black political will and power. Despite constant exploitation and perpetual oppression, Black people have bravely and brilliantly been the driving force pushing the U.S. towards the ideals it articulates but has never achieved. In recent years M4BL have taken to the streets, launched massive campaigns, and impacted culture, society and politics, but our elected leaders have failed to address the legitimate demands of our Movement.
We can no longer wait.
Live from the ShimmyCare: Bellydance for a Better World Facebook Page at 5pm Sunday June 7th Eastern Time!.
Shimmy and sweat for amazing hour of exercise for a powerful cause: the Black Trans Protesters Emergency Fund. In our deep commitment to racial and social justice, #ShimmyCare is continuing to dedicate shimmy-a-thon events to supporting social justice causes. The breathtaking dancers Joel Feliciano, Orianna Amal, and Yasmine Silvestri, will be shimmying with Carol Tandava Henning and YOU!! Dance along at home (shimmies or otherwise!), and DONATE to the Black Trans Protesters Emergency Fund.
Please note: THIS IS A GRASS-ROOTS EFFORT, and donations are requested via PayPal at email@example.com This organization is endorsed by:
The Black Trans Protesters Emergency Fund is organized by the BTFA (Black Trans Femmes in the Arts) Collective, which has joined forces with the Black Trans Travel Fund, The Okra Project, and the For the Gworls Party to organize an emergency fund for emergency funds for Black trans protestors.
Any surplus funds will be redistributed to Black trans-led orgs doing the work to minimize violence against Black trans people. Trans people face dramatically elevated risk of harm or death in pre-trial detention.
Because of systemic discrimination and criminalization that pushes them to the margins of society, trans people are less eligible for pre-trial release under existing programs. They are more likely to be assaulted in jail and less likely to get out, a lethal combination.
Please support their work at the grass-roots level with your donation.
Live from the ShimmyCare: Bellydance for a Better World Facebook Page at 9pm Friday June 5th Eastern Time!
Due to recent alarming events, ShimmyCare will be dedicating the next several shimmy-a-thon events to supporting social justice causes.
We'll celebrate strength in diversity with the culture-melding AfroCelt Sound System's critically acclaimed Further In Time (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Volume_3:_Further_in_Time)
Dance along at home (shimmies or otherwise!), and DONATE to the Emergency Relief Fund (note, if you donate through ActBlue Charities, your donation will be tax deductible).
New York City jails have become the epicenter of COVID-19 with an estimated 1 in 10 people who have tested positive while in detained in NYC jails. We strongly object to our government's decision to continue holding people in dangerous congregate facilities in these unprecedented times simply because they cannot afford to pay cash bail. In response to COVID-19, the Emergency Release Fund has expanded their mission to raise and post bail for pretrial medically vulnerable individuals and anyone who identifies as LGBTQ.
Trans people face dramatically elevated risk of harm or death in pre-trial detention. Because of systemic discrimination and criminalization that pushes them to the margins of society, trans people are less eligible for pre-trial release under existing programs. They are more likely to be assaulted in jail and less likely to get out, a lethal combination.
The mission of the Emergency Release Fund is to ensure that no trans person at risk in New York City jails remains in detention before trial. If cash bail is set for a trans person in New York City and no bars to release are in place, bail will be paid by the Emergency Release Fund.
Trans people experience constant injustice. Behind bars it can be fatal. It’s on us to make sure no one – not one person – falls through the cracks. We can and we will.
We need your help to save lives. Please join us.
Shake off those quarantine blues with an incredible workout of authentic bellydance shimmies!
Keep it moving and DON'T STOP for 45 minutes of shimmies with SharQui Bellydance Workout instructors Hannan Jessica Blaustein, Jennifer McCann, and Laylianah Mahasin, joining Carol Tandava in ShimmyCare's Shimmy-A-Thon in support of Strength After Disaster.
Live from the ShimmyCare: Bellydance for a Better World Page at 5pm Sunday May 31st Eastern Time!
You won't be able to stay still when you hear the riveting beats of Hossam Ramzy's heart pounding Sabla Tolo – Journeys into pure Egyptian Percussion. Get a sneak peak or download here.
Dance along at home (shimmies or otherwise!), and DONATE to Strength After Disaster.
The national Disaster Distress Helpline is the only national crisis hotline that provides 24/7, free and confidential emotional support to people affected by natural or human-caused disasters across the United States. Your generosity helps us strengthen our growing infrastructure, support Helpline callers and texters, and change the conversation around the emotional impact of disasters and disaster mental health.
Calls to the Disaster Distress Helpline are answered by a national network of local crisis centers. Crisis center counselors are the heroes of the Helpline and need your help. Click here to learn how to support your local center.
Live from the ShimmyCare: Bellydance for a Better World Facebook Page at 9pm Friday May 29th Eastern Time!
Get into the shimmy groove for 45 minutes with hot fitness bellydance instructors Sharon Zaslaw, Raynier Alexandre, and Lisa Mead, joining Carol Tandava in ShimmyCare's Shimmy-A-Thon in support of #NYCWell
Shift into high gear with Turbo Tabla's Bellydance Overdrive!
Dance along at home (shimmies or otherwise!), and DONATE to NYC Well: https://www1.nyc.gov/site/fund/donate/donate-ds.page
NYC's COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund supports health care workers, local businesses, displaced hourly workers, families, youth, and vulnerable New Yorkers experiencing the unprecedented impacts of COVID-19.
The NYC Well Fund supports services such as mobile crisis teams of mental health professionals who go into the community to help people in urgent need, and equipment that can help clinicians stay connected to patients online and by phone.
Live from the ShimmyCare: Bellydance for a Better World Facebook Page at 5pm Sunday May 24th Eastern Time!
Things will be heating up when we shimmy to the electrifying beats of tabla-master Artem Uzunov.
Dance along at home (shimmies or otherwise!), and DONATE to the Coalition for the Homeless.
While the current COVID-19 outbreak in NYC is dramatically impacting the lives of every person in our city, please remember that homeless New Yorkers are particularly vulnerable, as they have much higher rates of serious underlying health problems, generally lack access to quality health care, and have no way to self-quarantine. The Coalition for the Homeless is doing all in our power to ensure that our neighbors without homes get the help and protection they need during this crisis.
The Coalition’s programs are working around the clock to ensure the health and safety of the people we serve, as well as curb the spread of the coronavirus.
Live from the ShimmyCare: Bellydance for a Better World Facebook Page at 9pm Friday May 22nd Eastern Time
Stay healthy and keep it moving with the gorgeous Rosa Noreen, Robin Berntsen, and Amy Mulligan, joining Carol Tandava in ShimmyCare's Shimmy-A-Thon in support of #NYCHealthcareHeroes
We'll be shimmying old school -- for 45 minutes to the classic Princess of Cairo, by Ali Hamouda!
Dance along at home (shimmies or otherwise!), and DONATE to NYC Healthcare Heroes
The NYC Healthcare Heroes Initiative is a city-wide philanthropic partnership launched by the Debra and Leon Black Family and Aramark, the Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City, Robin Hood, and the American Red Cross—to support the heroic efforts of the 100,000 New York City healthcare professionals on the front lines combatting the COVID-19 pandemic.
Your donation will help provide packages of shelf-stable food, household cleaning, and personal care products to staff at hospitals across the five boroughs.
As always, Robin Hood's board covers all overhead so 100% of every dollar donated goes directly to support the NYC Healthcare Heroes initiative.
Live from the ShimmyCare: Bellydance for a Better World Facebook Page Sunday May 17rd at 5pm EDT!
Dance along at home (shimmies or otherwise!), and DONATE to FUTURES.
Futures Without Violence is a health and social justice nonprofit with a simple mission: to heal those among us who are traumatized by violence today – and to create healthy families and communities free of violence tomorrow.
From domestic violence and child abuse, to bullying and sexual assault, our groundbreaking programs, policy development, and public action campaigns are designed to prevent and end violence against women and children around the world.
Striving to reach new audiences and transform social norms, we train professionals such as doctors, nurses, judges, and athletic coaches on improving responses to violence and abuse. We also work with advocates, policy makers, and others to build sustainable community leadership and educate people everywhere about the importance of respect and healthy relationships.
Live from the ShimmyCare: Bellydance for a Better World Facebook Page at 9pm Friday May 15th Eastern Time!
We'll be shimmying to the magnificent music of the incomparable Warda Eldjazaria.
Dance along at home (shimmies or otherwise!), and DONATE to the National Domestic Violence Hotline.
The National Domestic Violence Hotline creates access by providing 24-hour support through advocacy, safety planning, resources and hope to everyone affected by domestic violence.
During the COVID-19 crisis, they have been helping victims create safety plans, practice self-care, and providing secure methods to reach out for help.
The National Domestic Violence Hotline can be reached at http://thehotline.org or via phone at 1−800−799−SAFE (7233) or TTY 1−800−787−3224.
PLEASE SHARE YOUR DONATION ON SOCIAL MEDIA WITH THE HASHTAGS #shimmycare #thehotline #shimmystrength #shimmylove #shimmyathon #shimmyaid
Live from the ShimmyCare: Bellydance for a Better World Facebook Page Sunday May 11th at 5pm EDT!
Get your shimmy on with the extraordinary fusion dancers Calixta Starr, Sharon Zaslaw, and Orianna Amal who will join Carol Tandava in the ninth ShimmyCare Shimmy-A-Thon in support of the Sanctuary for Families.
We'll be shimmying for a hip-blowing 45 minutes to Mohamed Shahin's brand new deliciously playful CD Tak Taka (http://www.mohamedshahin.net/tak-taka.html).
Dance along at home (shimmies or otherwise!), and DONATE to Sanctuary for Families.
Sanctuary for Families is New York’s leading service provider and advocate for survivors of domestic violence, sex trafficking and related forms of gender violence. Every year, we empower thousands of adults and children to move from fear and abuse to safety and stability, transforming lives through a range of comprehensive services and advocacy.
Live from the ShimmyCare: Bellydance for a Better World Facebook Page Friday May 8th at 9pm Eastern (6pm Pacific/Arizona) Time.
Join the sublime dancers of Mahin Sciacca's Dreams of Arabia Music & Dance Ensemble, and Carol Tandava in the eighth ShimmyCare Shimmy-A-Thon in support of RAINN.
We'll be shimmying for 30 glorious minutes to NYC MENAT music legend Sudan (Souren) Baronian's fabulous, fun time-signature-twisting CD "It's About Time" (songs in 6/4, 7/8, 9/8, 9/4,10/8, 11/8 and more!! A must-listen for musicophiles -- http://armenianmegastore.com/its-about-time/)
Hitch Hiker 6/4
Last Place On Earth 10/8
Pleasant Peasants 11/8
8th Sky 7/8
Dance along at home (shimmies or otherwise!), and DONATE to RAINN.
RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network) is the nation's largest anti-sexual violence organization. RAINN created and operates the National Sexual Assault Hotline (800.656.HOPE, online.rainn.org y rainn.org/es) in partnership with more than 1,000 local sexual assault service providers across the country and operates the DoD Safe Helpline for the Department of Defense. RAINN also carries out programs to prevent sexual violence, help survivors, and ensure that perpetrators are brought to justice.
Live from the ShimmyCare: Bellydance for a Better World Facebook Page Sunday May 3rd at 5pm EDT!
We'll be shimmying for a hip-blowing 45 minutes to the SharQui Latin Arabic mix (download here: https://www.sharqui.com/product-category/downloads/)
Dance along at home (shimmies or otherwise!), and DONATE to Protect the Heroes.
The American Hospital Association, the Association for Healthcare Philanthropy, and the Creative Coalition have joined forces to help you support your local hospital.
Through their site ProtectTheHeroes.org you can find and donate directly to your front-line healthcare workers.
NOTE: Hospitals and other healthcare organizations have multiple financial needs related to COVID. Each organization will determine where funds should be applied to make an important difference during this unprecedented time.
Live from the ShimmyCareDance Facebook Page Friday May 1st at 9pm EDT!
Join the superb, sultry dancers of Pure Onyx Movement -- Antina Johnson, Jeannie Campbell & Zakeya Warren livestreaming the sixth ShimmyCare Shimmy-A-Thon in support of the NYC Mayor's Relief Fund.
We'll be shimmying for a full 30 minutes to Chris Marashlian's gorgeous CD Raqs El Qamar.
Tracks played are: Raqs El Hilal, Raqs El Mahaq, Raqs El Hilal Remix, 9/8 Dance with Drum Solo
Dance along at home (shimmies or otherwise!), and DONATE to the NYC Mayor's Relief Fund.
With the outbreak and spread of COVID-19, New York City has undergone a seismic shift in daily life. New Yorkers are resilient, but many across the five boroughs and from all walks of life are feeling the impacts of the novel coronavirus physically, emotionally, financially, and otherwise.
In the midst of difficult and uncertain times New Yorkers are stepping up. Many are seeking to connect and lend support to their neighbors by asking, “How can I help?”
In response, Mayor de Blasio has charged the Mayor’s Fund with activating the COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund to provide resources and support to:
Live from Carol Tandava's Facebook Page!
Join ShimmyQueen Shoshana, Orianna Amal, and Carol Tandava, livestreaming the fifth ShimmyCare Shimmy-A-Thon in support of #FirstRespondersFirst.
We'll be shimmying for a solid 45 minutes to the sublime music of Judy Reda's Egyptian Cabaret CD ( https://www.amazon.com/Egyptian-Cabaret-Music-Judy-Jihan/dp/B00007JR3A ).
Dance along at home (shimmies or otherwise!).
As frontline healthcare workers step forward to address this epic public health challenge, their own health is threatened because of shortages in personal protective equipment including gowns, gloves, and masks.
#FirstRespondersFirst, in partnership with the Entertainment Industry Foundation, is launching a fundraising call to action to help address these needs.
Donations to #FirstRespondersFirst will provide essential supplies, equipment, accommodations, child care, food, mental health support and other resources for protecting frontline healthcare workers and their patients.
Live from Carol Tandava's Facebook Page!
Join SharQui Founder Oreet, and SharQuí instructors Kris, Sharon and Carol Tandava, livestreaming the fourth ShimmyCare Shimmy-A-Thon in support of Feeding America.
We'll be shimmying for a solid 30 minutes to the eclectic world-music-mash-up-belly-electronica-magnificence of Beats Antique's "Collide" CD.
Download this CD for free on their site here: https://music.beatsantique.com/album/collide
Dance along at home (shimmies or otherwise!), and please donate!
From Seattle to New Rochelle, from Baton Rouge to San Francisco, food banks across the country are doing what they do best – feeding people in need within their communities. The Feeding America network is the largest hunger-relief organization in the United States including in disasters and national emergencies.
The most vulnerable people in our communities need us now more than ever.
Live from the Tandava Arts YouTube Channel!
Join Olga, Adelina , Raynier, and Carol Tandava livestreaming the third ShimmyCare Shimmy-A-Thon in support of City Harvest.
We'll be shimmying for a solid 30 minutes to the sultry dumbek-tastic music of Raquy and the Caveman.
Tracks are from Mischief: https://www.amazon.com/Mischief-Raquy-Cavemen/dp/B0018CWSKO
Dance along at home (shimmies or otherwise!), share and donate!
City Harvest is New York City’s largest food rescue organization, helping to feed the nearly 1.2 million New Yorkers who are struggling to put meals on their tables. We will rescue 71 million pounds of food this year and deliver it, free of charge, to hundreds of food pantries, soup kitchens and other community partners across the five boroughs. Our programs help food-insecure New Yorkers access nutritious food that fits their needs and desires; increase our partners’ capacity; and strengthen the local food system, building a path to a food-secure future for all New Yorkers.
Our second ShimmyCare Shimmy-A-Thon in support of God's Love We Deliver!
Tracks are: Stonecuter, Imlal Ilaqdah, Irrouh, IndiArab, Saiidi Song, Ashoof Jamal, Banat Turbo.
Dance along at home, share and DONATE.
God’s Love We Deliver cooks and home-delivers nutritious, medically tailored meals for people too sick to shop or cook for themselves. To support the health of our clients, we also provide ongoing nutrition assessment, education, and counseling. God’s Love is a non-sectarian organization serving people in need and their children and caregivers. All of our services are provided free to clients and full of love.
Our very first ShimmyCare Shimmy-A-Thon in support of FoodBankNYC!
Click the image to view the livestreamed video. And laugh as my cat Patra styles my hair while I shimmy to Mohamed Shahin's glorious Dandana CD.
FoodBankNYC's mission is to end hunger by organizing food, information and support for community survival, empowerment, and dignity. Food Bank For New York City has been working to end food poverty in our five boroughs for over 35 years. As the city’s largest hunger-relief organization, we employ a multifaceted approach centered on helping low-income New Yorkers overcome their circumstances and achieve greater independence.
ShimmyCare welcomes dancers of all levels, ages, shapes, sizes, and genders! We have been honored to be joined by Tandava Arts students and faculty, as well as guest dancers from all over the world.
ShimmyCare is a community of bellydancers, dance students, friends, and family, dedicated to supporting important local and global causes by sharing the art of bellydance. Currently we support Covid-19 relief efforts with shimmy-a-thon fundraising events.