Shimmy’s belly dance show for animal charities

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Donna Collins

SWAKOPMUND – Professional Namibian belly dancer Sascha Olivier-Sampson is not only the closest you can get to a ‘goddess’ that you will find adorned with silks and pearls, but she is also an exceptional performing artist in the world. Gold heart. She has just celebrated her tenth dance performance “Shimmy for Shelter”, which this year raised Namibian dollars 31,000 for two large Namibian charity projects for animals.
This breathtaking spectacle coincided with the celebration of “World Belly Dancing Day” in May and raised funds for a number of much-needed animal causes. “Shimmy for Shelter” is an extravaganza of oriental dance and the original idea of ​​Olivier-Sampson, who has the reputation of being one of the most recognized dancers, whose knowledge of several dance forms allows him to s ‘express freely through unique and sublime fusion performances.
Over the past 10 years she has produced ‘Shimmy for Shelter’, which has been hosted in Windhoek, and due to popular demand, has been shown to audiences in Swakopmund. This year’s theme was “Decadance,” in keeping with the 10th anniversary celebration, and combined a unique collaboration of performers, dance costumes and dazzling Evolve Fire and Entertainment, Silver Sisters, as well as Moon Goddess. Dance Studio, which is also the welcome workshop.
The show kicked off in Windhoek with huge public support, which raised N $ 22,000. Proceeds from this show were donated to Dr Maya Dahlberg of Have-A-Heart (HAH) – a national sterilization project for underprivileged pets living in townships and informal settlements. This beautifully choreographed annual show has been supported by Delta Primary School, ConSoAV, Onelight Media, Wecke and Voigts, Sardinia Blue Olive and Nouveau Wines.
The ‘Shimmy for Shelter’ show held in Swakopmund a week later was also a smash hit with artists from Pole Dance Fitness and Evolve Fire and Entertainment adding some exotic moves to the program.
A total of N $ 9,000 was raised and donated to Elephant Human Relations Aid, which is needed more than ever, with the help of Namib Primary School, Corporate Event Gear, Fun Shop, Desert Breeze, of Strand Hotel and New Wines.
In addition to her glorious stage productions, Olivier-Sampson is also a gold medalist for her belly dance routine performed at the 2018 World Performing Arts Championships in Los Angeles, where she wowed the judges. And, she was the only belly dancer representing Namibia, among the best international talent.
In addition, she was also invited to perform at the International Oriental Dance Show in Mauritius from August 22-24, an oriental festival showcasing different styles of oriental dance with dancers from all over the world.
Olivier-Sampson started belly dancing professionally over 12 years ago, when she established her “Moon Goddess Dance Studio” in Windhoek, and since then she has amazed audiences with her grace, brilliance and bewitching movements. She has worked tirelessly to bring belly dancing to the forefront of the local entertainment scene, “Shimmy for Shelter” being one of her main accomplishments to date.
“I am so proud that ‘Shimmy for Shelter’ has done an entire decade, and I am incredibly grateful to the audience and the sponsors who have supported the show over the years, allowing us to make substantial donations to the many worthy animal causes. that are close to my heart, ”said Olivier-Sampson.

2019-07-19 Journalist

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