Belly dancers raise money for abuse victims

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SALT LAKE CITY — Belly dancers across North America formed “Shimmy Mobs” Saturday to promote belly dance on World Belly Dance Day as well as raise money for charitable causes.

More than 20 belly dancers were at Utah’s Hogle Zoo Saturday, where they performed in order to raise awareness and funds for victims of domestic violence. The dancers accepted donations for the YWCA in Utah.

Shimmy Mob broke a record in 2012, and they hope to do so again in 2013 by being the largest event of its kind, according to a press release.

Jenniel Allen said she participated in the event to support an important cause.

“There’s about 400 women in the YWCA that we’re supporting, and a Shimmy Mob event is a worldwide event,” she said. “We’re joining 155 other cities supporting abused women and children around the world.”