An exciting fundraiser is in the works, a belly dancing extravaganza! An amazing array of dancers will perform to raise money for March for Elephants. All funds donated support the work being done to save the African elephants from extinction.
When: June 25, 2016
Time: 7 PM
Where: Humanist Hall
Address: 390 27th St., Oakland
Parking: Free in the County lot (next to the building)
Why do we dance? We dance because 96 elephants in the wilds of Africa are dying every day. We dance because we are passionate about saving elephants from this sad fate. We dance to celebrate their beauty, their gentleness, and their compassion. We dance to make a difference. Please join us!!
Belly Dancing Background
The origins of this dance form are diverse, with theories linking it to ancient dances in Mesopotamia, Egypt, Greece, Persia, India and other ancient civilizations. Many experts consider it to be one of the oldest forms of dance. Belly dance in the Middle East has two distinct social contexts: as a folk or social dance, and as performance art.
It is believed that belly dance first came to America during the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair. A dancer known as “Little Egypt” performed and captured the public’s imagination. Americans became increasingly interested in this exotic dance, the costumes, the music and its rhythms.
Today belly dancing is enjoyed throughout the world, appreciated by anyone who finds joy in music and movement. Learn more about belly dancing.
The Fellowship of Humanity, a humanist church in Oakland, was founded in 1935 as part of the American Religious Humanism movement. It’s founder, Reverend A. D. Faupell, was inspired in part by Upton Sinclair’s campaign for governor under the banner of EPIC, End Poverty in California. Humanist Hall is the only surviving “Church of the Humanity” and continues to be inspired by humanitarian ideals and committed to social justice.