An Evening of Oriental Dance to help Special Olympics team

May 4, 2013

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The sights and sounds of oriental dance will be presented Saturday, May 11 as Belly by Heather – Granbury Belly Dance presents “An Evening of Oriental Dance.”

The dance presentation is a benefit for the Granbury Cheetahs Special Olympics team.

The program will be at the Granbury Resort Conference Center, beginning at 6 p.m. with a silent auction and raffle. The show begins at 7 p.m. with performances by Granbury Belly Dance students.

After a brief intermission and refreshments, professional dance artists from the Metroplex and Granbury will perform. This includes Sa’diyya, Rivkah, Ruvani, Yeli, Nadirah Johara and Heather, all dancing to the live music of Dallas middle eastern music duo, Matt and Sean Blanck of Wind and Fingers.

Event organizer Heather Wayman describes the show as elegant, family-friendly entertainment. “Those attending will experience a rich tapestry of vibrant colors, textiles, captivating music and the pure joy that dance can bring to all,” she said.

Last year, the Oriental Dance show raised $1,726 for the local children’s services nonprofit, ‘Kids’ Armor of Hope.’

Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for children 12 and under and can be purchased in advance or at the door.

For more information about the dance program, call Wayman at 817-408-5889 or visit www.BellyByHeather.com.

The Granbury Cheetah organization will use the funding from the dance program to help defray operating costs, and to help athletes attend state-wide competitions.

The Special Olympics Texas chapter was founded here in 2009.

Cheetahs Coach and Competition Coordinator Bob Miller said the organization doesn’t charge the athletes for costs associated with local practices or for travel to competitions in places like Arlington, Fort Worth and College Station.

He noted that the number of athletes involved with the Cheetahs has more than doubled in the last year.

For more information about the Granbury Cheetahs team, contact Sandi Miller at 817-573-3073.

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