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VITAL MOVEMENT: Belly dancers perform in front of a crowd of curious diners at Centrepoint in Tamworth to raise money to help local refuge services support victims of domestic violence. Photo: Geoff O’Neill 100514GOD01

VITAL MOVEMENT: Belly dancers perform in front of a crowd of curious diners at Centrepoint in Tamworth to raise money to help local refuge services support victims of domestic violence. Photo: Geoff O’Neill 100514GOD01

DINERS at Centrepoint in Tamworth got more than they bargained for on Saturday when they were treated to a demonstration of one of the world’s oldest dance forms.

Thirty smooth-moving exponents of the ancient art of belly dancing shimmied through a short routine in the food court to raise money for local family refuge services.

The performance, completed by dancers ranging in age from 10 to 60, was one of three held in Tamworth to coincide with World Belly Dance Day.

Tamworth’s Rita Fisher, principal of Bellylicious Belly Dance, said the troupe comprised both local dancers and others from as far afield as Newcastle, Muswellbrook and Kempsey.

The events on Saturday raised more than $400 to assist with the care and support of people, especially women and children, suffering the effects of domestic violence.

“It is necessary that every community has a safe haven and a place for women to go, particularly if they have children, if they find themselves in that scary situation where they have nowhere else to turn,” Ms Fisher said.

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