Do you ever get the feeling when you walk into a room that, “Yes, this is the place for me”? That is how we feel about the La Pena Cultural Center. It has been a grounding space for us for some time. We have held rehearsals and our annual Girls Raks program recital, Hotter Than July: A Bellydance Extravaganza there. The center is very intentional about being a community resource, stating that their vision is to promote “peace, social justice and cultural understanding through the arts, education and social action.” As the location for the April Raks, a benefit for the Girls Raks Bellydance and Body Image Program, La Pena makes good on this intention.
As Girls Raks goes into its third year, we are poised to grow substantially, with more girls, more fun activities, more life lessons learned, and of course more bellydancing. Fundraisers like April Raks help us provide scholarships to more participants and build a broader community.
Held in the La Pena café lobby, April Raks will benefit from lots of good mojo from past events like their monthly Rumba Drum Circle. And we’ll create some of our own. In addition to a Raks Africa performance, a solo from moi, and some fantastic shimmying by an array of Bay Area bellydancers, we will be joined by Tabla Queen, Amber Field. So if you are in the East Bay on April 21st, La Pena is the place for you to be.
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April Raks! A Benefit for the 2012 Girls Raks Bellydance and Body Image Program
La Pena Cultural Center Café Lobby, 3105 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley, California
2:00 PM, $10-$20 Sliding Scale
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