Belly dancers at South Coast Shimmy

W29462H13 Bellydancing at Worthing Lido
W29462H13 Bellydancing at Worthing Lido

BELLY dancers flocked to Worthing to show off their moves at the South Coast Shimmy.

More than 60 dancers from as far away as Brixton came to perform in the sunshine at the Worthing Lido.

Dancer Karen Simporis, of Heene Road, Worthing, is also vice chairwoman Worthing Chamber of Commerce.

Karen, 62, said: “It was brilliant. The weather was fantastic and so many people turned up from all over the place.”

According to Karen the dancers ranged from young children to people in their 70s.

Karen said: “There were people of all ages, shapes, sizes and abilities.

“It’s very inclusive. You don’t have to be thin or fit to take part, you can just get up there and have some fun.”

According to Karen, the event, held on Sunday, July 14, was so popular that plans were being made for another one at Christmas.

Karen said: “This is a great example of a fantastic event on a low budget.”

Organiser Jane Brooker, of Station Road, Worthing, said the event was very well attended, and drew a lot of attention from passers-by.

As well as dancing there were stalls selling home-made jewellery, bags and accessories, and even belly dancing costumes.

Jane, 43, runs belly dancing classes on Wednesdays at the East Worthing Baptist Church on Pendine Avenue.