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About Us

Strength. Grace. Joy.

"We are an International Dance Arts Academy with a mission to connect cultures through music and movement. Shimmy USA (formerly BellyDance Grand Rapids) was created in 2006 by Artistic director, Sarah Mayne, to be a non-competitive dance arts community, with a deep appreciation and respect for Arab dance. We also provide a space for Ethnic Cultures of all types to teach their native dance and have supported West African, Hawaiian, Tahitian, Bharatanatyam, Chinese, Flamenco and Salsa in addition to Raqs Sharqi.
Come and explore with us."
-Sarah Mayne


"Working Hard at Recovery? Take Time Out to BELLY DANCE…"

January, 2017

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"Empowering Women Through Dance"

August, 2013 

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"BellyDanceGR: From happy accident to Grand Rapids’ center for world dance"

March, 2018

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