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Shake those 'Hips Against Hunger'

Purcell had belly dancing students in McConnellsville where she and her family lived previously, and has started a new dance troop since moving to Cazenovia about three years ago.

While she considered last year's event to be on the "smaller" side, she said she hopes the event will attract more community members as more dance teachers will be involved this year to incorporate more styles of rhythm-inspired dance.

Attendants will experience a yoga class for about 30 minutes at the fitness center before they embark on learning classical Indian dancing from teacher Kristin Esposito of Maya Tribe dance studio in Syracuse. Purcell will then take over to teach belly dancing and American tribal dancing with West Coast inspiration.

"It's a very earthy and group-oriented dance," Purcell said.

Purcell described Esposito's Indian dancing as a way of "speaking without words," by using only movements.

The reception to follow the dance workshops will feature Middle Eastern cuisine, drinks, dance troop performances and live and recorded tribal music. There will also be opportunities to get a quick massage at the reception, according to Purcell.

Community members can attend the workshop and the reception for $30 and one canned food item. All proceeds will go to CAP while the program works toward its $10,000 fundraising goal. CAP will distribute the canned food items to the food pantry.

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The "Hips Against Hunger" event aims to make the holidays a more plentiful time of year for those in need, Purcell said.

For more information on "Hips Against Hunger," call Purcell at 815-4027. Belly dancing classes are available for $10 sessions Wednesday nights from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Cazenovia Fitness Center. For more information on classes call 655-2348.

If you would like to host a fundraiser in support of CAP, call Kim Krula at 684-7862.

Community Action Partnership for Madison County, one of more than 1,100 Community Action agencies throughout the U.S., has three accessible offices throughout Madison County. CAP is an anti-poverty agency that improves the well-being and safety of children, families and our community through a variety of programs and services. Last year CAP served approximately 5,000 individuals, nearly one in fourteen Madison County residents. For more information, visit our Web site at capmadco.org.

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