The Middle East Dance Academy and the Coronade Hotel, Kuala Lumpur in co-operation with the Pink Ribbon Deeds Foundation (PRIDE) recently hosted the first of its kind charity belly dance concert in aid of breast cancer awareness. The dinner on October 29 was attended by over 120 people including foundation chairman, Datin Azrene Abdullah and Datin Paduka Faridah Abdullah of the Noah Foundation.
The event saw 30 dancers take to the stage portraying the mythical Persian story of Scheherazade, a daughter of the prime minister, who saved a nation of daughters from being executed by their evil king whose heart was broken by his adulteress queen.The king would pick a new bride every week, only to have them executed the day after their wedding.
"We chose this story as we wanted to spread the message that even the most helpless situations can be overcome with strength and tenacity," said Middle East Dance Academy principal Nancy Bakshy. The biggest contribution of the night came from Datin Paduka Faridah and the Noah Foundation with RM10,000. The proceeds of the concert would go toward various PRIDE projects.
"We are very grateful to be the beneficiary of this initiative," said PRIDE general manager Richard Lim. "Belly dancing encourages women to feel good about themselves, regardless of their size or body type and that is also the message we try to spread to breast cancer survivors. That there is life after breast cancer and you should feel good about yourselves." (The Star)