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Dance to end violence against women 0

Penny Coles

For the first time this Valentine’s Day, there will be a One Billion Rising event in Niagara-on-the-Lake that will allow women (and men) to share their disgust of violence toward women.

One in three women and girls on the planet are abused in their lifetime. This movement has raised more than $9 million dollars for shelters, call centres, supports and resources for abused women and girls.

On its 15th anniversary, the organization is inviting one billion women and those who love them to dance, rise up, and demand an end to this violence, to show the world a collective strength and solidarity of those who will not tolerate the violent abuse of women.

Nia, a local dance and fitness group, is opening its community centre class on Valentine’s Day to those who want to join in this movement.

If you’ve watched Nia, you will understand why it is an appropriate expression of support for women.

It is sensory-based, and draws from martial arts, dance arts and healing arts. It’s not about wildly jumping around to burn the most amount of calories in the least amount of time, but rather it is slow, graceful movements that connect the body, mind, emotions and spirit—it certainly has a spiritual element, both in movement and music.

While dancing may not be for everyone, this is a type of dance that anyone can do.

And even if you don’t think it’s not for you, supporting an end to violence against women, in this day and age when it’s difficult to comprehend what some societies continue to sanction, should appeal to all of us.

Feb. 14 at the community centre, from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. See you there.

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