BRATTLEBORO -- Three local women -- Kelsey Captolia Indziniak, Cyndal Ellis and Shanta L. Evans-Crowley -- join collaborative efforts to organize Goddess Rising: A Bellydance Benefit for the Women’s Freedom Center and Heart Thoughts Midwifery on Saturday, at the Stone Church, 210 Main St. The day will be filled with interactive workshops and end with performances and live music starting at 7:30 p.m.

Suggested donation for the evening entertainment is $10-14 at the door. This special event is also in partnership with IBIT Dance Company and Building A Better Brattleboro.

Belly dancers from across New England will be taking part with unique and inspiring performances, with styles ranging from Cabaret to American Tribal Style, and more. Featured artists include BodyWave Bellydance, the Sahidi Sisters, Shakti Tribal Dance, Ismalia, Attar, Amati, Shanta, Kelsey, Tamsyn, Cyndal, Aerynn, Toni Nagy and many more. The show will begin with an invocation ceremony and live music provided by Bada Raga.

Come early for two workshops. From 3:30 to 4:45 p.m., Tamsyn presents "To Infinity and Beyond! Expanding Space and Confidence in Middle Eastern Movement." From 4:45 to 6 p.m., the Feminatzi Eco Terrorists Cyndal and Toni offer a Hip-Hop Bellydance Choreography workshop to feed your feminist self. Cost is $15 for one workshop, $25 for both. All proceeds from the workshops go to Heart Thoughts Midwifery. For more information and to register for workshops, contact cyndalellis@gmail.com.

Bellydance has had a long history and tradition of solidifying community especially among women. According to a few stories about its origins, it was a dance that was connected to fertility and aided in the birthing process. It has roots in various parts of the world in which different cultures shaped its manifestation -- the Middle East, Greece and parts of Africa to name a few. In many ways, the organizers envision this event as a way of celebrating the sacred eternal feminine through a tradition that has long empowered women.

Kelsey Captolia Indziniak has long wanted to plan a celebratory event with bellydance as its focus. "This is what bellydance is all about. Bringing the community together in celebration of women," she stated.

All three women are also bellydancers who have a deep, passionate, personal connection to the dance, the tradition, and improving the lives of women. Come join them, and many other bellydance performers/artists from the New England area as they raise awareness through the invocation of the divine feminine. In other words, come and celebrate the feminine spirit through dance.