Belly Dancers Shake Up Gala

Beguiling belly dancers lend exotic note, sex appeal to Society for the Performing Arts gala

Beguiling belly dancers lend exotic note, sex appeal to SPA gala

SPA Gala, April 2016, dancers
Belly dancers entertain at Society for the Performing Arts Gala. Photo by Priscilla Dickson
SPA, Gala April 2016, Sharon Taylor, Tim Taylor, Katherine Murphy, Paul Murphy
Tim Taylor, Sharon Taylor, Katherine Murphy, Paul Murphy. Photo by Killy
SPA, Gala April 2016, Melanie Gray, June Christensen
Melanie Gray, June Christensen. Photo by Killy
SPA, Gala April 20i16, David Hartland, Claudine Hartland, DeeDee Howes, Aaron Howes
David Hartland, Claudine Hartland, DeeDee Howes, Aaron Howes. Photo by Killy
SPA Gala, April 2016, Linda Chiang, Willie Chiang
Linda Chiang, Willie Chiang. Photo by Priscilla Dickson
SPA, Gala April 20i16, Tom Glanville, Liz Glanville
Tom Glanville, Liz Glanville. Photo by Priscilla Dickson
SPA Gala, April 2016, Kase Lawal, Eileen Lawal
Kase Lawal, Eileen Lawal. Photo by Priscilla Dickson
SPA Gala, April 2016, Richard Mithoff, Ginni MIthoff
rRchard Mithoff, Ginni Mithoff. Photo by Priscilla Dickson
SPA, Gala April 20i16, Frank Vandiver, Jeff Kuffler, Ernie Manuse and Courtney Vandiver
Frank Vandiver, Jeff Kuffler, Ernie Manuse and Courtney Vandiver. Photo by Killy
SPA, Gala April 2016,  Beverly Postl, Jim Postl
Beverly Postl, Jim Postl. Photo by Killy
SPA gala, April 2016, Jeff Smith, Kathryn Smith
Jeff Smith, Kathryn Smith. Photo by Priscilla Dickson
SPA Gala, April 2016, Judy McCartney, Jimmy McCartney
Judy McCartney, Jimmy McCartney. Photo by Priscilla Dickson
SPA, Gala April 2016, Joel Kalmin, Chree Boydstun
Joel Kalmin, Chree Boydstun. Photo by Killy
SPA gala, April 2016, Elizabeth Vail, Rolin Golden
Elizabeth Vail, Rolin Golden. Photo by Priscilla Dickson
SPA, Gala April 2016,  Duke Ensell, C.C. Ensell
Duke Ensell, C.C. Ensell. Photo by Killy
SPA, Gala April 2016, Margaret Alkek Williams, Jim Daniel
Margaret Alkek Williams, Jim Daniel. Photo by Killy
SPA gala, April 2016, Edward Mallett, Theresa Mallett
Edward Mallett, Theresa Mallett. Photo by Priscilla Dickson
SPA, Gala April 2016, Cahal Mowery, Mallory Cheatham and Marcela Maxson
Cahal Mowery, Mallory Cheatham and Marcela Maxson. Photo by Killy
SPA, Gala April 20i16, Shelby Hodge, Shafik Rifaa
Shelby Hodge, Shafik Rifaat. Photo by Priscilla Dickson
SPA gala, April 2016, Estefania Llanos, Charles Fisher, Bethany Heep
Photo by Killy
SPA Gala, April 2016, dancers
SPA, Gala April 2016, Sharon Taylor, Tim Taylor, Katherine Murphy, Paul Murphy
SPA, Gala April 2016, Melanie Gray, June Christensen
SPA, Gala April 20i16, David Hartland, Claudine Hartland, DeeDee Howes, Aaron Howes
SPA Gala, April 2016, Linda Chiang, Willie Chiang
SPA, Gala April 20i16, Tom Glanville, Liz Glanville
SPA Gala, April 2016, Kase Lawal, Eileen Lawal
SPA Gala, April 2016, Richard Mithoff, Ginni MIthoff
SPA, Gala April 20i16, Frank Vandiver, Jeff Kuffler, Ernie Manuse and Courtney Vandiver
SPA, Gala April 2016,  Beverly Postl, Jim Postl
SPA gala, April 2016, Jeff Smith, Kathryn Smith
SPA Gala, April 2016, Judy McCartney, Jimmy McCartney
SPA, Gala April 2016, Joel Kalmin, Chree Boydstun
SPA gala, April 2016, Elizabeth Vail, Rolin Golden
SPA, Gala April 2016,  Duke Ensell, C.C. Ensell
SPA, Gala April 2016, Margaret Alkek Williams, Jim Daniel
SPA gala, April 2016, Edward Mallett, Theresa Mallett
SPA, Gala April 2016, Cahal Mowery, Mallory Cheatham and Marcela Maxson
SPA, Gala April 20i16, Shelby Hodge, Shafik Rifaa
SPA gala, April 2016, Estefania Llanos, Charles Fisher, Bethany Heep

Greeted by undulating belly dancers and the exotic sounds of Moodafaruka as they entered The Corinthian, guests at the Society for the Performing Arts gala Friday night were instantly seduced by the "Shimmering Sands, A Night at the Oasis" theme.

A good number of femmes in the gathering of 400 pulled out their bejeweled caftans for the evening, none lovelier than that of Eileen Lawal, Elizabeth Vail, Kathryn Smith and Judy McCartney. Their gowns coming from as far away as Saudi Arabia and Dubai and as close as the shop of a local dressmaker.

Throughout the dinner hour, the dancers entertained with costume changes and a variety of dance presentations, weaving through the diners as they supped on Middle Eastern-inspired cuisine from Jackson and Company. Setting the exotic scene for the evening was a wealth of Middle Eastern-inspired decor by Rebekah Johnson.

Katherine and Paul Murphy and Sharon and Tim Taylor chaired the gala while Linda and Willie Chiang served as honorary chairs. Helping keep the evening afloat and applauding the $600,000 in proceeds were SPA board chair Melanie Gray and SPA CEO and president June Christensen.

Kicking the action up a notch after the lengthy live auction and the appeal was Skyrocket, which infused a note of energy into the night.

The party crowd included Margaret Alkek Williams and Jim Daniel, Ginni and Richard Mithoff, Mignon and Stephen Gill, Chree Boydstun, Jeff Smith, Lacey and Matt Goossen, Kathy and Marty Goossen, Joella and Steve Mach, Bob Devlin, Laura Max and Ben Rose, and Tom and Liz Glanville, whose DeVille Fine Jewelry & Diamonds donated the to-die-for blue topaz and diamond earrings to the live auction.

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