Belly dancers shake their stuff at Hartlepool event

The Belly Dance Convivial took place on board HMS Trincomalee.
The Belly Dance Convivial took place on board HMS Trincomalee.
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A shaking, hip-wiggling belly dance festival took place on board the deck of a historic Hartlepool ship.

Around 100 people turned up to watch the Belly Dance Convivial at HMS Trincomalee where 10 talented dancers performed their best moves.

Around 100 people turned up to watch the event.

Around 100 people turned up to watch the event.

David McKnight. HMS Trincomalee Trust general manager, said: “It was absolutely excellent. It’s the second time we’ve held the event on the ship in support of the local dance industry.

“Clearly it’s an unusual venue for this and it’s not without its challenges because it’s not like your average dance hall!

“Saying that a lot of belly dancers were traditionally from India and the ship was Indian built, so there is a link there.

“The audience loved it and they had a great evening. It was extremely well-received.”

The Belly Dance Convivial was a colourful spectacle.

The Belly Dance Convivial was a colourful spectacle.

He added: “We have had all sorts of events on board and this is another great one.

“It felt right and it went down a storm.”

Dancers from the Tees Valley, Newcastle, Sunderland and Catterick performed at the Hartlepool show.

The belly dancing event was to support the local dance industry.

The belly dancing event was to support the local dance industry.

The Belly Dance Convivial took place on board HMS Trincomalee.

The Belly Dance Convivial took place on board HMS Trincomalee.