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What the heck is Shimmy Jam?

Shimmy Jam is a 4-week class series that uses Egyptian belly dance as a platform for whole-body fitness and wellness in a fun, informal body-positive environment! We combine elements of yoga, Pilates, jazz, hip-hop, modern dance, & targeted low-impact stretching exercises with the basics of Egyptian belly dance to tone and strengthen the body, and help women rediscover their inner diva.

The purpose of Shimmy Jam! is not to turn women into professional belly dancers, and is also not to exercise with the sole goal of weight loss. The goal is to enlighten women to the many benefits of bellydance: improved health & feelings of wellness, positive self-esteem & body image, and fellowship with other diverse, dynamic women.

We work to remind women that they can be fit doing something that makes them feel beautiful and sensual no matter what their age, background or fitness level may be. And we make sure they have fun doing it!

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Recent Meetups

  • Nov 5, 2016 · 1:00 PM

    Gimmi di Shimmy: Dancehall Edition

    2 Ladies

    Shimmy Jam is thrilled to present Gimmi di Shimmy: a Dancehall Takeover with Chicago's current Top Ranking Dancehall Queen, Ms. Mighty! Ms. Mighty has danced and Trained... Learn more

  • Apr 16, 2016 · 2:30 PM

    Shimmy Jam! Saturday Shimmies

    4 Ladies | 5.00

    Weekends will never be the same...Shimmy Jam's got a new home! Come shake your body on Saturday afternoon & check out our new digs, at the newly opened Riverwest... Learn more

  • Apr 14, 2016 · 6:30 PM

    Shimmy Jam! Spring Fling

    3 Ladies

    DUE TO THE WEATHER ON OUR ORIGINAL START DATE OF 3/24, WE WILL START THE THURSDAY SESSION NEXT WEEK, 3/31. EVERYONE STAY SAFE, & I'LL SEE YOU ALL SOON. Spring is in the... Learn more

  • Apr 9, 2016 · 2:30 PM

    Shimmy Jam! Saturday Shimmies

    3 Ladies

    Weekends will never be the same...Shimmy Jam's got a new home! Come shake your body on Saturday afternoon & check out our new digs, at the newly opened Riverwest... Learn more

  • Apr 2, 2016 · 2:30 PM

    Shimmy Jam! Saturday Shimmies

    3 Ladies

    Weekends will never be the same...Shimmy Jam's got a new home! Come shake your body on Saturday afternoon & check out our new digs, at the newly opened Riverwest... Learn more

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