Thursday, September 30, The Falls Shopping Center held a cancer fundraiser called: "Strut your Stuff for Cancer." My Snake Charmers and I donated a free performance for the cause. We started off our set with a solo performance from me to get things started (video above); however, soon after I started dancing... it started to RAIN! Not just a little drizzle, but a full on storm with lightning and thunder! So what does a belly dancer do in this situation you may ask? Well, with this particular belly dancer, "The Show Must Go On!" So I kept dancing my heart out and actually had even more fun as the rain hit my face and the thunder provided more "boom" to my performance. The crowd, all gathered under umbrellas and overhangs, stared intently as I dared to shimmy, spin, and undulate on a wet stage. Before you know it, my song had ended and the applause had began. Next up, "Shayna and the Snake Charmers!" My performance troupe had no fear as they took the stage with excitement and a slight hint of nervousness in their eye. After some slight music issues, we were able to dance (as good as we could all huddled together to stay under the little overhang above us.) All in all, we did our thang and showed courage and personality while we did it. In my experience, these uncontrollable-random-unfortunate situations provide for a more exciting and memorable show!