HerMojo: A Benefit Dance

HerMojo - JeanneYou know what’s awesome? Dancing your ass off and making a difference all that the same time!
What a great way to kick off the new year!

We raised $1,000 for Planned Parenthood Northern New England this year!

Thanks to the 68 women who came out for this annual benefit dance this past January and the amazing people at Mayo Street Arts that help to make this event possible with their space, the SheChanges community was able to donate another $1000 to Planned Parenthood—bringing our total donation up to $2,500 over the past three years!  Just by dancing our hearts out. And you betcha we’ll back to do it again in 2020—save the date: January 11th!

New to HerMojo? Want to know what it’s about? Read on, my friend…

There’s something that happens for a woman when she dances. Especially when she’s barefoot and is in a place mentally and physically where she can lose herself in the music.

It has to do with accessing power, of that, I am certain. When a woman dances just for herself she plugs into something mighty powerful and primal. And ancient. Some might say archetypal.

HerMojo is an event to celebrate the power of women’s movement – individually and collectively.

HerMojo will be happening next January 11th, 2020—it’s becoming an annual tradition with us!

When: Saturday, January 11th from 8:30-10:30 pm  (doors open at 8:15)
Where: Mayo Street Arts, Portland, Maine
Why: Seriously? …Why not!? 100% Proceeds will benefit Planned Parenthood Northern New England
Tickets will be available in December at Brown Paper Tickets ($20 in advance) or at the door that night ($25)

Need more convincing? Read on, my friend.

The late Gabrielle Roth, suggested physical movement was the key to unlocking the spirit, and organized her whole life around helping others to “sweat their prayers”. She believed “dance is the fastest and most direct way to truth.”

I wholeheartedly agree.

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And when women dance together? It has the capacity to wake up the world. That was the premise behind Eve Ensler’s brainchild event: One Billion Rising, an event designed to invite women to dance together all across the globe on Valentine’s Day 2013 to create a “feminist tsunami” that would heal our world by awakening and harnessing the power of our collective consciousness through movement.

I so want to be a part of all that. And right now (more than ever…) we could all use some of that, am I right?

HerMojo is a benefit dance for women and femme folx.

No sticky floors, no creepy on-lookers, no cramped spaces. Just a whole lotta awesome women losing (and finding) themselves as they shake their tail feathers to some hot rockin’ tunes. HerMojo offers women and femme folx an informal, safe, and sassy opportunity to dance their heart outs with other like-minded women doing the same. No guided instructions or choreography, no planned program, no expectations, and no prior experience necessary. Just a desire to have some fun and cut loose.

And yes, there will be a disco ball.

The benefits are many: you’ll find your mojo (or your swagger or your smile), you’ll meet some like-minded women, and your body will thank you for allowing it to move more freely for a spell.

But the biggest benefit is that 100% of all the ticket sales from this dance will benefit an organization that directly supports women and girls. We will be dancing for more than just ourselves that night.

Let’s shimmy and shake what our mamas gave us — while also raising some money that will support women’s health beyond the scope of our dance floor!

Save the date for 2020, my friend, and I’ll see you there: January 11th, 2020. Let’s do this.

Thank you to all the women who came out and joined me for this benefit dance in the past!
In April 2013, we raised $500 for a local women’s shelter here in Portland
In January 2017, we raised $900 for Planned Parenthood Northern New England.
In January 2018, we raised $575 for Planned Parenthood Northern New England.
In January 2019, we raised $1000 for Planned Parenthood Northern New England.

Let’s dance our truth out as women. Together.