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Kids enjoy belly laughs and dancing

Samantha Lewakowski • Aug 10, 2016 at 8:00 AM

The Pirate Festival continued at Loutit District Library with belly dancing and belly laughs on Tuesday.

Two organized events were put on in the library’s program room, where two pirates led an educational and fun belly dancing class for all participants in the morning. Gypsy Raqs, the head instructor, taught aspiring filibusters several dance moves to add to their repertoire — the crowd favorite being the “washing machine.”

Kids received jingly scarves to tie around their hips and danced alongside a Capt. Jack Sparrow look-a-like.  

In the afternoon, Gypsy Raqs and her puppet friends put on a puppet show in the Pirate Theater. She told stories including “Boris the Gold-hearted Pirate” and “Pirate Pete” who traveled along with their parrot Polly. 

The weeklong festival continues today with the Powder Monkey Olympics at 10 a.m., craft and coloring activity at 2 p.m., and finishing the day off with a Sea Shanty sing-a-long at 7 p.m.

All of the scheduled events are located in program room A of the library, 407 Columbus Ave. in Grand Haven. 

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