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#EachForEqual at Hip Circle

Photo courtesy of Hip Circle Studio

The nonprofit Hip Circle Empowerment Center will celebrate International Women’s Day by throwing a barefoot gala from 4-8 p.m. on March 8. The event will feature the powerful speaker Heather “Byrd” Roberts, a dinner and dialogue to discuss the theme #EachForEqual, a Belly Dance experience led by Executive Director Malik Turley, and a silent auction to benefit women in the Evanston and Rogers Park community.

Through a full schedule of dance and fitness offerings, the center helps women meet their wellness goals, find an outlet for their creative expression and connect with a community of women with similar wants and needs. Turley describes the “decisive mission that through dance, fitness and community, we empower all women to believe they are strong, beautiful and worthy of attention.”

Board President Katie Nordine says the center is “where you are accepted and loved just for showing up, and everyone is able to be themselves—it’s a magical, magical thing.”

Location: 727 Howard St., Evanston. For tickets, visit