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Exotic recruit for commerce group
Photo by Ian Thraves courtesy of Jenny Bent
Jenny Bent began belly dancing to finance her art
A belly dancer, who once performed with psychedelic rockers Hawkwind, has become the most exotic recruit at a local chamber of commerce.

Members of the Greater Altrincham chamber are more used to business suits than sequinned halter tops, split skirts and hip scarves.

But Jenny Bent's membership is a welcome change, said officials.

Jenny, 31, from Hale, became a professional belly dancer six years ago to finance her career as an artist.

We have more lawyers, retailers and consultants than belly dancers
John Smith, chamber chief executive

"Belly dancing may be a little different from the norm but I wanted to join the chamber to introduce myself to the local business community and let people know about my dancing and painting," she said.

The chamber's Chief Executive, John Smith, admitted: "We have more lawyers, retailers and consultants than belly dancers but it's a very welcome change."

Jenny's performances have included corporate events, weddings, restaurants and exhibitions and she has even danced on stage with Hawkwind and The Crazy World of Arthur Brown.

Her art clients include hotels, bars, restaurants and private individuals as well as work with interior designers.

She has already attended a couple of chamber meetings.

"It was very interesting but I found the business seminars went over my head," she said.

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