Black Cat Belly Dance - Belly dance instruction & performance by Shannon Bishop
About Shannon Bishop




Shannon is a professional belly dancer based in State College, PA.  Shannon began her studies of Middle Eastern dance in 2003 with Fikriyyah (formerly of Lewisburg, PA) and immediately fell in love with this timeless and culturally rich art form.   Known for her professionalism and the elegance and passion that she brings to every performance, Shannon has grown to be a top dancer and instructor in the area.  Both as a soloist and as the director of her professional dance troupe, she is a featured dancer at several local establishments, as well as many regional festivals and celebrations.   





Shannon has trained in and teaches Egyptian Raqs Sharqi (belly dance) as well as the folkloric dances of Egypt and the Middle East, including Saidi, Fellahi, Khaleegy, Melaya Leff, Ghawazee, Nubian, Shaabi, Simsimayya and more. 


As a student of Middle Eastern dance, Shannon is continually expanding her repertoire, and while she specializes in Egyptian dance, she also trains diligently in many styles of belly dance.  She furthers her training through workshops and intensives with many of the top names in the field, with dancers from around the world.  Her primary instructor of Egyptian dance is international dance instructor and scholar, Sahra Saeeda. Shannon travels to Egypt at least once a year, where she has continued her training with Egypt's top instructors.  She also organizes group tours to Egypt - not just for sightseeing, but to connect people to the arts and culture of the region.


As a workshop sponsor, Shannon has hosted an array of dancers from around the world, including Artemis Mourat, Sahra Saeeda, Leila Farid, Vanessa of Cairo, Nada el Masriya, Shahrzad and more.  She has produced countless Middle Eastern music and dance events in central PA, and was a founding member of the Central PA Theatre and Dance Festival

Shannon performs regularly throughout Central Pennsylvania, and at festivals and private events across the East Coast.  She is an invited performer for parties, weddings and other special events.  You can see her perform regularly at:



102 E. Clinton Avenue
State College, PA 16803
(814) 308-8822

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