Black Cat Belly Dance - Belly dance instruction & performance by Shannon Bishop
Upcoming Performance Schedule

Friday nights at The Greek!

January 11, 18 & 25

February 1, 8, 15 & 22

Shows at 6:30 and 7:30

Spend your Friday night at The Greek with great food and two belly dance shows by Shannon!  Experience the classic belly dance restaurant show that is great for the whole family.  Reservations are recommended.  Call 814-308-8822 to make yours now!

The Greek is BYOB and is located on Clinton Avenue in State College, right behind the North Atherton Street Waffle Shop.  

Thursday, January 31 - 9:00 pm 
The Adam's Apple at The Tavern restaurant

Don't miss belly dancing at The Tavern!  Shannon will be performing at 9:00 as the invited guest of The Tavern's featured singer/song-writer, Eric Ian Farmer.  Join Shannon for two belly dance shows, followed by music by Eric.  

Nerd Nite
Wednesday, February 13 - 7:00
Webster's Cafe Bookstore

Shannon will be one of the guest presenters at the inaugural State College Nerd Nite.  Nerd Nite is a monthly event held in more than 100 cities across the globe during which several folks give 18-21-minute fun-yet-informative presentations across all disciplines.

Join Shannon for her talk, entitled: “From Harem Fantasy to I Dream of Jeannie: Deconstructing the Myths & Wishtory of Belly Dance.”

Shannon will contrast the authentic roots and culture of Egyptian raqs sharqi (belly dance) against the most popular imagined (and often Orientalist) fantasies of the art form.  From fertility rituals to the hootchie kootchie, from goddess theory to the dance of the seven veils, outdated stereotypes abound. Shannon will show you why it’s time to give up the fantasies and embrace the vibrant, modern, culturally-rich dances of the Middle East.  

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