2020 Online Class Schedule

Due to Covid-19 and Pennsylvania's health guidelines for indoor gatherings,

Black Cat Belly Dance is currently offering all classes online via Zoom. 

Shannon Bishop offers a wide range of Egyptian dance classes, at locations across the area, through her dance school, Black Cat Belly Dance.  Feel free to contact her if you are unsure as to which class is right for you.  And for the most up-to-date class information, please join the Black Cat Belly Dance Facebook group.


Belly dancing has historically been a dance of celebration that brings communities of people together, and that is how Shannon approaches her dance classes.  They are fun and non-competitive, and each student is able to grow at their own pace.  In addition to teaching dance fundamentals, Shannon also provides a foundation in the history and culture of the dance, as well as skills in developing stage presence, dance musicality, prop work and improvisation and choreography technique.  An in-depth study of Arabic music and music theory, as well as basic Arabic language skills for music, is also covered in advanced level classes.

Shannon (and Frank) in Black Cat Studio

Select your class and pricing option below to register for an online class!

After you register, you will receive the Zoom link and password by email.

Beginner Raqs Sharqi (Belly Dance)

Wednesdays @ 5:30 via Zoom

$8 per class

$25 for 4-class session

Single Class

4-class session

Intermediate Raqs Sharqi (Belly Dance)

Mondays @ 5:15 via Zoom

$15 per class

$44 for 4 classes

Single Class

4 classes

Intermediate Egyptian Folklore

Mondays @ 6:15 via Zoom

$15 per class

$44 for 4 classes

Single Class

4 classes

Private Lessons

Available by appointment

$65 per hour/ 3 lessons for $175

Available in person and online

One hour private lesson

3 One hour private lessons

In this introductory class, you will learn the core movements of belly dance, including shimmies, undulations, hip circles and more. Using both fast and slow movements, we will connect the moves into creative combinations…and you will be dancing in your first class! Each session of this class will focus on the history and stylizations of belly dance, comparing & contrasting Egyptian style with other styles of belly dance, and exploring the cultural roots of the dance and music. No experience is necessary to join this class!

An all new 4-week Level One session begins October 7, featuring Belly Dance Veil technique!

In this class you will learn the hallmarks of Egyptian style Raqs Sharqi (belly dance). We will study the history and music of Egyptian style, as well as the core techniques and combinations. This class will also cover each part of a traditional Egyptian style belly dance show, including choreographed and improvisational sections. Famous Egyptian dancers and musicians will be highlighted, as well as an in-depth study of Middle Eastern rhythms and musicality. The prerequisite for this class is a minimum of two Level 1 sessions.

This class is for the student who would like to build upon the skills learned in Level 1. Intermediate level techniques, short combinations and full choreographies will be taught. Students will learn about the dance regions of Egypt and the folkloric dances from each region that are an important part of every belly dancer's repertoire. Emphasis will be placed on the culture and history of each dance, as well as the music and costuming for each dance. The prerequisite for this class is a minimum of two Level 1 sessions.

Shannon also offers private and semi-private lessons at Black Cat Studio. The rate for private lessons is $65 per hour. A special package price of $175 for 3 one-hour lessons is also available. Lessons can be shared at an additional rate of $10 per hour, per additional person.  Private lessons are a great way to make up missed material, or to really boost your dancing to the next level!

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