Shanti Bardot is a Tribal Fusion Bellydance performer and instructor based in Oakland, California who specializes in Arabic Folk Dance, Turkish Roman, and Rachel Brice’s 8 Elements Format.
Information about upcoming performances can be found in Events and details for weekly classes, workshops, and private lessons in Classes!

For event and workshop booking please use the Contact Form!

Shanti is available for private event bookings! Create a night to remember by featuring a bellydance performance at your next party!

Classes & Workshops

Shanti is an 8 Elements Datura Style™ Certified Teacher and 200-hr Certified Yoga Instructor with over a decade of teaching experience.
In Shanti’s teaching, the main focus is on deep understanding of movement so that it can be fully and easily learned. Whether it’s the basics or complex layering, Shanti emphasizes technique and discovering the deeper experience of movement that comes from within.


Weekly Classes: Bellydance and Yoga:

Beginning Bellydance
Wednesdays 6:15-7:15pm
TAC: Temescal Arts Center
511 48th Street, Oakland 94609

Learn the beautiful art of bellydance in an environment that’s relaxed and encourages having fun while learning!
In this class you’ll learn the basic hip movements, what to do with your feet and hands while dancing, how a belly roll is practiced, and where to find the beat of the music you’re dancing to! There will be details on how to connect these movements into a full dance and where aspects of this dance form come from.
This is a true beginner class! No previous dance experience is required or expected.

Three Payment options:
$15 drop-in • $50 for a 4-class card$80 for all 7 classes of Nov-Dec

Work-trade options are available if money is stopping you from being able to attend class.

Datura Style Bellydance
Wednesdays 8:15-9:30pm
Spring Fall Studio:
2547 8th Street, Studio #20 of Bay 2
Berkeley, CA 94710
All levels of students are welcome though it is recommended to join with the start of a series.
$17 Drop-in, discounted prices available when you sign-up for a full series! See the current Datura Style Series Schedule for more details or Sign-up via e-mail!


Yoga classes:
Bliss Fitness & Health: 4268 Broadway, Oakland, CA 94611
• Tuesdays 10-11amVinyasa Flow
• Tuesdays 6-7pm Vinyasa Flow

Flex Circuit Gym: 3925 Piedmont Ave, Oakland, CA 94611
• Thursdays 9:15-10:30am Hatha
• Sundays 5-6pm Restorative

Private Lessons
Shanti is available for private lessons within the Bay Area. Rates start at $65/hr and go up depending on number of people and location! Send an e-mail via the Contact Page for rates and more information.

Interested in hosting a bellydance workshop for your community? Send an e-mail via the Contact Page for a current list of workshop offerings!
If there is something specific you are looking for please include that in your email. It is possible to create a workshop custom for your dance community’s interests!

Photo by LilBittyDemon












Underground Nomads – Resident Dancer
Shanti is a resident dancer at this weekly Tuesday Night World Music and Bellydance event at F8 in San Francisco!
See the Underground Nomads Website or Facebook Page to see who’s performing each week!

February 9th – Hubba Hubba Revue’s “History of the World”!
Performing with Tsifteteli Delights, a new bellydance trio of Elizabeth Strong, Nicole Maria, and Shanti Bardot!
Tickets ♦ Facebook Event



Photo by Phoebus Foto at Jamballah NW 2016 in Portland, Oregon

Shanti performs and teaches Tribal Fusion belly dance, specializing in fusing Arabic Folk Dance with contemporary dance and her own aesthetic. She does both improvisational and choreographed dancing, enjoying the different creative processes.
Having studied western dance and yoga for many years before belly dancing, Shanti understands the body’s movement from the inside out.
She currently performs as a soloist in the Bay Area and collaborates with fellow dancers throughout the West Coast.

After 5 years of Cabaret style belly dance, Shanti saw Rachel Brice perform at The Roxy in 2007 and began exploring this new world of Tribal Fusion.
Since then she has studied intensively with Rachel and is a certified 8 Elements Practitioner. She is also FCBD General Skills certified through Carolena Nericcio.

For event booking send an email via the Contact Page

Photo by Triple Scoop Photo. 2011




Send an email! – This is the best way to get a quick response!


Shanti is currently based in Oakland, CA and teaches at these studios as of January 2018:

Spring Fall Studio
2547 8th Street, Studio #20 of Bay 2
Berkeley, CA 94710

Left Coast Power Yoga – Uptown
554 16th Street
Oakland, CA 94612

Flex Circuit Gym
3925 Piedmont Avenue
Oakland, CA 94611