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.

Classes: Bellydance, Barre, and Yoga:

Private Bellydance Lessons

-Refine your technique!
-Learn new skills, like using a veil or playing finger cymbals!
-Get focused feedback on choreography for a performance!
-Learn Rachel Brice’s Datura Style™ from a certified 8 Elements Teacher!

Lessons are available via Skype or in person at Bliss Fitness. Schedule with me through the Contact Page. Private lessons are $70/hr.

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

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

Barre classes:

Remedy Barre: 4810 Telegraph Ave, Oakland, CA 94609
• Mondays 5:45pm & 7pm
• 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.


Belly Dance Drum Solos with Shanti Bardot and Jonathan KipP

In this workshop we will take a good long look at the interplay between drummer and dancer in the world of bellydance. Shanti and Jonathan will break down the parts of a typical bellydance drum solo. And then we will forge ahead into territories less charted and more abstract. We will also talk about ways drummers and dancers communicate and how to establish a powerful connection. See the Facebook Event for more info.

Saturday, May 4 | 12:30-3:00pm
$25 advance / $30 at the door
Redwood Raks World Dance Studio
824 L St, Arcata, California 95521

Reserve your spot with Isadora: isadorafsharon@gmail.com.

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












Friday, May 17th, 8p – 10p

Bardot Bellydance Treasury Showcase: May Edition!
Featuring Bay Area Bellydance teachers & students!
PLUS musical guests!

Bliss Fitness and Health
4268 Broadway
Oakland, California 94611
$10 suggested donation

Featuring performances by:
Elizabeth Strong,
Dan Cantrell,
Shanti Bardot,
Jonathan KipP,
Qabila Folkdance Company,
and more!

Saturday, May 4th

Saturday, May 4 | 12:30p – 3:00pm
$25 advance / $30 at the door
Redwood Raks World Dance Studio
824 L St, Arcata, California 95521
Saturday, May 4 | 6p – 8p
FREE, ages 21+.
Siren’s Song Tavern
325 2nd St, Eureka, CA 95501
Featuring Shanti Bardot, members of Ya Habibi Dance Company and live Middle Eastern Music!


Fundamentals of Arabic Drumming with Master Percussionist Faisal Zedan – Ongoing Monday Class Series 

April and May feature Maghreb rhythms along with Faisal’s signature technique drills for increasing clarity.

These classes build up on what was taught in the previous series, but new students are welcome to join anytime.

Mondays 8:45-9:45pm

at Bliss Fitness & Health in Oakland

$30 drop in

Please bring your own drum. If you are in need of one, please send me a note through the Contact Page.



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! Emails are checked 12-6pm Sunday through Thursday.


Shanti is currently based in Oakland, CA and teaches at these studios as of April 2019.

Bliss Fitness & Health
4268 Broadway
Oakland, California 94611

Remedy Barre + Foam Rolling
4810 Telegraph Ave
Oakland, Ca. 94609

Flex Circuit Gym
3925 Piedmont Ave
Oakland, CA 94611