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Book Shabnam and Ooh La La and have your event be what everyone talks about tomorrow. With her gracefully athletic style, authentic Persian heritage, and charismatic presence, Shabnam has won all of the top competitive bellydance awards. From Zellerbach Hall, to The Palace of Fine Arts, Shabnam will bring the prestige of those venues to your private occasion. +More Info

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Bellydance and Dance Fitness Classes

Learn an art form that has been practiced for over a thousand years. A dance that promotes beauty, fertility, and physical discipline. Develop your skill with Persian-American bellydance champion Shabnam.

Class Location

385 17th St., Oakland, CA 94612

Basics:
Bellydance Basics - Level 1 Online

Session Starts on November 9th, 2020
This one day workshop will focus on the beautiful movements of Bellydance. Students will learn body waves, hip undulations and dance technique with emphasis on form. No experience needed. Online class. Students will receive link via zoom after purchase of class.
Day(s): Monday
Time: 06:00 PM - 07:15 PM

Intermediate:
Drum Solo Combos and Rhythm - Online

Session Starts on October 24th, 2020
This one day workshop is designed for disciplined students that are interested in learning Orientale and stage style Bellydance. Students will learn technique to strengthen their dancing, isolations and percussive timing. Workshop includes unique dance combos. Workshop geared for advanced basics/intermediate level. Students will receive a link via zoom after purchase of class.
Day(s): Saturday
Time: 10:30 AM - 11:45 AM

Advanced:
Drum Solo Combos and Rhythm - Online

Session Starts on October 24th, 2020
This one day workshop is designed for disciplined students that are interested in learning Orientale and stage style Bellydance. Students will learn technique to strengthen their dancing, isolations and percussive timing. Workshop includes unique dance combos. Workshop geared for advanced basics/intermediate level. Students will receive a link via zoom after purchase of class.
Day(s): Saturday
Time: 10:30 AM - 11:45 AM

Flexibility:
Hip Flexibility Intensive - Online

Session Starts on October 24th, 2020
Online one day workshop will focus on exercises to stretch and increase flexibility in the hips. Class begins with shimmy drill warm ups for increased cardio and strength. No experience needed
Day(s): Saturday
Time: 09:30 AM - 10:30 AM

Contortion:
Backbend Stretch + Flexibility - Online

Session Starts on November 7th, 2020
Gain a more flexible, graceful and healthy physique with our one day flexibility intensive. Students will learn effective stretches to achieve backbends and a more open body. No experience needed.
No refunds or transfers unless a class is cancelled.
Day(s): Saturday
Time: 10:30 AM - 11:45 AM

Drills:
Thanksgiving Shimmy Workout + Drills Online

Session Starts on November 27th, 2020
Join us for dance, shimmies and hard work in a fun yet challenging day after Thanksgiving drill course. Students will learn shimmies and various Bellydance isolation techniques in slow, medium and fast tempos. No experience needed.

This is an online course.

Sorry there are no refunds or exchanges unless class is cancelled.
Day(s): Friday
Time: 10:30 AM - 11:45 AM

Abdominal:
Abdominal Intensive + Locks Online

Session Starts on November 7th, 2020
Learn the dynamic, intricate movements of Bellydance while strengthening your abdominal muscles. In this one day workshop, we will focus on locks - staccato, sharp torso movements set to percussive music. Class concludes with strengthening and stretching exercises to enhance core health and improved posture. No experience needed.

This is an online course.

There are no refunds or exchanges unless class is cancelled.
Day(s): Saturday
Time: 09:30 AM - 10:30 AM

Workshop
Charming Veil - Online

Session Starts on October 31st, 2020
Learn the beautiful artistry of Veil Dance. Workshop will focus on unique wraps, flips and tricks in addition to charming dance movement combos. All levels are welcome. No refunds or transfers unless a class is cancelled.
Date: October 31st, 2020
Time: 10:30 AM - 11:15 AM

Workshop
Classical Bellydance

Session Starts on November 14th, 2020
Learn the beautiful and charming style of Classical Bellydance. In this one day workshop we will focus on dance combinations set to Egyptian compositions encircling artistry and movement. No experience needed, but some familiarity with Basic technique is recommended.
Date: November 14th, 2020
Time: 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Photo By: Liza Heider

Testimonials
Afreen and Ciarian

"Thank you so much for making our wedding so much more colourful and spectacular with your performance. Guests haven't got out of the trance your performance has put them into, they don't seem to stop to talking about you :-)
All I want to say that it was a privilege and an honour to have you at our wedding.”
 
Loads of Best Wishes and Love,
Afreen and Ciaran
Client

Testimonials
A. Aranda

Shabnam is an outstanding teacher. She is very technical and detailed and will give you the individual attention to correct you and coach you. She hypnotizes me every time I see her move, she is just amazing!!!!!. Once you see her sharp, precise yet delicate movements, you won't see belly dancers the same way.
Student

Testimonials
Mialeen Wright

Shabnam completely holds your attention when she takes the stage. I've gone to several Belly dance and cultural dance shows and Shabnam always steals the show and takes my breath away.
Fan, Client

Testimonials
Karimah Keene

I've been dancing with Shabnam for several years now. The experience has been exciting, challenging and rewarding. Attending classes is a good opportunity to learn and improve dance technique, improve physical fitness and relieve the daily stresses of life!
Student

Testimonials
Diana Prendergast

As a student I must say that I've never experienced such individualized attention during class with any other instructor (and I've had a few!). Shabnam's classes are small, and she will focus on each student in order to break down movements and ensure that they are done correctly. Her attention to detail in each class is impeccable, and she stubbornly continues to work with me every week!
Student

Testimonials
Emily Taft

I am a newbie to Shabnam dance studio, but have been dancing for many years on the east coast. Never have I had a teacher so devoted to the success and happiness of her students. Shabnam's classes are worth every penny! The class is structured in a positive, comfortable environment where the students are encouraged to express themselves and discover the beauty of belly dance.
Student

Testimonials
Michelle Burch

Thank you so much for your performance at our wedding on July 16th. You were amazing. Everyone there was delighted and impressed by your beautiful dancing and your interactions with and involvement of the guests were perfect.
Client

Testimonials
SF Chronicle

Shabnam Dance Company’s precision and skill were abundantly apparent - three oscillating dancers perched atop wine glasses earned rousing response from the audience.
Mary Ellen Hunt, S.F Chronicle
Press

Testimonials
Allan Ulrich, Voice of Dance

Shabnam’s undulating midriff and pelvic dislocations exuded sensuality and a kind of stylized elegance.
Press

Testimonials
Elly Ham

Shabnam is gracious, classy, and a very giving person. She'll push you, but she is well versed in injury prevention and doesn't push us beyond our limits. Since taking her Flexibility and Contortion classes, I've lost about 20lbs in 12 months. On a 5'1" body, that's quite a bit of weight. I've also noticed significant improvement in my dance lines and my stage presence as a salsa/mambo dancer.
Student

Testimonials
Maeve Lilly

She is dedicated to bringing out the best in all her students, with lots of individualized attention and encouragement. I love how Shabnam emphasizes musicality and lyricism in her classes, as well as technique. It's also great to be able to see her dance - the combos that she comes up with in class are beautiful! Her classes are a weekly inspiration!
Student

Testimonials
Johanna

What a fabulous show today, Shabnam! I can honestly say that you are the reason why I bought today’s Ethnic Dance Festival ticket. My only beef is that your piece was so short – my daughter and I wanted more! But technique, costume, lighting – superb! And your technical skill was amazing. My daughter is 6 and would love to take dance classes…do you teach children? In any case, bravo for a masterful performance!
Fan

Testimonials
Prasanna Kumar

Khati and I went to attend Ethnic Dance Festival (First Weekend). It was a very good experience. Had good time watching different dance types of different countries. Most notable was "Shabnam".
Fan

Testimonials
Amaryllis Salome Rosario-Carter

Killer, killer workshops! I need tiger balm so bad right now!

The day started with a burning warm-up that targeted the core and leg muscles - hurt so good. Shab is amazing at breaking down technique and body mechanics. Her floorwork and transitions are tight!!! She is an excellent teacher!!! Can't wait to take another workshop with her."

-Amaryllis Salome' Rosario-Carter
www.shimmythis. Com
Student

Testimonials
Susan Borrero

"Shabnam's excellent technique, wonderful style, amazingly happy and encouraging, yet disciplined, disposition make her one of the most wonderful teachers I have ever had and I have been dancing, teaching, taking classes over 48 years.Thank you.

Student

Testimonials
via youtube

Lovely sinuous movements -a beautiful snake-woman.
Fan

Testimonials
Yuki Okamoto - Raqs Art

I met Shabnam at the Ethnic Dance Festival 2010 in San Francisco. In this festival of dancing styles from all over the world, other dancers were performing in groups, because the theater’s stage was very large. However, Shabnam performed by herself, but her dancing had the power to attract a large audience. I felt the rhythm of the music visually through her Raqs Sharqi. In the party after the festival, I immediately asked Shabnam for a dancer’s interview, because her dancing and dramatics were amazing. Shabnam is very friendly, and I was moved by the nice and charming personality that she has besides her dancing skills
Press, Fan

Testimonials
Cynthia Bazan

First off, let me start by saying that this is not just a class, it is a "school" of bellydance. If you are looking for a kumbaya type of class where everything you do is "great" or "beautiful" then this is not the place for you. Her classes are challenging both physically and mentally as she makes it a point to ensure that you are not only learning something, but being respectful of the dance as well. You will learn to manipulate muscles that you never knew existed and in turn those muscles will come back to haunt you (in a good way of course.) My posture, self image and physique have all benefitted from my time with Shabnam and if you are dedicated and hardworking, you can reaps the benefits of Shabnam's knowledge and talent as well.
Student

Testimonials
Sarah Benitez

Sore already- arms,core, quads, calves! Great to be reminded how much of an innovator you are. Thanks!
Student

Testimonials
Madeline via Trekaroo.com

The highlight of the (Ethnic Dance Festival) show for my daughter came next: a belly dancer with a spine as flexible as a snake. She wiggled and jiggled, with bells on her fingers, a pretty purple skirt and long ponytail. The belly dancers were impressive, especially their last act, where they stood on the bottoms of upside-down wine glasses and, keeping their feet perfectly still, danced moving only their hips and shoulders and heads.
Fan

Testimonials
Bart Davis U2Lavation.com

Thank you so much for doing a fantastic job performing with us. You nailed it, and I could absolutely tell from the response from the crowd, it was great. Thank you again.
Client

Testimonials
Mariah and Brad

Dearest Shabnam,
Thank you so much for all the ways you shared your love, kindness and talent at our wedding. I love your energy and of course the mind blowing beauty of troupe Ooh La La made the day a perfect experience of bliss!
Client

Testimonials
Julia via Yelp

I've studied Belly dance in New York City and Los Angeles, and I have never had a teacher as great as Shabnam. I just completed her Basics Class and learned more in that time than in months of previous classes - and I will definitely be taking more!

She has this joyful enthusiastic energy, obviously loves and is passionate about dancing and teaching. I've never had this much fun belly dancing, and I feel comfortable and at ease to be there, release and let go into dancing. It's rare to find that in a teacher anywhere.
Student

Testimonials
Lindsey Stewart

I had an amazing workshop Friday at Shabnam Bellydance in Oakland. Shabnam was amazing and got me doing a standing backbend and up again. And Amazing stretches to get my splits back! What a workshop!
Student

Testimonials
Omi Mahina

We took an amazing flexibility/contortion private workshop with Shabnam Bellydance last week. We walked away super excited about what we accomplished and in awe of the amazing shabnam!
Student

Testimonials
Janice Berman - SF Classical Voice

Honoring glitz and glamour, according to the program, Shabnam Dance Company, led by Shabnam Shirvani, a group of modern bellydancers, dazzled. Swathed in pearls and golden costumes and chandelier earrings and, once, a headful of lighted candles, flexing their bare midriffs and other integuments, they were sinuous, sexy and athletic all at once. Furthermore, they played the drums called tablas, traditionally reserved for men.
Press

Testimonials
Allan Ulrich - San Francisco Chronicle

My guilty pleasure was the Shabnam Dance Company, which included 11 beautifully trained women in shimmering costumes undulating their midsections, balancing candelabras on heads, whipping heads so that flying hair covered faces.
Press

Testimonials
Couture A. via Yelp

A very flexible friend of mine from my dance team recommended the flexibility class. I just finished my first month and it was worth every penny. Highly recommended for anybody who would like to gain flexibility. Shabnam is awesome!
Student

Testimonials
Client Testimonial

My cup is feeling very full after a fabulous soirée night in at my home with beautiful women friends. Thank you Shabnam for your wonderful teaching and dancing. So inspiring!
Client

Student:
Couture A. via Yelp

A very flexible friend of mine from my dance team recommended the flexibility class. I just finished my first month and it was worth every penny. Highly recommended for anybody who would like to gain flexibility. Shabnam is awesome!

Student:
Lindsey Stewart

I had an amazing workshop Friday at Shabnam Bellydance in Oakland. Shabnam was amazing and got me doing a standing backbend and up again. And Amazing stretches to get my splits back! What a workshop!

Student:
Julia via Yelp

I've studied Belly dance in New York City and Los Angeles, and I have never had a teacher as great as Shabnam. I just completed her Basics Class and learned more in that time than in months of previous classes - and I will definitely be taking more!

She has this joyful enthusiastic energy, obviously loves and is passionate about dancing and teaching. I've never had this much fun belly dancing, and I feel comfortable and at ease to be there, release and let go into dancing. It's rare to find that in a teacher anywhere.

Student:
Omi Mahina

We took an amazing flexibility/contortion private workshop with Shabnam Bellydance last week. We walked away super excited about what we accomplished and in awe of the amazing shabnam!

Student:
Sarah Benitez

Sore already- arms,core, quads, calves! Great to be reminded how much of an innovator you are. Thanks!

Student:
Cynthia Bazan

First off, let me start by saying that this is not just a class, it is a "school" of bellydance. If you are looking for a kumbaya type of class where everything you do is "great" or "beautiful" then this is not the place for you. Her classes are challenging both physically and mentally as she makes it a point to ensure that you are not only learning something, but being respectful of the dance as well. You will learn to manipulate muscles that you never knew existed and in turn those muscles will come back to haunt you (in a good way of course.) My posture, self image and physique have all benefitted from my time with Shabnam and if you are dedicated and hardworking, you can reaps the benefits of Shabnam's knowledge and talent as well.

Student:
Susan Borrero

"Shabnam's excellent technique, wonderful style, amazingly happy and encouraging, yet disciplined, disposition make her one of the most wonderful teachers I have ever had and I have been dancing, teaching, taking classes over 48 years.Thank you.

Student:
Amaryllis Salome Rosario-Carter

Killer, killer workshops! I need tiger balm so bad right now!

The day started with a burning warm-up that targeted the core and leg muscles - hurt so good. Shab is amazing at breaking down technique and body mechanics. Her floorwork and transitions are tight!!! She is an excellent teacher!!! Can't wait to take another workshop with her."

-Amaryllis Salome' Rosario-Carter
www.shimmythis. Com

Student:
Maeve Lilly

She is dedicated to bringing out the best in all her students, with lots of individualized attention and encouragement. I love how Shabnam emphasizes musicality and lyricism in her classes, as well as technique. It's also great to be able to see her dance - the combos that she comes up with in class are beautiful! Her classes are a weekly inspiration!

Student:
Elly Ham

Shabnam is gracious, classy, and a very giving person. She'll push you, but she is well versed in injury prevention and doesn't push us beyond our limits. Since taking her Flexibility and Contortion classes, I've lost about 20lbs in 12 months. On a 5'1" body, that's quite a bit of weight. I've also noticed significant improvement in my dance lines and my stage presence as a salsa/mambo dancer.

Student:
Emily Taft

I am a newbie to Shabnam dance studio, but have been dancing for many years on the east coast. Never have I had a teacher so devoted to the success and happiness of her students. Shabnam's classes are worth every penny! The class is structured in a positive, comfortable environment where the students are encouraged to express themselves and discover the beauty of belly dance.

Student:
Diana Prendergast

As a student I must say that I've never experienced such individualized attention during class with any other instructor (and I've had a few!). Shabnam's classes are small, and she will focus on each student in order to break down movements and ensure that they are done correctly. Her attention to detail in each class is impeccable, and she stubbornly continues to work with me every week!

Student:
Karimah Keene

I've been dancing with Shabnam for several years now. The experience has been exciting, challenging and rewarding. Attending classes is a good opportunity to learn and improve dance technique, improve physical fitness and relieve the daily stresses of life!

Student:
A. Aranda

Shabnam is an outstanding teacher. She is very technical and detailed and will give you the individual attention to correct you and coach you. She hypnotizes me every time I see her move, she is just amazing!!!!!. Once you see her sharp, precise yet delicate movements, you won't see belly dancers the same way.

Client:
Client Testimonial

My cup is feeling very full after a fabulous soirée night in at my home with beautiful women friends. Thank you Shabnam for your wonderful teaching and dancing. So inspiring!

Client:
Mariah and Brad

Dearest Shabnam,
Thank you so much for all the ways you shared your love, kindness and talent at our wedding. I love your energy and of course the mind blowing beauty of troupe Ooh La La made the day a perfect experience of bliss!

Client:
Bart Davis U2Lavation.com

Thank you so much for doing a fantastic job performing with us. You nailed it, and I could absolutely tell from the response from the crowd, it was great. Thank you again.

Client:
Michelle Burch

Thank you so much for your performance at our wedding on July 16th. You were amazing. Everyone there was delighted and impressed by your beautiful dancing and your interactions with and involvement of the guests were perfect.

Client:
Mialeen Wright

Shabnam completely holds your attention when she takes the stage. I've gone to several Belly dance and cultural dance shows and Shabnam always steals the show and takes my breath away.

Client:
Afreen and Ciarian

"Thank you so much for making our wedding so much more colourful and spectacular with your performance. Guests haven't got out of the trance your performance has put them into, they don't seem to stop to talking about you :-)
All I want to say that it was a privilege and an honour to have you at our wedding.”
 
Loads of Best Wishes and Love,
Afreen and Ciaran

Press:
Allan Ulrich - San Francisco Chronicle

My guilty pleasure was the Shabnam Dance Company, which included 11 beautifully trained women in shimmering costumes undulating their midsections, balancing candelabras on heads, whipping heads so that flying hair covered faces.

Press:
Janice Berman - SF Classical Voice

Honoring glitz and glamour, according to the program, Shabnam Dance Company, led by Shabnam Shirvani, a group of modern bellydancers, dazzled. Swathed in pearls and golden costumes and chandelier earrings and, once, a headful of lighted candles, flexing their bare midriffs and other integuments, they were sinuous, sexy and athletic all at once. Furthermore, they played the drums called tablas, traditionally reserved for men.

Press:
Yuki Okamoto - Raqs Art

I met Shabnam at the Ethnic Dance Festival 2010 in San Francisco. In this festival of dancing styles from all over the world, other dancers were performing in groups, because the theater’s stage was very large. However, Shabnam performed by herself, but her dancing had the power to attract a large audience. I felt the rhythm of the music visually through her Raqs Sharqi. In the party after the festival, I immediately asked Shabnam for a dancer’s interview, because her dancing and dramatics were amazing. Shabnam is very friendly, and I was moved by the nice and charming personality that she has besides her dancing skills

Press:
Allan Ulrich, Voice of Dance

Shabnam’s undulating midriff and pelvic dislocations exuded sensuality and a kind of stylized elegance.

Press:
SF Chronicle

Shabnam Dance Company’s precision and skill were abundantly apparent - three oscillating dancers perched atop wine glasses earned rousing response from the audience.
Mary Ellen Hunt, S.F Chronicle

Fan:
Prasanna Kumar

Khati and I went to attend Ethnic Dance Festival (First Weekend). It was a very good experience. Had good time watching different dance types of different countries. Most notable was "Shabnam".

Fan:
Madeline via Trekaroo.com

The highlight of the (Ethnic Dance Festival) show for my daughter came next: a belly dancer with a spine as flexible as a snake. She wiggled and jiggled, with bells on her fingers, a pretty purple skirt and long ponytail. The belly dancers were impressive, especially their last act, where they stood on the bottoms of upside-down wine glasses and, keeping their feet perfectly still, danced moving only their hips and shoulders and heads.

Fan:
Yuki Okamoto - Raqs Art

I met Shabnam at the Ethnic Dance Festival 2010 in San Francisco. In this festival of dancing styles from all over the world, other dancers were performing in groups, because the theater’s stage was very large. However, Shabnam performed by herself, but her dancing had the power to attract a large audience. I felt the rhythm of the music visually through her Raqs Sharqi. In the party after the festival, I immediately asked Shabnam for a dancer’s interview, because her dancing and dramatics were amazing. Shabnam is very friendly, and I was moved by the nice and charming personality that she has besides her dancing skills

Fan:
via youtube

Lovely sinuous movements -a beautiful snake-woman.

Fan:
Johanna

What a fabulous show today, Shabnam! I can honestly say that you are the reason why I bought today’s Ethnic Dance Festival ticket. My only beef is that your piece was so short – my daughter and I wanted more! But technique, costume, lighting – superb! And your technical skill was amazing. My daughter is 6 and would love to take dance classes…do you teach children? In any case, bravo for a masterful performance!

Fan:
Mialeen Wright

Shabnam completely holds your attention when she takes the stage. I've gone to several Belly dance and cultural dance shows and Shabnam always steals the show and takes my breath away.
Photo By: RJ Muna

General Information

Learn an art form that has been practiced for over a thousand years. A dance that promotes beauty, fertility, and physical discipline. Develop your skill with Persian-American bellydance champion Shabnam.

Online and Offline

facebook.com/oohlalabellydance
Blog bellydanceday.tumblr.com
info(at)oaklandbellydance.com
385 17th St., Oakland, CA 94612

1st Place Awards

Troupe of the Sierra
First Place Troupe
Bellydancer of the Universe
First place
Los Angeles
Hips of Fury
Shabnam First Place
Los Angeles
People's Choice Bellydancer
Shabnam First Place
San Jose
Best Bellydance Duo
Shabnam & Mandanah First Place
Oroville CA
Wiggles of the West
Shabnam & Mandanah first place
Las Vegas
Bellydance Duo of the Year
Shabnam & Mandanah first place
Walnut Creek CA
Bellydance troupe of the Year
Shabnam Dance Company first place
Double Crown Bellydance Competition
Shabnam first place
Double Crown Fusion Soloist
Shabnam first place
Portland OR
People Choice Bellydance Troupe
Shabnam Dance Co first place
San Jose CA
Hips of Fury Fusion Soloist
Shabnam first place
Los Angeles CA
Bellydancer of the Universe Peoples Choice
Shabnam first place fusion category
Los Angeles CA
Featured Soloist Ethnic Dance Festival
2007 San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival
Palace of Fine Arts, San Francisco
Featured Soloist SF Ethnic Dance Festival
2008 San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival
Palace of Fine Arts, San Francisco
Shabnam Dance Co, SF Ethnic Dance Festival
2011 featured troupe at San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival
Zellerbach Hall, Berkeley CA
Featured Soloist San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival
2010 San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival.
Palace of Fine Arts, San Francisco
Photo By: Liza Heider

News & Performances

Find out what's going on with Shabnam Dance company

New Website Coming. Stay Tuned!
September 14th, 2019

Please join our newsletter on the front page for information on the launch of our new website in addition to current class schedule and registration.

Online Classes
October 21st, 2020

Gain strength, discipline and beauty with the Art of Bellydance in your home. Our studio has temporarily moved online. Join us for bellydance and specialty workshops to enhance your dance training and well being. All classes are held via Zoom and taught by master instructor Shabnam.

Mary Ellen Birthday Bash - Live Music Show
August 17th, 2019

Shabnam has been invited to perform a full show featuring wonderful live music in jazz and Middle Eastern styles.

Where:Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists @ 1924 Cedar at bonita, Berkeley
When:August 17th, 2019 @ 02:00 PM
Photo By: RJ Muna