“Shake your Shakti” Belly Dance Classes with Hannah Romanowsky

The Scheherazade School is here to support all women who want to benefit from the healing dimensions of dance and offers different formats depending on your goals. For those interested in learning belly dance technique for personal development, fun and fitness in a supportive environment Hannah offers the following weekly classes in San Rafael CA. Beginners warmly encouraged, though some movement experience is recommended. 

Private lessons and “Shake your Shakti” women’s parties (for birthdays, bachelorette parties, or any occasion women get together) also available! Contact Hannah to book.

Belly Dance with Hannah

What is Shakti? As the life force and manifestation of All That Is, Shakti’s activated feminine energy appears in many forms. You may encounter her presence on the meditation pillow, or in the swaying of trees, or in the warm face of a dear friend. She activates all things in the manifest world – including your workout class! Shake your Shakti feminine dance fitness invites you to shake, shimmy, and undulate, releasing stress and building strength and fluidity in the body. There are many health benefits to belly dance technique. The movements are both beautiful and require strength, in the most feminine of ways. Come explore the way a woman moves. This is a dance technique class inviting you to love your body and challenge it in new and exciting ways.

In the words of Taylor Swift, come Shake it off!

“Shake your Shakti” Feminine Dance Fitness

Wednesdays 10am-11am (ongoing) 

Fee: $15 drop-in

Location: BodyVibe Studio, 999 Andersen Dr., Suite 170 San Rafael CA  

Studio is across the street from Rafael Lumber. Please note that some GPS apps (including Mapquest) will lead you astray. Please view map on BodyVibe website to confirm location.


Feeling stuck?  Want to get your vital, life-enhancing energies bubbling and flowing?  Love your body and celebrate your creative life force through spine-awakening undulations and shimmies.  No previous experience necessary.

In this weekly class you will:

– Breathe fluidity and flow into your body

– Magnify and revitalize your own innate grace and beauty

– Learn beautiful and inspiring dance routines in celebration of the Feminine

– Relish in the soulful melodies and rhythms of the Middle East and beyond

*all genders interested in exploring feminine embodiment are warmly welcomed!

Hannah Romanowsky, M.A., Spirit Dance Mentor and Director of Scheherazade School of Sacred Movement, has been researching, embodying, and teaching women’s dances from the Middle East, North Africa, and Central Asia for over two decades. She is passionately devoted to celebrating the beauty, joy, and healing benefits of world music and dance.

“Shake your Shakti” Feminine Dance Fitness (aka Belly Dance Fitness) Beginning Level

Fridays 11am – 12pm (ongoing)
Location: Marin JCC, San Rafael CA
Fee: $25 for day membership (pay at the desk), $20 for seniors and guests

Improve fluidity and flexibility in the spine through the gentle isolations and undulations of belly dance. Come shake off the stress in a warm and joyful environment, and be uplifted by beautiful melodies and energetic rhythms from North Africa and the Middle East. In this class you will learn fun and feminine dance routines to support a healthy brain as we tone muscles and stretch the torso through graceful, low-impact exercise. This class flows at a slower pace than the Saturday 11  a.m. class and beginners are warmly encouraged.  Coin hip scarves and other regalia provided for enhanced enjoyment.

“Shake your Shakti” Feminine Dance Fitness (aka Belly Dance Fitness) Intermediate Level

Saturdays 11am – 12pm (ongoing)
Location: Marin JCC, San Rafael CA
Fee: $25 for day membership (pay at the desk)

Come enjoy an upbeat and energetic belly dance class, learning core-strengthening movements to support a healthy, supple spine and improve posture and flexibility while enjoying the energizing music of North Africa and the Middle East.

The class begins with a warm-up series followed by low-impact dance technique emphasizing beautiful belly dance isolations and an evolving repertoire of fun and feminine choreographed routines.

Participants leave class feeling inspired and uplifted. Coin hip scarves and other regalia will be provided for enhanced enjoyment. Traditional and folkloric dances from the Middle East will be introduced.

Practicing moves at Shake your Shakti Wed Belly Dance Class at BodyVibe Studio
Hannah demonstrating a pose
Community Class participants dancing with silk fans
Community Class participants perform Bollywood and Bandari dances at holiday studio party
Ensemble performance at Rakkasah 2016
Dunyazade Dance Ensemble backstage at “Movement of the Spheres” evening concert