Getting fit doesn’t have to mean dragging yourself to the gym for another boring circuit workout or running on the treadmill. Are you ready for the ultimate bellydance fitness experience?

Then Shake your Beauty with friends at this first ever, bellydance fitness experience. You get the chance to dance with So You Think You Can Dance’s celebrity dancer, Janelle Issis, the creator of RaqiSa, Soraya Doherty and SharQui Workout’s founder, Oreet! Whether you are a trained dancer, a fitness junkie or neither, we welcome you! This event offers something for everyone…promise!

(ages 12 and up & FREE parking!)

A portion of the ticket sales go to benefit local Philly charity, Soroptimist International of Rittenhouse Square, PA. This fabulous charity improves the lives of girls and women through programs such as the Live Your Dream Award, a program leading to female social and economic empowerment. So ladies, let’s  bring each other up just like Soroptimist and bellydance does!



Shimmy, Shake, & Socialize 2018 is a 4-hour event which includes 6 mini classes in Bellydance Fusion, Bellydance Barre and Bellydance Cardio. Participants will be able to take as little or as many classes they want. Simply shimmy on in or shimmy on out whenever you want!

While the classes are going on participants can sip some yummy, mini vodka cocktails, socialize, and shop at the featured vendors inside the event. If you bring a friend, the price is better. If bring a friend with a VIP ticket, the price gets better and with a fun, jingly hip sash!

Schedule is as follows: 

5:30pm – Doors Open

 5:30-6pm – Shop & Socialze!

 6-6:20pm – JBelly Burn 

6:30-6:50pm – RaqiSa Barre

7-7:20pm – SharQui Workout

7:30pm-7:50pmJBelly Burn 

8-8:20pm – RaqiSa Barre

 8:30pm-8:50pm -SharQui Workout

8:50-9:00pm Dance Circle

9-9:30pm: Shop & Socialze!



We have the best instructors in the bellydance fitness industry featured at Shimmy, Shake & Socialize 2018.  They are:  


Janelle Issis (of So You Think You Can Dance) presenting JBelly Burn: Janelle’s signature JBelllyBurn fitness class is one of a kind! This workout is a fusion of classical bellydance, jazz, hip-hop and bollywood. You will learn a fusion choreography that you can take to the club! Bio below and more info at


Soraya Doherty presenting RaqiSa Barre:  Tone, sculpt and chisel your entire body from top to toe with a fusion of barre moves inspired by bellydance. Try a new type of barre class! Bio below and more info at


Oreet Jehassi Schwartz presenting SharQui – The bellydance workout®: Burn fat, learn bellydance and have a blast with this perfect marriage of bellydance and a cardio workout. It’s easy to follow and perfect for the cardio junkie! Bio below and more info at


Along with shimmying and shaking, enjoy cocktail, munchies, shopping and socializing with local Philly vendors.  They are:

Golia Vodka

Nana’s Kitchen

Ruthie’s Eyes

Let’s Get Centered Massage

Beach Body

Beauty Counter


Color Street

Strut This


Fashion Statement



SharQui _ The bellydance workout®




Janelle’s petite frame has not held her back from accomplishing some of her tallest dreams in the entertainment industry. She is a spunky, fun loving, American-Palestinian dancer, as well as a choreographer, teacher, actress, model, and nutritionist.

Born in Birmingham, Alabama, Janelle Issis has been performing since the age of 4. Studying belly dance as protégé to “Aziza of Birmingham”, and all other forms through various outlets including her BA in dance at the University of Alabama, she is best known for her contagious laugh and her sultry elegance on the hit U.S. version of “So You Think You Can Dance” Season 9 — the top 6th female finalist and first Belly Dancer ever to hit the show’s stage.



Soraya Doherty, has over fifteen years in the fitness industry and a lifetime as a belly dance practitioner,  both culturally and as an enthusiast. She is the creator of the patented RAQISA® Belly Dance Training Mat and Balance Plate, the only visual aid of its kind, designed to provide a 3-D teaching experience to help students learn basic belly dance with precision. 

Soraya drew from her Lebanese-American roots, her many years in the professional acting and musical theatre industry, and her award winning belly dance style, to create a dynamic and cultural RAQISA brand.  She is ACE, AFAA, and AEA certified; she holds a BA from San Jose State, and an MA from San Francisco State, in the Theatre Arts, and is a Screen Actors Guild Member.  



Oreet (producer), a native New Yorker, is the innovator in fusing fitness with bellydance known as SharQui – The bellydance workout®; the first fitness accredited bellydance format in the world. Oreet is a sought after fitness educator and dance presenter and has been featured on NBC, ABC, CBS, CNN and Telefutura to name a few. Since the year 2000, she has been training and certifying fitness and dance professionals in the SharQui format across the world.

Oreet’s contemporary, high energy bellydance style fuses traditional Egyptian dance, modern dance, ballet and her Yemenite/Israeli roots. She holds the titles Bellydancer of the Year 2007, Entertainer of the Year 2006, Jewel of the Nile 2006, Bellydance Diva 2005 and is the reigning Middle Eastern Dance Champion of North America.