About Bellini

Welcome to Bellydance by Bellini

Bellini (Katie) 

Katie is a dancer at heart and has been dancing since she could stand.  With over 20 years of dance experience, she brings a unique spin on any dance form she tackles!  Growing up, Katie would make up choreographies to any song with her friends for fun. In high school, she helped found the school’s first dance team.

She has studied dance forms such as ballet, pointe, tap, jazz, lyrical, musical theater, modern, and Belly Dance.  Katie then put her experience to work at local studios in York, PA where she taught those same dance forms and more for 13 years (and counting!) She discovered Belly Dance when she graduated from high school and her local dance studio in New Jersey and was on the look out for something new to keep moving.  Katie walked into the Powerhouse gym, found Alexia’s Belly Dance class, and instantly fell in love.  She continued her studies with Amartia in Maryland and now performs with a local troupe in PA, troupe Mirabella.

               Belly Dance has become a way of life for Katie. She has traveled to various states of the US to study with world renowned instructors such as Sadie Marquardt, Aziza, and Oreet! She attends a yearly festival of workshops, Art of the Belly, and is constantly looking to soak up more.  She found SharQui there and has been in love ever since.  That workshop brought her so much joy that she couldn’t NOT share it with the world!

               When Katie isn’t dancing, she is an elementary school teacher and mom of 3. She loves to spend time watching movies with her husband, doing yoga, and playing with her mini dachshund – Tootsie Roll.