About Cat Ellen and CaySwann Dance

Cat Ellen is a FatChanceBellyDance® Sister Studio, an American Tribal Style® (ATS®) bellydance certified instructor. CaySwann Dance is her virtual studio for instruction and performance.

Cat’s primary goal is to bring a fun and personally fulfilling bellydance experience to as many people as possible, both fellow dancers and audience members. As a group, improvisational dance form, ATS® can be the most elaborate game of follow-the-leader you have ever experienced. But beyond the dance vocabulary of movement, formations, cues, and flow, Cat hopes to empower dancers to embrace movement without shame, fitness for all sizes, and the joy and beauty in the community we build in which our job is to make everyone look good.

Cat Ellen

How Can You Take Classes?

Classes are offered in three cities right now.

  • Sundays in North Hollywood, CA from 2-3 PM
  • Mondays in Oxnard, CA from 7-8 PM
  • Wednesdays in Agoura Hills, CA from 7-8 PM [Classes in January-February cancelled]

Check out Class details in Instruction. Or Contact Cat about making Private Lesson arrangements.

What Do I Wear to Class?

Check out Class details in Instruction.

When Does the Next Session Start?

Sundays in North Hollywood, CA, 2-3 PM

  • 2018 Session 1: Jan 14-e, Feb 4-e, Feb 11-d, Feb 18-c, Feb 25-d,  Mar 4-d
    (No class Jan 21 or 28) – 6 week session
  • 2018 Session 2: Mar 11-c, Mar 18-d, Mar 25-d, Apr 8-c, Apr 15-d,  Apr 29-d
    (No class Apr 1 or 22) – 6 week session
  • Classes are held in either Studio C, D, or E. Check the Studio letter for each date.

Mondays in Oxnard, CA 7-8 PM

  • 2018 Session 1: Jan 29, Feb 5, Feb 12, Feb 26, Mar 5, Mar 12
    (No class Jan 15, Jan 22, Feb 19) – 6 week session
  • 2018 Session 2: Mar 19, Mar 26, Apr 2, Apr 9, Apr 16, Apr 23, Apr 30 
    – 7 week session

Wednesdays in Agoura Hills, CA 7-8 PM

  • 2018 Session 1: Cancelled
  • 2018 Session 2:  Mar 7, Mar 14, Mar 21, Apr 4, Apr 11, Apr 25
    (No class Mar 28, Apr 18) – 6 week session

Check out Class details in Instruction.

Cat’s ATS History

Cat first found ATS in 2010 in Los Angeles. Enrolling first in one, then two, then as many classes as she could per week, Cat threw herself into learning ATS as quickly as possible. That first fateful class, she had only two thoughts the entire hour: “I have to teach this some day” and “When do I get to put my arms down?”

After several years studying and two years performing in a student troupe, Cat branched out on her own to pursue certification from Carolena Nericcio-Bohlman, the founder of FatChanceBellyDance®.

Cat earned her General Skills certifications in April 2013 and her Teacher Training in October 2014. She is a fully recognized FatChanceBellyDance® Sister Studio and ATS® Certified Instructor, and has been SSCE Re-Certified in January 2016.


Personal Philosophy

There are two key philosophies that Cat brings to her instruction. The first concept is “No Pressure, No Shame.” One reason she loves ATS so much is that it can be extremely inclusive of all ages, shapes, sizes, and abilities. Secondly, each of us has “This Body on This Day.” If you need to miss a class, that’s okay. There’s no shame in that. Perhaps your car broke down, or you got stuck in traffic, or you caught a cold, or a loved one needs you. No Shame. And there’s no point in stressing out that you no longer have the body of your youth, or you’re recovering from surgery, or you are battling exhaustion or other ailments. You have this body on this day, so what do you plan to do with your body? If you come to class, you’ll be encouraged to move within the best abilities of your body on this day. And hopefully you can have fun while doing so.


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About the Trademarks

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