What is a Joie women's circle entail? When you book a women's circle with Shatoyia, you will receive a transformative, energizing and healing experience --physically, spiritually, mentally and emotionally-- nurturing your whole essence as a woman--mind, body, spirit--, leaving you feeling seen, confident and most importantly, valued by what you bring to the table by the sheer fact that you are a woman. 👑

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More Than Just Dance.

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Our classes are more than just about dance. Joie by Shatoyia female and women empowerment circles were created for women, young and seasoned, to grow their confidence, self-esteem and build grace and poise that will transcend beyond the circle and into every area of their lives from personal to professional to financial and spiritual. The women in our circles become leaders and have the chance to gain access to a variety of mentor-ship opportunities, as well as scholarship and grant opportunities for a business idea or to further their education.

What to Expect:

  • Welcome & Intros

  • Meditation & Intention Setting

  • Presentation: The Value of Women

  • Bellydance Class & Choreo

  • Free Style Bellydance Performance by Instructor

  • Free Style Bellydance for All

Benefits of Belly Dance:

  • Tone muscles

  • Improve posture

  • Back and Joints Pains are Relieved

  • Helps in losing weight

  • Helps in preparing for childbirth

  • A relaxing form of meditation and physical movement for a calming, balanced experience before and after work

  • Low impact workout for all ages!

  • A dance everyone and anyone can learn and love

  • Helps to relieve period cramps and PMS

and so much more!


You will find a community that fosters self-expression, as well as physical, mental, emotional and spiritual healing--through the love of dance and movement. AND OF COURSE, we are going to have a **** ton of fun while we do so!

Where has Shatoyia spoken and performed at?

  • Afrikque International Women's Day Event, Springfield, MA

  • Study Abroad, Cultural Exchange Event, Amherst College, Amherst, MA

  • Beyond El Campo, Guanacaste, Costa Rica

  • Harvard Women in Business, Cambridge, MA and Remote

  • US Performing Arts Camp, Amherst, MA

  • Boys and Girls Club, Take the Mic, Springfield, MA

  • Easenation Women's Empowerment Event, Chicopee, MA

  • Carroll High School: Student Ambassador, Louisiana, USA

  • Sister Speaker-hood, Florence, MA

  • Miss Black America, Kansas City, Missouri

  • AWOS, Springfield, MA

  • Make-It-Springfield, Springfield, MA

  • UMass Amherst, Amherst, MA

  • Arts at Amherst, Amherst, MA

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TESTIMONIALS

As Chair of Harvard Undergraduate Women in Business' Diversity Committee, I discovered the incredible work you've been doing with First Ladies of Poverty Foundation when you spoke during the Diversity Committee's WE Speak series. You really do have an impressive track record of impact, Shatoyia!

I was impacted most by the work your foundation does in encouraging entrepreneurship - Audrey Dilgarde, Chair of HWIB Diversity Committee

Shatoyia has certainly been more than a mentor to me. She is 110% always there whenever you need an advice, feedback, someone to talk to you. She seems to see what you are not able to see, the good in you, your potential. I dont think I have ever had a talk with her when I dont feel better after. The most important thing that she has taught is to believe in myself. I am thankful I discovered FLP and I got the chance to meet such a thoughtful and impactful leader. The most wonderful thing about Shatoyia is that she sincerely wants to see your growth, both personally and professional. I believe is hard with any mentor you have. She also understand life happens and something you cant give your best, she is flexible and patient and always willing to lend a hand. Thank you... for the time, the opportunity and the chance. Thank you for your constant support and for wanting my growth and success. - Maria Lopez, Spanish Conversation partner at First Ladies of Poverty Foundation

About Shatoyia

In 2017, Shatoyia was selected as a solo international global literacy project and ministry community leader, program coordinator and manager forBeyond El Campo in Costa Rica and spoke at a variety of colleges and non-profit organizations. In 2018, she switched gears and focused on business and entrepreneurship full-time, serving as Miss Black America Massachusetts whilst doing social impact and management operations consulting work with her own consulting company for non-profits and small businesses, such as Institute for Training and Development, GPI US, US Performing Arts Camp, MIT Innovation Conference, Self-Dial Americorps, Harvard Business, NextGenHQ Summit, Power in Your Purse, EaseNation, Make-It-Springfield, Trinity College, HerCampus, College Fashion Week, HerConference: EmpowerNYC, Harambe Seed Funding at Harvard Business, Harvard African Business Conference and other high-profile business, entrepreneurship, education and women's empowerment organizations.

In 2019, she served as guest and media for the Collaborative for Educational Services: Improving Outcomes for Students Living in Poverty and Trauma, Business Fights Poverty NYC and Next Gen Summit. She also worked at a variety of local educational institutions and served in many capacities, won an award for volunteer of the year and served as Ms. Massachusetts 2019 AWOS and national Ambassador for Afri(k)que, appearing, speaking, hosting and performing for a variety of women's empowerment and business / entrepreneurship organizations, conferences and other events around the U.S. She also served as mentor and judge for entrepreneurship and business competitions such as Diamond Challenge and WIT and closed out the year with 4 prestigious awards and honors for her work with her organization, First Ladies of Poverty Foundation.