Artist Empowerment

Dancemeditation and Open Heart Belly Dance are venues for exploring and releasing charged emotional states in a safe, titrated way.

Level up your creative expression!

It’s hard to be an artist 

It’s hard to be an empathetic human being, let along find the time and space to sink into making art

Our culture reduces us to pawns on the patriarchal playboard. Men must be strong, cold, hard, emotionless masters; women get to be their obsequious playthings and servants. Throw race and gender into the mix and the scales tip even harder. Woe betide anyone who doesn’t fit into their assigned categories. This does not serve anyone, at all. It’s a breeding ground for trauma, for fear, rage, and despair. 

I say, to hell with that. 

We human beings have an innate creative drive 

We have dreams, visions, an immense treasure trove of beauty and power already within us, and a yearning to express it. 

I am here for our right–our freedom–to express our unique vision, to bring our spark to the world. I come to empower us all to stand up, stand strong, welcome our own creative expression. 

Creative expression is a good in and of itself. 
It enlivens us, body, mind, and soul. It nourishes our self-worth, fills our well, repletes our sense of purpose and aliveness. 

It would be great if creative time was part of every life, valued in our culture, part of every education and workplace But it’s not. And we are so often overwhelmed by all that we have to do just to make a living, tend to our loved ones, keep ourselves and our families’ heads above water. 

How do we make time for art in this challenging, busy world?

Coaching can help  

Coaching puts art first. Coaching helps you develop and refine your creative process. It supplies accountability, so you know someone is there for you, helping you stay the course, get back on track when life throws you off, and celebrating your accomplishments as you go along.

Below, please find short summaries of the many options I offer. Click the red links to learn more about each offering. May they help you find clarity, recover your creative spark, and bring your unique voice and vision and joy into the world! 

Individual Coaching | Group Coaching |

Individual Coaching

THRIVE! Dance Coaching
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Coaching helps you ignite the spark that lights your fire

Coaching is about bringing the joy of art back into your dance–and your life. We WILL find and nurture your inspiration and meaning-making.

What is it for?

Level up your dance/creative practice
Private Lessons in an area of your choice
Creating an artistic project, such as a choreography or presentation

How does it work?

Coaching sessions are conducted via Zoom meetings and/or email contact We look at where you are, and where you want to be. Together, we discover your best way to move towards your goals. Sliding Scale and multi-month Packages available! Interested? Let’s chat! We’ll see if coaching is right for you.

Price: Sliding Scale

Group Coaching

Artist's Creative Expression (ACE) Mastermind
Artist's Creative Expression (ACE) Mastermind
This Mastermind is for small groups (+/- five people) who meet online bi-weekly for two months (five total meetings).

Each member chooses their own creative goals while the group provides accountability, cheerleading, and coaching. Each person gets about fifteen minutes per meeting to talk about what they’ve done, what they want to do, and troubleshoot or discuss. Alia provides spot-coaching, and participants then choose their next steps or new goals for the next two weeks.

What might you focus upon? It could be any kind of creative goal, dance, improvisation, a prop, or anything you want to learn or practice, painting, costume making, writing, marketing, establishing boundaries, whatever you want to work on.

This Mastermind will run from late September to mid November. Meeting times will be decided by the group. Meetings will be recorded and available via Teachable There are only ten spaces available for the mastermind.

Next session coming soon
Focus on the Feeling: a Dancer Empowerment Project
Do you cringe at your own dance? Your students? Your friends?

Want to stop?

Focus on the Feeling!

Learn practical, productive strategies for responding to your own and others' work. Learn to empower and inspire your way to better, happier dancing!
How to Dance (or Speak) for the Camera
Our social interaction happens through video these days, and we may be doing it for a while.

This small-group intensive offers six bi-weekly live (zoom) fully-coached practice sessions plus two individual private sessions. This course helps dancers, teachers, entrepreneurs (and others) communicate through the camera.

Learn to feel relaxed and natural, to find your voice, and to create a vibrant on-camera experience.