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How to Map Your Music, from Fact to Fantasy
From the rhythm up through the melody and taqasim, we dance better when we feel confident. Whether we are learning choreographies to such songs, or want to make our own dance, or just have fun improvising--it’s all a lot easier to have confidence when we can sense into the structure of the song.

Knowledge is power!

Understanding musical structure is power.

Want some of your own?

Welcome to How to Map Your Music

Embodiment: Musicality for Belly Dance
Belly dance is all about expressing the music--but how do you do that when it doesn't even make sense? Wouldn’t you love to feel confident and sure of yourself—and your dance?
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Fast, Fun Finger Cymbal Improvisation!
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Zoom Secrets: How to use Zoom for Live Online Dance Classes

Alia's down 'n dirty, cheap af, mini-course of professional secrets.

Simple. Concise. Deep.

Do you worry when you improvise?
Feel boring? Not good enough?

Six Ways to Melt Improv Fear
A one-hour video class with Alia Thabit

Ultimate Improvisation Bundle
Insecurity Stinks

We dancers are often terrified we might feel or express the wrong thing. We're so desperate to please everyone, we don't even know what we feel!

We worry that we can't feel anything. That will be wrong. That we will get in trouble. That we will be boring...

So… what can we do?



Midnight at the Crossroads: Print Book
THE book for belly dancers.
Special: Signed, personalized copy!
Midnight at the Crossroads: eBook
THE book for belly dancers. epub, mobi, or pdf, for all your devices!
Midnight Scratch 'n Dent Sale
Midnight Scratch 'n Dent Sale
I've got some books that arrived with cosmetic damage to the covers, missing title pages, and other dings and dents. They are fully readable! They include alllll the text of the book. They're just a little imperfect. So you get a deal!

Shipping and tax included.

Available in the USA ONLY (it's a shipping cost thing).

Available Qty: 22

In-Depth Courses

Group and Individual Coaching

THRIVE! Dance Coaching
Feeling uninspired? Coaching can help! style=

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

Live / Online Classes

For MORE information about Mix and Match, click the red link below!

Mix and Match, Alia's Legendary FUN Class
Our next FUN Class Deep Dive!

Mix and Match: Templates for Oriental Dance Improvisation

Each week, we’ll explore a different template. We’ll use it with different moves, different music, different attitudes. We’ll mix and match, and slice and dice until each template is a comfortable friend, so we can relax and enjoy improvisation.

Mix and Match runs Tuesdays at 4pm EDT for five weeks, from April 26 through May 24 2022. See this in your time zone (add to calendar button in link).

Each class is recorded (instructor view only). Each recording is available through the series.

Pay in Full $65
Pay Weekly $13.50/week for 5 weeks
Sliding Scale $7/week for 5 weeks
Pay What You Will. Open to All.
BIPOC, LGBTQ+, MENAHT and other marginalized groups are invited use this option

Trust the Chef

Somatic Experiencing
Somatic Experiencing® (SE) is a naturalistic and neurobiological approach to treating trauma, resolving anxiety, and generally feeling safe and comfortable in one’s own body.

Self Love

SE curiously explores body sensations, images, emotions, meaning, and movements that arise. You don't have to tell your life story, or much of anything. We work with what is, right now.

Results include a sense of well-being, self-compassion, and increased resilience. It is a very gentle, effective method.

I’m a Somatic Experiencing® (SE) Practitioner. I’ve long included SE work in my dance coaching. Folks like it–they feel the benefits. One client’s 30-year pain went away. Another reduced her fear of being seen. Another became close to her family again. It makes my heart glad to see the healing.

Sessions are conducted via Zoom for distance clients. Sessions last about an hour. It is recommended to take a nap afterwards.

If you’ve had challenging experiences in your life, if you feel that they haven’t been resolved, if you find yourself being repeatedly triggered, SE may help you.

I am making sessions available at a sliding scale of $65-$135 as things are so hard right now for so many people.

To discover more, I invite you to email me or book a brief complimentary call. Let's Chat!

Price: Sliding Scale
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