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Ziltastic! Fast, fun finger cymbal improvisation
Ziltastic! Fast, Fun, Finger Cymbal Improvisation

Ziltastic is a down + dirty crash course for improvisational self-accompaniment with finger cymbals. This is NOT about super-fancy cymbal technique. This IS about dancing with zils and having fun doing it!

Intro to Effortless Improv

A 4-week online improvisation crash course.
Want to improvise with joy and ease? To feel great? To dance spontaneously in the moment? To let go? To truly feel the music!
Improvisation is a skill, and you can learn it. This class shows you how.

Free Class! Mix and Match

Templates for Oriental Dance Improvisation
We’ll explore the classic pattern, Quick Quick Slow in all its variety and wonder. We’ll build up our Glorious Dance Self and enjoy this versatile template as our best Dance Self.


THE book for belly dancers!

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Special: Signed, personalized copy!

Currently out of stock ;(
More soon

epub, mobi, or pdf, for all your devices!


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!

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

In-Depth Courses


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.

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Price: Sliding Scale

LIVE Classes, Online and In-Person

Pearl St Belly Dance Classes
5-week series runs from Thursday, April 27-Thursday, May 25, 2023

$65 for 5 classes

Pay in Full $65
Pay Weekly $13.50/week for 5 weeks

Available Qty: 6
Conversational Belly Dance. Alia's Inspiring FUN Class
Our next FUN Class Deep Dive!

Conversational Belly Dance

Engage the music with comfort and confidence!

Engage the music with confidence! For many of us, our ability to improvise (to have off-the-cuff conversations with the music), is hampered because we can’t remember our dance vocabulary, and our minds are yelling at us the whole time as our palms get sweaty and we wish the ground would just open up and swallow us. Simply drilling words in rote sentences is not the answer—ou est la plume de ma tante, anyone?

To really speak a language, we must engage in conversation! In this FUN Class, we look at individual dance moves as words we compose into improvisational sentences, so we don't have to think--the moves are will just come out when we need them.

What we’ll do each week

* Introduce one or two new moves (aka weekly words), which we will then combine and recombine into short combinations with other basic moves

* Facilitate daily practice to develop this method of re-encountering moves in conjunction with other moves

* Offer accountability for this daily practice

* Provide playlists of suitable practice music

Learn more here

Conversational Belly Dance runs Tuesdays at 4pm EST for five weeks, from April 25 to May 23, 2023 .See this in your time zone (add to calendar button in link). Each class is recorded (instructor view only). Each recording is available during the run of the class.

Pay in Full $70
Pay Weekly $14.50/week for 5 weeks
Sliding Scale $10.00/week for 5 weeks
Pay What You Will.
Open to All.

BIPOC, LGBTQ+, MENAHT and any 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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