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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).

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In-Depth Courses



Developing emotional, symbolic, and narrative structures for dynamic dance composition

BONUS: Theatrical Expression FUN Class FREE ($70 value)

PREMIUM BONUS: One personal coaching session with Alia, to be used within 6 months of the course ($125 value)

All meetings recorded and made available in the forum

Lifetime forum access

Pay in Full $175
Pay Monthly $45/month for 4 months

Group and Individual Coaching

New Group Coaching coming soon!

Live / Online Classes

Alia's Legendary FUN Class: Bobby Style II - with Zils on!
Alia's Legendary FUN Class: Bobby Style II - with Zils on!
Our next FUN Class Deep Dive will be...

Bobby Style II - with Zils on!

Not Bobby's actual style, but a class structured much as his classes were back in the 70s.And this time, we're adding zils!

What made Bobby's classes special?

Interleaving and varied practice. Rather than sticking with one thing until we got it, you keep the brain always reaching. You do different things so the brain never knows what to expect. You cycle through things randomly so they are different every time.

Bobby never repeated. Never. Every single time, he did something completely different: combinations, ideas, music, everything--including zils.

Because we constantly re-encountered moves we knew conjoined in new ways and with moves we didn’t, we continuously re-contextualized every move. This sort of constellation-making is another facet of high-level learning, as we encountered the familiar and the unfamiliar in multiple frameworks, different combos with different transitions to different music.

NOTE: This is NOT a class to learn zils. For that, see Ziltastic. This IS a class to USE zils. You can also NOT use them. Zils are completely OPTIONAL. We will use zils only with our across the floor combos (10-15 mins). We will highlight classic steps--and add zils to them.

Feel free to simply do the combination without the zils, or play air zils if you like.

What will we do?

* Across the floor traveling steps and combos WITH (optional) ZILS (all participant zils will be muted. ONLY instructor zils will be audible).
* Learn weekly combinations composed on the spot (different every time)
* Follow-me and open dance time, as with all our themes
* Develop personal expression and style

Bobby's approach is invaluable for developing intuitive movement and confidence. Read more about Bobby's work here and here

Bobby Style II runs Tuesdays at 4pm EDT for five weeks, from Jan 11-Feb 15, 2021. (NO CLASS Feb 8) See this in your time zone (add to calendar button in link). Each class is recorded (instructor view only). Each recording is available for a full week.

Pay in Full $60
Pay Weekly $12.50/week for 5 weeks
Sliding Scale $6.50/week for 5 weeks
Pay What You Will. Open to All.
BIPOC, LGBTQ+, MENAHT and other marginalized groups, please use this option

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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.

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 $50-$125 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. We’ll chat.

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