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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



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

Focus on the Feeling: a Dancer Empowerment Project
Save the date!

Focus on the Feeling--a Dancer Empowerment Project

Six Weeks, Sept 20-Nov 1

More info coming soon

Pre-course Webinar TBA

Group and Individual Coaching

How to Dance (or Speak) for the Camera
How to Dance (or Speak) for the Camera
12 weeks, March 7-May 29, 2021 Small Group meeting times will be planned with the group.

Our social interaction happens through video these days, and we may be doing it for a while.

Six live (zoom) small-group 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.

One of the best things I got from this class was how to love the camera. Prior to this class, I was so afraid of the camera, the video, the equipment, etc… I found it all so totally intimidating, however, with Alia’s guidance, I was able to see through the “equipment” and find my loving fans/audience was just beyond that lens.

The class was extremely supportive and we helped each other navigate being in front of the camera in role-playing situations. By the end of the course, I was able to dance for my adoring fans (the camera…lol) with much more ease, eye contact, and confidence. This class is really for anyone who wants to dance or even talk in front of a camera. Alia shares all kinds of secrets in this class that I truly benefited from. You will be amazed at what you will learn!--Carrie Robinson, Florida

Limited seating.

Special Bonus! Get Zoom Secrets free when you enroll in Dance for the Camera!

Pay in Full, Covid Special, $199 (full price, $299)
Pay in Full, Covid Sliding Scale, $150 (full price, $299)
Pay Weekly $17/week for 12 weeks
Sliding Scale $13/week for 12 weeks
ACE Mastermind
ACE Mastermind
The ACE 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.

Each member gets about fifteen minutes per meeting to discuss what they’ve done, what they want to do, and troubleshoot. Alia provides spot-coaching; participants then choose their next steps or new goals for the next two weeks. This is done round-robin-style for each element, so there is ample time to absorb and reflect during the meetings.

What might you focus on? 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.

The next Mastermind begins the week of March 28, 2021. Meeting times will be decided by the group. Meetings will be recorded and available to members during the Mastermind period.

There are only ten spaces available for the mastermind. If you are interested, please contact me. Registration opens March 14 (there’s even a payment plan).

Your Price: $ 

Live / Online Classes

Entrancing: How to Improvise to Entrance Music
Entrancing: How to Improvise to Entrance Music
Our next FUN Class Deep Dive

Entrancing: How to Improvise to Entrance Music

As we become familiar with how music is put together, we begin to intuit when the changes are coming. We start to notice patterns, thematic repeats. We understand how to slow down when we feel changes, and to fully commit to our movement, so that even if we don't match the music, we look like we meant to do that. And then we catch it the next time around.

Anyone can do this. It does take some practice.

In this 5-week live series, we will
* Listen to many samples of entrance music
* Explore their structure, transitions, and interpretation
* Follow demonstrations of interpretation and transition, and
* Enjoy free improvisation time to explore music with our own bodies, and to express it with courage, pleasure, and joy.

Entranced runs Tuesdays at 4pm EDT for five weeks, from July 20-Aug 17 2021. 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 $55
Pay Weekly $12/week for 5 weeks
Sliding Scale $5/week for 5 weeks
Pay What You Will ($0 works ; ). Open to All.
BIPOC, LGBTQ+, MENAHT and other marginalized groups, please use this option

--> Thank you for your interest in the FUN Classes! ❤️

Trust the Chef

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Kindle your heart

We’ve been through a strange time over the last year and a half. Okay, the last five years. Or 15, or... Covid, racism, poverty, misogyny, hate. And it’s hitting us all differently.

Exhausted? Cranky? Unmotivated? Restless? Withdrawn? Languishing? Post-Pandemic Stress? Don’t want to go anywhere or do anything?

Welcome to the club.

So what can we do?

How about…

Mmm. A lot to be said for just letting it alllll go....

How about…

“To rest is to give up on the already exhausted will as the prime motivator of endeavor, with its endless outward need to reward itself through established goals. To rest is to give up on worrying and fretting and the sense that there is something wrong with the world unless we are there to put it right; to rest is to fall back literally or figuratively from outer targets and shift the goal not to an inner static bulls eye, an imagined state of perfect stillness, but to an inner state of natural exchange…

“To rest is not self indulgent, to rest is to prepare to give the best of ourselves, and perhaps, most importantly, arrive at a place where we are able to understand what we have already been given.” David Whyte

How about…


SPARK*. A Six-Week Soul Vacation

Energizing, Relaxing, Soothing, Enlivening.

Weekly Follow-me + free dance Zoom immersion.
Twice-weekly Spots of Sparkle
Grounding. Regulating. Nourishing.
Self-compassion. Rest. Breath. Awaken.

Six weeks.
For you.

Fill the well. Hold yourself close. Kindle your intuitive flow.


Welcome to SPARK*

Weekly Zoom Immersion
• Movement based in Somatic Experiencing® (SE), Dancemeditation, and belly dance, so your soul can breathe, expand, let go.
• Beautiful sound!
• Cameras on or off.
• Social time for those who wish.
• Live class Fridays, 5:30-6:30pm edt; recording afterwards

Spots of Sparkle on Sundays and Wednesdays via text or email--ideas, contemplations, explorations to refresh and revitalize self-compassion and self-care.

SPARK* is NOT about
Challenge, goals, improvement, effort, or "success.".
It is not even a a class

"to kindle, animate, or stimulate (interest, activity, spirit, etc.).
It's a breathing space, a molting, of our current crust of stress, fear, rage, tension...
An opportunity to awaken ease, relaxation, refreshment.
A time to feel, to be, enough.
To wake up. To come back to ourselves. To feel alive.

Will you join us?

SPARK* runs Friday, August 13 through Friday, Sept 24 (no class Friday, August 27)
Fridays, 5:30-6:30pm edt See this in your time zone (add to calendar button in link). Registration is now open. And there’s a special treat for early signups (but it’s a secret. Hint: It will come in the mail)

Hang in there. We’re here for you.

Love, Alia

Pay in Full $92.77
Pay Weekly $15.75/week for 6 weeks
Sliding Scale $9/week for 6 weeks
Pay What You Will ($0 works ; ). Open to All.
BIPOC, LGBTQ+, MENAHT and other marginalized groups, please use this option

Thank you for your interest in SPARK*!

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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