Improvisational Belly Dance Technique, Combinations and Zills

Movements to add beauty, grace, strength and earthiness to your dance.

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I recently started learning some of Sahira’s Urban Gypsy Tribal dance moves and immediately I fell in love. I found out there is something very special about doing the moves in sync with my sisters. There is a connection that is created when dancing this dance together and it is very empowering. It’s also a great way to get more zill playing in my dance, so I’m really excited to continue learning more and dancing!

- Corinna, Texas

Find the beauty, strength and grace in your dance by exploring Urban Gypsy's improvisational format combinations.

Tribal belly dance is known for its incredibly detailed and muscular technique, it's focus on beautiful arm and hand movements and its strong sense of community. This course will take you through many of Urban Gypsy's favorite slow and fast vocabulary that have been collected from their journeys over the last 17 years! From slow and snaky to fast and flirtatious this package will give you more than a dozen new combinations and some seriously awesome zill work to add to your vocabulary no matter which style you practice most.

This package also gives you bundled access to "Urban Gypsy Folkloric Combinations" an additional online course (valued at $35) that contains all of Urban Gypsy's signature Ghawazee-inspired movement format, troupe variations, troupe and solo practice and a primer on finger cymbals.

Use this movement vocabulary in your solo or troupe vocabulary, whether improvisationally or choreographed! Join today and take a walk on the tribal side!

*This package is designed for dancers with basic belly dance experience.

I think you are an excellent instructor, one of the best! You are precise, detailed and patient with providing the breakdown and with repetitions that allows beginners like myself the best way to learn this beautiful art form of Bellydance.

- Evelyn, Alaska

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Your Instructor


Sahira is a lifelong performer and has studied music, drama and dance since the age of two. She has dedicated the last 20 years of her life to the art of belly dance and her favorite thing in the world is to share the dance with others. She has trained in both Egyptian and Tribal style belly dance as well as Modern and West African and loves to incorporate all of these influences in her art. Sahira is a lifelong musician and head over heels crazy about the zills. She is known for her warm and inviting energy and her tendency towards the ridiculous.

In 2005, Sahira released her first instructional DVD, ”Arabian Spices“ and has since then been invited to teach and perform across the USA as well as Mexico, Indonesia, Australia, Germany, Canada, and Taiwan. In 2006 she had the honor of being the first tribal instructor ever invited to teach at the largest belly dance festival in the world: Ahlan We Sahlan, in Cairo, Egypt. In 2007 Sahira released two more instructional DVDs: ”Ali“ and ”Bella Donna Ya Helwa.” In 2011 she teamed up with Silvia Salamanca to release the DVD “Spanish Gypsy Passion“ and “Folkloric Combinations” was released in the Summer of 2013.

When in Houston, Sahira directs BellaDonna Dance Company, voted Houston ’s Best Belly Dancers by the Houston Press. She is also founder and director of Houston’s premiere Tribal Style troupe, Urban Hips.

Sahira says:

“I love belly dancing! Seriously… I did not ever set out to be a professional belly dancer, but since dedicating the last 20 years of my life to it, I cannot imagine doing anything else. I was an engineer by training before starting my first belly dance class – which just goes to show that anyone can learn this beautiful dance!

What I love best about teaching – and I’ve had the opportunity to work with students all over the world – is watching a student grow into their dance – from that first “ah-ha” moment, to seeing them dance with a confidence that they never thought they had. This dance is so wonderfully empowering and can be enjoyed by people from all walks of life. I’ve gained balance, confidence, poise, and come to appreciate my body and who I am… and you can too!

People have described my classes as “clear and easy to follow”, “approachable”, “a fabulous workout”. My science background comes out in my attention to detail and the way I break the movements down into their smallest component parts.

I look forward to helping others all over the world to learn and love this dance that means so much to me.

See you on the dance floor!”

Course Curriculum

  Written Notes for Combinations
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  Special Thanks and Music Notes
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  Be sure to check out your bundled class!
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  Skirt Movements (Archive Videos from Online classes)
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  Intensives (Old Live Class Internet Videos)
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Courses Included with Purchase

Folkloric Combinations
Urban Hips' Signature Ghawazee-Inspired Improvisational Vocabulary, Zills and More!

Original Price: $35

Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 30 days and we will give you a full refund.

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