Zillicious Zills - Finger Cymbals

A comprehensive beginner course detailing the wonderful world of finger cymbals, the most popular belly dance rhythms, and how to play them

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Let's dive into the wonderful world of belly dance percussion with this Finger Cymbal (Zill) course! Learn to LOVE your zills and use them as the amazing musical instrument that they are!

This package will take you through a comprehensive jumpstart from the very beginning: How to choose zills, sew the elastics and wear them. Then we move on to exploring how to count belly dance rhythms in a way that makes sense with your movements, as well as several of the zill sounds that can be used to enhance the expressivity of your playing. Once you are comfortable wearing your new instrument, we will dive into basic zill patterns, how to count and recognize them, as well as how to play them on the zills.

Then...we dance! (You didn't think you could just stand there and make the music, did you?) One of the many beauties of the finger cymbals is that we get to create as well as express the music. Once you have finished this course you will be able to confidently make music and DANCE at the same time.

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 “Urban Gypsy 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 Gypsy.

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

  Dills and Combinations with Zills
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  Finger Cymbal Pattern Primer PDF
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  21 Day #RakMyZills Challenge
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  Other Fun Zill Stuff
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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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