A-Z Bellydance offers a Somatic, musical approach to Bellydancing with progressive courses plus optional streams. Courses are delivered on Teachable, added from Jan 2019.  

About the new format A-Z Bellydance

The development of the new format A-Z Bellydance was a slow, evolutionary process. The foundations of the methodology were rebuilt for dancers to learn, teach, create and adapt their movement more easily, in a variety of ways. The underlying structure of A-Z is based on "musical movement", reflecting the natural patterns, transitions, movement flow and body connectivity in bellydance.

Inspired by Egyptian music and dance, interfaced with influences that shaped modern Egyptian-styled danceforms, the patterns are represented by sequences. These sequences serve as invisible matrices, or motifs; the underlying structures which inform the internal experience, as well as the energy and expression of the movement.

 From years of observing organic movement patterns, and dancing with live Egyptian music, I’ve identified over 50 core patterns that seem to be repeated in various genres of dance from this region, or in dances inspired by Egyptian movement patterning. Any bellydance style influenced by Egyptian music or rhythms, tends to have a consistency in structure due to the musically-driven roots that underpin the dance, whist the addition of personalized or cultural gesture, signature movements, or certain trends, create context, expression and meaning.

The A-Z structures are simple enough to establish roots-based folkloric forms, or can progress forward into theatrical, contemporary or fusion genres of bellydance. If we work with the core patterns and somatic roots of this dance, we can move in any direction we wish – whether it be choreography, improvisation, stagecraft or stylization - with a secure, musically coherent base.

We explore all of this in the 2019 Year Long Teacher Training - with fortnightly classes, brand new course materials and 100% live Egyptian music. I look forward to sharing this with a great, diverse group of dancers, teachers and performers around the world. 

The Course Structure of the A-Z Bellydance Series

This is the new format A-Z Course structure. You may do the self-paced study courses at any time, or we have a year long progressive A-Z Teacher Training in 2019.

Please note that OPT/OTT have been replaced by The new Original Course, and APT/ATT have been replaced by The new Advanced Course. The additional new Teacher and Assessor Training, based on 'The Dancer's Body' Movement Analysis, will be available in Sep 2019, and is also a part pf the year long course.

Note: AstroBelly is based on the same structural concept and works perfectly with the A-Z sequences.





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1. Somatics for Bellydance

The pre-requisite foundation for A-Z Bellydance courses, includes somatics, the 6 levels of connectivity, music-movement relationship & dimensional cube.

Suggested Time: 2-4 weeks
Cost $60
Available NOW

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2. Core Essentials
120 Moves

Learn 120 core individual moves for bellydance, with correct weight transfer, initialtion points, phrasing and sensory cues. Moves co-join later, in Original and Advanced sequences. 3 x dvds.

Suggested Time: 3-4 weeks
NEW DVDs: $60
Out Feb 2019

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3. A-Z Original Bellydance Course

Learn A-Z Bellydance 'seeds', 26 Original sequences with full drill & 6 adaptable choreos to LIVE Egyptian music recordings. Contains new A-Z Original dvd, study manuals, music and lessons.

Suggested Time: 6-8 weeks
NEW Original DVD: $90
Original Course Cost $270
Out May 2019

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4. A-Z Advanced Bellydance Course

Features 26 x progressive routines that interlink with Original sequences for stagecraft, performance and spatial skills. 6 improvisational choreos to live music with refined patterns/motifs.

Suggested Time: 6-8 weeks
New Advanced DVD: $90
Advanced Course Cost $270
Out Sep 2019

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5. Teacher & Assessor Training

After completing A-Z Original & Advanced, NEW A-Z Teacher Training combines both methodologies and movement analysis, with formations, props, teaching plans & class sheets. Updated Teacher Training is required to conduct new Orig/Adv couses.

Suggested Time: 6-8 weeks
NEW Combined Teacher Training
Course cost $450
Out Nov 2019

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6. AstroBelly Complete Training

Learn 12 AstroBelly sequences, 4 adaptable choreographies and how to 'dance your chart' based on the 12 signs of the zodiac. Explore each sign's character, symbol, body focus & element. A great resource for teachers.

Suggested Time: 4 weeks
Cost $60
Available Now

The A-Z Teacher Training 2019 year long Course with Keti Sharif provides all 5 x new courses, plus extra tuition with live fortnightly classes, master classes & year long mentoring. One time only!

A-Z Bellydance  Teacher Training Jan-Nov 2019

The Official Complete A-Z Bellydance Teacher Training Course in the brand NEW methodology includes the Somatics, Core Essentials, A-Z Original and Advanced, and the new Teacher Training courses - plus fortnightly extra live classes, master classes and year long mentoring. Join Keti for a fully guided ONE YEAR online study course to build your teaching skills and support your dance development. 

Keti's New Study Courses offer Easy Online Learning on TEACHABLE

All Courses housed on this fresh, user-friendly platform.


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