A-Z Bellydance Courses offers a Somatic, musical approach to Bellydancing in a progressive series. NEW courses are on Teachable.  

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.

The progressive flow of learning is flexible, and is based on the following structure:

* Somatic awareness
* Individual movements - slow, fast, traveling
* Sequences, techniques and transitions
* Application within choreoraphy and improvisation
* Teacher training and assessment training

Inspired by Egyptian music and dance, interfaced with influences that shaped modern Egyptian-styled danceforms, the patterns are represented by sequences. These sequences are invisible matrices, or motifs; 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.

You may get courses individually as self paced study. New courses are based on 100% live Egyptian music. 

The Course Structure of the A-Z Bellydance Series

Old-format A-Z participants, please note that the new format A-Z Course structure has changed. OPT/OTT have been replaced by The new Original Course, and APT/ATT have been replaced by The new Advanced Course.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 Oct 2019, and is a part pf the year long course. Note: AstroBelly is based on the same structural concept and works perfectly with the A-Z sequences.


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


2. Core Essentials
120 Moves

Fluid, Percussive & Kinetic Moves. Learn 120 core individual moves 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 Jul 1st 2019


3. A-Z Original Bellydance Course

Learn A-Z Bellydance 'seeds', 26 Original sequences. Course offers a full drill, 5 adaptable choreos to LIVE Egyptian music and 6 x extra training sessions. 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 Jul 1st 2019


4. A-Z Advanced Bellydance Course

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

Suggested Time: 6-8 weeks
New Advanced DVD: $90
Advanced Course Cost $270
Out Oct 1st 2019


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 Oct 1st 2019


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 Complete Teacher Training Course 2019 year long Course starts Jan 7 2019. Year long mentoring in a five-course series with Keti Sharif.

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. 

Expressions of Interest Training Jan-Nov 2020

Cost of full year long training is $1320 USD - includes mentorship by graduate teachers and the full series of all 5 x training courses with extra seminars, exams and assessement:
1. Somatics for Bellydance, 2. Core Essentials: 120 Moves, 3. A-Z Original Certification, 4. A-Z Advanced Certiication & 5. A-Z Teacher and Assessor Training with fortnightly classes.

This course has strictly limited numbers.

Please make a personal enquiry of you would be interested in this training or have any questions.

Educational courses and resources for bellydancers

Egyptian music, history and culture, plus somatics and musicality for dancers.

View the Keti's educational courses on Teachable, and expand your knowledge of history, tradition, culture, or somatics or muiscality - at any level. No pre-requisites required, you may take these educational courses at any time. Click to see the individual courses or visit Keti's Teachable course site.


The Traditional Arts of Egypt

Music, Moulids and Folk dances - Keti guides you through an historic and cultural perspective of Egypt's arts, referencing dance, architecture, textiles and more.  

Suggested Time: 1 week
Traditional Arts of Egypt $30
Available Now


Musicality for Bellydancers

Learn about Arabic and Middle Eastern instruments, rhythms, musical styles and music-movement connectivity, including information from Keti's music research and worldwide surveys. 

Suggested Time: 2 weeks
Musicality for Bellydancers $40
Available Now


Dance the Elements for Teachers

Explore the elements of water, fire, earth and air and how they relate to bellydance music, movement, healing and wellbeing. Create your own dance classes, teaching resources included. 

Suggested Time: 4 weeks
Cost $60
Available Now

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