Unleash your inner Zillstar...


Banish finger cymbal confusion and overwhelm and find joy and creativity in your zill playing now.


Welcome to The Finger Cymbal Revolution - the most comprehensive, game-changing online finger cymbal membership in the world.


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Frustrated with moving and zilling at the same time and just don't know what to do to improve?


Ready to feel comfortable and confident playing and dancing with your finger cymbals?


Interested in taking your zilling to a new level - playing complex riffs and acapella compositions while dancing?





Don't sit on the sidelines or break out in a sweat when it is time to play and dance with your zills!


 

The finger cymbals are an ancient and integral part of belly dance. And while the art of the zills has taken a back seat in many dancers' practice for the last few years, they are now experiencing a huge resurgence.




Join the wave of dancers worldwide who are continuing this beautiful and ancient art form and finding joy and creativity in the process.


Welcome to

The Finger Cymbal Revolution

a revolutionary & game-changing membership that explores the wonderful world of finger cymbals!

Go where most zillers never go and explore the many facets of the incredible music instrument in your hands! The Finger Cymbal Revolution will help you understand your zills in a whole new way - making you a stronger and more confident dancer all the way around.


On Demand Classes

Live Interactive Classes & Experiences

Insightful Private Q&A Sessions

Expert Interviews

An Exclusive Community

200+ hours of
finger cymbal content


What you will learn:

  • Sound exploration
  • Music Theory
  • Riffs and Patterns
  • Drills
  • Acapella Zills
  • Dance Combinations
  • Discussions & Interviews
  • And more!


"I remember watching Sahira playing a few months ago and thinking - WOW, so many different sounds, it must be *really* hard to play like this. Now it seems possible."

- Rubi

"Learning to pair zills with dance moves really tuned me into the musical pattern of the moves themselves and made me much more aware of timing and transitions In a brand new way! This will definitely help my non zill dancing too.

One of the big motivations for delving into zill practice is that I realize how great it is for enhancing musical understanding and awareness for dancing, and that’s really cool! "

- Jennifer

The Finger Cymbal Revolution is a proven method of zill learning that can make even the most zill-shy dancer feel comfortable and confident with their cymbals.

"I wanted to personally thank you for this community, I was so intimidated by Zills but you provide a way for me to better understand the mechanics of playing and I actually look forward to my practices now, still have a long way to go but I definitely do not feel intimidated any longer so again THANK YOU!"

- Nicole


Become the Zillstar you are meant to be!

The membership is already full of zill drills, patterns, sounds, technique and combinations to keep you dancing for weeks, and new material is added for you on a regular basis!

Maybe you're already a huge zill geek (like me!) or maybe you are a bit more hesitant in your affection. Either way I am here to give you the concrete resource you need to become confident with your zill playing no matter what your current level.

In this membership you will move beyond the basic four sounds and explore an entirely new world of Rishes, Frills, Patty Cakes and Chomps. You will geek out with funky beats, ambidextrous playing and syncopation that makes your booty shake.

And it's not just about the music. With this membership you get exclusive access to expert interviews, the first look at upcoming finger cymbal choreographies, challenges and intensives, as well as a huge community of fabulous dancers looking to grow their zill skills and support YOU in your journey.

Hey there! I'm Sahira.

I've been a musician for the last 39 years and a dancer for 24. When it came time to teach my students how to play the finger cymbals I quickly realized that the off-handed "just put them on and play this" way that I was taught decades ago was not going to work.

So I drew from my musical training and developed a method of teaching finger cymbals that starts from the ground up and takes it step-by-step so students can truly understand and digest music and their zills in a brand new way.

For the past decade, this method has helped hundreds of dancers all over the world find confidence, excitement and creativity in their zilling. The unique combination of deep musical knowledge, a type A engineering mind plus my love of laughter leads to classes that are clear, focused and fun - the perfect combination to help you get the results you crave in less time and with more joy!

The result? Dancers who LOVE the finger cymbals and understand music and they're dancing at a deeper musical level.

I have seen magical transformations in my students when they have the opportunity to learn at their own pace with on-demand content and then bring that knowledge into a live class setting to take the material further. The incredible speed and depth at which students learn with this hybrid system makes it the perfect way to level up your finger cymbal practice.

And beyond the technique and concepts learned, the connections and friendships that are created between dancers in the program are touching and transformative. I am just one small part of the motivational force here... YOU are the magical ingredient.


I would love nothing more than to help you find the same magical transformation in your zill playing.

First we make the music... and then we dance!


One of the many beauties of the finger cymbals is that we get to create as well as express the music.

We will zill with music and without.


Need a step-by-step look at the basics?

...I've got you!


Want to create your own zill solo while you dance?

... Let's do it! The sky is the limit!



Here's what waiting for you inside the membership.

When you join The Finger Cymbal Revolution you get immediate access to seven different finger cymbal courses, new monthly on-demand releases, interactive live classes and an incredible and supportive community.



Course 1 - Fabulous Finger Cymbal Basics

This is the place to begin your adventure if you are a newer finger cymbal player! Here you will be given a solid introduction to the artform - from choosing the perfect set of finger cymbals, to sewing in the elastic and playing your first sound and basic patterns.



Course 2 - Finger Cymbal Rhythms, Patterns and Sounds

This course contains instruction focused on zill sounds and rhythms - Everything from the four basic sounds to more advanced sounds like "The Frill" and "The Canter". You'll dive deeper into the most popular rhythms in the "Baladi, Saidi, Maqsum series" and learn rhythms in odd meters too. Inside this course you will discover the secrets that will take your zilling from basic to bombastic!



Course 3 - Zill Skills, Drills and Thrills

This course is home to many fabulous and highly focused zill drills for speed and dexterity that are the key to leveling up your skills.



Course 4 - Finger Cymbal Theory - The When, Where, What and How

Inside this course is you will find more theory-based classes like a "Choosing what to play" and "Playing zills to pop music". This course is a deep-dive into the behind-the-scenes theory that will give you the key to understanding WHEN and WHERE to play within the music, WHAT to play and HOW to choose patterns musically.


Course 5 - Finger Cymbal Riffs and Combinations

This is the home for dozens of acapella riffs and combinations. Ready to plug and play with some fun and funky zill riffs with dance combos? This course is where to go!



Course 6 - Finger Cymbal Fun - Expert Interviews and Zill Reviews

Expert interviews, zill review videos, as well as behind-the-scenes tours at Saroyan Mastercrafts are here inside this course. So much fun and totally inspirational!



Course 7 - Acapella Finger Cymbal Foundations

This revolutionary course is a must-have for any dancer looking to take their zills into the realm of acapella zill solo work!

"A reason that I love learning zills with Sahira is that she helps me break it down in a way I'll understand and she's also helped me come up with things I never thought I could do before, not just with the music, but also while dancing. Before you know it, you're putting it all together. It's wonderful!!"

- Kelly

"My zill journey has begun. I bought the membership and ordered 3 sets of zills. I'm anxiously waiting for them. I ordered student zills and some to work in to. Can't wait. Now when I dance to my own drummer I can add zills! I'll always have music. You've inspired me. You are a treasure. Thank you. "

- Dey Lynn

"This has helped me so much! I had never done zills before.I was so happy to slowly learn how to count and how it lined up with the dance and all the different sounds you could make. By the first weekend, I could apply what I learned.I feel like I'll be much more confident this way and better with zills overall. Here's to a more confident belly dance experience!"

- Jaimie

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And that's not all!


The Finger Cymbal Revolution is a living, growing, interactive experience!


The Finger Cymbal Revolution uses the "flipped classroom" methodology being used at leading universities around the world. This allows you time to work with an digest each month's new learning material before we dive in and work on it together.


Every single month you will receive a brand-new on-demand tutorial designed to keep you moving forward in your cymbal practice.


Two weeks after that tutorial releases we meet LIVE on Zoom to work together on that material so you can ask questions, get personal feedback and connect with your fellow Revolution members.


This gives you time to work through the material at your own pace before we meet live so you can come with questions and feeling more confident to work through the material together.

Meet Nicole

I’d like to share a win as a zill newbie! I spent short practice periods this month to review the Fabulous Finger Cymbal Basics course inside the membership. Compared to where I was when I started, I feel much more comfortable with the zills now! I can even enjoy myself grooving and moving with them while practicing. Also, trying to pair zills with dance moves really tuned me into the musical pattern of the moves themselves and made me much more aware of timing and transitions in a brand new way! This will definitely help my non-zill dancing too.


I wanted to personally thank you for this community, I was so intimidated by Zills but you provide a way for me to better understand the mechanics of playing and I actually look forward to my practices now, still have a long way to go but I definitely do not feel intimidated any longer so again THANK YOU!

✓ Over 200 hours of on-demand zill instructional courses including sounds, patterns, drills, rhythms, technique, combinations, theory, interviews, zill reviews, and more. I'm sharing with you everything I've learned inside my two-decades long zill practice from the essential foundations to the crazy sounds, riffs and performance ideas I am working on right now. ($1358 value)

Monthly on-demand finger cymbal instructional video releases. Every single month there's new material to inspire and motivate you to put the metal to the metal and make music with me in new and creative ways. ($39 value)

Live interactive Zoom classes. Because online classes with no instructor interaction can only take you so far. Inside the Finger Cymbal Revolution you and I are hanging out together on a regular basis so I can really help you take your practice to the next level. ($20 value)

A monthly live Q&A Session and exclusive access to me and my team. As a part of the inner circle, you know my team and I are here for you every step of the way, ready to help you out and cheer you on. ($20 value)

Twice yearly showcase performance opportunities to keep you inspired and motivated to polish your latest project for the next big showcase. ($80 value)

✓ Access to a fabulous online community. This one is a total game-changer. There is nothing more powerful than a spectacular community of positive, encouraging and accepting dancers to keep you coming back for more! ($priceless)


Plus, when you join now you will receive these five bonuses to super charge your practice.


✓ All the recordings from the 2019, 2021, 2022 and 2023 Zill Challenges so you can experience again (or for the first time) the massive momentum created in these accelerated and hyper-focused 10-day finger cymbal learning experiences. ($316 value)



✓ A digital copy of Dawn Devine's incredible book - "Zills: Music on Your Fingertips." Dawn literally wrote the book on finger cymbals - everything from history, to manufacturing, playing them, dancing with them and caring for them - this book is an indispensable resource for the serious zill player. ($10 value)


The Finger Cymbal Revolution Membership brings you a 1,763 in zill learning value for an incredibly low monthly price.


JUST $29/Month

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Plus, you'll be backed by a risk-free cancel anytime policy.

The Finger Cymbal Revolution is the most uniquely multi-faceted online finger cymbal program that gives you the step-by-step process you crave for your personal zill practice. Not only hundreds of hours of instructional content through many aspects of the art form, but also the personalized attention, live interactive opportunities and supportive community needed to maximize your success.

When you join, you will have immediate access to the 200+ hours of content already included in the membership, PLUS all the past monthly on-demand releases and the past year of live member event videos, the online community and a new member orientation to get you started in the best direction possible for your personal finger cymbal revolution.

If you don't feel totally excited and motivated by what you find there, you can cancel at anytime. There is no contract or commitment. You have nothing to lose and a beautiful world of finger cymbal inspiration to gain!

Frequently Asked Questions


How long do I have access to these fabulous zill classes?
While you are part of the membership you have unlimited access to everything you see here. You can work at your own pace as well as join in on the membership's monthly on-demand release classes, Facebook lives and Zoom meetups.
I am brand new to finger cymbals. Will this membership be over my head?
The Finger Cymbal Revolution is perfect for people just beginning their zill journey as well as for dancers who have been practicing a while and are ready to dive into a more immersive online learning experience. The membership will take you from the very beginning steps of the finger cymbals all the way through to more advanced concepts and acapella zill work - so you can be confident that you will find inspiration and challenge for you no matter where you are in your journey.
When do the live classes take place? What if I am unable to attend?
The live classes usually take place on Saturday mornings at 11:15 am central time. If you miss a class for any reason, don't panic! A recording will be uploaded to your membership within 24 hours of the class completion. Those recordings stay in the membership for an entire year, so you have lots of time to watch!
How much time do I need each month to complete the membership material?
If you choose to follow just the new recorded and live class releases each month, as well as participate in the live Q&A it would be about a two hour commitment monthly. Beyond that, you have the opportunity to dive into the ever-growing library of additional recorded class packages at any time and spend as much time on them as you'd like!
What if I am not happy with the membership?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you decide at any time that The Finger Cymbal Revolution Membership is not for you, you can cancel your subscription. There is no contract or committment.

"Now movements that would have been almost impossible for me to get on my own make more sense to me. With the zills I can finally feel the rhythm in my body."

- Janette

"Thanks to you I start playing finger cymbals again. You have also taught me that the excitement of loving your finger cymbals is the motivation for yourself and for others to learn more. Thank you."

- Suzzane

"I highly recommend ANY opportunity that you get to work with Sahira. She is one of the most dedicated teachers that I have had the honor of training with in my dance education. The amount of attention and guidance she gave to me was unsurpassed by any other that I’ve experienced to date. Sahira will patiently walk you through each and every step in order to help you learn. There is no doubt that she will always be my “go to” instructor because I know that I can depend on her to be 100% committed to helping me!"

- Corinna

 


Begin your Revolution!

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