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.
"My zill journey has begun. I bought zillicious for beginners and ordered 3 sets of zills. I'm anxiously waiting for them. 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
Well hello there, fabulous dancer! I'm Sahira. 👋🏽
I'm a life-long performer and have dedicated the last 21 years of my life to empowering others through the beautiful art of Belly Dance. I am a lifelong musician and head over heels crazy about the finger cymbals. I am a self-proclaimed technique and music geek, love anything to do with bunnies and could live off of spicy Szechwan food for the rest of my life.
I also direct the BellaDonna Dance Company, voted Houston ’s Best Belly Dancers by the Houston Press and am founder and director of Houston’s premiere Tribal Style troupe, Urban Hipsy.
I love belly dancing! Seriously… I did not ever set out to be a professional belly dancer, but since dedicating the last 21 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 every body.
I look forward to sharing the dance floor with you soon!