How to Make a Dance in FIVE DAYS

From entrance to applause without setting a single step

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Feeling frustrated?

"Oh no! What should I do next?"

Making dances can be puzzling...

Want to make dances that feel spontaneous? To stay present in the moment? TO NOT freeze?

To feel Joyful. Free. Confident!



MD5: How to Make a Dance in Five Days!
(without setting a single step!)

How will we do it?

Structured improvisation!

Structured improv means creating a framework for our dance--a map, if you will. We decide what to say with our dance, where to go, and when to get there. Everything else gets supplied in the moment.

This system results in dances that are complex, engaging, fast to make, and easy to remember.

We'll take on a different element of dancemaking each day for five days.

  • Day 1. Explore musical structure
  • Day 2. Discover symbolic and narrative content
  • Day 3. Develop stage pictures and patterns
  • Day 4. Choose movement families
  • Day 5. Revise, tweak, polish
  • Day 6. BONUS! Virtual video recital

Demos of each element!

Private Teachable group for QnA, cheerleading, and camaraderie

Join a well-designed class with like-minded folks

Social dancers welcome! (why should performers have all the fun?) Make a dance for your own pleasure!


Learn a time-tested, systematic approach to dance composition that you can use over and over again.

This course is NOT yet another series of pre-recorded videos. You have to watch by yourself, with no one to help you, answer your questions, or guide you when you get stuck--and you will get stuck.

This course IS a well-designed process with individual attention from a master teacher! So you can stay on track and complete your dance in less than a week!


MD5 is open Sunday, May 22 through Saturday, June 4th.

You can use any five days you like (with one day off in the middle for rest and completion).

I'll be monitoring the course during that time, to explain, advise, and encourage!

Will you please join us? It's going to be a great ride!

Registration is open through Saturday, June 28

I look forward to dancing with you!


Your Instructor

Alia Thabit
Alia Thabit

Alia Thabit (she/her), a Levantine-American artist, writer, and guide, celebrates belly dance's cultural ideals of feeling, playfulness, and joy. An international and online instructor with decades of Oriental dance experience, Alia has also designed and taught online classes at the college level since 2004. She is the author of Midnight at the Crossroads, a book about the heart and soul of belly dance. Reconnect with your soul:

Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?
The course starts when you enroll and finishes six days later.
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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