Fast, fun, finger cymbal improvisation

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Frustrated by Finger Cymbals? Suck at Sagat? Zilch at zils?

Audiences LOVE finger cymbals.
But most classes don't even teach them--or teach only choreographed patterns and memorized riffs. You have to drill endlessly, memorize a dozen rhythms--or worse, play triples until your brain melts (or your ears explode). As you struggle to think and remember, your confidence sinks. Many people say playing while dancing is an advanced skill you only learn after years of practice.

It's time for a change.

It's time to stop swirling around in silence. Stop memorizing static patterns. Start to play and have fun!

Wouldn't you love to play zils spontaneously in the moment?




Fast, Fun Finger Cymbal Improvisation

Wait, what the heck is Ziltastic?

Ziltastic is a down + dirty crash course for improvisational self-accompaniment with finger cymbals. It's a 1+ hour video workshop that covers a ton of information. Start and stop--skip and repeat--get what you want in the order you want it.

  • This is NOT about super-fancy cymbal technique
  • This IS about dancing with zils and having fun doing it!

Who Will benefit from Ziltastic?

Anyone who wants to improvise on finger cymbals, from intrepid beginners, to intermediate and even advanced dancers tired of rigid scripting, to teachers looking for new ways to teach.

What do you get?

  • A dynamic, fun way to play with the music--and your dance.
  • Express Exercises to develop new skills
  • How to choose, prepare, and care for your Finger Cymbals
  • Difference between zils and sagat--and how to choose
  • Playing with Rhythm (4/4, 2/4, and odd meters)
  • Playing with Melody
  • Improvisational dance with zils
  • Self-Paced instruction--proceed at your own speed
  • Video Demonstration of the entire process, from patterns to POWER!
I just watched Part One! It changed my entire relationship with my zils. I bought two pair a few years ago and i just couldn't handle the ringing in my ears, couldn't see the end goal and actually disliked them (but my guilt made me store them in a really cute bag). Now I know what I own, how to keep from giving myself a headache and know that I can play them with fun, musicality and improvisation as my goal. They are out of my cute bag now! And the cat stays in the room! Thank you Alia! Ziltastic! ~Anica

Why Alia?

Alia has accompanied herself with finger cymbals for over 40 years--she learned from the best, including Ibrahim Farrah, Jamila Salimpour, and Elena Lentini. She's a qualified professional educator, a fabulous dancer, and a whole lot of fun! Now you get Alia's expertise--and fun--straight to your screen! Want more deets? Click here: http://aliathabit.com/alia

"I love looking and listening to you. I love watching you, your calm, connected style. It feels like I'm right there in the same room. I can't wait to start playing." ~Irit

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: AliaThabit.com

Plus, she can play!

Course Curriculum

  Welcome to Ziltastic!
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  Ziltastic! Week 1: How to Play
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  Ziltastic! Week 2: Playing with Rhythm
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  Ziltastic! Week 3: Playing with Music
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  Ziltastic! Week 4: Playing with Improvisation
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  The Rhythms
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Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
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.
Don't like it?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first two weeks of the class and we will give you a full refund.

Why Learn Finger Cymbals?

Zil skills have fallen out of fashion--yet they are one of the most compelling aspects of a dancer's impact.The sooner you learn (and this is a fast, easy, fun way to learn), the sooner you can have fun playing zils with your dance!

Premium BONUS: Zil Coaching!

Special attention--just for you.

  • A four-week course to help you fully ingest the material
  • Answers to your Questions!

All FREE, just because you are special

"One thing I like about the slow drills is the connection I have made to practicing in slow motion and being more deliberate. I like the comment Alia made about speed coming with practice. Just paying attention to what I am doing has helped me to focus on the different skill drills and then expand to putting spaces between the accents. Thanks, Alia!" --CM

Now is your chance. NOW is the time!

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Forget mindless drilling--Zil your way from zero to hero

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