Sahira is a lifelong performer and has studied music, drama and dance since the age of two. She has dedicated the last 20 years of her life to the art of belly dance and her favorite thing in the world is to share the dance with others. She has trained in both Egyptian and Tribal style belly dance as well as Modern and West African and loves to incorporate all of these influences in her art. Sahira is a lifelong musician and head over heels crazy about the zills. She is known for her warm and inviting energy and her tendency towards the ridiculous.

Sahira can now be found sharing her love of the dance not only in classes in Houston and workshops around the world, but online as well! Her online classroom at has allowed Sahira to collect her 20 years of experience in technique, choreography, zills and more into a convenient library of educational videos. The online studio has quickly become a gathering place for dancers around the globe to learn and share this amazing art form.

Melding With Your Musical Muse - Acapella Zill Work

CD doesn't work? iPod ran out of battery? Music skipping? Never be stuck again - Learn to be your own music accompaniment in this out-on-the edge workshop! Maybe you already love the zills (or perhaps you need more convincing!) - either way, take your zilling to new heights as you learn how to create your own music for any style of dance. Concepts will range from the basics (patterns that work no matter what you are doing) to the sublime (play your own drum solo, anyone?) and will also encompass emotion and theatricality. You will need at least one set of finger cymbals (two different sets is even better) and a sense of adventure. Some experience with zill work highly recommended.