Abigail Keyes is a dancer and dance educator based in the San Francisco Bay Area. With a background in Middle Eastern studies, her focus is on belly dance and Middle Eastern folk dances (primarily belly dance), as well as their Euro-American fusions. Her diverse professional skills (from writing for top US policy makers to teaching dance workshops with over 90 people in attendance, as well as in-depth study of modern dance and Pilates) make her uniquely situated as both a mover and teacher. 

She wishes to foster curiosity, a strong work ethic, creativity and individuality, as well as an overall improved sense of physical and mental well-being in all of her students. Whether she is teaching Suhaila Salimpour or Jamila Salimpour Formats, or Creative Dance-based workshops, she believes that the experience and enrichment of the student is paramount. Exchanging knowledge—physical, historical, cultural, and creative—is the ultimate goal of every class, for beginners and experienced dancers alike.

She is available to teach workshops and master classes as well as private lessons.


Recent Posts

You Are Making Progress...

Adult students are often quite hard on themselves. We take all of our adult baggage into the studio [...]

Flock You! ...or how to be a better company member

I've spent most of my movement "career" as a soloist, only responsible for the placement of my own b[...]

The Orientalism of Beyoncé

“Enta Omri” Meets “Naughty Girl”… The footage of Beyoncé bumpin’ and grindin’ to a sample of Umm [...]

Rehearsals Aren't Technique Class

We dancers rely on repetition. When we work on the same movements again and again, refining and expa[...]

On keeping the mindset of a beginner

One of the classes I teach at the Salimpour School of Dance is Level 1 technique. Our students often[...]


Maëlle Danse is bringing the Suhaila Dance Company and Bal Anat to Belgium to celebrate art, dance, music, and a global community of dance! This is truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience for performers and audience alike. We'll be presenting Enta Omri—a full-length concert of dance to classic Arabic music—and Bal Anat—the original "tribal" belly dance show, complete with favorite dances and some new additions!

I'm honored to be an integral part of this experience and a student of the Salimpour School of Belly Dance!

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