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

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[...]

How Sitting Out Can Make You A Better Dancer

When you're a dancer, you want to get the most out of every class you take. And sometimes, that mean[...]

Technique is Fancy Habits

Dance sometimes feels like some sort of mysterious practice, full of magic in its impermanence, and [...]


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Workshop: Watching Dance to Make Dance

October 15, 2016, 1:15pm - October 15, 2016, 4:45pm

Lake City Community Center

Ever wondered how to describe movement? Want to be able to see more when watching dance? Want some more tools for your compositional toolbox? This workshop will introduce the basic elements of dance, using Laban-Bartinieff descriptors that are used around the world to describe movement and create movement. We'll watch videos of dance from all around the world and do some moving ourselves. Bring a notebook.

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Workshop: Let's Make a Show!

October 14, 2016, 10:30am - October 14, 2016, 2:00pm

Lake City Community Center

Choosing music for your show can sometimes be stressful and overwhelming... but fear not! In this workshop, we'll discuss the elements of classic belly dance shows, what makes them work, and how you can apply these time-tested structures to your own performances. We'll listen to classic belly dance music, and also talk about how to apply these concepts to creating fusion and experimental sets. Bring some music of your own, and we'll talk about how to program your upcoming shows.

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