Abigail Keyes is a dancer, educator, and performer based in the San Francisco Bay Area. She's been involved in the performing arts for over 30 years, and has a background in both Middle Eastern studies and various dance styles. 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.


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Looking for a way to spend a rainy Monday evening? Of course you are! Spend it learning about the amazing body that you live in every day. We start our 5-week anatomy series tomorrow (February 20) at the Salimpour School of Belly Dance. ...

Anatomy and Somatics for Belly Dance

February 20, 2017, 6:30pm - February 20, 2017, 9:30pm

Salimpour School of Belly Dance

Join Abigail Keyes for a 5-week Dance Movement series exploring the anatomy and somatics of belly dance movement at the Salimpour School of Dance. Familiarize yourself with the essential bones and muscles that make your body move and groove in class and on the stage. We'll also talk about alignment, posture, and injury prevention. Bring a yoga mat and a notebook. Handouts will be provided. $17 or one Salimpour School class card punch for each class.

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Syrian music for a great cause: The Road to Aleppo, February 25, Berkeley, Ca. Tickets $25/$20 at roadtoaleppo.bpt.me ...

Bayat Music Ensemble: The Road to Aleppo

February 25, 2017, 7:00pm - February 26, 2017, 1:59am


Bayat Music Ensemble and the Salimpour School present: The Road to Aleppo, a concert and benefit for the Syrian Children’s Relief Fund. Directed by award-winning violinist and composer Fathi al-Jarrah, the Bayat Music Ensemble presents a program of classical music from Aleppo, Syria. Aleppo was once the center of Arabic music and poetry, with a rich tradition dating back hundreds of years. Special dance performance by the Suhaila Dance Company. 7:00p: Doors Open 7:30p - 8:30p: Free belly dance class 9p: Concert $25 general admission $20 students/seniors (+65) with ID $30 at the door Ashkenaz Music and Dance Center 1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley, California

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