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.


Recent Posts

Adult Dancers: You Are Making Progress

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

Flock You! How to Be a Better Dance 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 [...]

How Dance Company Rehearsals Aren't Technique Class

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

How Dance Instructors Can Keep a Beginner's Mind

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


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