Being Authentic with Alia Thabit

We’ve all watched student dancers clump through their shows, openly counting, faces scrunched up in concentration—to the utter boredom of the guests.

Belly dance is all about the feeling in the moment, dancing differently every time, and bringing joy. To do these things, dancers need an authentic connection to the music, themselves, and their guests. How do we teach our students to do this?

The problem is perfectionism. Students are so afraid of making mistakes that they have no space left over to actually engage with the music, the movement, or the guests. The antidote to fear is competence, which brings confidence. Confidence lets us own the moment.

Teachers empower authenticity through building student confidence. We develop student creation, provide practice performance opportunities, and model our own authenticity.

Your Instructor

Terri Allred
Terri Allred

I have had 25 years of small business ownership and consulting experience that I will draw upon to help you reach your business goals.

I am the owner of the Belly Dance Business Academy (BDBA). In addition to running the BDBA, I am the Owner of Third Eye Tribal in MN, a Business Consultant for FatChanceBellyDance®, Producer of ATS® Homecoming and the Project Manager for The ATS® Magazine. I am deeply entrenched in the American Tribal Style® and broader belly dance community bringing connections and resources to my consulting relationship with you. I have written two books, produced an instructional DVD, lectured and taught dance extensively and run successful dance businesses in two states.

My professional experience prior to dance includes a Master of Theological Studies in Feminist Theology and nonprofit management including serving as the Executive Director of Rape Crisis, Domestic Violence and Women's Centers in TN, OH, NC and MN. My training and experience in counseling allows me to offer insightful and compassionate guidance to you on your journey.

Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 30 days and we will give you a full refund.

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