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Classic Egyptian Style Belly Dance

A Study in the
Egyptian Dance Code®
with the Sausan Method

Sausan's backside dancing
Sausan, Master Dance Teacher

Photo: Carl Sermon

The Sausan Academy of Egyptian Dance (SAED) is a complete Egyptian dance academy.  Here, you will learn the following:

  •  The Egyptian Dance Code®

  •  Principles & Technique

  •  Theory & Philosophy

  •  Expression & Attitude

  •  Musical Entities, Interpretation, & Application

  •  Choreography v. Improvisation

  •  Performance & Critique

  •  Classic v. Modern

  •  History & Culture

  •  Celebration & Cuisine

  •  Kick Ass Drum Solos

  •  Finger Cymbals & Patterns

  •  American Cabaret Veilwork and Floorwork

  •  American Cabaret 5 and 7 Part Routine

  •  Recorded & Live music performance

  •  Egyptian Dance Greats Video Study

  • EgyptIan Musicians, Songwriters, and Singers Study

  •  Must-know Music for Performance

  •  Opportunities for Out-of-studio Paid Performances 


Your one-stop shopping for the full belly dance experience!  Call anytime for more information.

    Sausan dancing with Nazir at Al-Masri Egyptian Restaurant

    Why SAED?

    • One-Year Comprehensive Program

    • Dance Principles & Technique

    • Theory & Philosophy

    • Expression & Attitude

    • Music Interpretation & Application

    • Dance History & Culture

    • Celebration & Cuisine

    • Performance & Critique

    • Choreography v. Improvisation

    • Must-Know Music For Dancing

    • Walk-in Classes

    • 5-Hour EDC® Crash Courses

    • Single Cane & Double Cane

    • Intro to EDC® Free Classes

    • Kick-Ass Hips-On Drum Solo 

    • History of Belly Dance

    • Study of Egyptian Dancers of Yesteryear

    • Study of Composers, Singers, and Songwriters of Yesteryear

    • Sagat (Zils) - Patterns in Music

    • Musicality for Performance

    • Veils & Cymbals

    • Graceful Arms ala Samia G., Nagwa F., & Suhair Z. 

    • Classic Egyptian v. Modern Egyptian

    • American Cabaret v. Classic Egyptian

    • American 5 and 7 Part Routine

    • Study with Live Music

    • Opportunities for Paid Performances

    • And a LOT More!

    “Sausan can teach the devil to dance;
    the devil is in the details.”

    Max Hamoda

    Classes & Courses

    We offer several different types of dance study.  Some are specialty courses, others are academic courses.  We even have single walk-on classes on EDC® technique and must-know music, so that you can "try on" the class to see if it "fits."  

    Continue with the single walk-ins  or sign up for the more comprehensive academic or specialty courses.  

    Take a look below and choose one that you like.  You won't be disappointed.

    Flier of SAED Monday walk-in classes.

    •  Single Classes  •

    Walk-in classes for the curious student.

    • Monday dance walk-ins.  5:30pm & 7:30pm

    •  Must-know music for dancing.  Wed. 7:30pm

    $20/class or $199/12 class card

    (Belly dance San Francisco)

    Information on academic belly dance classes

    •  Academic Courses  •
    Primary, Secondary, Ter
    tiary, ABP

    Intro to EDC®,  Upper body technique. 

    Basic movement, travel steps, and video study.  

    1st Qtr Tues.  - January - March; 5:30pm  - 7:00pm 

    2nd Qtr Tues. - April - June; 7:30pm  - 9:00pm

    3rd Qtr Wed. July - September; 5:30pm  - 7:00pm

    4th Qtr Wed. - October - December; 7:30pm  - 9:00pm  

    Primary Course is the first of a one-year all-inclusive dance program.  1.5 hrs; $199/12 classes

    (Belly dance San Francisco)

    •  Specialty Courses  •

    Extended  performance study.

    Choreography  • Finger Cymbals

    Veilwork  •  Floorwork  •  Drum solo  •  MORE!

    $129/6-week intensive courses

    $219/12-week comprehensive courses

    (Belly dance San Francisco)

    Layali Zaman

    About Sausan

    • Master Teacher of the Sausan Academy of Egyptian Dance, San Francisco, CA since 2000

    • Choreographer/Artistic Director of the Sausan Ensemble Egyptian Dance Company since 2009

    • Owner/Executive Chef of Al-Masri Egyptian Restaurant, San Francisco, CA since 1999

    • Owner/Baker/Distributor of Bitchin’ Baklava Middle Eastern Desserts and Savory Pies since 2012

    • Author/Researcher/Historian/Publisher of SAED Reference Media, since 1993.


         Decades of national/international dance study, travel, performance (nightclubs, restaurants, telegrams, Egyptian-inspired dance operettas, festivals, museums, universities, colleges, lectures, corporate events, military bases, etc.), instruction -- media and in-person, researcher and writer, and overall, all-inclusive decades of dance experience since 1974.  Sausan's two most influential teachers are Jodette Silhi Johnson of Sacramento from 1974 to 1977, and Nakish of San Francisco from 1979 to 1982.


         Sausan is in the process of writing a book -- or two--  entitled Celebrating on a Scarab about her life experiences.  This book, containing recipes, articles, and photos, is currently in progress.  She also has developed a line of bohemian-style jewelry she sells under the name of Scaraboo, which is on display at her restaurant, Al-Masri.  Instructional videos on the EDC® are currently in the making.


    Sausan's CV



    Call Today for a Free Class Observation 

    Many Sausans


    Contact Sausan

    4031 Balboa Street, San Francisco, CA  94121


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