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Real Music Academy – Dance Development Programme (Zürich)

The Real Music Academy: Live Music Dance Development Programme (Zürich) is the most comprehensive LIVE MUSIC education course in existence.  Delivered across 5 weekends by Guy Schalom (BA Honours in Music), the programme draws on Guy’s formal education in Europe and Canada as well as his Egyptian heritage to combine authentic Egyptian knowledge and wisdom with modern teaching methods suitable for European dancers.

Each weekend features detailed background knowledge and specially-devised exercises for musical and rhythmic understanding plus dance technique from invited guest teachers – each teacher bringing vast experience in their respective fields and serving as inspiration for how to work with live music.  All classes will be led by Guy Schalom and accompanied by his band with plenty of time for improvisation and personal feedback.  The goal being that you can perform with a live band confidently and have all the background information and techniques to make a perfect performance.

The Programme:

MODULE 1 (16-17 March)

Master the fundamentals of Arabic dance with (and without) live music to leave a perfect first impression!

ZeoT, Lagerstrasse 107, 8004, Zürich, Switzerland
– 16 March (12-6)
Rhythmic Mastery | Expert Communication | Advanced Musicality | Performance Skills with Live Music | Egyptian Music Inside Knowledge
– 17 March (11-5)
Melody, Baladi + Taxim | Musical Interaction | Language of Magencé (2 hours with guest teacher Alia)

MODULE 2 (25-26 May)

Immerse yourself in Arabic culture and art and earn respect from musicians and audience alike!

ZeoT, Lagerstrasse 107, 8004 Zürich, Switzerland
– 25 May (12-6)
Advanced Rhythms | Tabla Solo Know-How | Raqs el Assaya (with Guy) | Intro to Tarab
– 26 May (11-5)
Classical Song | Mawal | Shaabi Spirit | Intro to Baladi | The Art of Tarab (2 hours with guest teacher)


– 14-16 June – Live Music Performance @ CologneLive

MODULE 3 (6-7 July)

Experience Arabic authenticity and folklore to explore the oriental lifestyle!

ZeoT, Lagerstrasse 107, 8004, Zürich, Switzerland
– 6 July (12-6)
Performance Perfection | Tabla Solo Expert | Live Music Leadership | Improvise Like a Pro
– 7 July (11-5)
Baladi | Amint Billah | Awadi | Baladi Soul (2 hours with guest teacher Assala Ibrahim)


– 6-8 September – Live Music Performance @ LondonLive

MODULE 4 (5-6 October)

Prepare your body, mind and ears for that perfect live music performance!

ZeoT, Lagerstrasse 107, 8004, Zürich, Switzerland
– 5 October (12-6)
Exam | Coaching | Solo Tabla (with guest teacher) | Ayoub (with guest teacher)
– 6 October (11-5)
Egyptian Dance Classics | Oum Kalthoum | Baladi + Beyond | Live Music Practice | Performance Prep

MODULE 5 (23 November 2019)

Your live music performance, where you need only impress yourself!

Rehearsals: ZeoT, Lagerstrasse 107, 8004, Zürich, Switzerland
Performance with Live Music: Zürich (TBA)
– 23 November 2019 (All Day)
Final Rehearsal | Closing Show | Performance with Baladi Blues Ensemble | Certificates
Our closing show will be open to friends, family and the general public.


– 24 November (12-5) Special guest teacher announced soon!

Benefits & Advantages:

  • Expert music tuition from Guy Schalom (Egyptian heritage; trained in Europe, Canada and Egypt; over 20 years teaching & stage experience with dancers)
  • Guy Schalom’s unique teaching system combining authentic Egyptian knowledge with modern teaching methods suitable for European dancers – so you’ll understand complex and challenging Arabic music more quickly and more deeply
  • International guest dance teachers and musicians each weekend, whose experience will help you accelerate your learning and technique
  • Stage performance with the world-famous Baladi Blues Ensemble in Zürich (+ Cologne and LONDON – optional)
  • Combining theory, practice, training and specialist dance tuition – all with live music!
  • Work with tabla, accordion, oud, singer, saxophone and other authentic Arabic instruments
  • No keyboards: for that authentic baladi, golden era and traditional shaabi feeling
  • Limited numbers to ensure quality
  • Easy to reach, Zürich location close to international airports and train station, with affordable accommodation
  • Tuition in English and German (plus French if required)
  • 2 different packages to help focus your development (Professional or Personal), with the opportunity to book individual modules
  • Optional exam (with certificate) and personal feedback
  • Enjoy dancing to a live Arabic band for many, many hours each weekend
  • Save 300 CHF when you book before 14th January!
  • 149 CHF Deposit secures your place (followed by 4 easy payments spread throughout the year)

Go to Packages




Guy Schalom, is an Egyptian percussionist, record producer and teacher currently based in London.   He leads the renowned Baladi Blues Ensemble with whom he has released 10 CDs of Egyptian dance music.  He has also worked with Egyptian recording artists Natacha Atlas, Mahmoud Fadl, Hijazy Metkal, Mussa el Kenawi, the Musicians of the Nile and dancers as diverse as Suraya Hilal and Jillina (Bellydance Superstars).

Guy is highly regarded internationally for his incisive and empowering teaching style and for bringing together the artistic wisdom of the east alongside state-of-the-art teaching methodologies of the west.


ALIA has performed as solo dancer across Europe and was honoured in 2010 with the title ‘Belly dance Queen of Switzerland’. She has also performed for many years in dance companies, including the Egyptian Khaled Seif Gruppe and with the Oriental Divas, the best known oriental dance show group in Switzerland. As a choreographer, Alia has initiated many theatre productions and through performance projects, such as the Raqs Sharqi Project, the Phoenix Performance project and CHROMA, has led many dance students to create and perform their own choreographies on stage.

She has been teaching oriental dance since 2004 (in CH and in Spain) and took over the dance studio ZeoT Zürich in 2015.


Assala Ibrahim, has lived and worked in Switzerland for the past 25 years and since 2004 she has taught in Frauenfeld. Oriental dance has been a constant companion for Assala since her early childhood in Iraq. Whilst accompanying her mother who beautified and bedecked the women with jewelry for the henna night or the wedding, she observed how the women danced at these family festivities. Since moving to Switzerland in 1993 Assala continued to dance at family events and study the history of the dance.



PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT PACKAGE – 2.495 CHF 2.195 CHF before 14th January 2019 (Save 300 CHF)

All 5 Modules, performance with Baladi Blues Ensemble in Zürich (+ Cologne + London), all tuition, exam + certificate

149 CHF Deposit secures your place! (Followed by four easy payments/instalments spread throughout the year)

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N.B. Deposit and balance payments are non-refundable. Places may be transferred for a 20% charge. Please get in touch here to pay by bank transfer or for alternative payment plans.


PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT PACKAGE1.497 CHF 1.347 CHF before 14th January 2019 (Save 150 CHF)

Modules 1-3, Show Tickets Zürich (23. November), EXCLUDING: stage performance/exam/certificate

149 CHF Deposit secures your place!  (Followed by three easy payments/instalments spread throughout the year)

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N.B. Deposit and balance payments are non-refundable. Places may be transferred for a 20% charge. Please get in touch here to pay by bank transfer or for alternative payment plans.


Any Single Full Weekend (Modules 1, 2 or 3)

149 CHF Deposit secures your place! 

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N.B. Deposit and balance payments are non-refundable. Places may be transferred for a 20% charge. Please get in touch here to pay by bank transfer or for alternative payment plans.

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