Coaching

Private and Semi-Private Lessons (in person or online)

Focus on a particular topic or area of your dancing, or speed up your dance education.

Some options to focus on:

  • stage presence
  • working with a live band
  • improvisation
  • how to add dynamism to your show
  • choreographing
  • finger cymbals
  • Turkish Oryantal and how it differs from other styles
  • Turkish Romany
  • post-mortem (review a past performance)

Held at "Studio Tashkin" -Aslahan's home studio in Arlington Center. Address sent upon registration. (**NOTE: This home has cats. If allergies are an issue for you, take preventative measures or contact us about possible alternate arrangements.)

Not local to Boston but have a good internet connection? You can take private lessons or coaching via Skype's video call feature.

Single lesson:
$65 per hour for private lessons, or $40/person/hour for semi-private lessons (2 people)

Package of lessons:
$150 for 3 1-hour private lessons, or $90/person for 3 1-hour semi-private lessons (2 people)

Contact Aslahan at or 781-859-9606 to set up a lesson.


9/8 Coaching

Feel lost with the 9/8? Want to get used to the rhythm, learn the footwork, or add some Romany flavor to your 9/8 performances?

A few private lessons, spaced about a month apart, can get you into that 9/8 groove.

Single lesson:
$65 per hour for private lessons, or $40/person/hour for semi-private lessons (2 people)

Package of lessons:
$150 for 3 1-hour private lessons, or $90/person for 3 1-hour semi-private lessons (2 people)

Contact me at or 781-859-9606 with questions or to set up a lesson.


Club/Restaurant Performance Coaching

You want to move into restaurant or club gigs. You know you can dance, but you're not sure how to put together a 20-minute set of music/work with a live band/handle overenthuastic tippers.

A private session or two of coaching can give you the knowledge you need.

We can cover:

  • structuring a recorded set of music
  • working with a live band
  • using your space well
  • interacting with audiences (including handling tipping)
  • projecting your stage presence
  • applying makeup for a club venue

Single lesson:
$65 per hour for private lessons, or $40/person/hour for semi-private lessons (2 people)

Package of lessons:
$150 for 3 1-hour private lessons, or $90/person for 3 1-hour semi-private lessons (2 people)

I had been looking for someone to give me feedback and, if possible, coaching for performing to live music. I felt like I had hit a plateau, and video of a recent restaurant set made me realize that I really wanted to make improvements. I discussed what I was looking for with Aslahan. I am not a Turkish dancer, but I am drawn to the energy, grace, and expressiveness with which she dances. Having seen several of her students perform to live music, I was impressed by their combination of poise, skill, and unique dance personalities. I thought this was a good indicator for a potential coach. She watched me perform, went through the video, and came up with a constructive list of areas where I was proficient and areas that needed work. We agreed on where to start, and she came up with a lesson plan. She had specific suggestions for each problem area, and we worked through them together so that I could then practice on my own. She handles questions with as much detail as is needed and is very good at approaching topics in a general rather than stylistic way. I have made improvements in the areas we initially identified and have gone on to other areas as the sessions have continued. These improvements have helped me to be more confident and relaxed when I perform, which means that expressing the music, sharing it with the people around me, and enjoying myself are so much easier.

- Kezmaya

Contact Aslahan at or 781-859-9606 to set up a lesson.