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A Seat at the Table: Full Circle with the Ethnic Dance Festival

By Abigail Keyes (SL5/JL5) In the Beginning: Joumana Jazzes up Belly Dance In 1983, Suhaila Salimpour auditioned for a unique and groundbreaking annual dance event in San Francisco. She presented “Joumana,” the first in a triptych of works she created in collaboration with her mother. These works—“Joumana,” “Maharajan,” and “Hayati”—explore the new musical compositions created [...]

By | December 5th, 2017|History, News & Events, Salimpour School|Comments Off on A Seat at the Table: Full Circle with the Ethnic Dance Festival

Make the Most of Taking the Choreography 5-Day Workshop

By Abigail Keyes (SL5/JL5) Creating choreography doesn’t have to be daunting, and yet for many of us it can feel like an insurmountable task. We struggle with remembering the sequence of steps we have created. Others have difficulty silencing that voice in our head that tells us that our work is too simple, not impressive [...]

By | November 15th, 2017|Certification Program, Salimpour School|Comments Off on Make the Most of Taking the Choreography 5-Day Workshop

Make a Plan

I've spent years mentoring students with their training plans. They are a valuable tool that I use myself daily, as a guide to help me to achieve goals without feeling the pressure of time. I know that might sound counter intuitive because training plans are based on time, but for me they are reminders that [...]

By | November 3rd, 2017|Salimpour School|Comments Off on Make a Plan

2017 Level 4 & 5 Dancers!

Congratulations to our newly certified level 4 and level 5 dancers! The level of dedication, training, research and heart it takes to certify in the Salimpour School of Dance is tremendous. We are so happy to congratulate these dancers on their monumental accomplishment! SL4 2017 Certified Dancers Rachel Duff Parya Saberi Janelle Rodriquez Anna Kemper [...]

By | October 2nd, 2017|Certification Program, Salimpour School, School News|Comments Off on 2017 Level 4 & 5 Dancers!

Testing Chute Changes

As the school evolves, so do the testing requirements. Changes to the testing requirements for Jamila Level 2, Suhaila Level 3 and Jamila Level 3 are posted and highlighted in this blog.  These changes were implemented to better guide and focus dancers on the necessary content for testing, while allowing dancers more freedom and time [...]

By | October 2nd, 2017|Certification Program, Salimpour School|Comments Off on Testing Chute Changes

Already thinking about 2018 summer workshops?

Wow, what a great summer! From the bottom of our hearts, we want to thank each and every student who traveled to the mother ship for a summer workshop. We see your progress and commend your dedication to your training. With the wrap-up of the 2017 workshops, we’re already thinking about 2018. Suhaila has made [...]

By | September 6th, 2017|Salimpour School|Comments Off on Already thinking about 2018 summer workshops?

Tons of New Classes Added!

Art is never static and neither is the Salimpour School of Dance. We have added a TON of new content to the online classes that is ready to challenge you. Below is a list of each class with direct links to access.  What are you waiting for? Start dancing! Please note you will need an [...]

By | September 5th, 2017|School News|Comments Off on Tons of New Classes Added!

Ritual

Rituals have played, and continue to play, a vital role in shaping human history.  In their many and evolving forms, rituals forge connections and strengthen the foundation of families and communities. From birthday celebrations, weddings, religious ceremonies to even the simple act of applauding after a performance, these shared customs and traditions are emotionally gratifying.  Even [...]

By | August 2nd, 2017|Quotes & Thoughts|Comments Off on Ritual

1991 BC: Suhaila Plants Seeds for the Future

The last time we saw Suhaila on film was her deliberate, architectural, and experimental choreography on Dances for the Sultan. There she had just begun her innovative work of integrating hard contraction isolations and jazz dance footwork into the belly dance canon. Her musical interpretation was intentionally experimental, deviating from what a dancer from “over [...]

By | July 5th, 2017|Salimpour School|Comments Off on 1991 BC: Suhaila Plants Seeds for the Future

The Imprinting of the Work on Your Soul by Shawna Lemay

This Blog highlights an important message that we feel students of the Salimpour School will find beneficial, and not only useful for your technique as a belly dancer but to other areas of your life as well. The author illustrates the value to be gained from giving up our need to control the outcome of [...]

By | June 7th, 2017|Creative & Artistic People|Comments Off on The Imprinting of the Work on Your Soul by Shawna Lemay
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