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Motherhood and Belly Dance

Motherhood and Belly Dance By Kandice Grossman   When I was 18 years old I became a mother. In the same year, I became a belly dancer. My entire adult life has centered around mothering my daughters, now ages 21 and 15, and all the while, a consistent practice of belly dance. These two aspects [...]

By | May 3rd, 2017|Inspirations|Comments Off on Motherhood and Belly Dance

Erte, Experimentation, and Irony: Suhaila Salimpour’s “Pharaonic Suite”

When looking at the total of Suhaila’s recorded performances, you might notice that the “Pharaonic Suite” on the 1988 production Dances for the Sultan is different. The movements are highly stylized, bound, and deliberate. If you are familiar with more “traditional” interpretations of Arabic music, you might also notice that this particular work challenges those [...]

By | April 5th, 2017|History, Inspirations, Salimpour School|Comments Off on Erte, Experimentation, and Irony: Suhaila Salimpour’s “Pharaonic Suite”

Time Management

"Mommy, why did you decide to do dance class and leave us?" The drama is strong in my household. I was simultaneously impressed and heartbroken. Then there's this one: "You have to go on a photoshoot AGAIN!?!?!?!?!" Or the less manipulative, but equally as daunting "What's for dinner?"   (Especially when the Venn diagram of what [...]

By | December 7th, 2016|Inspirations, Salimpour School|Comments Off on Time Management

Storytelling

As humans, we are innately drawn to storytelling. Historically, storytelling was a means for spreading and expanding knowledge. Stories allow us to develop a better understanding of ourselves and of others, and they play a large role in shaping who we are.   However we tell a story (movement, film, song, photo) we are striving to [...]

By | October 7th, 2016|Inspirations, Quotes & Thoughts|Comments Off on Storytelling

Recovery

We recently got a question from a dancer about dancing after a C-section: "I've had 2 c-sections and I'm having a hard time getting back into dancing. I feel like when I contract nothing happens, and isolations are really painful :( I'm on the verge of giving up, i can't even roll my belly anymore." [...]

By | August 3rd, 2016|Inspirations|Comments Off on Recovery

Jamila Salimpour’s 90th Birthday Celebration!

Jamila Salimpour’s intimate experience working with elephants during her time performing as an acrobat with the Ringling Bros and Barnum and Bailey circus in the 1940’s, had a profound effect on her that has lasted a lifetime. Throughout her life, she has remained a loyal advocate for animal rights, particularly adamant about the release of [...]

By | July 20th, 2016|Inspirations, Salimpour School|Comments Off on Jamila Salimpour’s 90th Birthday Celebration!

Inspirations: Judith Jamison

Earlier this week, we posted a quote from Judith Jamison, the Artistic Director Emerita of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater.  Judith has had an incredible career as a dancer and a choreographer.  We encourage you to take some time to learn more about her story, hear her voice, and view her life's work.  Here are [...]

By | March 5th, 2015|Creative & Artistic People, Inspirations, Salimpour School|Comments Off on Inspirations: Judith Jamison

Inspirations: Lessons in Creativity

In this TED talk, Julie Burstein discusses how to create when facing challenge, self-doubt, and loss.  She shares insights from four creative people:   filmmaker Mira Nair, writer Richard Ford, sculptor Richard Serra, and photographer Joel Meyerowitz.  Her talk is just under 18 minutes, and the information is accessible and interesting. Julie is the host of Spark [...]

By | February 13th, 2015|Creative & Artistic People, Inspirations, Salimpour School|Comments Off on Inspirations: Lessons in Creativity
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