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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

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”

Bal Anat Tour Coming 2018

The 50th Anniversary Tour of Bal Anat is coming in 2018. Dates & Locations Sweden: April 1, 2018 London: April 6, 2018 Belgium: April 8, 2018 Florida: April 21, 2018 Atlanta: Date TBA Chicago: Date TBA *Stay tuned for more details!

By | March 8th, 2017|Salimpour School|Comments Off on Bal Anat Tour Coming 2018

Why Salimpour? Summer of Love Contest

Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love with the Salimpour School! We know you study with the Salimpour School because you love challenging yourself to be the best dancer you can be. Let us share YOUR dedication with the world! To do that, we’re excited to announce our 2017 summer contest! The winner [...]

By | March 1st, 2017|Salimpour School, School News|Comments Off on Why Salimpour? Summer of Love Contest

“Banat Iskandaria”

What to Watch for in Suhaila Salimpour’s “Banat Iskandaria” It’s easy to look back at a dance and only see it though a historical lens. We can identify certain movements as “dated” or a body line and position as from a certain time frame in belly dance history. The first dance off of Suhaila Salimpour’s [...]

By | February 2nd, 2017|Salimpour School|Comments Off on “Banat Iskandaria”

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

Permission to Train

This winter, give yourself permission to train. Open yourself to not just physical growth, but mental and emotional, as well. Surrender to the work, and enjoy the process. Sometimes we begin viewing our training as the enemy. We get burned out or lose momentum or interest. But often a change in perspective is helpful. Consider [...]

By | November 3rd, 2016|Salimpour School|Comments Off on Permission to Train

What is “Jamhaila”?

The Salimpour School's "Jamhaila" concept is important for our students to understand. Abigail Keyes wrote a short explanation that we provide below; a longer version of her explanation that includes historical background can be found in the Jamila certification section (Click Here) of the website. What is “Jamhaila”? “Jamhaila” is the term that we use [...]

By | September 7th, 2016|Certification Program, Salimpour School|Comments Off on What is “Jamhaila”?

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!

Introducing: Abigail Keyes

Salimpour School is proud to introduce one of our resident instructors here at the Salimpour Studio, Abigail Keyes. Abigail Keyes was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, where she also was a competitive figure skater in both freestyle and ice dance. She also studied ballroom dance and ballet to supplement her skating. As [...]

By | July 6th, 2016|Salimpour School, School News|Comments Off on Introducing: Abigail Keyes
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