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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?

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: September 23, 2018 Chicago: November 3, 2018 *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
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