Welcome to the Salimpour Home Studio!

Welcome to our local studio.  We look forward to seeing you on our dance floor soon.

Affectionately known as The Mothership, we are located at:

425 San Pablo Avenue, Albany, CA 94706

Ample parking is available on the streets in front and in back of the studio, and we are located about four blocks away from BART.  View the FAQs for more details.


Beginning May 2018, the “Mothership’s” New Home will be located at:

Center for International Dance

729 Heinz Avenue Suite #4, Berkeley, CA 94710

Class Schedule

4 Class Series with Drop-in Option

Tuesdays, Feb 20-March 13, 7-9pm

$85 Package/$25 Drop in

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Learn the essential movements of belly dance, including hipwork, isolations, and musicality. Classes are structured to drop-in anytime. No previous experience necessary.

Drills & Stylization (L2) with Abby: 5 Class Package with Drop-in Option

​Saturdays, ​1/13, 2/3, 2/24, 3/3, 3/17, 11am – 1pm

$126 Package / $25 each

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Dance your way through the Middle East and learn a variety of belly dance stylizations along with history and cultural context. You’ll also learn essential belly dance rhythms and their regional origins. Bring your cymbals!
Suhaila Level 2 Format with Parya: 5 Class Package with Drop-in Option

Thursdays, 2/8, 2/22-3/15, 7-8:30pm

$70 Package / $17 each

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Build your technique in this Suhaila Format Level 2 class. Develop stamina, strength, flexibility, and musicality. Taught in the clear language of the Suhaila Salimpour Format by Parya. Level 1 certification in the Suhaila Salimpour Format highly recommended, but not required.

Class FAQs

Wear clothing appropriate for dance class, such as dance pants, jogging pants, leotards and tights with sports bras, tank tops and t-shirts. A light hip scarf is fine (no beads or coins please).
Bare feet, although ballet shoes and light jazz shoes may be used (but not required).
You’ll need finger cymbals, which are available at our studio. You might also bring a yoga mat for the warm-up and a water bottle.
Ample parking on street in front of studio and on street behind studio. Please do not park in neighboring parking lots for the dentist office and bank as they will tow.
The studio is located about 4 blocks away from the BART El Cerrito Plaza station; visit www.bart.gov for more information. An AC Transit bus stop (http://www.actransit.org, 510-817-1717) is located in front of the studio (Bus Lines 72, 72M, 800).
Unless otherwise noted, classes are $15 drop-in rate.
• Arrive early to be on time. No admittance ten minutes after start time.
• Water is allowed in the studio in closed-top containers only.
• No chewing gum or food allowed in the studio.
• Dress appropriately for exercise. No coin belts or beaded belts allowed.
• Dance shoes are allowed but must be used for dance only, no street shoes.
• Turn off your cell phone so it does not ring or buzz during class.
• Personal items must remain in the cubbies during class.
• If you need to leave early, tell the teacher before class.
• No talking during class.
• Bring a yoga mat and/or sweat towel if you need one.
Contact the School for more information.
For members of the Salimpour Certification Programs, students may earn:

  • 1 CEC for Salimpour technique weekly classes, regardless of length (includes 2 and 2.5 hour classes)
  • 1 CEC per hour (Salimpour technique class 3 hours or longer)
  • 2 CECS for private lessons on certification material and certification choreographies

See the “About Certification” page for more information.  Click here.

Eight Week Rotation

SL1-3: Singles
Dance Movement: Plie
SL1-3: Three Quarters
Dance Movement: Tendu
SL1-3: Pelvic Locks
Dance Movement: Dégagé
SL1-2: Squares
SL3: Squares, Pyramids, & Vs
Dance Movement: Rond de Jambe
SL1-3: Circles
Dance Movement: Battement
SL1: Figure Eights U-D, D-U
SL2: Pyramids & Vs
SL3: Diamonds, Hexagons, & Octagons
Dance Movement: Passe
SL1: Figure Eights F-B, B-F
SL2-3: Figure Eights
Dance Movement: Arabesque
SL1-3: Twists
Dance Movement: Turns
Suhaila Salimpour
Suhaila SalimpourOwner, Director, Choreographer, Master Teacher
Suhaila Salimpour is the creator, founder and head instructor of Suhaila Salimpour School of Dance. Schooled from an early age in jazz, tap and ballet, Suhaila began integrating her extensive classical training with the Middle Eastern dance passed on by her mother. Suhaila Salimpour has been teaching over 35 years and has revolutionized belly dance as an instructor, choreographer, and performer.
Jamila Salimpour
Jamila SalimpourLegacy Founder, Grande Dame of Belly Dance
Teaching since 1949, Jamila Salimpour is the “mother of tribal bellydance” in America. She was the first one to solidify a format of belly dance terminology that is still in use today. Her format is taught and applied to dancer movements worldwide. Jamila has been an influential figure in belly dance for over 60 years.
Sabriye Tekbilek is a performer and instructor of Middle Eastern dance whose stage presence and technique have been shaped by a lifetime of international performance and study. She is currently a Suhaila Level 5 and Jamila Level 5 certified dancer.
Bio coming soon. Abby is currently Suhaila Level 5 and Jamila Level 5 certified.
Bio coming soon. Lisa is currently Suhaila Level 4 and Jamila Level 2 certified.
Bio coming soon. Parya is currently Suhaila Level 3 and Jamila Level 3 certified and a member of the Suhaila Dance Company.
Gina has been teaching and performing middle-eastern dance since the age of three and is a second generation belly dancer. Her technique both combines fusion and classical styles, and she has performed on national and international stages throughout her career. Gina is currently certified Suhaila Level 5 and Jamila Level 2