The Suhaila Dance Company has been at the forefront of classical, contemporary, and fusion belly dance since its founding in 1996. Under the direction of acclaimed and groundbreaking choreographer and master instructor Suhaila Salimpour, the company performs classic and contemporary works by Salimpour herself, including the critically-acclaimed Sheherezade and her newest body of work, Enta Omri. SDC has performed throughout the United States and Europe, including multiple times at the San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival and the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. They have also appeared on multiple performance DVDs, including the Fitness Fusion series produced by Goldhill Entertainment, as well as on the documentary American Bellydancer.
The company includes some of the most highly trained belly dancers in the world; all company members hold a Level 3 certification or higher in the Suhaila Salimpour format. They also perform with Bal Anat, the folkloric and fantasy belly dance troupe begun by Jamila Salimpour in 1968 and under the direction of Suhaila Salimpour since 1999.
Current members: Abigail Keyes (SL5/JL5), Lisa Price (SL4/JL2), Parya Saberi (SL4/JL3), Rachel Duff (SL3/JL2), and Tina Toy (SL4/JL2).
Enta Omri—Arabic for “you are my life”—is a full-length dance concert, showcasing Arabic music and its physicalization through belly dance. Choreographed by the highly-influential and innovative dancer Suhaila Salimpour, this production is an intimate and emotional journey through a lifetime of love and loss. Enta Omri showcases the artistic and technical possibilities of belly dance as a genre, eschewing clichés and popular imagery. It is set to classic Arabic music arranged by award-winning composer, singer, and ‘ud player Ahmed Doughan, and featuring drummer Ziad Islambouli.
Enta Omri is at the cutting edge of theatrical belly dance choreography. Salimpour has seamlessly fused the intricate isolations and articulations of belly dance with her lifetime of study in a multitude of dance genres, including jazz, ballet, modern, flamenco, street dance, and more. With simple set design and costumes, this production showcases the virtuosity and potential of belly dance, letting the movement and music speak for itself.
Be swept away by the power and emotion of Suhaila Salimpour’s Enta Omri.
More information coming soon.
When you become a student of the Salimpour School, you’re joining a global community of talented, driven, and supportive dancers.
One of the great ways to connect with fellow students in your community is by joining or creating a Salimpour Performance Collective. These performance groups are officially sanctioned by the Salimpour School and help to keep you motivated, inspired, and connected with the “Mothership.”
When you’re part of a Salimpour Performance Collective, you learn and perform choreographies in the Salimpour repertoire. You and your fellow dancers also support each other as you train and prepare for certification exams. You also have the opportunity to work directly with our highly-trained Level 5 instructors, either in person or through Skype or Google Hangouts.
The Salimpour Performance Collectives take great pride in presenting and representing the influential Salimpour legacy in belly dance.
Members must have a Level 1 certifications in the Suhaila Salimpour and/or Jamila Salimpour Formats: With a plan for the next certification and active in the program. Group leaders, however, must maintain higher certification.
While the Collectives are endorsed and authorized dance groups, they are separate entities from the School principal performing groups including Suhaila Dance Company, Repertoire Ensemble, and Bal Anat.
Titles. Approved Collectives must use the official titles: Salimpour Performing Collective [INSERT CITY/REGION; Salimpour Collective [INSERT CITY/REGION]; [INSERT CITY/REGION] Salimpour Performing Collective; [INSERT CITY/REGION] Salimpour Collective.
Note that all Salimpour Choreography needs approval before performing. Salimpour choreography is intellectual property of Suhaila and the Salimpour School and must be respected as such.
If you are in the Salimpour School certification programs and are interested in forming or participating with a Choreography Collective, contact our office for more information! SalimpourCertification@gmail.com or
List of Collectives
Choreography Captain: Rachel George.
Rachel George SL5 & JL3
Vilia Bouilly SL4 & JL3
Gloria Lanuza SL3 & JL2
Dilek Koskal SL3 & JL2
Kary Jacobsen SL1 & JL1
Junko Takano SL1 & JL1
Trisha Drennan SL1
Valentina Martin SL1
Marguerite Hughes SL1 & JL1
Joy Keller SL1 & JL1
Choreography Captain: Yvonne Pereira-Dudley
Choreography Captain: Stacey Lizette
Choreography Captain: Angelique
Choreography Captain: Sabriye Tekbilek
Choreography Captain: Larua Ayllon
Choreography Captain: Abigail Keyes
Lisa la Fae
Choreography Captain: Marcia Gomez
Choreography Captain: Lenka Adamkova