Yearly Archives: 2011


Suhaila Online Classes features Leyla Jouvana & Roland

We are thrilled to offer three classes taught by Leyla Jouvana, accompanied with live drumming by Roland. Click here for a video about Leyla and Roland filming at Suhaila's studio. Leyla & Roland: Rhythms 1 (Click here to view a content video & learn more) Exciting online class taught by Leyla Jouvana, featuring live drumming [...]

By |2019-05-28T12:47:54-07:00November 16th, 2011|Salimpour School|Comments Off on Suhaila Online Classes features Leyla Jouvana & Roland

Importance of Improvisation to Live Middle Eastern Music

In the mid 1970s, Jamila sponsored a student night once a month at the Casbah, a belly dance night club in San Francisco. The Casbah was open seven nights a week with live musicians and dancers every night of the week. Once a month on a Monday night (the slowest night at the Casbah), Jamila [...]

By |2019-05-28T12:47:54-07:00May 23rd, 2011|Salimpour School|Comments Off on Importance of Improvisation to Live Middle Eastern Music

Suhaila’s Dark Veil Choreography

In 2006, Suhaila debuted her hard rock fusion choreography, Dark Veil, at Rakkasah West . . . as an homage to 1980's rock. Finding the right guitarist provided difficult, as Suhaila wanted to find just the right musician who had just the right 80's rock guitar but with just the right modern twist. After many [...]

By |2019-05-28T12:47:54-07:00May 6th, 2011|Salimpour School|Comments Off on Suhaila’s Dark Veil Choreography

Review: “Ghetto Ballet”, HBO Documentary

HBO recently aired a documentary, Ghetto Ballet. In Cape Town, South Africa, Philip Boyd founded Dance for All to train disadvantaged young people in the art of classical, modern and traditional dance. Every year, Dance for All holds an audition for a professional dance company. The 2009 documentary follows the progress of four young dancers [...]

By |2019-05-28T12:47:54-07:00May 5th, 2011|Salimpour School|Comments Off on Review: “Ghetto Ballet”, HBO Documentary

Suhaila’s 1991 BC Zei El Hawa Performance

Suhaila's complete Zei El Hawa performance has been added to Suhaila's Official YouTube Channel; see links for the three parts below. A complete copy of the performance plus Suhaila's performance to Tamra Henna are available on the 1991 BC DVD at the Online Store. The performance was filmed at Cabaret Tehran in Los Angeles, one [...]

By |2019-05-28T12:47:54-07:00April 26th, 2011|Salimpour School|Comments Off on Suhaila’s 1991 BC Zei El Hawa Performance

Announcing the Bal Anat Remix CD

We are so excited to announce the new Bal Anat Remix CD, an electronic world fusion remix by Manko Eponymous. This music is great for performance, class and as a soundtrack for life. We asked Manko to explain his inspirations and process for developing the remix, and we share his writings below. This is a great [...]

By |2019-05-28T12:47:54-07:00March 22nd, 2011|Salimpour School|Comments Off on Announcing the Bal Anat Remix CD

Suhaila Dance Company Performance

Rakkasah West was a blast this year, and the Suhaila Dance Company had a great time! Again, we want to thank the outstanding audience. Below, you’ll find links to the performance highlights. . .and a little insight to some of the choreographies. Raks Suhaila Suhaila’s classic Raks Suhaila choreography was written in the late 1980s. [...]

By |2019-05-28T12:47:54-07:00March 21st, 2011|Salimpour School|Comments Off on Suhaila Dance Company Performance

Today’s Word: Recovery

We recently received a message from a dancer: “I’ve had [surgery] 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.” This particular dancer will have a journey [...]

By |2019-05-28T12:47:54-07:00March 19th, 2011|Salimpour School|Comments Off on Today’s Word: Recovery

Ali Gara Choreography

Suhaila’s choreography to Ali Gara is now available in Suhaila’s online classes. The music and choreography are incredibly beautiful. In love, sometimes the timing is off. . . things never quite line up. Sometimes by not acting on those first impulses or feelings toward someone. . .by acting too little and too late. . . the [...]

By |2014-12-19T18:45:20-08:00March 17th, 2011|Salimpour School|Comments Off on Ali Gara Choreography

Bal Anat Performance

We had a great time at Rakkasah West this year, and we want to thank everyone who came out for the show! As has been tradition since the original Bal Anat in the late 1960s, the current Bal Anat began with the Mother Goddess (Mask Dancer). The performance then continued with the Cane, Pot and [...]

By |2019-05-28T12:47:55-07:00March 15th, 2011|Salimpour School|Comments Off on Bal Anat Performance