Yearly Archives: 2012

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The Sanford Meisner Method and Belly Dance

After graduating high school, I moved from Northern California to Los Angeles. In addition to being a regular “house” dancer at Byblos Night Club (6 nights a week), I also did some acting, modeling and music video choreographing. I enjoyed pursuing these other activities as they were new and challenging, and I learned a lot [...]

By |2019-05-28T12:47:52-07:00November 12th, 2012|Salimpour School|Comments Off on The Sanford Meisner Method and Belly Dance

Suhaila’s Joumana Choreography: The Back Story

When I was thirteen, I wanted to take private dance lessons with Yuki, a well known jazz teacher in Castro Valley. I begged Yuki to let me take classes. Probably thinking I wasn’t all that motivated, she said she could make space for me at 7am on Saturday mornings. So every Saturday, my mother would [...]

By |2019-05-28T12:47:52-07:00November 5th, 2012|Salimpour School|Comments Off on Suhaila’s Joumana Choreography: The Back Story

Suhaila’s Certification and Teaching Programs

In August 2012, Christy of Eighth Wonder Studios in Calgary interviewed me about my certification program, mentorship, stylization and more. Many of her questions are ones that I’m asked regularly. For those of you not familiar with my teaching and programs, I think this will give you a good overview; and for those of you [...]

By |2019-05-28T12:47:52-07:00October 28th, 2012|Salimpour School|Comments Off on Suhaila’s Certification and Teaching Programs

Remembering John Compton

I was greatly saddened to hear the news that John Compton passed away this week. He had a long and prosperous belly dance career, and I want to share my story of how I first knew him. John had seen Bal Anat perform at the Renaissance Pleasure Faire and wanted so badly to study with [...]

By |2019-05-28T12:47:52-07:00October 16th, 2012|Salimpour School|Comments Off on Remembering John Compton

Tribal Fest Interview with Kajira and Chuck

Kajira and Chuck are the co-producers of the extremely successful Tribal Fest that is held annually every May in Sebastopol, CA. Tribal and tribal fusion comprise a very popular and growing segment within belly dance. I am frequently asked about the Tribal Fest event. So late this summer, I interviewed Kajira and Chuck to answer [...]

By |2019-05-28T12:47:53-07:00October 1st, 2012|Salimpour School|Comments Off on Tribal Fest Interview with Kajira and Chuck

Batwanes Beek & Break Dancing

Many of you have already seen this video of dancers performing to a recorded version of "Batwanes Beek" sung by Warda al-Jazairia. The young men are break dancing (a dance form which originated in the United States) on the Avenue des Champs-Elysees in Paris to this modern Arabic classic. This performance worked because the presentation [...]

By |2019-05-28T12:47:53-07:00July 23rd, 2012|Salimpour School|Comments Off on Batwanes Beek & Break Dancing

Warda al-Jazairia (1939-2012), the Algerian Rose

  Our dance world has suffered a major loss with the recent passing of Warda Al-Jazaairia (1939-2012) this past May. She was an amazingly gifted singer. She worked with several of the great Arab composers, and many of her songs are considered modern classics. I often danced to live versions of her songs throughout my [...]

By |2019-05-28T12:47:53-07:00July 14th, 2012|Salimpour School|Comments Off on Warda al-Jazairia (1939-2012), the Algerian Rose

Freedom

This May, I had the amazing opportunity to meet one of my greatest dance inspirations: Mikhail Baryshnikov. He is truly amazing; he vibrates with energy, and when he focuses on something. . .you can feel the intensity. In 1974 while on tour with the Bolshoi Ballet, Baryshnikov defected from what was then the Soviet Union [...]

By |2019-05-28T12:47:53-07:00July 7th, 2012|Salimpour School|Comments Off on Freedom

Announcing the “Enta Omri” Double Album

Suhaila Salimpour & Ziad Islambouli present Enta (You Are) Volume 1 & Omri (My Life) Volume 2 An intimate love letter telling the story of a lifelong love: you are my life! This double album includes my favorite classic compositions based on my years of working in night clubs both in the U.S. and in [...]

By |2019-05-28T12:47:53-07:00June 30th, 2012|Salimpour School|Comments Off on Announcing the “Enta Omri” Double Album

The Oakland Boogaloo & Walter “Sundance” Freeman

When I was in high school (it was probably 1982 or 83), I learned about a performance in Oakland featuring local tap dancers. I was eager to attend, and I thought I might even see some of my fellow tap students from class. It was a bit of an evening out, so I dressed up [...]

By |2019-05-28T12:47:53-07:00June 22nd, 2012|Salimpour School|Comments Off on The Oakland Boogaloo & Walter “Sundance” Freeman