February 2015 – Salimpour™ School

Monthly Archives: February 2015


The Ballets Russes

The Ballets Russes was a traveling ballet company founded by Sergei Diaghilev and comprised of highly skilled dancers, most of whom had classical training from Russian Imperial schools in Moscow and St. Petersburg. The Company traveled throughout Europe and the United States from 1909 to 1929. The Company breathed new life into ballet by combining [...]

By | February 25th, 2015|Creative & Artistic People, History, Salimpour School|Comments Off on The Ballets Russes

The Interesting Things that Happen on the Way (Quotes & Thoughts)

It is good to have an end to journey toward, but it is the journey that matters in the end. Ursula K. LeGuin Most of us have heard the saying "Life is what happens to us while we are making other plans".¹  The same can happen for goals.  Both short-term and long-term goals are good [...]

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Inspirations: The Nicholas Brothers

Before she joined the circus in 1942 at the age of 16, Jamila Salimpour frequented the Apollo Theater in Harlem (New York City) to see the exciting music and dance performances.  She became a huge fan of the Nicolas Brothers.  Fayard Nicolas (1914-2006) and Harold Nicolas (1921-2000) were tap dancers, regarded by many as the best [...]

By | February 19th, 2015|Creative & Artistic People, Salimpour School|Comments Off on Inspirations: The Nicholas Brothers

Communication (Quotes & Thoughts)

I see dance being used as communication between body and soul, to express what is too deep to find for words. Ruth St. Denis As an exercise just for fun, think back on your  belly dance performances and imagine that someone in the audience was watching your dance as communication or expression.  What did your [...]

By | February 17th, 2015|Quotes & Thoughts, Salimpour School|Comments Off on Communication (Quotes & Thoughts)

Inspirations: Lessons in Creativity

In this TED talk, Julie Burstein discusses how to create when facing challenge, self-doubt, and loss.  She shares insights from four creative people:   filmmaker Mira Nair, writer Richard Ford, sculptor Richard Serra, and photographer Joel Meyerowitz.  Her talk is just under 18 minutes, and the information is accessible and interesting. Julie is the host of Spark [...]

By | February 13th, 2015|Creative & Artistic People, Inspirations, Salimpour School|Comments Off on Inspirations: Lessons in Creativity

Persian Dance Series with Hannah

Join us for an eight week series on Persian Dance with Hannah at the Salimpour home studio in Albany, CA.  These classes will focus on technique and vocabulary, including arm gestures, traveling steps, and turns that will be combined into an exciting dance composition.   (Thursdays, March 19-May 7, 2015.)  Click here for more information about [...]

By | February 11th, 2015|News & Events, Salimpour School|Comments Off on Persian Dance Series with Hannah

Music is Everywhere (Quotes & Thoughts)

"Kids: they dance before they learn there is anything that isn't music."  William Edgar Stafford (1914-1993) By the time we are adults, we have developed filters on the way we perceive and hear things.  We organize and prioritize what sounds are important for specific tasks, moments, and situations.  If we are crossing a busy intersection, [...]

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