Yearly Archives: 2016


Welcome 2017

I have spent the majority of my life traveling throughout the world. As I meet and interact with people from different cultures and climates around the globe, I am always eager to hear their stories and perspectives. These are opportunities for me to better understand not just others, but myself and where I come from. [...]

By |2019-05-28T12:47:47-07:00December 30th, 2016|Quotes & Thoughts|Comments Off on Welcome 2017

Time Management

"Mommy, why did you decide to do dance class and leave us?" The drama is strong in my household. I was simultaneously impressed and heartbroken. Then there's this one: "You have to go on a photoshoot AGAIN!?!?!?!?!" Or the less manipulative, but equally as daunting "What's for dinner?"   (Especially when the Venn diagram of what [...]

By |2019-05-28T12:47:47-07:00December 7th, 2016|Inspirations, Salimpour School|Comments Off on Time Management

Permission to Train

This winter, give yourself permission to train. Open yourself to not just physical growth, but mental and emotional, as well. Surrender to the work, and enjoy the process. Sometimes we begin viewing our training as the enemy. We get burned out or lose momentum or interest. But often a change in perspective is helpful. Consider [...]

By |2019-05-28T12:47:51-07:00November 3rd, 2016|Salimpour School|Comments Off on Permission to Train


As humans, we are innately drawn to storytelling. Historically, storytelling was a means for spreading and expanding knowledge. Stories allow us to develop a better understanding of ourselves and of others, and they play a large role in shaping who we are.   However we tell a story (movement, film, song, photo) we are striving to [...]

By |2016-10-07T13:27:09-07:00October 7th, 2016|Inspirations, Quotes & Thoughts|Comments Off on Storytelling

What is “Jamhaila”?

The Salimpour School's "Jamhaila" concept is important for our students to understand. Abigail Keyes wrote a short explanation that we provide below.   A longer version of her explanation that includes historical background can be found on the Resources page under "Suhaila Phrase Process" under Documentation (Click Here) of the website. What is “Jamhaila”? “Jamhaila” is the [...]

By |2020-06-01T17:14:12-07:00September 7th, 2016|Certification Program, Salimpour School|Comments Off on What is “Jamhaila”?


We recently got a question from a dancer about dancing after a C-section: "I've had 2 c-sections 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." [...]

By |2019-05-28T12:47:51-07:00August 3rd, 2016|Inspirations|Comments Off on Recovery

Jamila Salimpour’s 90th Birthday Celebration!

Jamila Salimpour’s intimate experience working with elephants during her time performing as an acrobat with the Ringling Bros and Barnum and Bailey circus in the 1940’s, had a profound effect on her that has lasted a lifetime. Throughout her life, she has remained a loyal advocate for animal rights, particularly adamant about the release of [...]

By |2016-07-20T14:01:12-07:00July 20th, 2016|Inspirations, Salimpour School|Comments Off on Jamila Salimpour’s 90th Birthday Celebration!

Introducing: Abigail Keyes

Salimpour School is proud to introduce one of our resident instructors here at the Salimpour Studio, Abigail Keyes. Abigail Keyes was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, where she also was a competitive figure skater in both freestyle and ice dance. She also studied ballroom dance and ballet to supplement her skating. As [...]

By |2016-06-29T14:38:37-07:00July 6th, 2016|Salimpour School, School News|Comments Off on Introducing: Abigail Keyes

Liberate and Be Enough

Most of us have heard the phrase:  “Shut up and dance”.  And in my classes I often say “no more resistance”.  What I mean is to forget all those things that hold you back--all the “what if’s” and the “I can’t do’s”.  Especially while you are in the classroom, silence the negative voices, stop explaining, [...]

By |2016-05-30T11:21:29-07:00June 1st, 2016|Salimpour School|Comments Off on Liberate and Be Enough


Historically, women are “the caretakers”. Society encourages us to put other people first, and our value is often defined by how well we take care of someone else. We are daughters, mothers, sisters, spouses, friends, lovers, bosses, and teachers. It can be hard to find time for ourselves when we devote so much to caretaking [...]

By |2016-04-28T07:09:43-07:00May 4th, 2016|Salimpour School|Comments Off on Caretaking