Suhaila choreographed three pieces in high school, in which she experimented with the techniques that would become integral elements of her belly dance format. These three pieces—“Joumana,” “Maharjan,” and “Hayati”—showcase her intricate musical interpretation, layering technique, and finger cymbal playing. In these pieces she began applying her own muscular approach to belly dance, while integrating [...]
In this new interview with Iana, Suhaila talks about her childhood, her mixed identity, and how to stay inspired even through tough and challenging times. We hope that it inspires you! Listen to the Interview!
Sicilian/Greek-American dancer Jamila Salimpour is known for many innovations in belly dance (a dance form also referred to as oriental dance, raqs sharqi, raqs baladi, among others), but is probably best known for her cataloguing and naming of belly dance steps between the 1940s and the 1970s. Many practitioners of the dance form use these [...]
Learning and performing belly dance choreography is a significant part of studying at the Salimpour School of Dance. The Salimpour repertoire ranges from elegant and flowing pieces like “Princess of Cairo” to challenging and fierce drum solos like “Accessible.” Each of them has their own unique character, story, and sentiment. But many dancers ask why [...]
When you first start belly dance at the Salimpour School, you learn fundamental movements, techniques, and learning strategies that you’ll take with you for the rest of your journey. But after dancers earn their Level 1/Fundamentals certifications, it’s really common for them to get so wrapped up in learning the new material that they forget [...]