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Maharjan: The Marvelous “Middle Sister”

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 [...]

By |2021-10-04T15:17:20-07:00October 4th, 2021|Salimpour School|Comments Off on Maharjan: The Marvelous “Middle Sister”

What You Don’t Know About Jamila Salimpour Step Names

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 [...]

By |2021-03-25T12:40:44-07:00March 25th, 2021|History, Salimpour School|Comments Off on What You Don’t Know About Jamila Salimpour Step Names

Why Learning Choreography Will Improve Your Dancing

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 [...]

By |2021-02-25T15:00:38-08:00February 25th, 2021|Certification Program, Inspirations|Comments Off on Why Learning Choreography Will Improve Your Dancing

5 Reasons Why You Need to Revisit Level 1

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 [...]

By |2021-01-18T17:29:27-08:00January 19th, 2021|Certification Program|Comments Off on 5 Reasons Why You Need to Revisit Level 1