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About Abigail Keyes

Abigail Keyes is an authorized and licensed instructor of the Salimpour Format. She's officially been with the Salimpour School since 2005, and has been studying the format since 2000. In 2016, she earned her MA in Dance Studies from Mills College and also has a BA in Near Eastern Studies from Princeton University. She runs the Salimpour School Berkeley and directs the Berkeley Salimpour Collective. akeyesdance.com
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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

Apply to earn a scholarship to the Fall 2021 semester at the Suhaila Salimpour Institute of Online Education!

The Salimpour School and the Suhaila Institute of Online Education are excited to offer a funding opportunity for the Fall 2021 semester! If you're planning on attending one of our 12-week online courses starting in August 2021, don't miss this chance to be awarded $750 towards your tuition. Recipients must follow the instructions below, and [...]

By |2020-10-12T13:52:06-07:00October 12th, 2020|Certification Program, News & Events, Salimpour School, School News|Comments Off on Apply to earn a scholarship to the Fall 2021 semester at the Suhaila Salimpour Institute of Online Education!

Congratulations to our scholarship recipients!

We're excited to announce the recipients of our fall 2020 scholarship! Yes, we're awarding more than one person, because your entries were so strong. Thank you to everyone who submitted an application! Suhaila was already considering, given this was the first semester for the Institute, that she might award one or two $300 scholarships if [...]

By |2020-06-16T13:48:10-07:00June 16th, 2020|News & Events|Comments Off on Congratulations to our scholarship recipients!

Salimpour School Summer Contest 2020!

Summer Contest 2020! This years's theme: My Home Studio In 2018, we celebrated the 50th anniversary of Bal Anat. In 2019, we celebrated the 70th anniversary of the Salimpour School. Now, in 2020, we celebrate the launch of the Suhaila Salimpour Institute of Online Education. And we want to hear about how you train from [...]

By |2020-06-01T18:43:59-07:00June 3rd, 2020|Certification Program, News & Events, School News|Comments Off on Salimpour School Summer Contest 2020!

The Best Free Resources from the Salimpour School

The Salimpour School offers a broad collection of free resources, available to anyone! We want to make sure that you have the tools you need to become an educated, well-rounded, and knowledgeable dancers, in both body and mind.  Use these videos, articles, and training tools to supplement your practice, dig deeper into the history of [...]

By |2020-05-22T18:25:11-07:00May 26th, 2020|Salimpour School|Comments Off on The Best Free Resources from the Salimpour School

5 Ways to Earn Salimpour School CECs At Home

Sometimes we hear from students that they're worried about keeping their certification current and earning their required continuing education credits (CECs).  Now with the Suhaila Salimpour Institute of Online Education and our licensed instructors teaching live, virtual classes, there are many opportunities to stay current, progress and maintain your technique, and earn your CECs. Why [...]

By |2021-04-13T16:11:02-07:00March 31st, 2020|Salimpour School|Comments Off on 5 Ways to Earn Salimpour School CECs At Home