Abigail Keyes – Salimpour™ School

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About Abigail Keyes

Abigail Keyes holds Level 5 certification in both the Suhaila and Jamila Formats. 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. At the home studio in Albany, she is Assistant Director of our resident dance companies: the Suhaila Dance Company, the Repertoire Ensemble, and Bal Anat. When not teaching at the "Mothership," she travels around the world to teach the Salimpour Formats.

Protected: Suhaila Solo: The Art of the Nightclub Show

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By | July 19th, 2018|Salimpour School|Comments Off on Protected: Suhaila Solo: The Art of the Nightclub Show

Unveiled: Revealing an Integrated Approach to Belly Dance

If you’ve been in the Salimpour School for a while, you are probably already familiar with at least some of the choreographies on Unveiled. And if you are newer to the school, we hope that you have at least watched these recorded performances, familiarizing yourself with Suhaila’s body of performance work. If you’ve been belly [...]

By | June 4th, 2018|Certification Program, History, Salimpour School|Comments Off on Unveiled: Revealing an Integrated Approach to Belly Dance

Exciting Changes to Our Certification Program in 2018

At the Salimpour School, we are constantly evaluating our belly dance certification program to make sure that our students receive a comprehensive belly dance education. And after each run of intensives at the home studio, Suhaila and her team look at what worked for students and what didn’t, finding ways to make sure that you [...]

By | May 25th, 2018|Certification Program, News & Events, Salimpour School, School News|Comments Off on Exciting Changes to Our Certification Program in 2018

Celebrating Family at the Center for International Dance

At the Salimpour School, we believe that our dance community is also our family. With our Bal Anat tour in Europe and Florida, the love and connection just poured forth from the stage, and we’re doing it again this August. This past weekend, we officially joined the family at the Center for International Dance with [...]

By | May 15th, 2018|News & Events, Salimpour School, School News|Comments Off on Celebrating Family at the Center for International Dance

How This Dancer is Achieving Her Certification Dreams

Lenka Adamkova, a Salimpour School dancer in the Czech Republic, went from thinking she’d never visit the United States to study at the Salimpour School to earning her Level 3 certification in a span of only a few years. Here’s how she broke through her mental barriers, overcame her fears, and stays motivated. Dream Bigger [...]

By | March 13th, 2018|Salimpour School|Comments Off on How This Dancer is Achieving Her Certification Dreams

New! Online Belly Dance Certification for Suhaila and Jamila Salimpour Formats

As the Salimpour School of Dance expands, we’re excited to announce online belly dance certification for Level 1 of both the Suhaila and Jamila Salimpour Formats. We understand that sometimes it’s difficult to make it to a certification workshop at the Mothership or with one of our Level 5 instructors. Maybe the dates and times [...]

By | January 24th, 2018|Certification Program, News & Events, School News|Comments Off on New! Online Belly Dance Certification for Suhaila and Jamila Salimpour Formats

From Suhaila: Exciting News for 2018

Each new year brings opportunities for change and growth. This winter is no different. With the passing of my mother this December, my family and the Salimpour School have already experienced a big shift. And we will be shifting again this spring. Moving and Merging I’m so thrilled to announce that the Salimpour School will [...]

By | January 14th, 2018|Salimpour School|Comments Off on From Suhaila: Exciting News for 2018

Bal Anat: 50 Years of Your Belly Dance Family

Memories and the Meaning of Family If you were to ask me, “What does 50 years of Bal Anat mean to you?” The answer is simple: Bal Anat means family. I don’t remember a time in my life without having the family of Bal Anat. I first performed with Bal Anat at the Northern California [...]

By | January 3rd, 2018|Salimpour School|Comments Off on Bal Anat: 50 Years of Your Belly Dance Family

From Student to Coach: Meet Rachel George

Happy New Year from the Salimpour School! As we head into 2018, we want you to start the year with your best foot forward… fulltime downbeat right. *wink* As you make your New Year’s resolutions, we know that you’re setting goals for your dance practice. Maybe that includes taking a weeklong workshop at the “Mothership,” [...]

By | January 2nd, 2018|Certification Program, Salimpour School|Comments Off on From Student to Coach: Meet Rachel George

Integrity, Growth, and Finding My Own Path: A Dancer’s Journey

Guest post by Leslie Holmes (SL3/JL2) Going Where the Magic Happens Leslie helps facilitate the Edmonton Salimpour Collective in Alberta, Canada. I will never forget my first visit to the Salimpour home studio in May 2012. After taking my first workshop with Suhaila in Calgary the previous fall, my best friend and I [...]

By | December 19th, 2017|Certification Program, Salimpour School|Comments Off on Integrity, Growth, and Finding My Own Path: A Dancer’s Journey
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