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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.

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

We’ve heard from many of you that you worried about earning the continuing education credits (CECs) to keep your certifications current.  With the novel coronavirus disrupting many planned in-person workshops with Suhaila and instruction with our licensed instructors, you might feel like you won’t be able to get your CECs in time. We’re not going [...]

By |2020-04-28T15:32:52-07:00March 31st, 2020|Salimpour School|Comments Off on 5 Ways to Earn Salimpour School CECs At Home

7 Reasons to Pursue Salimpour Certification

Today, belly dance certification is everywhere. But when Suhaila began her program back in the 1990s, certification was a radical and controversial idea. Long time dancers in the field argued that belly dance is a folk dance, and that certification and testing would remove the creativity and personalization that are so essential in this form. [...]

By |2020-02-17T13:37:15-08:00February 20th, 2020|Salimpour School|Comments Off on 7 Reasons to Pursue Salimpour Certification

Why the Salimpour School Welcomes All Bodies: Our Inclusion Policy

Dance is a celebration of personal expression, freedom, and connection with others.  The Salimpour School is proud to welcome students from diverse backgrounds and experiences. We do not discriminate on the basis of race or color, gender or gender expression, sexual orientation, body type, health conditions, or disabilities.  And while belly dance is a majority-women [...]

By |2020-01-31T15:27:49-08:00January 31st, 2020|Salimpour School|Comments Off on Why the Salimpour School Welcomes All Bodies: Our Inclusion Policy

5 Myths About Jamila Salimpour and Her Belly Dance Format

Of course, we're a little biased, but we think that Jamila Salimpour's format revolutionized belly dance practice, teaching, and understanding around the world. Her and her daughter's careful cataloging of steps by dancers from a diverse range of styles and regions has left us with a versatile and comprehensive collection of movements. But when you're [...]

By |2020-01-16T15:01:21-08:00January 23rd, 2020|Certification Program, History, Salimpour School|Comments Off on 5 Myths About Jamila Salimpour and Her Belly Dance Format

Meet the Salimpour Performance Collectives!

Building Community Through Shared Goals As the Salimpour School has grown and expanded over the years, little enclaves of students have popped up all around the world. These communities had first been centered around Suhaila’s longtime sponsors, such as in Florida, Taiwan, and Belgium. And as Suhaila and her Level 5 instructors build their student [...]

By |2019-05-28T12:47:45-07:00May 8th, 2019|Salimpour School|Comments Off on Meet the Salimpour Performance Collectives!

Summer Contest 2019: 70 Seconds for 70 Years of Salimpour

The Salimpour School is celebrating 70 years of sharing the art of belly dance with the world. When Jamila Salimpour first started teaching in 1949, she had no idea she would become one of the leading figures in American belly dance. Since then, the Salimpour School has expanded into an internationally-acclaimed educational institution, with its [...]

By |2019-05-28T12:47:45-07:00March 18th, 2019|Salimpour School|Comments Off on Summer Contest 2019: 70 Seconds for 70 Years of Salimpour