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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 |2019-05-28T12:47:45-08:00May 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 |2019-05-28T12:47:45-08:00March 18th, 2019|Salimpour School|Comments Off on Summer Contest 2019: 70 Seconds for 70 Years of Salimpour

Sheherezade: Storytelling For Wider Audiences

In the Beginning… of the 2000s Belly Dance Boom In 2003, belly dance in the United States was on the verge of an explosion of popularity. Since the 1980s, interest in the dance lay dormant, superseded by fitness trends like aerobics and Jazzercise. And the idea of the “exotic orient” as a peaceful place full [...]

By |2019-05-28T12:47:45-08:00March 5th, 2019|Salimpour School|Comments Off on Sheherezade: Storytelling For Wider Audiences

Moving with Grace: A New New Home

For an area of the United States known for its creativity, innovation, and unique creative community, the San Francisco Bay Area has become notoriously difficult for artists and non-profit organizations. Many commercial property owners are tantalized by the prospect of renting to start-ups, tech companies, or other office-oriented businesses that will be more likely to [...]

By |2019-05-28T12:47:45-08:00February 19th, 2019|Salimpour School|Comments Off on Moving with Grace: A New New Home

Suhaila Solo: The Art of the Nightclub Show

In our previous explorations of Suhaila Salimpour’s performance video catalog—"Banat Iskandaria," "Pharaonic Suite," 1991 BC, and Unveiled—we have followed the development of her choreographic work to recorded music. What we haven’t seen is her work as an improvisational performer, and yet this kind of performance—in a nightclub setting with a live band—is at the heart of [...]

By |2019-05-28T12:47:45-08:00July 19th, 2018|Salimpour School|Comments Off on Suhaila Solo: The Art of the Nightclub Show

Animal Inspiration Contest Winners Summer 2018

1st place winner: Anjanie Dindyal Prize: One Year Subscription to Online Classes Video Submission via Instagram. -Anjanie Dindyal (SL2 & JL2 Certified) 2nd place winner: Jane Chung How Prize: $200 Credit for SalimpourSchoolOnline The animal that inspires and motivates me is the [...]

By |2019-05-28T12:47:46-08:00July 11th, 2018|Salimpour School|Comments Off on Animal Inspiration Contest Winners Summer 2018

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 |2019-05-28T12:47:46-08:00June 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 |2019-05-28T12:47:46-08:00May 25th, 2018|Certification Program, News & Events, Salimpour School, School News|Comments Off on Exciting Changes to Our Certification Program in 2018