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Rituals have played, and continue to play, a vital role in shaping human history.  In their many and evolving forms, rituals forge connections and strengthen the foundation of families and communities. From birthday celebrations, weddings, religious ceremonies to even the simple act of applauding after a performance, these shared customs and traditions are emotionally gratifying.  Even [...]

By | August 2nd, 2017|Quotes & Thoughts|Comments Off on Ritual

1991 BC: Suhaila Plants Seeds for the Future

The last time we saw Suhaila on film was her deliberate, architectural, and experimental choreography on Dances for the Sultan. There she had just begun her innovative work of integrating hard contraction isolations and jazz dance footwork into the belly dance canon. Her musical interpretation was intentionally experimental, deviating from what a dancer from “over [...]

By | July 5th, 2017|Salimpour School|Comments Off on 1991 BC: Suhaila Plants Seeds for the Future

The Imprinting of the Work on Your Soul by Shawna Lemay

This Blog highlights an important message that we feel students of the Salimpour School will find beneficial, and not only useful for your technique as a belly dancer but to other areas of your life as well. The author illustrates the value to be gained from giving up our need to control the outcome of [...]

By | June 7th, 2017|Creative & Artistic People|Comments Off on The Imprinting of the Work on Your Soul by Shawna Lemay

Motherhood and Belly Dance

Motherhood and Belly Dance By Kandice Grossman   When I was 18 years old I became a mother. In the same year, I became a belly dancer. My entire adult life has centered around mothering my daughters, now ages 21 and 15, and all the while, a consistent practice of belly dance. These two aspects [...]

By | May 3rd, 2017|Inspirations|Comments Off on Motherhood and Belly Dance

Erte, Experimentation, and Irony: Suhaila Salimpour’s “Pharaonic Suite”

When looking at the total of Suhaila’s recorded performances, you might notice that the “Pharaonic Suite” on the 1988 production Dances for the Sultan is different. The movements are highly stylized, bound, and deliberate. If you are familiar with more “traditional” interpretations of Arabic music, you might also notice that this particular work challenges those [...]

By | April 5th, 2017|History, Inspirations, Salimpour School|Comments Off on Erte, Experimentation, and Irony: Suhaila Salimpour’s “Pharaonic Suite”

Why Salimpour? Summer of Love Contest

Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love with the Salimpour School! We know you study with the Salimpour School because you love challenging yourself to be the best dancer you can be. Let us share YOUR dedication with the world! To do that, we’re excited to announce our 2017 summer contest! The winner [...]

By | March 1st, 2017|Salimpour School, School News|Comments Off on Why Salimpour? Summer of Love Contest

“Banat Iskandaria”

What to Watch for in Suhaila Salimpour’s “Banat Iskandaria” It’s easy to look back at a dance and only see it though a historical lens. We can identify certain movements as “dated” or a body line and position as from a certain time frame in belly dance history. The first dance off of Suhaila Salimpour’s [...]

By | February 2nd, 2017|Salimpour School|Comments Off on “Banat Iskandaria”

Welcome 2017

I have spent the majority of my life traveling throughout the world. As I meet and interact with people from different cultures and climates around the globe, I am always eager to hear their stories and perspectives. These are opportunities for me to better understand not just others, but myself and where I come from. [...]

By | December 30th, 2016|Quotes & Thoughts|Comments Off on Welcome 2017

Time Management

"Mommy, why did you decide to do dance class and leave us?" The drama is strong in my household. I was simultaneously impressed and heartbroken. Then there's this one: "You have to go on a photoshoot AGAIN!?!?!?!?!" Or the less manipulative, but equally as daunting "What's for dinner?"   (Especially when the Venn diagram of what [...]

By | December 7th, 2016|Inspirations, Salimpour School|Comments Off on Time Management

Permission to Train

This winter, give yourself permission to train. Open yourself to not just physical growth, but mental and emotional, as well. Surrender to the work, and enjoy the process. Sometimes we begin viewing our training as the enemy. We get burned out or lose momentum or interest. But often a change in perspective is helpful. Consider [...]

By | November 3rd, 2016|Salimpour School|Comments Off on Permission to Train