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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 |2019-05-28T12:47:47-07:00June 7th, 2017|Creative & Artistic People|Comments Off on The Imprinting of the Work on Your Soul by Shawna Lemay

Video Research: Mona El Said

Today, we have some video research fun.  Take some time to review the work of the great Mona El Said.  To start you off, here's a video of Mona performing in the 1970s at the Omar Khayyam nightclub in London.  Learn more about Mona in an interview by Shareen El Safy published in Habibi magazine:  link. [...]

By |2019-05-28T12:47:51-07:00March 12th, 2015|Creative & Artistic People, Salimpour School|Comments Off on Video Research: Mona El Said

Inspirations: Judith Jamison

Earlier this week, we posted a quote from Judith Jamison, the Artistic Director Emerita of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater.  Judith has had an incredible career as a dancer and a choreographer.  We encourage you to take some time to learn more about her story, hear her voice, and view her life's work.  Here are [...]

By |2019-05-28T12:47:52-07:00March 5th, 2015|Creative & Artistic People, Inspirations, Salimpour School|Comments Off on Inspirations: Judith Jamison

You’re dancing spirit (Quotes & Thoughts)

Dance is bigger than the physical body. Think bigger than that. When you extend your arm, it doesn't stop at the end of your fingers, because you're dancing bigger than that: you're dancing spirit.¹ Judith Ann Jamison, Dancer and Choreographer.  Currently Artistic Director Emerita, Alvin Ailey Dance Theater ¹Quote from Jamison's autobiography, Dancing Spirit, published [...]

By |2015-02-18T16:33:50-08:00March 3rd, 2015|Creative & Artistic People, Quotes & Thoughts, Salimpour School|Comments Off on You’re dancing spirit (Quotes & Thoughts)

The Ballets Russes

The Ballets Russes was a traveling ballet company founded by Sergei Diaghilev and comprised of highly skilled dancers, most of whom had classical training from Russian Imperial schools in Moscow and St. Petersburg. The Company traveled throughout Europe and the United States from 1909 to 1929. The Company breathed new life into ballet by combining [...]

By |2015-02-16T12:48:23-08:00February 25th, 2015|Creative & Artistic People, History, Salimpour School|Comments Off on The Ballets Russes

Inspirations: The Nicholas Brothers

Before she joined the circus in 1942 at the age of 16, Jamila Salimpour frequented the Apollo Theater in Harlem (New York City) to see the exciting music and dance performances.  She became a huge fan of the Nicolas Brothers.  Fayard Nicolas (1914-2006) and Harold Nicolas (1921-2000) were tap dancers, regarded by many as the best [...]

By |2015-02-10T13:53:38-08:00February 19th, 2015|Creative & Artistic People, Salimpour School|Comments Off on Inspirations: The Nicholas Brothers

Inspirations: Lessons in Creativity

In this TED talk, Julie Burstein discusses how to create when facing challenge, self-doubt, and loss.  She shares insights from four creative people:   filmmaker Mira Nair, writer Richard Ford, sculptor Richard Serra, and photographer Joel Meyerowitz.  Her talk is just under 18 minutes, and the information is accessible and interesting. Julie is the host of Spark [...]

By |2015-02-09T18:07:30-08:00February 13th, 2015|Creative & Artistic People, Inspirations, Salimpour School|Comments Off on Inspirations: Lessons in Creativity

Phyllis Patterson (1932-2014)

We are saddened to learn that Phyllis Patterson passed away on May 18, 2014.  She was a passionate and artistic woman who conceived and created the modern Renaissance fair; and without her vision, the world of belly dance might be quite different today. Phyllis Ann Simbert was born on January 25, 1932 in Tennessee.  She married [...]

By |2019-05-28T12:47:52-07:00May 29th, 2014|Creative & Artistic People, Salimpour School|Comments Off on Phyllis Patterson (1932-2014)