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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

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 |2019-05-28T12:47:46-07:00June 4th, 2018|Certification Program, History, Salimpour School|Comments Off on Unveiled: Revealing an Integrated Approach to Belly Dance

A Seat at the Table: Full Circle with the Ethnic Dance Festival

By Abigail Keyes (SL5/JL5) In the Beginning: Joumana Jazzes up Belly Dance In 1983, Suhaila Salimpour auditioned for a unique and groundbreaking annual dance event in San Francisco. She presented “Joumana,” the first in a triptych of works she created in collaboration with her mother. These works—“Joumana,” “Maharajan,” and “Hayati”—explore the new musical compositions created [...]

By |2019-05-28T12:47:46-07:00December 5th, 2017|History, News & Events, Salimpour School|Comments Off on A Seat at the Table: Full Circle with the Ethnic Dance Festival

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 |2019-05-28T12:47:47-07:00April 5th, 2017|History, Inspirations, Salimpour School|Comments Off on Erte, Experimentation, and Irony: Suhaila Salimpour’s “Pharaonic Suite”

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