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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

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 |2019-05-28T12:47:45-07:00March 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 |2019-05-28T12:47:45-07:00February 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 |2019-05-28T12:47:45-07:00July 19th, 2018|Salimpour School|Comments Off on Suhaila Solo: The Art of the Nightclub Show