The Salimpour Certification Programs

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I study in the program long distance?

Definitely! Most of the dancers in the certification program are located outside of California, and many are located outside of the U.S. Students can attend workshops to get the information they need to return home and train at their own pace. Several tools have been developed (Online Classes, Study Guides, Instructional DVDs, Audio Download Training Tools and CDs, etc.) to help long-distance certification participants.

“In person” training is still required through attendance at workshops. Many of the modules of study in later levels are presented and developed during workshops. The workshops also provide Jamila, Suhaila and the School instructors the opportunity to evaluate and provide valuable feedback to students.

Why start with Level Suhaila Level 1 and what will I learn?

I greatly enjoy teaching L1 workshops and working with students from all over the world; each workshop brings together a different mix of dancers, and it’s exciting to work with the unique energy created by that mix.  Below are some of the commonly asked questions from dancers who are thinking about attending a L1 workshop.

What will I gain from coming to your workshops?

With dancers new to my format, I focus on strong technique and body posture as a fundamental base.  All students, regardless of their level, can benefit from a strong base to serve as their foundation no matter from what instructor they take and no matter what stylization they choose.  My format is based on a standard nomenclature of dance movements and concepts.  These days that doesn’t seem too out of the ordinary, but when I began teaching my format in the early 1980s, this was a revolutionary idea.   Things start to fall into place quite easily once you understand the basic elements of my format (posture, dance movement, specific muscular movement, timing, etc.) 

How will learning your technique make me a better dancer?

Strong technique creates strong dancers.  My students learn to maintain a strong and healthy body posture while executing dance movements muscularly, effectively, and efficiently.  If your basic technique is strong, you have a base upon which to expand and have a greater ability to dance a variety of styles.  You can also extend your dance years as you are training safely to prevent injury, for endurance and longevity.

I know they will be hard work so what is the best way to prepare?

I recommend that attendees research my format through my website and online classes (free trial available).   For those who want to prepare more fully, you can find a list of helpful hints on my website in the Certification Section.

How do you keep going, teaching so many hours of workshops? Do you have a special nutrition advice?

Make sure to honor (and never neglect) your body:  eat well, get enough sleep, drink water, keep moving, etc.  We go through many different phases in our lives; and the variables are so different for every individual. 

If there was one thing you would like any workshop attendee to use from all the information given, what would it be??

Follow an artistic path. Let’s face it: the truth is that belly dance standards in some areas are not very high, and many people seek out belly dance as a means to become an entertainer because of those low standards.  It’s fine to want to entertain and perform in public.   But follow an artistic path with this dance to stay integral in your intent with this art form.

How do I get certification?

Testing is provided at the Salimpour School and at certification series and workshops around the world.  Online testing for L1 is also available.  The Salimpour School’s online classes, publications, audio download training tools, and instructional CDs/DVDs were developed to assist students with home practice towards testing and maintaining proficiency in both formats.

How do I maintain my certification?

Certification in a Salimpour format is valid for two years and may be extended by either testing for a higher level or completing the requisite number of Continuing Education Credit’s (CECs) with a renewal fee. More information about maintaining certification status can be found here.

I am a professional dancer.  Can I begin with Level 3?

Regardless of previous experience, all students (without exception) begin with Level 1.  Level 1 outlines all the necessary elements of Suhaila’s format including posture, muscle isolation, music theory, nomenclature, etc.  The School uses certification testing as the method of determining whether a student has the required knowledge and/or abilities to proceed to the next level.  Dancers with more experience have the potential to move through the certification program much more quickly; Suhaila never holds students back from realizing their potential.

When can I get a teaching certificate?

Teaching Certification is the only level providing a certificate that authorizes a dancer to teach the Suhaila Salimpour format. All other certificates (Levels 1-4) are certificates of achievement within the Suhaila Salimpour School of Belly Dance that denote a dancer’ss progress. When a dancer achieves a Suhaila Salimpour School of Belly Dance Teaching Certificate, they have received the highest quality of belly dance training available.

Why Get Certified?

  • Train to be the best dancer you can be.
  • Demonstrate your commitment to preserving the highest level of quality in your art.
  • Empower yourself by reaching goals in a structured and creative environment.
  • Learn in a supportive, encouraging environment.
  • Take a proactive step to move forward and invest in your dance, personal, and/or professional development.
  • Receive a sense of personal accomplishment and achievement.
  • Learn about the dance with proper cultural understanding and placement.
  • Join a worldwide community of supportive dancers.
  • Learn body awareness and proper technique offered in a safe and structured format.
  • Progress in creativity and emotional development within a supportive, positive learning environment.
  • Build on knowledge gained in previous levels, as each subsequent level is part of a carefully crafted and consistent continuum of knowledge.
  • Learn choreography, improvisational and teaching skills.
  • Establish professional credentials and enhance your teaching resume.
  • Receive intelligent material for class curriculum and learn how to develop curriculum.
  • Develop as an artist, gaining the tools to anticipate and respond to change.
  • Create a continual and lifetime path for learning new things and developing skills.
  • Provide greater earning potential; the tremendous demand for Suhaila Salimpour format instruction is worldwide.
  • Suhaila has trained many of the great popular belly dance teachers working today!  Why not you?
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SL1 Workshop Registration

Suhaila Format Level 1

Basics:  The Foundation of the Format

Level 1 starts with the basics of Suhaila’s format. Learn the skills necessary to develop the physical strength and mind-body connection to continue through the certification program. This level represents Suhaila’s extensive formal training in the structured disciplines of Contemporary and Middle Eastern dance. Due to the unique nature of Suhaila’s format, all new students in the Certification program, whether they are beginning or advanced dancers, begin with L1.

JL1 Workshop Registration

Jamila Format Level 1

Introduction to Jamila Step Vocabulary Part 1

In Jamila L1, students learn the basics of the format: step families, dance history, and finger cymbal work. Learning tools, workshop information, testing details, and a list of the covered steps, cymbals, etc. are provided in this section.

SL2 Workshop Registration

Suhaila Format Level 2

Core Competence:  Building Your Skills

In L2, students continue developing muscle and body awareness while increasing the prevision, efficiency and fluidity of their movements. Layering concepts are introduced in the warm-up. Dancers begin integrating belly dance movements with dance movement and cymbals. Additional music theory, history and cultural elements are included. Choreography is introduced both as a training and testing tool.

JL2 Workshop Registration

Jamila Format Level 2

Jamila Step Vocabulary Part 2

In Jamila Level 2, students continue their study of the step families, movements, dance history, stylization, and cymbal patterns. Learning is promoted through technique, stylization, choreography, reading, and lecture. Learning tools, workshop information, testing details, and a list of the covered steps, cymbals, etc. are provided in this section.

SL3 Workshop Registration

Suhaila Format Level 3

Intermediate:  Expanding Knowledge and Technique

In SSBD L3, students begin to combine several elements together. In this level, they develop increased speed, precision and stamina while layering movements with various timings, downbeats, foot patterns, arm positions and finger cymbal patterns. They also receive training in emotional preparation and choreography skills.

JL3 Workshop Registration

Jamila Format Level 3

Intermediate

In Jamila Level 3, students begin to learn and work the format from the inside out. By understanding the structure and technique behind each movement, dancers can learn to expand and layer the format in unlimited ways. Learning is promoted through technique, stylization, choreography, reading, and lecture. Learning tools, workshop information, testing details, and a list of the covered steps, cymbals, etc. are provided in this section.

Choreography Workshop Registration

Suhaila Format Level 4

Performance and Advanced Technique

Level 4 represents the most advanced training level in belly dance. Students increase their technical abilities while working on advanced performance skills as applied to choreography and improvisation.

Choreography Workshop Registration

Jamila Format Level 4

Performance and Advanced Technique

Jamila Level 4 represents the most advanced level of Jamila format training. Students build on Jamila Level 3.  Learning is promoted through technique, stylization, choreography, reading, and lecture.  Testing includes both solo choreography and solo improvisation to a live Arabic band.

Suhaila Format Level 5

Teaching Certification Preparation

L5 is the Teaching Level for those dancers who wish to pursue Teaching Certification following L4 certification. Participants are evaluated individually based on skill and experience, and Suhaila carefully crafts and develops a personalized enrichment and project plan for each dancer that incorporates the following elements and more:

  • Teaching skills and Curriculum development
  • Choreography and Creativity
  • History, culture, and music
  • Business and Promotion

Jamila Format Level 5

Teaching Certification Preparation

JL5 is the Teaching Level for those dancers who wish to pursue Teaching Certification following JL4 certification. Building on what they learned in SL5, participants continue their studies including learning methods and approaches established by the Salimpour School.  Suhaila develops a project plan for each dancer that incorporates the following elements and more:

  • Teaching skills and Curriculum development
  • Choreography development
  • History, culture, and music

Licensing and Advanced Studies

Post L5 Opportunities and Training

Achieving L5 is a wonderful accomplishment that opens the doorway for continued learning and opportunities including:

  • Licensed Instructor Preparation to offer CECs through your local classes and master classes
  • Certification Workshop Instructor preparation to teach specific Salimpour certification workshops including certification testing.
  • Advanced studies and apprenticeship in the Salimpour School.

Curriculum

What is Level 1?
Level 1 starts with the basics of Suhaila’s format. Students learn the skills necessary to develop the physical strength and mind-body connection to continue through the certification program. This level represents Suhaila’s extensive formal training in the structured disciplines of Contemporary and Middle Eastern dance. Due to the unique nature of Suhaila’s format, all new students in the Certification program, whether they are beginning or advanced dancers, begin with L1.

Physiology & Training

  • Warm-up and drill exercises designed to promote the specific physical strength and muscle development required to execute this dance safely and efficiently.
  • Correct body posture and positioning when standing, traveling, etc.
  • Development of balance and body awareness.
  • Identification of muscle contractions involved for movement execution and isolation of muscle groups.

Technical Focus of Level 1

  • Introduction of belly dance movements standing and moving.
  • Proficiency in L1 warm-up positions and exercises.
  • All movements up to half time (no layering) with foot patterns and / or arm movements.

Music & Music Theory

  • Introduction to finger cymbal patterns and strengthening necessary muscles to play correctly.
  • Introduction to timing (quartertime, halftime, etc.)
  • Introduction to Middle Eastern rhythms.

Finger Cymbals

  • Introduction to finger cymbal patterns and strengthening necessary muscles to play correctly.
  • Singles finger cymbal pattern (quartertime, halftime, fulltime, doubletime) played in home position with belly dance movements; left and right hand dominant.
  • 3s finger cymbal pattern (halftime, fulltime) played in home position with belly dance movements; left and right hand dominant

Additional Finger Cymbal Patterns

  • The patterns below (right and left hand dominant) may be included on the written test or as part of the practical (played  alone or standing in home position with a repetitive hip movement, but not traveling).
  • 3-1-3-1-3
  • 7s
  • 3-3-7
  • 3-7-3
  • Running 5s
  • 3-5-5
  • 5-5-3
  • 3-5-1-3
  • 3-1-5-3
  • R-L-RL
What is Level 2?
In L2, students continue developing muscle and body awareness while increasing the prevision, efficiency and fluidity of their movements. Layering concepts are introduced in the warm-up. Dancers begin integrating belly dance movements with dance movement and cymbals. Additional music theory, history and cultural elements are included. Choreography is introduced both as a training and testing tool.

Physiology & Training

  • Identification of muscle contractions involved for movement execution.
  • Increased muscle development to prepare for layering.
  • Focus on precise and efficient hipwork and isolations.
  • Introduction of arm and hand positions.

Technical Focus

  • Proficiency in L2 warm-up positions and exercises.
  • All movements up to full-time (no layering) with foot patterns, arm movements and/or finger cymbals.

Music & Music Theory

  • Continued work on finger cymbal patterns and strength while drilling; see detailed list below.
  • Continued work on timing (including fulltime and doubletime
  • Middle Eastern rhythms from Rhythm ID CD

Suhaila Choreography

  • Dance combinations to promote dance transitions and fluidity.
  • Instruction of L2 Finger Cymbal Drum Solo to be used both as a training and a testing tool.

Creativity & Research

  • Begin maintaining a dance art book (no smaller than by 9×12 inches or size B4 paper) to document your creative ideas, endeavors, and assignments.
  • Jamila’s Article Book.
  • The Salimpour Belly Dance Compendium Volume 1
  • View videos of Nadia Gamal, Souhair Zaki, Samia Gamal, Tahia Carioca, Naima Akef, Nagwa Fouad, Mona El Said, etc.:
  • View American Bellydancer DVD.
  • View American Belly Dance Legends DVD.
  • Read The War of Art by Stephen Pressfield.
  • Learn about your personal nutritional and dietary concerns to maintain a healthy body.

Finger Cymbal Pattern List

  • Continued work on precision and strength building.  All finger cymbal patterns to be played right and left hand dominant.  
  • All patterns to be played alone, drilling in home position or at the barre, and traveling with movements.

SL1 Finger Cymbal Patterns

  • Alternating Singles: quartertime, halftime, fulltime
  • 3s (Longa): halftime, fulltime
  • 3-1-3-1-3
  • 7s
  • 3-3-7
  • 3-7-3
  • Running 5s
  • 3-5-5
  • 5-5-3
  • 3-5-1-3
  • 3-1-5-3
  • R-L-RL

SL2 Finger Cymbal Patterns

  • 4s
  • 4-1-4-1-4
  • 4-4-7
  • 4-7-4
  • 4-5-5
  • 5-5-4
  • 4-5-1-4
  • 4-1-5-4
  • Alternating 4s & 5s
  • R-L-RL
  • 2s
  • 2-1-2-1-3
  • 2-2-7
  • 2-7-4
  • 2-5-5
  • 5-5-2
  • 2-5-1-2
  • 2-1-5-2
  • 3s LRT
  • 3-1-3-1-3 with LRT
  • 7s LRT
  • 3-3-7 with LRT
  • 3-7-3 with LRT
  • 5s LRT
  • 3-5-5 with LRT
  • 5-5-3 with LRT
  • 3-5-1-3 with LRT
  • 3-1-5-3 with LRT
  • LRR
  • RLRR-LRLL
  • LRR-LRR-LR
  • LRRx4 & 4
  • Rx
  • Lx
  • Claps

SL3 Finger Cymbal Patterns

  • Introduced in SL2, but tested in SL3
  • 6s
  • Running 7s
  • 10s
  • 2-6
  • 2-6-10
  • 4-4-10
  • 7-1-3-3
  • 2-6-10-7-1-3-3
  • Moori
  • Karshilama x 4
  • Wahaeda
  • 1-5-5-3-3-3
What is Level 3?
In SSBD L3, students begin to combine several elements together. In this level, they develop increased speed, precision and stamina while layering movements with various timings, downbeats, foot patterns, arm positions and finger cymbal patterns. They also receive training in emotional preparation and choreography skills.

Physiology & Training
•Identification of muscle contractions involved for movement execution.
•Development of layering with various timings, downbeats, foot patterns, arm positions and finger cymbal patterns.
•Focus on building speed and stamina.

Technical Focus of L3
•Proficiency in L3 warm-up positions and exercises.
•Standing Vibrations 5 min (non-negotiable).
•All movements double-time (no layering) with foot patterns, arm movements and/or finger cymbals.
•All movements up to full-time plus one quarter-time or half-time layering movement with foot patterns, arm movements and/or finger cymbals.

Music & Music Theory
•Play all finger cymbal patterns on Jamila’s CD right dominant, left dominant.
•Read and complete exercises on Rhythmic Training for Dancers by Robert Kaplan.
•Identify all drum rhythms from Drum Rhythm ID CD.

Suhaila Choreography
•Perform Maddah choreography with improvisational intro including vibration.
•Perform L3 Finger Cymbal Drum Solo choreography with cymbals right and left hand dominant.
•Perform L2 Finger Cymbal Drum Solo choreography (including finger cymbal patterns both right and left hand dominant) with L3 layering additions.

Creativity & Personal Choreography (tools)
•One-movement emotional preparation song.
•Composition/song choices with which to practice choreographical skills.
•Read The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron and complete the exercises outlined in the book.
•Continue maintaining a dance art book to document your creative ideas, endeavors, and assignments.
•Read and complete projects/assignments including, but not limited to, the following books:
•Sanford Meisner on Acting by Sanford Meisner
•Dance Psychology for Artistic and Performance Excellence by James Taylor and Elena Estanol
•The Art of Making Dances by Doris Humphrey

History & Culture
View and complete projects/assignments including, but not limited to, the following:

•Jamila’s Article Book
•The Salimpour School Belly Dance Compendium Volume 1
•Umm Kulthum: A Voice Like Egypt DVD
•Rare Glimpses: Dancers from the Middle East DVD presented by Ibrahim Farrah
•The Legend, Nadia Gamal DVD
•The Bellydancers of Cairo: A Documentary by Natasha Senkovich DVD

What is Level 4?
Level 4 represents the most advanced technical training in belly dance. Students increase their technical abilities while working on advanced skills in performance, emotion, creativity, history, culture, choreography, etc.

Physiology & Training
Advanced identification and awareness of muscle contractions involved for movement execution.
Continued focus on building precision/control, stamina and efficiency of movement.

Technical Focus of L4
•Proficiency in warm-up positions and exercises.
•All movements with multiple layers at any speed with a vibration, foot patterns, arm movements and/or finger cymbals.
•Writing choreography in Suhaila nomenclature.
•For Suhaila L4 testing, both Suhaila L3 and Jamila L2 certifications are required.

Music & Music Theory
For all finger cymbal patterns on Jamila’s CD and for each of the required certification choreographies:

•Play right or left hand dominant.
•Play right side only or left side only.
•Play using 3 cymbals instead of 4 (cross over pattern) with right dominant or left dominant.
•Question and answer finger cymbal pattern repeat.

Suhaila Choreography Improv-Prep 

  • 2018:  Raks Jamila Set: Raks Jamila, Guitar Solo, L3FCDS (Arabian Musicals Vol.1)
  • 2019:  Maharjan (Keyboard Solo Track Maharjan, 2 (like the beginning of Chair/Veil), Elf Leyla, Unforeseen Drum Solo)
  • 2020:  Set El Hosen
  • 2021:  Raks Suhaila Set: Raks Suhaila, Maddah, Unveiled Drum (Arabian Musicals Vol.1)

Suhaila Certification Choreography & Performance

  • L2FCD
  • Maddah
  • L3FCD
  • Ali Gara
  • Yanna Yanna
  • Nebtiti
  • Enta Omri
  • Bongo Funk
  • Accessible

Creativity & Personal Choreography
•Develop personal choreography with emotional preparation and required elements.
•Perform personal choreography.

Improvisational Performance
•Complete improvisation exercises as presented and/or assigned by Suhaila.
•Video submission of personal performance catalog including improvisational work.
•Live improvisational performance.

Level 4 Teaching Path
On a case-by-case basis, Suhaila will evaluate students’ requests to participate in a modified version of L4 certification. In general, the performance requirements are modified while significantly stronger evaluation and teaching components are added.

 

What is the Teaching Path?
Belly dance is a performing art, and someone holding an SSBD Teaching Certificate must understand and teach performance skills to their students. As an alternative to the classic performance approach, the Teaching Path option was developed.

How do I apply?
Submit a formal written request with your reason for wishing to pursue the L4 Teaching Path. Requests are evaluated on a case-by-case basis, and submission of a request in no way guarantees approval. Requests will only be accepted from students with SSBD L2 certification or higher.

How does the L4 Teaching Path differ?
The Teaching Path allows participants to approach the study of performance as an observer rather than as the actual performer (much like someone studies art but doesn’t become a great painter or sculptor themselves) and to approach advanced technique from a teaching standpoint (as versus performance). Below are the main differences. In addition to the elements below, Teaching Path participants will be given individual assignments (based on their skill and experience) as needed to prepare them for teaching improvisation and performance elements.

Performance Evaluation Catalog
Instead of a Personal Performance Catalog, L4 participants submit a very detailed evaluation catalog. More details provided in the PDF: PerformanceEvaluationCatalog10Sep2011

Advanced Certification Choreographies
•You create a teaching and technique guide (one for each of the seven required certification choreographies) outlining your detailed approach to teaching choreography along with safe training guides and lessons to assist students with learning the more difficult elements. For instance, you outline how to safely train a student to do splits (timeline for doing such, exercises, cautions, etc.)
•Participants must demonstrate their ability to teach each advanced choreography. In the year in which they wish to test, students should be prepared to teach the choreographies in the applicable L4 Workshop.
•Participants may still be required to perform the certification choreographies, but in a modified form.

Improvisation & Performance Skills
Each participant will be given individual assignments addressing what skills and experience are lacking to prepare for teaching improvisation and performance.

 

 

What is Level 5?
L5 is the Teaching Level for those dancers who wish to pursue Teaching Certification following L4 certification. Participants are evaluated individually based on skill and experience, and Suhaila carefully crafts and develops a personalized enrichment and project plan for each dancer that incorporates the following elements:

•Teaching skills
•Curriculum development
•Choreography development
•Business and promotion
•History, culture, and music
•Creativity
•Teaching ethics
•Personal enrichment plan development

Teaching Apprenticeship & Skills
•TA workshops & classes under the supervision of Suhaila or authorized staff
•Teach technique classes
•Learn breath, voice control & projection
•Train for and demonstrate the ability to teach technique and choreography to all student levels

Curriculum & Choreography Development
•Maintain a teacher’s log & notebook to develop your own teacher reference manual
•Prepare extensive class curriculum plans
•Create level-specific choreography(s) and combinations as assigned by Suhaila
•Develop a personal teacher enrichment plan for yourself to promote your own growth in dance as a student, performer, teacher, choreographer and/or manager.

Business & Educational Topics
•Research the details and monetary requirements of opening and operating a studio in your area (or alternate belly dance business enterprise) and develop a corresponding promotional package
•Discuss teacher ethics and responsibilities
•Business reading assignments and/or projects
•Discuss and complete an assignment on the operation of a dance company/troupe
•Discuss and complete an assignment on Middle Eastern culture and/or belly dance history

 

3. Conceptual or Project CECs
Dancers will be given general and individual assignments designed to promote the continual development of the L5 dancer.

Jamila Level 1 starts with the basics of Jamila’s format. Students learn the basic step families and cymbal patterns upon which the rest of the format is built. All new students in the Certification program, whether they are beginning or advanced dancers, begin with L1.

Physiology, Training & Technical Focus
•Correct body posture and positioning when standing, traveling, etc.
•Development of balance and body awareness.
•Identification of muscle contractions involved for movement execution and isolation of muscle groups.
•Stylistic instruction.

Music & Music Theory
•Introduction to finger cymbals and strengthening necessary muscles to play correctly.
•Finger cymbal patterns played right and left hand dominant.
•Introduction to timing (quartertime, halftime, etc.).
•Introduction to Middle Eastern rhythms.

In Jamila Level 2, students continue work on the format, completing their study of the step families, movements and cymbal patterns. Learning is promoted through technique, stylization, choreography, and lecture on various topics.

Physiology, Training & Technical Focus
•Correct body posture and positioning when standing, traveling, etc.
•Identification of muscle contractions involved for movement execution and isolation of muscle groups.
•Learning to isolate muscle groups while maintaining stylistic cohesion throughout a move or phrase
•Proficiency in belly dance movements standing and moving.

Music & Music Theory
•Play finger cymbal patterns on Cymbal Jams (right and left hand dominant).
•Identify all rhythms from Rhythm ID CD.

Jamila Format Choreography
•Perform Suhaila’s El Samer choreography with cymbals.
•Perform Suhaila’s Shams El Shamouseh choreography.

History & Culture
•Jamila’s Article Book
•The Salimpour School Belly Dance Compendium Volume 1

What is Jamila Level 3?
In JSBD L3, students begin to work the format from the inside out. By understanding the structure and technique behind each movement, dancers can learn to expand and layer the format in unlimited ways. Learning is promoted through technique, stylization, choreography, and lecture on various topics.

Physiology & Training
•Identification of muscle contractions involved for movement execution.
•Deconstruction and reconstruction of the movements and step families.
•Development of layering with various timings, downbeats, foot patterns, arm positions and finger cymbal patterns.
•Emphasis on strong technique and stylization.
•Focus on building speed and stamina.

Music & Music Theory
•Play all finger cymbal patterns on Cymbal Jams (right and left hand dominant).
•Identify all drum rhythms from Drum Rhythm ID CD.

Jamila Format Choreography
•Perform L3 Finger Cymbal Drum Solo choreography with cymbals.
•Perform Sallam Allay with finger cymbals.
•Perform El Samer and Shams El Shamouseh from Jamila L2.

History & Culture
Jamila’s Article Book with a focus on pp.88-98.
The Salimpour School Belly Dance Compendium Volume 1 with a focus on pp.94-140.

Jamila L4 represents the most advanced level of Jamila format training. Students focus on technique with stylization through performance of choreography.

Physiology & Training
•Advanced identification and awareness of muscle contractions involved for movement execution.
•Continued focus on building precision/control, stamina and efficiency of movement.
•Current Suhaila L2 certification (in addition to Jamila L3 certification) required to test for Jamila L4.

Technical Focus of L4
•Proficiency in warm-up positions and exercises.
•All movements with multiple layers at any speed with a vibration, foot patterns, arm movements and/or finger cymbals.
•Writing choreography in Suhaila nomenclature.

Music & Music Theory
•For all finger cymbal patterns on Jamila’s CD and for each of the required certification choreographies:
–Play all cymbal patterns on Jamila’s CD and in the Finger Cymbal manual.
–Play right side only or left side only.
–Play using 3 cymbals instead of 4 (cross over pattern).
•Question and answer finger cymbal pattern repeat.

Jamila Choreography Improv-Prep (if not completed for SL4)

  • 2018:  Raks Jamila Set: Raks Jamila, Guitar Solo, L3FCDS (Arabian Musicals Vol.1)
  • 2019:  Maharjan (Keyboard Solo TrackMaharjan, 2 (Chair/Veil), Elf Leyla, Unforeseen Drum Solo)
  • 2020:  Set El Hosen
  • 2021:  Raks Suhaila Set: Raks Suhaila, Maddah, Unveiled Drum (Arabian Musicals Vol.1)

Jamila Format Choreography & Performance

  • El Samer
  • Shams El Shamouseh
  • L3FCD
  • Sallam Allay
  • Cane Dance
  • Khatwit Habibi
  • Sword (Standing or Bal Anat)
  • Zay El Hawa
  • Hayati
L5 is the Teaching Level for those dancers who wish to pursue Teaching Certification following L4 certification. Participants are evaluated individually based on skill and experience, and Suhaila carefully crafts and develops a personalized enrichment and project plan for each dancer that incorporates the following elements:

  • Teaching skills
  • Curriculum development
  • Choreography development
  • History, culture, music
  • Creativity

Teaching Apprenticeship & Skills
•Learn breath, voice control & projection
•Teach technique classes
•TA workshops & classes under the supervision of Suhaila or authorized staffLearn breath, voice control & projection
•Train for and demonstrate the ability to teach technique and choreography to all student levels

Curriculum & Choreography Development
•Maintain a teacher’s log & notebook to develop your own teacher reference manual
•Prepare thorough class curriculum plans
•Create level-specific choreography(s) and combinations as assigned by Suhaila
•Develop a personal teacher enrichment plan for yourself to promote your own growth in dance as a student, performer, teacher, and/or choreographer.

Additional Topics
•Discuss teacher ethics and responsibilities
•Cultural and history reading assignment(s) and/or project(s)
•Creative project(s)