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.
Salimpour School Online Classes. Take classes from the comfort of your very own home, wherever you live, to fit your time schedule. Various subscriptions available.
The New Danse Oriental Manual. Explanation of step families and moves.
SL1 Study Guide. Knowledge of Suhaila Level 1 material is required including breakdown of movements by muscle contractions, foot positions, arm positions, foot patterns, etc.
Cymbal Jams. Cymbal Jams, audio download training tools, include over 70 finger cymbal patterns. The patterns are broken down slowly, then up-to-tempo, explained in both right-hand and left-hand dominant version. (Includes the original 24 patterns from Jamila’s class finger cymbal CD plus an additional 48 patterns.)
Rhythm ID CD. This CD includes over 40 Middle Eastern rhythms (on separate tracks).
Level 1 Three-Day Workshop. These workshops are an introduction to Jamila’s format and focus specifically on L1 material. View the current Workshop Listings for the most up-to-date information on workshops scheduled throughout the world.
Many Tribes Article. Read “From Many Tribes: The Origins of Bal Anat” by Jamila Salimpour.
ICMED Speech. Read the Speech presented by Jamila Salimpour at the International Conference on Middle Eastern Dance, May 1997.
Steps, Step Families, and Finger Cymbal Patterns. View the JL1 Steps tab in this section for a list of steps, step families, and finger cymbals covered in JL1 along with arm positions (when applicable).
Additional Assistance. For questions about the program, requirements, and tools, email the Certification Coordinator.
Private lessons (in person or via Skype) are available with licensed L5 instructors. Learn more here or email the Certification Coordinator.
Recommended Reading. Jamila’s Article Book, Middle Eastern Music: History & Study Guide, The Compendium Vol.1, The New Danse Oriental. Learn more here. Start your dance education with history, culture music and dance origins.
JL1 Workshops and Series
Whether you are interested in certification or just want to learn about Jamila’s format, JL1 3-day workshops and series are an excellent introduction. JL1 3-day workshops and JL1 Class series focus specifically on presenting the content and training needed for JL1 certification and understanding the fundamentals of the Salimpour program. These workshops and series are taught by Suhaila or by her authorized instructors. Click here for current options. To prepare for a JL1 Workshop or Series:
- Use the training tools provided on this page.
- Review How to Prepare for a Workshop, What to Bring, and Studio Rules found in the Workshop About page.
- You are encouraged to arrive early and warm-up prior to class.
- Suhaila often runs over the allotted teaching time. Please plan accordingly and allow for maximum flexibility in your timing to take advantage of unique events and opportunities.
- Bring finger cymbals, ballet or jazz shoes, hand towel, refillable water bottle, and deodorant to reapply as necessary.
- If you are traveling from out of town, visit the Travel page for information about location, housing, and transportation.
JL1 Online Multi-Week Course
New in 2018, we will offer JL1 multi-week testing course delivered through the Salimpour School Online. Students will be assigned weekly videos, tools, and reading materials for training. A JL5 instructor checks in regularly to answer questions and provide supplement materials if needed. Testing is handled through an online written exam and through video submission (students films self executing the practical exam); visit the exam page for details. To prepare, use the training tools listed in this section. Testing courses are available for specific dates.
About the Exam
Information about L1 and L2 exams in both the Suhaila and Jamila formats is consolidated in one section. Visit the certification exam page for more information.