The Salimpour Intermediate 2: Test Preparation 12-week course has been designed to allow the student to progress through the certification program from the comfort of home. Working online, the student will focus on intermediate technique reinforcement and choreography proficiency. Assignments include quizzes and written work, as well as video submissions that focus on choreography and technique drills. Students are guided through the course with personal feedback on assignments via email, audio, and/or video.
This course allows you to demonstrate your readiness to begin the certification testing process for Intermediate 2. You have the opportunity to prove your command of Intermediate 2 material, but you will work in the course to fine tune the technique and finger cymbals that will be necessary to complete the Intermediate 2 exam as well as get approval on required choreography prior to the exam. This certification preparation course is required of all students wishing to take the Salimpour Intermediate 2: Exam course to certify Salimpour Intermediate 2.
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- Pre-Course Assignments
Students are expected at the beginning of the course to have command of Intermediate 2 technique and be able to perform the required choreographies in full, including finger cymbals. The more the student does to prepare for the course, the more the student will get out of the course. Below are ways that students can prepare for this course:
- Take 300+ Level classes as well as Dance Movement and Folkloric Fusion classes. This content is found in SalimpourSchoolOnline.com and through in-person classes and workshops with Suhaila Salimpour.
- Use online class Training Plans.
- Learn and perform the required choreographies.
- Work on your Improvisation Personal Performance Catalog, preparing material for your Highlight Sets.
- Prepare the pre-course assignments (below).
- Know all finger cymbal patterns (Cymbal Jams) and be able to play them R-dom, L-dom, Rx, Lx, and with claps.
- Review the Jamila Salimpour Format Step Families Tri-fold to confirm you know by heart all of the steps, default and reverse. Put emphasis on knowing the default move.
- Review the Salimpour Format Nomenclature. Practice reading and writing the Nomenclature to prepare for writing assignments.
- Review the Grid Mapping Keys (under Salimpour Format Nomenclature). Gridwork and mapping are both an important part of working with choreography.
- Read the instructions for Submitting Video Homework and Meetings Using Zoom. Learn how to use your equipment, and practice making video recordings of yourself dancing. Practice uploading the videos to Google Drive. Having a process or system in place ahead of time will make submitting videos easier for you once the course begins.
You will need several items at the ready at the start of the course. The following items are required to allow the student to participate in the course:
- Streaming, reliable internet.
- Current monthly or annual subscription to salimpourschoolonline.com.
- Video/film Camera and microphone (can be on a computer or internet TV).
- Camera for photos, or scanner (to submit written assignments).
- Digital Storage (on recording device or external) to store/transfer video recordings.
- Zoom account (for video conferencing).
- Gmail account (to access Google Classroom).
- Dance space with good lighting, good sound, and room to move.
- Copy of the books and manuals listed in the Resources and Training list on the website.
- Copy of the Salimpour Format Nomenclature and Grid Mapping Keys under Documentation.
- Copy of the Jamila Salimpour Vocabulary Step Families Tri-fold for quick reference.
- 10 to 15+ hours each week to devote to working on assignments.
To take the Salimpour Intermediate 1 testing preparation course, you need:
- Current subscription to salimpourschoolonline.com.
- Current Intermediate 1 Certification (S3).
- Current Foundations 2 Certification (J2).
- Pay the enrollment fee in full. The enrollment fee must be received in full before the student will be invited to the Google Classroom, where they will see their weekly assignments and submit their work.
- Prepared pre-course assignments (see below).
Pre-Course Assignments and Submissions
One week prior to the course start date, the following pre-course assignments are due.
- Required Choreography. Videos in which you perform the certification choreographies for this level (each in a different video), including finger cymbals (“Take 1”) with mapping of each. Approval on each Intermediate 1 choreography is a pre-testing requirement. Students have two opportunities during this course to submit videos of themselves performing each choreography for feedback (“Take 1” and “Take 2” for each choreography) to receive that approval. Take 1 is due at the beginning of the course. Take 2 is due at assigned times in the course. In the case that the student needs additional training, the student may purchase additional private lessons for feedback after two choreography video submissions, per choreography, have been received by the Instructor. The choreographies that students will need to know in advance, and that are submitted for approval in this course are:
- Zay El Hawa
- Sallam Allay
- Khatwit Habibi
- Raks Jamila
- Cane Dance (by Suhaila Salimpour)
- Note that pre-course choreography and mapping assignments are mandatory for course participants planning to test following the course.
- Ten days prior to the start of the course, you will be admitted to the classroom so you can submit your pre-course assignments using the classroom interface.
Weekly recommended coursework may include assignments such as:
- Choreography work for personalizing the choreography, developing movement, and reinforcing technique.
- Completion of movement specific online classes relating to the week’s focus, to work on technique, layering, movement quality, and building stamina.
- Reviewing selections from Jamila’s Article Book, The Salimpour School Belly Dance Compendium Volume 1, Middle Eastern Music: History and Study Guide, and The New Danse Orientale.
- Reviewing finger cymbal patterns and music rhythms.
- Videos featuring Suhaila and other notable dancers, as well as topic specific lectures.
Weekly evaluation assignments include assignments such as:
- A quiz on the material presented during the week (reading, listening, and watching exercises) that prepare the student for the written online certification exam, and for which the student will receive feedback about incorrect answers.
- Gridwork video recordings and written work using nomenclature.
- Technique video recordings of the student doing assigned layering and finger cymbal drills.
- Video recordings of the student performing the assigned choreography for feedback.
- Submit improvisation performance work for evaluation in preparation for Improvisation Performance Catalogs.
- Each required assignment will be evaluated, and the student will receive feedback via email, audio, and/or video.
- Students are encouraged to submit any questions about the coursework through the classroom interface.
A final evaluation will occur at the end of the course in which the student will be guided on the next steps towards certification.
Learn more about certification testing here.
Students receive 30 CECs (continuing education credits) for completion of this course. No partial CECs provided for withdrawals or incompletes.
Testing Preparation Course Grading
Students intending to test following a specific testing preparation course must receive a “pass” on evaluation assignments in that course. See below for details.
Technique Evaluation Assignments
Students will have weekly assignments to submit technique for feedback during the testing preparation course. The technique videos must be filmed in a space with lighting bright enough for clear evaluation of movement and finger cymbals (if applicable).
- Testers. The technique assignments are mandatory and must be submitted by the provided deadline in the course. By the fourth week of the course, testers should be maintaining a score of 80% or higher on these assignments. Late submissions may not receive evaluation, which may hinder a student’s ability to “pass” the course and receive approval for testing.
- Non-testers. Technique assignments are optional, but highly recommended to receive feedback and guidance.
Choreography Evaluation Assignments
Students will have two opportunities (“Take 1” and “Take 2”) to submit choreography for feedback during the testing preparation course. The choreography videos (one for each choreography) submitted one week prior to the course are “Take 1”. Students will be given a second opportunity (“Take 2”) during the course to resubmit the required choreographies for evaluation. If videos are not view-able, dancers will need to re-film and re submit the work. Or, if work still needs to be done after “Take 1” and “Take 2”, dancers may need to schedule privates separately for guidance and feedback until the choreographies are approved (“signed off”) for testing.
The required certification choreographies must be filmed in a space with lighting bright enough for clear video evaluation of technique (and finger cymbal patterns, R and L dominant, if applicable). Note that separate video may be requested of finger cymbal pattern playing without dancing the choreography.
- Tester. Every required choreography assignment is mandatory and must be submitted by the provided deadline in the course. Each required choreography must be officially approved before the student can take the final exam.
- Non-testers. The choreography assignments are optional, but highly recommended to receive feedback and guidance.
The weekly quizzes are provided to assist students in preparing for the online written final exam. Quizzes are given a score based on a 100% scale. 75% or higher is considered a “pass” grade. Quizzes contain both questions to prepare for the online written final exam as well as questions to see if students are reviewing the readings and videos for that particular week.
- Testers. In evaluating an intended tester’s coursework, the instructor will take into account if all quizzes were taken; the quiz scores; and whether students demonstrate a solid understanding of the content throughout the course, show improvement of understanding as the course progresses, or consistently score low.
- Non-testers. For non-testers, the quizzes are optional.
Additional Evaluation Assignments
This course has additional evaluation assignments, most of which address newly presented concepts, that are graded as “pass or fail”. At the start of the course, a “good faith” effort is typically the standard for “pass”; this provides a baseline of the student’s comprehension of newly presented concepts. As the course progresses, students are graded on their improvement.
- Testers. Intended testers must “pass” these assignments. Grades (and feedback, as applicable) will be given on these assignments at regular intervals throughout the course. A tester’s overall performance on these assignments will be evaluated to determine if the student receives a “pass” on the course.
- Non-testers. These assignments are optional, but highly recommended to receive feedback on new concepts.
Enrolled students will be admitted to their course classrooms 10 days prior to the start date of the course to allow time to review the course content and to submit pre-course assignments. Students may work ahead on assignments, but feedback will be provided by the schedule outlined in the course.
Testers. For students intending to test, turning in all assignments is important. To be approved for testing, student course work is evaluated. If students do not submit assignments, no evaluation happens, and students are not likely to receive approval to test.
Non-Testers. For students who are not intending to test, assignments are optional.
Time Management. Students who are enrolled in this course are expected to manage their schedules and submit their assignments on time. If a student has family vacations, major business trips, or personal commitments within the course’s timeline, this may significantly affect the student’s ability to turn in assignments on time. If enrolling in a course, the student will still be responsible for turning in assignments on time regardless of any travel or work schedule changes (planned or last minute). Use the Time & Priority Assessment Tool to help you determine the best use of your available time during this course, and to plan out a daily schedule.
Filming and Uploading. When enrolling in an online course, students are expected to have already worked out technical matters for filming, video recording, and uploading. If you anticipate traveling at all during the course, then it is expected that you will have a plan for handling your video submission while you are on the road. Many people use their smartphones, and you can still video yourself in hotel rooms, meeting rooms, and other locations as long as you plan and prepare.
Payment Policies. Once a student is enrolled, there are no refunds for withdrawing from the course. Students can find our payment policy here.