As part of the Intermediate 1 and 2 certification testing requirements, students must be approved on the Intermediate 1 and 2 choreographies. Choreography approval, which is more commonly referred to as being “signed off” on a choreography, is the first step in learning choreography. Students are evaluated based on demonstrating their knowledge of and practice in the sequencing, technique, and transitions. Some of the required choreographies are noted as “Suhaila Solo”, and they represent choreographed versions of pieces from Suhaila’s extensive performance career in the Middle East and Arabic Night Clubs; these pieces serve as examples for performance elements (ex: entrances, exits, and musicality) that will be helpful as you work on your Improvisation Performance Catalog.
For each testing course, students are required to submit their choreography videos during the course, the first choreography being due at the end of week one. Students must turn in choreography work based on the original instructional Pay-Per-View (PPV) in www.salimpourschoolonline.com/ppv/. Choreography details presented in Master Classes, choreography notes, or regular studio classes will not count towards sign-off approval.
Video Filming Instruction
- Intermediate 1 (301d) Choreographies (in order)
- L3FCDS (performed twice on one video: once with R-dom cymbals, and once with L-dom cymbals)
- Maddah Al Amar
- Raks Suhaila (Suhaila Solo choreography)
- Ali Gara
- Unveiled Drum Solo
- Intermediate 2 (302d) Choreographies (in order)
- Zay El Hawa & Sallam Allay (Sallam Allay performed twice on one video: once with R-dom cymbals, and once with L-dom cymbals)
- Khatwit Habibi
- Raks Jamila (Suhaila Solo choreography)
- Cane Dance
Beginning in the 300 level, students have optional opportunities to submit Improvisation Performance Sets for feedback in preparation for 400 level requirements. Click HERE to learn more about Improvisation Performance Sets.
Part of the process of learning Intermediate material requires regular training by taking online classes and, when available, attending live Salimpour workshops to learn content that takes several weeks or months to develop. The Intermediate 1 required choreography training plans in online classes help prepare for Intermediate 1 testing, and likewise for Intermediate 2. When students feel they are ready to test for Intermediate 1 or 2 after preparing with the Training and Resources list, they contact the School to discuss enrollment in the Intermediate 1 Testing Preparation Course or the Intermediate 2 Testing Preparation Course. The School’s goal is to keep you continually moving forward in your dance studies and to set you up for success at each step of the process. If for some reason Suhaila or her instructors feel you are not ready for testing, they will provide you specific information on what you need to learn or improve. (Note that Intermediate 1 is a requirement for Intermediate 2.).
More details about the Intermediate 1 and Intermediate 2 Testing Preparation Courses is below. Both Intermediate 1 and Intermediate 2 exams include technique and written portions. Learn more on the Certification Exam page.