Salimpour 300 Level Courses

Salimpour Intermediate 1 and 2   •   Performance Preparation   •  TA Fundamentals

Salimpour Intermediate 1 and 2

The Salimpour School offers Salimpour Intermediate 1  (formerly Suhaila Level 3) certification and Salimpour Intermediate 2 (formerly Jamila Level 3) certification.  Details about these and other Level 300 courses are below.

In Intermediate 1, students combine elements, learning to layer and integrate movement.   They develop increased 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.  Foundations 1 and 2 certification is required to enroll in Intermediate 1 testing preparation courses and to test for Intermediate 1.

In Intermediate 2, students apply the Intermediate 1 layering and movement integration to the Jamila Salimpour Step Vocabulary.   By understanding the structure and technique in Suhaila’s format, students learn to expand the overall Salimpour format responsibly as they use the steps, sentiments, and stylizations from the Jamila Salimpour Step Vocabulary.   Foundations 1 and 2 certification is required to attend Intermediate 2 testing preparation courses and to test for Intermediate 2.  To test for Intermediate 2, both Intermediate 1 and Foundations 2  certification are required.

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Salimpour Intermediate 1 and 2

Online Courses and Live Workshops

Learn more about training using online classes or live workshops. Certification available through online courses and testing.

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Training and Resources

Salimpour School Online and Technique. Online Classes are an effective tool for learning choreography and technique.  Our students have been training effectively with the online classes and progressing steading through certification for over a decade.  For the long distance learner, the online classes play a vital role in your dance training.  Take classes from the comfort of your own home whenever you want. Various subscriptions are available.

  • Subscribe to Salimpour School Online Classes to maintain Foundations stamina work and move forward with your Intermediate training.
    • For Intermediate 1, aim for 3 technique classes weekly including work on vibrations and straddle squats (4 minutes).  Drill movements ft and dt standing in home position, at the barre, and around the room in drills.
    • For Intermediate 2, remember to include Intermediate 1 and Folkloric Fusion classes in your training as they integral to the work.  As you develop your Intermediate 2 layering skills, always be clear on the default of each move.
  • Training Plans For Testing. Suhaila offers several training plans in the Online Classes to assist students in learning content.  To prepare for the certification exams, focus on training plans for the required choreographies.

Intermediate (L3) Courses and Workshops.  

  • Courses and workshops are designed to focus specifically on Intermediate material.
  • Check the Event Listings for the most up-to-date information on scheduled courses (online education) and workshops (live “in person” training).
  • Read the detailed course descriptions below.

Required Choreography

  • The required choreographies are listed in the Intermediate 1 and 2 Choreography section on this page.
  • The required Intermediate choreographies are available as choreography subscriptions in one month increments for you to study independently on your own time and at your own pace.  Each of the required choreographies has a related training plan in Online Classes.

Additional Training and Resources

Additional Assistance

Looking Ahead

As you work on Intermediate certification, you might find it helpful to also keep an eye on what is ahead of you in the certification program. Here are just a few things to keep in mind.

  • Develop your Personal Performance Catalog Highlight Sets.  (see Salimpour 400 Level for more details).
  • Register for Performance Preparation courses and workshops to learn skills for your performance catalogs (see below).
  • Register for the Teaching Assistant Training Fundamentals course.
  • Review documentation and testing guidelines for future levels, making sure you understand the requirements.

Intermediate 1 and 2 Choreography

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  the week prior to the specific course.  Students will be admitted to the online classroom ten days before the start date of the course to allow students to submit their choreography videos.  Learn more about choreography submission in the Details and Evaluation tabs of the course descriptions below.

Video Filming Instruction

Certification Choreography 

  • Intermediate 1 Choreographies
    • L3FCDS (performed twice on one video:  once with R-dom cymbals, and once with L-dom cymbals)
    • Maddah Al Amar
    • Ali Gara
    • Raks Suhaila (Suhaila Solo choreography)
    • Unveiled Drum Solo
  • Intermediate 2 Choreographies
    • Sallem Allay (performed twice on one video:  once with R-dom cymbals, and once with L-dom cymbals)
    • Khatwit Habibi
    • Zay El Hawa
    • Cane Dance
    • Raks Jamila (Suhaila Solo choreography)

Intermediate 1 and 2 Testing Steps

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 courses require pre-course assignments for choreography evaluation and approval (“sign-off”).  Both Intermediate 1 and Intermediate 2 exams include technique and written portions.  Learn more on the Certification Exam page.

Salimpour Intermediate 1: Suhaila Salimpour Format Intermediate Technique and Application: Personalization and Professionalism Test Preparation

Course S301d : 30 CECs

Overview

The Salimpour Intermediate 1: 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 1.  You have the opportunity to prove your command of Intermediate 1 material, but you will work in the course to fine tune the layering technique and finger cymbals that will be necessary to complete the Intermediate 1 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 1: Exam course to certify Salimpour Intermediate 1.

More details can be found in the Details tab at left.

Details

  • Preparation
  • Prerequisites
  • Pre-Course Assignments
  • During-the-Course
  • Consultation
  • Exam
  • CECs

Preparation

Students are expected at the beginning of the course to have command of Intermediate 1 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.

Prerequisites

To take the Salimpour Intermediate 1 testing preparation course, you need:

  • Current subscription to salimpourschoolonline.com.
  • Current Foundations 1 Certification (S2).
  • 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:
    • L3 Finger Cymbal Drum Solo
    • Raks Suhaila
    • Maddah
    • Ali Gara
    • Unveiled Drum Solo
  • 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.

During-the-Course Assignments

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.

Consultation

A final evaluation will occur at the end of the course in which the student will be guided on the next steps towards certification.

Exam

Learn more about certification testing here.

CECs

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.

Weekly Quizzes

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.

Expectations

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.

Salimpour Intermediate 2: Suhaila Salimpour Format Intermediate Technique and Application: Integrating the Jamila Salimpour Step Vocabulary Test Preparation

Course S302d : 30 CECs

Overview

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.

More details can be found in the Details tab at left.

Details

  • Preparation
  • Prerequisites
  • Pre-Course Assignments
  • During-the-Course
  • Consultation
  • Exam
  • CECs

Preparation

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.

Prerequisites

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.

During-the-Course Assignments

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.

Consultation

A final evaluation will occur at the end of the course in which the student will be guided on the next steps towards certification.

Exam

Learn more about certification testing here.

CECs

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.

Weekly Quizzes

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.

Expectations

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.

Performance Preparation Course

Learn important skills and professionalism that are immediately applicable to your performances. Students must have Foundations 1 and 2 certification to attend; completion of a Performance Preparation course is required before students takes their Personal Recital Exams in Performance 1 or participate in Live Music workshops or courses.

The Performance Preparation online course includes assignments and evaluations of exits, entrances, drum solos, costuming, improvisation, emotional intent, staging, and more.  To prepare for the course, the School has prepared online class training plans for regular subscribers that contain the needed preparation content.  These training plans include:  Raks Suhaila, Raks Jamila, Maharjan, Set El Hosen, and Unveiled Drum Solo.

The Performance Preparation course is a requirement for Level 400. Students may take this course once they have Foundations 1 and 2 (Level 200) certification.

Click here to register.

For your performance catalogs, courses, and workshops, the following Resources are available.  Compare this content to the Online School training plans (see below) as not all material is duplicated.

Available free to regular Online Class subscribers.

  • Hearing Music and Using Tallies (requires SL1 certification) taught by Suhaila
  • Basic Entrances and Exits” video for improvised performances.  Review and know this material solid; it was filmed to assist students in preparing their personal performance catalogs, preparing for performance labs at weeklongs, and preparing to attend either the Performance Prep or Live Music workshops.  Look in the Specialty drop-down menu for “certification required” videos.
  • Improvisation Techniques 2 class series.  Look in the specialty drop-down menu for “certification required” videos.  Focused on traditional entrances for both Suhaila and Jamila formats.
  • Baladi Progression Master Class taught by Sabriye (also a PPV)
  • Performance Skills taught by Sabriye
  • Professionalism Lecture taught by Sabriye
  • Debke Stylization and Cane taught by Sabriye (also a PPV)
  • Arabic Language and Literature four-lecture series by Dr. Siddiq
  • DML2 Heels and Veil Classes (four) taught by Sabriye
  • FF on Baladi, Drum Solos, Exit (2 classes) taught by Sabriye (use search feature)
  • Taqsim Master Class taught by Sabriye
  • Improvisation taught by Sabriye
  • Music Lecture from Live Music, Sabriye (requires SL2 certification)
  • Veil Wraps and Transitions (with finger cymbals) L2 Dance Movement class taught by Yvonne (for Jamila stylization)

Online Class PPVs

  • Ear for Rhythms 1 and 2 by Issam
  • Beginning Drum Technique and Rhythms by Ziad
  • Rhythms 1 and 2 by Leyla and Roland
  • Stage Make-up Tutorial
  • Makeup Smokey Eye
  • Makeup Enta Omri Look

Performance

  • Solo Set Choreography Training Plans include the Performance Prep material.  Raks Jamila, Raks Suhaila, Maharjan, Hayati, and Unveiled Drum Solo.  Available in your Online Classes under Training Plans.
  • Know the Foundations 1 and 2 required certification choreographies as well as the En Rah and Elf Leyla choreographies.  These may be used during the workshop for examples and assignments.

Salimpour Performance Preparation: Practical and Professional Application of Performance Skills using Suhaila Salimpour Technique and Methods

Course P305b : 30 CECS

Overview

The Salimpour Performance Preparation course has been designed to allow the student to learn certification program content from the comfort of home. The student will spend twelve weeks learning performance skills, completing assignments on their schedule, without the need to take time off work or the added expense of travel and hotels.

This course is an online course scheduled over twelve weeks, with coursework and assignments scheduled on a weekly basis. Assignments include reports and projects, as well as video submissions that focus on choreography and performance skills.

More details about the Salimpour Performance Preparation course can be found in the Course Details tab at left.

Details

  • Preparation
  • Prerequisites
  • During-the-Course
  • Consultation
  • CECs

Preparation

This course is designed to guide the student in learning performance skills. Even though a good deal of material is covered in this course, the student is expected to have worked with level specific material in advance of enrollment. 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 Level 200+ classes as well as Dance Movement and Folkloric Fusion classes. These classes are found in Online Classes at salimpourschoolonline.com, in-person classes with Level 5 instructors, and through ways described in the blog post “5 Ways to Earn CECs at Home.”
  • Use the Training Plans available to you in Online Classes.
  • Know the Foundations 1 and 2 required choreographies.
  • Learn the choreographies, Elf Leyla and En Rah.
  • Know the finger cymbal patterns. Use the Cymbal Jams to guide you.
  • 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.
  • Begin working on your Personal Improvisation Performance Catalogs; you will have an opportunity during the course to submit short improvisation selections for feedback.
  • 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 creativity 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 Salimpour Format Nomenclature and Grid Mapping Keys under Documentation.
  • 10 to 15 hours each week to devote to the online classes, coursework, and assignments.

Prerequisites

To take the Salimpour Performance Preparation course, students must have:

  • A current subscription to salimpourschoolonline.com.
  • Current Foundations 1 Certification (S2).
  • Current Foundations 2 Certification (L2).
  • 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.

During-the-Course Assignments

Weekly evaluation assignments include assignments such as:

  • Entrance and exit assignments (with and without veil) using choreography and improvisation.
  • Mapping music and gridwork (stage and audience).
  • Analyzing parts of songs such as taqsim and drum solos.
  • Adding Jamila Step Vocabulary and stylization.
  • Developing performance set lists.
  • Creating full costume looks including hairstyles and makeup.
  • Videos featuring Suhaila and other notable dancers, as well as topic specific lectures.
  • Students will also have an opportunity to submit 2-3 short improvisation performances (in dance gear, no audience) for feedback as they begin working on improvisation material.
  • 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 “pass” in this course is one of the requirements to take the Salimpour Performance 1:  Technique Test and Choreography Presentation (Gauntlet) Preparation course.  Read more in the Evaluation tab.

Consultation

A final evaluation will occur at the end of the course in which the student will be guided on the next steps towards certification.  Note that students must receive a “pass” on this course before their Performance 1 recital exams.

 

CECs

Students receive 30 CECs (continuing education credits) for completion of this course.  No partial CECs provided for withdrawals or incompletes.

Performance Preparation Course Grading

The 300 Level Performance Preparation course is a requirement for intending to take Performance 1 courses.  Students must receive a “pass” on evaluation assignments in this course before taking Level 400 courses.  See below for details.

Evaluation Assignments

This course has a variety of assignments including concepts related to performance skills, Suhaila Salimpour Gridwork, Suhaila Salimpour Stagistics, and costuming.  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.

  • Students preparing to take Performance 1 courses.  These students must “pass” the evaluation assignments.  Grades (and feedback, as applicable) will be given on these assignments at regular intervals throughout the course.  A student’s overall performance on these assignments will be evaluated to determine if the student receives a “pass” on the course.
  • Other Students.  These assignments are optional, but highly recommended to receive feedback on new concepts.

Expectations

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.

Pass/Fail.  Some courses are not specific to testing preparation, but they are required for certification.  Students must receive an official “pass” grade on the course (not just complete the course), for the course to apply.

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.

Teaching Assistant Fundamentals Course

The Teaching Assistant Fundamentals online course includes assignments and evaluations of warmups, movement breakdowns, explanations, classroom management, and move.  See the course description below.  Students must have Foundations 1 and 2 (S2 and J2) certification to attend.  Successful completion of a teaching Assistant Fundamentals course is required before students take the Teaching Assistant Foundations course.  Both the Teaching Assistant Fundamentals and Foundations courses are requirements for Teaching 1 (S5) and Teaching 2 (J5). Click here to register.

Salimpour Teaching Assistant Training: Salimpour Fundamentals

Course T308b : 30 CECS

Overview

The Salimpour Teaching Assistant (TA) Training course (300 Level) course has been designed to allow the student to progress through the certification program from the comfort of home. The student will spend twelve weeks reinforcing fundamental technique understanding and explanation. The student can complete assignments on their schedule, without the need to take time off work or the added expense of travel and hotels.

In this course, you begin working on teaching material for Fundamentals 1 and 2 (S1 and J1).  The  online course is twelve weeks, with coursework and assignments scheduled on a weekly basis. Assignments include questions, written work, and anatomy exercises as well as video submissions that focus on breakdowns, explanations, and combinations.

More details about the TA Training (300 Level) course can be found in the Course Details tab at left.

Details

  • Preparation
  • Prerequisites
  • During-the-Course 
  • CECs

Preparation

This course is designed to prepare the student to serve as a Teaching Assistant for Fundamentals 1 and 2 classes and workshops and to prepare the student for teaching by learning to break down warmups movements, finger cymbals, and more. Even though a good deal of material is covered in this course, the student is expected to have worked with level specific material in advance of enrollment. 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 100 and 200 Level technique classes as well as Dance Movement and Folkloric Fusion classes. These classes are found in Online Classes at salimpourschoolonline.com, in-person classes with Level 5 instructors, and through ways described in the blog post “5 Ways to Earn CECs at Home.”
  • Use the Training Plans available to you in Online Classes.
  • Watch 100 Level courses to study the basic warmup elements and movement breakdown explanations.
  • Know the Salimpour finger cymbal patterns and be able to play them right hand and left hand dominant, Rx and Lx. Use the Cymbal Jams to guide you.
  • 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 in the School.
  • Read the instructions for video recording and Zoom meetings. 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.
  • Students should review, and have available for access during the course, the Salimpour textbooks:  Suhaila Level 1 Study Guide, The New Danse Orientale, Jamila’s Article Book, The Salimpour Compendium, and Middle Eastern Music.
  • Students will need Dance Anatomy (2017) by Jacqui Haas to complete weekly assignments during the course.

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 creativity 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 above.
  • Copy of the Salimpour Format Nomenclature and Grid Mapping Keys under Documentation.
  • 10 to 15 hours each week to devote to the online classes, coursework, and assignments.

Prerequisites

To take the Salimpour Teaching Assistant:  Fundamentals course, students must have:

  • A current subscription to salimpourschoolonline.com.
  • Current Foundations 1 Certification (SL2).
  • Current Foundations 2 Certification (JL2).
  • Paid 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 coursework and assignments and submit their work.

During-the-Course Assignments

Weekly assignments take the form of videos of the student teaching warm ups, breakdowns, concepts, combinations, etc.; questions or reports that are submitted online; and assignments requiring documentation in nomenclature.  The weekly coursework includes:

  • Fundamentals 1 and 2 (S1 and J1) move and step breakdowns and explanations.
  • Warmup breakdown and instruction.
  • Combination creation for Fundamentals 1 and 2 (S1 and J1) and Foundations 1 and 2 (S2 and J2) focusing on the differences between levels.
  • Anatomy exercises from Dance Anatomy by Jacqui Haas (2017).
  • Class management and student interaction.
  • Finger cymbal breakdowns.
  • 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.

CECs

Students receive 30 CECs (continuing education credits) for completion of this course. No partial CECs provided for withdrawals or incompletes.

Teaching Assistant Course Grading

The 300 Level Teaching Assistant course is a requirement for the 400 Level Teaching Assistant course.  Students must receive a “pass” on evaluation assignments in this course (as well as achieve Intermediate 1 and 2 certification) before taking the Level 400 Teaching Assistant course.  See below for details.

Evaluation Assignments

This course has a variety of assignments as outlined in the Details tab.  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.

Students who do not pass the course may take the course again.  In a case where a student only needs a small amount of work to achieve a “pass” grade, they may be given the option to complete the work through private lessons at an additional cost.

Expectations

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.

Pass/Fail.  Some courses are not specific to testing preparation, but they are required for certification.  Students must receive an official “pass” grade on the course (not just complete the course), for the course to apply.

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.

Students with Intermediate 1 and 2 Certification are eligible for the following courses.

Course P305b.  Salimpour Performance Preparation

Course T308b.  Salimpour Teaching Assistant Fundamental Training

Course T408b.  Salimpour Teaching Assistant Fundamental Training. (Requires T308b.)

Course S401e.  Salimpour Performance 1:  Technique Testing and Choreography Presentation Preparation