Salimpour 400 Level Courses

Salimpour Performance 1 and 2   •   TA Foundations   •   Choreography Development

Salimpour Performance 1 and 2

Salimpour Performance 1 and Performance 2 represent the most advanced performance skills and technical training in belly dance.  Students develop their performance skills as they prepare for four performance exams.  While working towards Performance Certification is demanding, it is achievable for any dancer.  The School is committed to inclusivity and helping you reach your goals.  Students are mentored one-on-one during Performance testing preparation, and the recital process is personalized and crafted for each individual.  With School approval, modifications and options are available for each step below to address physical limitations, injury, illness, etc.  Limitations are not obstacles; they are opportunities for you to realize your potential and for the student body and School to learn and grow.   Contact the Certification Coordinator for more information.

Performance 1 is comprised of two required courses and two performance exams:

  • Course S401e.  Salimpour Performance 1:  Technique Testing and Choreography Presentation Preparation
  • Exam:  Salimpour Performance 1:  Choreography Presentation Performance
  • Course R401d:  Salimpour Performance 1:  Personal Recital Preparation
  • Exam:  Salimpour Performance 1:  Personal Recital Performance
  • Prerequisites:  Intermediate 1 and 2 Certification.  P305b Performance Preparation Course.

Performance 2 is comprised of two required courses and two performance exams:

  • Course S402e.  Salimpour Performance 2:  Technique Testing and Choreography Presentation Preparation
  • Exam:  Salimpour Performance 2:  Choreography Presentation Performance
  • Course R402d:  Salimpour Performance 2:  Personal Recital Preparation
  • Exam:  Salimpour Performance 2:  Personal Recital Performance
  • Prerequisite:  Performance 1 certification.

Teaching 1 requires the following 400 Level courses:

  • Course T408b.  Salimpour Teaching Assistant Foundations
  • Course C406a.  Salimpour Choreography Development: Creating Choreograhy Using the Suhaila Salimpour Method
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Salimpour Performance 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

  • Use the Training and Resources lists from the Level 200 and Level 300 courses.
  • Learn the required Performance 1 and 2 certification choreographies as soon as you are Foundations 1 and 2 certified.  For most students, it typically takes a year or more of consistent work to master a choreography.
  • Develop your Personal Performance Catalog.  Read below for details, and click here to see the sets.

Performance 1 and 2 Choreography

As part of the Performance 1 and 2 certification testing requirements, students must be approved (“signed off”) on the Performance 1 and 2 choreographies.  For each testing course, students are required to submit their choreography videos (one video for each required choreography) along with music mapping 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 and mapping assignments.)

The choreographies noted as “Suhaila Solo” 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 such things as entrances, exits, and musicality that will be helpful as you work on your Improvisation Performance Catalog.

  • Performance 1 Choreographies
    • Nebtiti Mnein El Hikeiya
    • Maharjan (Suhaila Solo choreography)
    • Yanna Yanna (performed twice on one video:  once with R-dom cymbals, and once with L-dom cymbals)
    • Enta Omri
    • Lissa Fakir (Suhaila Solo choreography)
  • Performance 2 Choreographies
    • Hayati (performed once with cymbals as written)
    • Accessible (performed once with cymbals as written)
    • Kandarali Ciftitelli
    • Leylet Hob

Performance Information

As part of the Performance 1 and 2 testing requirements, the Choreography Presentation Performance (Gauntlet) and Personal  Senior Recital must be presented and filmed in a “theater like” professional performance setting.  Visit the Performance 1 and 2 section of the  Certification Exam page for more detail.

The Performance Choreography Presentation (Gauntlet) sets are below.  (Recital sets are assigned individually to students as part of Course S401e or S402e.)

  • Performance 1 Choreography Performance List (in performance order)
    • Princess of Cairo
    • Maddah Al Amar
    • Ali Gara
    • Nebtiti Mnein El Hikeiya
    • Enta Omri
    • Chic Chac Choc
    • Yanna Yanna
    • L3FCDS
  • Performance 2 Choreography Performance List (in performance order)
    • Hayati
    • Ismaouni
    • Sallam Allay
    • Cane Dance
    • Kandirali Ciftetelli
    • Khatwit Habibi
    • Laylet Hob
    • Zay El Hawa
    • Accessible

Performance Catalog Instructions

Highlight Set: The week before the first day of each Performance online course (S401e, R401d, S402e, and R402d), students will submit a video showing the student’s best work of solo improvisation within the past two years (called the Highlight Set or Performance Catalog).  The video will contain footage from 2-3 pieces, and be 20-24 minutes in length. Performances should include 60% of Intermediate technique which includes layering two (or more) belly dance moves, doubletime movements, and finger cymbals (when appropriate), etc.  For Performance 2 specifically, performances should be comprised of 40% Jamhaila, which includes characterization, layering, and finger cymbals (as appropriate). As applicable, dancers should demonstrate their emotional context and intent, and demonstrate their use of the stage and audience projection grids.  The Intermediate and Performance certification choreographies are examples of the level of work that students should be submitting.

Once the Highlight Set has been submitted before each Performance 1 and 2 course, the instructor will evaluate the video and give you feedback. If the instructor determines that more work is required, the second Highlight Set for that course will be developed in private lessons. Some students may need to complete a second submission of a Highlight Set to fulfill the requirements for each course.

As each Highlight Set is showing the student’s best work over the last two years, students are encouraged to continue performing as much as possible, using the feedback and directions given during previous evaluations and courses, to build their next Highlight Set. Performing is a skill that takes development, and improvisation performance opportunities are not always abundant. It goes without saying students will need to accumulate as much footage as possible, and that can take time.

The performances should be done in full costuming, including hair and make-up.

Not all students have perfect performance venues.  If you preform regularly at a restaurant, even if on a stage, that footage might be too problematic because of lighting or people walking in front of the camera.  Students are being creative with setting up venues.  Maybe you can persuade your fellow dance class members to stay a bit later after a class so you can get into full costume and do a performance for them.  Maybe you have an area at your home or a meeting room at your office or a community room at your apartment that can be set up for a performance, and you can invite friends, family, and neighbors to watch.  The point is that you dance in full costume for an audience.  For students working on their catalogs during shelter-in-place orders (such as Covid-19 in 2020), contact the School to discuss alternatives so that your training can continue.

If you have any questions about whether footage from a specific performance can count towards your performance catalog, please contact us for clarification. Evaluation criteria is listed in the Evaluation toggle below.

Once the student is enrolled in a Performance course, they will be invited to the Google Classroom where they will be able to submit their assignments. Assignments can only be accepted through Google Classroom. There are several ways to submit assignments in Google Classroom, and students can find more information with options and specifics here. As the Highlight Set video is due before the start of the online course, students are encouraged to have the video edited and ready to be submitted well in advance of the course.

Maintain a written log of your video performances, following the list below. This documentation must be submitted with your video.

  • Performance No. __
  • Date of performance/Venue
  • Duration of performance
  • Performer(s)
  • Performance Type (improvisation with live band, improvisation to recorded music with name of Performance Set, etc.)
  • Music title/composer/lyricist for each song in video
  • Emotional Perspective
  • Your perceived % of layering (per format)
  • Include a note on why (or why not) finger cymbals were used.
  • Teaching Certified (L5) instructor approved and what date
  • Analyze your improvised performances, including only the best that meet the 60%+ Intermediate technique requirement. For each improvised performance, include a list of the 60%+ moves (written in nomenclature); for each item on the list, include the minute (ex:  0:42, 2:21) in the video where the move can be seen in the video.
  • For Performance 2 specifically: Analyze your improvised performances, including only the best that meet the 40%+ Jamhaila and riffing requirement.  For each improvised performance, include a list of the 40%+ moves (written in nomenclature); for each item on the list, include the minute (ex:  0:42, 2:21) in the video where the move can be seen in the video.

The performance evaluations will include the following criteria:

  • Recorded Music.  Most students will use music selections from the performance sets.  The specifically listed music selections and albums are to be used; no alternative version substitutions permitted without pre-approval. For Performance 2 specifically, be aware of Jamila stylization, eras, and sentiments as discussed in the online courses.
  • Live Music.  In rare cases, dancers may have access to quality live Arabic music.  For this option, dancers perform to selections listed on the 100+ Compositions list (click here) performed by a live Arabic band (comprised of at least 3 band members).  If in doubt about whether a live band’s music can be used in your catalog, please submit a clip of music from the band you wish to use to the School for approval.
  • Finger Cymbals are an integral element of Salimpour School training.  As appropriate, use finger cymbals in your performances.  Indicate for each performance why or why not finger cymbals were used with a brief explanation of why this choice was made. For Performance 2 specifically: most, if not all, sets should include a section that demonstrates finger cymbal proficiency. In the event they are not used, provide a brief explanation of why this choice was made.
  • Basic posture & alignment: Did the dancer maintain home position throughout the performance?
  • Technique: Demonstrates a strong & identifiable Suhaila/Jamila presence defined by the presented format; based on technique and signature moves executed with confidence & ease.
  • Layering: Includes proficient layering throughout; based on the required skill level necessary to test for the Level 4 and defined in the training process of the presented format Suhaila/Jamila.
  • Composition: Presence of unity, continuity (transitions), and variety (contrasts and repetition)
  • Dynamics: Energy of movement expressed in varying intensities, accent, and quality
  • Stamina: technique, emotion, and audience connection maintained throughout
  • Transitions: Smooth (not choppy) changes from one movement to another; Continuity.
  • Stage Use: Space is used effectively and efficiently; all parts of the stage and the dancer’s personal dance space (Up Stage, Down Stage, etc.)
  • Stage Presence: Confidence and presence on stage; continuity throughout performance
  • Projection: Confident presentation of body and energy to communicate movement meaning clearly to audience
  • Finger Cymbals: Proficiency in finger cymbal playing; multiple patterns, matching to music, on time.
  • Musicality: Attention (awareness) and responsiveness to musical elements
  • Music: The music selection matches the required music list and era for the presented format Suhaila/Jamila.
  • Props: If props were used; presented with proficient skill and in a professional manor.
  • Costuming: Does the dancer’s costume fit the designated format stylization and era Suhaila/Jamila.

Performance 1 Testing Steps

Once you are Intermediate 1 and 2 certified and feel you have a good working knowledge of the required technique, choreographies, and catalogs, you are ready to make the push towards Performance 1. The process involves the following steps.  Students wishing to test must contact the School to discuss course enrollment and preparation.

Pre-Course Preparation.  For the Salimpour Performance 1:  Technique Testing and Choreography Presentation Preparation course, students must prepare in advance for the following:

  • Performance 1 Testing Technique Drills.  Throughout the Performance 1 course (Testing Preparation and Choreography Presentation Preparation) students will be prompted to submit subgroups of the testing drills for evaluation.  A version of the testing drills is listed on the exams page, and students should develop these drills in advance before taking the course.
  • Performance Certification Choreography.  Students should prepare the Performance 1 choreography in advance of the workshop and be prepared to submit video of their performances for evaluation one week prior to the start date of the course.
  • The videos 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).  For choreography, note that separate video may be requested of finger cymbal pattern playing without dancing the choreography.
  • Performance Catalog.  Students should prepare to submit a Performance Catalog Highlight Set to be submitted for evaluation one week prior to the start date of the course.  See Performance Catalog for content detail. Your performance catalog should represent your best solo improvisation work and show that you are already consistently working at a Performance 1 (S4) level.

Following successful completion of the Performance 1: Technique Testing and Choreography Presentation Preparation course, students will receive approval to produce and present their Choreography Presentation Performance (Gauntlet) within four months. Students will produce their own Choreography Presentation performance (book performance venue, advertise) with School approval and following School guidelines.  For evaluation, the student will submit video of the actual Choreography Presentation performance with an evaluation fee.  Once a student has successfully completed the Choreography Presentation Performance exam, the next step is developing a senior recital.

Pre-Course Preparation.  For the Salimpour Performance 1:  Senior Recital Preparation course, students must prepare in advance for the following:

  • Submit video of each section of the recital for evaluation one week prior to the start of the course.
  • Submit mapping and gridwork (stage and audience) for each section of the recital for evaluation one week prior to the start of the course.
  • Submit a story arc and audience cast for each piece (as demonstrated and taught as part of Course S401e).
  • Submit new video of Performance Catalog Highlight Set with documentation, one week prior to the start of the course. One Highlight Set video is due before each Performance 1 and 2 course.
  • The videos 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).  For choreography, note that separate video may be requested of finger cymbal pattern playing without dancing the choreography.

Following successful completion of the Performance 1: Recital Preparation course, students will receive approval to produce and present their Personal Recital Performance within four months. Students will produce their own recital (book performance venue, advertise) with School approval and following School guidelines.  For evaluation, the student will submit video of the actual senior recital performance with an evaluation fee.  Once a student has successfully completed the Personal Recital Performance exam, the student is eligible for Salimpour Performance 1 certification.

Note:  The 12 week courses are designed for students to submit their work for evaluation, assuming the student has already done a significant amount of preparation on their own.  In some cases, students may require additional effort to prepare for the performance exams.  Students may need to schedule private lessons with Suhaila for further development or retake certain courses.  For performance catalogs, students may be required to continue work on their performance catalogs under the guidance of the Certification Coordinator or assigned Teaching Certified (L5) licensed instructors.  Additional review and evaluation will require additional fees.

Performance 2 Testing Steps

Once you are Performance 1 and Intermediate 2 certified and feel you have a good working knowledge of the required technique, choreographies, and catalogs, you are ready to make the push towards Performance 2. The process involves the same steps as Performance 1, but with attendance at the Performance 2 courses (Choreography Presentation Preparation and Senior Recital Preparation).  Students wishing to test must contact the School to discuss course enrollment and preparation.

Salimpour Performance 1: Technique Testing and Salimpour Choreography Recital Preparation

Course S401e : 40 CECs

Overview

The Salimpour Performance 1: Technique Test and Choreography Preparation course is a 12-week online course, with coursework and assignments scheduled on a weekly basis.  This course is a hybrid, containing both technique testing and performance preparation elements.  For the advanced technique and layering testing, you will be assigned a set of drills each week to prove your command of the material.  You also will demonstrate readiness for your Performance 1 Choreography Presentation by submitting the required Performance 1 choreographies for approval.  Assignments include video submissions that focus on choreography and technique.  Students are guided through the course with personal feedback on assignments via email, audio, and/or video.

More details about the Salimpour Performance 1: Technique Test and Choreography Preparation course 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 advanced technique and layering and to 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. Each of the required Performance 1 certification choreographies has a Training Plan.
  • Learn and perform required Performance 1 choreographies, as well as maintain the other choreographies required for the Choreography Presentation.
  • Prepare the pre-course assignments (below).
  • Work on your Improvisation Personal Performance Catalog, preparing material for your Highlight Sets.
  • 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 for reference.
  • 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 Performance 1: Technique Test and Choreography Preparation course, you need:

  • Current subscription to salimpourschoolonline.com.
  • Current Intermediate 1 Certification (S3).
  • Current Intermediate 2 Certification (J3).
  • Completion and “pass” of the P305b Performance Preparation course.
  • 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.  You will have an opportunity to receive approval (“sign-off”) on each of the choreographies as a pre-testing requirement for the Choreography Presentation.  Approval on each Performance 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:
    • Nebtidi Mnein El Hikeiya
    • Maharjan
    • Yanna Yanna (cymbals both R- and L-dominant)
    • Enta Omri
    • Lissa Fakir
    • Note that pre-course choreography and mapping assignments are mandatory for course participants planning to test following the course.
  • You will also be asked to demonstrate your maintained knowledge of the other Choreography Presentation choreographies:
    • Ali Gara
    • Maddah Al Amar
    • L3FCDS (cymbals both R- and L-dominant)
    • Chic Chac Choc
    • Princess of Cairo
  • Performance Catalog Highlight Set video with documentation.
  • 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 coursework and assignments include:

  • Choreography work for personalizing the choreography, developing movement, and reinforcing technique.
  • Video submissions of the student performing the required advanced choreographies as well as the additional choreographies required for the Choreography Presentation.
  • Technique Exam drill sets to be filmed and submitted by the student for evaluation and grading.
  • Video-watching dates for viewing and discussing featured performances together as a class via Zoom.
  • Costuming development and approval for the Choreography Presentation including make-up and hairstyle.
  • 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

At the end of the course, the student will have a consultation with Suhaila.  If the student is ready, Suhaila will approve the student to produce and present their Choreography Presentation.  The pieces for the student’s Personal Recital will also be assigned.

Exam

Learn more about certification testing here.

CECs

Students receive 40 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 Exam Evaluation Assignments

 Students will have weekly exam assignments to submit technique for feedback during the testing preparation course.  Unlike the 200 and 300 Level testing preparation courses, the 400 Level technique exam is administered and graded throughout the 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 exam assignments are mandatory and must be submitted by the provided deadline in the course. Students must score 95% or higher on each drill.
  • 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 produce and perform the performance final exam.
  • Non-testers. The choreography assignments are optional, but highly recommended to receive feedback and guidance.

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 Performance 1: Personal Recital Preparation

Course R401d : 40 CECs

Overview

The Salimpour Performance 1: Personal Recital Preparation course is a 12-week online course, with coursework and assignments paced evenly throughout the course.  In this course you will demonstrate readiness and develop artistry for your Performance 1 Personal Recital.  Assignments include video submissions that focus on choreography and performance. Students are guided through the course with personal feedback via email, audio, and/or video.

More details about the Salimpour Performance 1: Personal Recital Preparation course can be found in the Details tab at the 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 advanced technique and layering and to 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 your Personal Recital pieces.  Map the music selections and develop gridwork (staging and audience) for all pieces.
  • Prepare the pre-course assignments (below).
  • Work on your Improvisation Personal Performance Catalog, preparing material for your Highlight Sets.
  • 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 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 Performance 1:  Personal Recital preparation course, you need:

  • Current subscription to salimpourschoolonline.com.
  • Current Intermediate 1 Certification (S3).
  • Current Intermediate 2 Certification (J3).
  • Completion and pass of Choreography Presentation performance exam.
  • 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.

  • Videos of your assigned recital pieces:
    • A story arc of the show (as explained and taught in S401e) with audience casted and placed for each piece.
    • Submitted in five separate videos (divide the show over 5 videos).
    • With music mapping (Suhaila tally method) of each selection.
    • With full gridwork (stage and audience) documented in nomenclature.
    • With your developed gridwork demonstrated on your video performances.
  • Performance Catalog Highlight Set video with documentation.
  • 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 coursework and assignments include:

  • Choreography work for personalizing the choreography, developing movement, and reinforcing technique.
  • Video submissions of the student performing the Personal Recital pieces.
  • Video-watching dates for viewing and discussing featured performances together as a class via Zoom.
  • Costuming development and approval for the Personal Recital including make-up and hairstyle.
  • 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

At the end of the course, the student will have a consultation with Suhaila.  If the student is ready, Suhaila will approve the student to produce and present Performance 1 Personal Recital.

Exam

Learn more about certification testing here.

CECs

Students receive 40 CECs (continuing education credits) for completion of this course.  No partial CECs provided for withdrawals or incompletes.

Personal Recital 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.

Evaluation Assignments

In general students will have two opportunities (“Take 1” and “Take 2”) to submit segments of their personal recital for feedback during the testing preparation course.  The videos  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 recital pieces 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 recital pieces are approved (“signed off”) for testing.

The recital selections must be filmed in a space with lighting bright enough for clear video evaluation of technique.

  • Tester.  All work is mandatory and must be submitted by the provided deadline in the course.  Each section the personal recital  must be officially approved before the student can produce and perform the performance final exam.
  • Non-testers. The  assignments are optional, but highly recommended to receive feedback and guidance.

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 Performance 2: Technique Testing and Salimpour Choreography Recital Preparation

Course S402e : 40 CECs

Overview

The Salimpour Performance 2: Technique Test and Choreography Preparation course is a 12-week online course, with coursework and assignments scheduled on a weekly basis.  This course is a hybrid, containing both technique testing and performance preparation elements.  For the advanced technique and layering testing, you will be assigned a set of drills each week to prove your command of the material.  You also will demonstrate readiness for your Performance 2 Choreography Presentation by submitting the required Performance 1 choreographies for approval.  Assignments include video submissions that focus on choreography and technique.  Students are guided through the course with personal feedback on assignments via email, audio, and/or video.

More details about the Salimpour Performance 2: Technique Test and Choreography Preparation course 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 advanced technique and layering and to 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. Each of the required Performance 2 certification choreographies has a Training Plan.
  • Learn and perform required Performance 2 choreographies, as well as maintain the other choreographies required for the Choreography Presentation.
  • Prepare the pre-course assignments (below).
  • Work on your Improvisation Personal Performance Catalog, preparing material for your Highlight Sets.
  • 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 for reference.
  • 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 Performance 1: Technique Test and Choreography Preparation course, you need:

  • Current subscription to salimpourschoolonline.com.
  • Current Performance 1 Certification (S4).
  • Current Intermediate 2 Certification (J3).
  • 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.  You will have an opportunity to receive approval (“sign-off”) on each of the choreographies as a pre-testing requirement for the Choreography Presentation.  Approval on each Performance 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:
    • Hayati (cymbals as written)
    • Kandirali Ciftetelli
    • Leylet Hob
    • Accessible (cymbals as written)
    • Note that pre-course choreography and mapping assignments are mandatory for course participants planning to test following the course.
  • You will also be asked to demonstrate your maintained knowledge of the other Choreography Presentation choreographies:
    • Ismaouni
    • Sallam Allay
    • Cane Dance
    • Khatwit Habibi
    • Zay El Hawa
  • Performance Catalog Highlight Set video with documentation.
  • 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 coursework and assignments include:

  • Choreography work for personalizing the choreography, developing movement, and reinforcing technique.
  • Video submissions of the student performing the required advanced choreographies as well as the additional choreographies required for the Choreography Presentation.
  • Technique Exam drill sets to be filmed and submitted by the student for evaluation and grading.
  • Video-watching dates for viewing and discussing featured performances together as a class via Zoom.
  • Costuming development and approval for the Choreography Presentation including make-up and hairstyle.
  • 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

At the end of the course, the student will have a consultation with Suhaila.  If the student is ready, Suhaila will approve the student to produce and present their Choreography Presentation.  The pieces for the student’s Personal Recital will also be assigned.

Exam

Learn more about certification testing here.

CECs

Students receive 40 CECs (continuing education credits) for completion of this course.  No partial CECs provided for withdrawals or incompletes.

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.

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 Exam Evaluation Assignments

 Students will have weekly exam assignments to submit technique for feedback during the testing preparation course.  Unlike the 200 and 300 Level testing preparation courses, the 400 Level technique exam is administered and graded throughout the 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 exam assignments are mandatory and must be submitted by the provided deadline in the course. Students must score 95% or higher on each drill.
  • 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 produce and perform the performance final exam.
  • Non-testers. The choreography assignments are optional, but highly recommended to receive feedback and guidance.

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.

Salimpour Performance 2: Personal Recital Preparation

Course R402d : 40 CECs

Overview

The Salimpour Performance 2: Personal Recital Preparation course is a 12-week online course, with coursework and assignments paced evenly throughout the course.  In this course you will demonstrate readiness and develop artistry for your Performance 2 Personal Recital.  Assignments include video submissions that focus on choreography and performance. Students are guided through the course with personal feedback via email, audio, and/or video.

More details about the Salimpour Performance 2: Personal Recital Preparation course can be found in the Details tab at the 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 advanced technique and layering and to 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 your Personal Recital pieces.  Map the music selections and develop gridwork (staging and audience) for all pieces.
  • Prepare the pre-course assignments (below).
  • Work on your Improvisation Personal Performance Catalog, preparing material for your Highlight Sets.
  • 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 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 Performance 2:  Personal Recital preparation course, you need:

  • Current subscription to salimpourschoolonline.com.
  • Current Performance 1 Certification (S4).
  • Current Intermediate 2 Certification (J3).
  • Completion and pass of Performance 2 Choreography Presentation performance exam.
  • 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.

  • A story arc of the show (as explained and taught in S401e) with audience casted and placed for each piece.
  • Videos of your assigned recital pieces:
    • Submitted in five separate videos (divide the show over 5 videos).
    • With music mapping (Suhaila tally method) of each selection.
    • With full gridwork (stage and audience) documented in nomenclature.
    • With your developed gridwork demonstrated on your video performances.
  • Performance Catalog Highlight Set video with documentation.
  • 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 coursework and assignments include:

  • Choreography work for personalizing the choreography, developing movement, and reinforcing technique.
  • Video submissions of the student performing the Personal Recital pieces.
  • Video-watching dates for viewing and discussing featured performances together as a class via Zoom.
  • Costuming development and approval for the Personal Recital including make-up and hairstyle.
  • 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

At the end of the course, the student will have a consultation with Suhaila.  If the student is ready, Suhaila will approve the student to produce and present Performance 2 Personal Recital.

Exam

Learn more about certification testing here.

CECs

Students receive 40 CECs (continuing education credits) for completion of this course.  No partial CECs provided for withdrawals or incompletes.

Personal Recital 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.

Evaluation Assignments

In general students will have two opportunities (“Take 1” and “Take 2”) to submit segments of their personal recital for feedback during the testing preparation course.  The videos  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 recital pieces 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 recital pieces are approved (“signed off”) for testing.

The recital selections must be filmed in a space with lighting bright enough for clear video evaluation of technique.

  • Tester.  All work is mandatory and must be submitted by the provided deadline in the course.  Each section the personal recital  must be officially approved before the student can produce and perform the performance final exam.
  • Non-testers. The  assignments are optional, but highly recommended to receive feedback and guidance.

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.

Teaching Assistant Foundations Course

In this course students work on more advanced teaching assignments including breaking down more complex elements and creating lesson plans.  Students must have Intermediate 1 and 2 certification as well as successful completion of the T308b Course:  Teaching Assistant Fundamentals.  Click here to register.

Salimpour Teaching Assistant Training: Salimpour Foundations

Course T408b : 30 CECs

Overview

The Salimpour Teaching Assistant (TA) Training course (400 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 the understanding, breakdown, and explanation of Foundations 1 and 2, as well as the differences between Fundamental and Foundation technique.  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)  and Foundations 1 and 2 (S2 and J2).  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 (400 Level) course can be found in the Course Details tab at left.

Details

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

Preparation

This course is designed to prepare the student to serve as a Teaching Assistant for Foundations 1 and 2 classes and workshops and to prepare the student for teaching. 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 1 and 2 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.
  • 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 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.
  • 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 for review.
  • Students will need Dance Psychology for Artistic and Performance Excellence (2015) by Jim Taylor and Elena Estanol 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).
  • Approved completion of T308b (TA Fundamentals).
  • 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 are for the purpose of evaluation and receiving feedback. 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 lesson plans and other assignments requiring documentation in nomenclature.  The video assignments must be submitted in Google Classroom.  The weekly coursework includes:

  • Foundations 1 and 2 move and step breakdowns and explanations.
  • Lesson plans for Fundamentals 1 and 2 and Foundations 1 and 2.
  • Warmup breakdown and instruction.
  • Combination creation for Fundamentals 1 and 2 and Foundations 1 and 2.
  • Exercises from Dance Psychology.
  • 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 400 Level Teaching Assistant course is a requirement for the 500 Level Teaching 1 course.  Students must receive a “pass” on evaluation assignments in this course (as well as achieve Performance 1 certification) before taking the the 500 Level Teaching 1 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.

Choreography Development Course

The Choreography course focuses on Suhaila Salimpour’s method to create choreography.  Focus includes developing your own choreographed phrases while exploring stage placement, energy, and emotional intent.  Participation requires both Intermediate 1 and 2 (S3 and J3) certification.

The Choreography Development course is a requirement for Level 500. Students may take this course once they have Intermediate 1 and 2 (Level 300) certification.

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Salimpour Choreography Development: Creating Choreograhy Using the Suhaila Salimpour Method

Course C406a : 30 CECs

Overview

The Salimpour Choreography Development Introduction 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 Choreography Intro course can be found in the Course Details tab at left.

Course Details

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

Preparation

This course is designed to guide the student in learning about the Salimpour Choreographic Method and to apply that method to short choreographic phrases. 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:

  • Continue your technique and choreography training.  Be prepared to work at Intermediate 1 and 2 technique level or higher.
  • Students are expected to know and be able to perform the required Foundations 1 and 2 and Intermediate 1 and 2 choreographies, in addition to the En Rah and Elf Leyla choreographies. These choreographies may be used as examples during the course.
  • 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 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 Choreography Development course, students must have:

  • A current subscription to salimpourschoolonline.com.
  • Current Intermediate 1 Certification (S3).
  • Current Intermediate 2 Certification (J3).
  • 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 assignments and submit their work.

 

During-the-Course Assignments

 Weekly assignments are for the purpose of learning and developing an understanding of Suhaila’s choreographic method.  This beginning Choreography course will focus on basics, guiding students slowly into building short choreographed phrases to different types of music.  Some assignments will be turned in for evaluation and feedback.  Weekly assignments take the form of videos, reports, and projects.  All assignments, including video assignments must be submitted in Google Classroom.  Weekly coursework and assignments may include:

  • Creating combinations and phrases.
  • Researching music and analyzing parts of songs.
  • Developing story lines.
  • Mapping music and gridwork (stage and audience).
  • Adding Jamila Step Vocabulary and stylization.
  • Various creative exercises including collaging, creative writing, etc.
  • Assignments on costuming, music genres, and more.
  • Videos featuring Suhaila and other notable dancers, as well as topic specific lectures.
  • 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.  Note that completion and “pass” on this course are required for Teaching 1.

 

CECs

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

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.

Choreography Development Course Grading

The 400 Level Choreography Development course is a requirement for the 500 Level Teaching 1 course.  Students must receive a “pass” on evaluation assignments in this course before beginning 500 Level courses.  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.

Live Music Workshop

The Live Music Workshop provides students an opportunity to apply their performance skills to working with a Live Arabic band.  Live Music Workshops are optional; they are highly recommended although they are not a requirement for certification.  Interested students have an opportunity to pursue Live Music training and undergo an official Live Music Recital exam to have that additional credit added to their Teaching Certification (L5) in one or both formats; this bonus credit also be added after a student has already achieved Teaching Certification (L5) status in a specific format. The following information is covered in a Live Music workshop. Click here to register.

  • Improvisation skills for entrances, exits, the body of the compositions, and drum solos.
  • Training and/or performance time with Middle Eastern musicians to practice improvisation skills.
  • Performance labs and opportunities.
  • Additional concepts and topics.

Prerequisites.  To attend a Live Music workshop, students must have participated in at least one Intermediate 1 course or workshop.   All attendees focus on Intermediate 1 and Performance 1 material.  After certification in Performance 1, students can pursue Performance 2 concepts in the Live Music workshop.

How to Prepare for a Live Music Workshop

  • Follow the online class training plans for the Suhaila Solo choreographies (Raks Suhaila, Raks Jamila, Maharjan, and Lissa Fakir) for the materials and content to review prior to attending the workshop.
  • Allow yourself a few months to work through the Resources list and complete the pre-workshop assignments.
  • This homework is to be repeated and updated anew each time a student attends a Live Music workshop.
  • If you want advance assistance in selecting your costuming, contact us at least six weeks from the date of the workshop and we can put you in touch with dancers to help you select.
  • Maintain your technique and continue work on certification and Suhaila Solo (improvisation preparation) choreographies.
  • Students should have previous knowledge of and basic experience with Salimpour Gridwork.
  • Special offerings and potential field trips may be included. Please plan accordingly and allow for maximum flexibility in your timing to take advantage of unique events and opportunities.
  • Review the “About Workshops” page that includes general information for all workshops including Common Questions, Workshop Preparation, What to Bring, Studio Rules, etc.

Make all your choices (poses, veil, costumes, make-up, etc.) keeping in mind that you’ll be working with a live Arabic band.

  • Read the “How to Prepare for a Performance Prep” workshop above.
  • Use the workshop preparation resources listed on this page.
    • Document your research from these resources and bring to the workshop.
    • Use your dance art book to document your experiments with veil, poses, make-up, and more.  Bring your dance at book with at least 10 pages of new material.
    • Be prepared to turn in your art book:  1) bookmarking the new material, and 2) include an overview of what new material has been added.
  • 4 Entrances.
    • Experiment with entrances and exits per the  “Basic Entrances and Exits” video.
    • Document (type in nomenclature) and commit to memory your best four choices to turn in separately from your art book.
  • 4 Veil Drops.
    • Experiment with several ways to remove your veil and set it aside.  Create basic but professional methods that promote confidence; limit your veil tricks.
    • Document (type in nomenclature) and commit to memory your best four choices to turn in separately from your art book.
  • 4 Finale Poses.
    • Experiment with several different final poses coming out of a finale spin.
    • Document (type in nomenclature) and commit to memory your best four choices to turn in separately from your art book.
  • 4 Veil Pick-ups.
    • Experiment with different ways to pick up your veil as you exit the stage.
    • Document (type in nomenclature) and commit to memory your best four choices to turn in separately from your art book.
  • 3-5 Make-up Looks.
    • Experiment with different make-up looks; you will try these out (and experiment further) during the workshop and performance labs.
    • Prepare 3-5 full make-up looks for yourself for stage; take photos of yourself from different angles with the make-up.  Select your best 3-5 make-up looks and turn in your photos (at least 3 photos of each look) separately from your art book. Each photo should be separate so it can be mixed and matched with different hair styles and costumes.
  • 3-5 Hair styles.
    • Experiment with different hair styles; you will try these out (and experiment further) during the workshop and performance labs.
    • Prepare 3-5 hair styles for yourself for stage; take photos of yourself from different angles with the hair styles.  Select your best 3-5 hair styles and turn in your photos (at least 3 photos of each look) separately from your art book.  Each photo should be separate so it can be mixed and matched with different make-up looks and costumes.
  • 3+ Costumes.
    • Bring three complete performance costumes with jewelry, veil, heels, etc. on the first morning and as required throughout the workshop.
    • Bring pictures and/or sketches of 3-6 additional complete performance costume options to turn in separately from your art book. Each photo should be separate so it can be mixed and matched with different hair styles and make-up looks.
  • Arrival Outfits.
    • Bring your actual arrival outfit for a professional gig:  cocktail dress, heels, jewelry, costume bag (can be your suitcase roller board) on the first morning and as required throughout the workshop. Although you are required to only bring 1 outfit to be used each night before the performance lab, you are encouraged to bring more.
    • Bring photos of 3-4 additional arrival outfits to submit separately from your art book.
  • Learn the Suhaila Solo (Improv-Prep) choreography sets.
  • Additional preparation and items to bring:
    • Bring a notebook and pen/pencil to take notes.
    • Bring dance heels, cymbals, and veil.
    • Have access to a computer / printer for any homework.

Curriculum Notice

The Salimpour Certification Programs are under constant review and evaluation for growth and improvement. Although the plans for L4 Testing are established in advance, know that small changes and adjustments may be made to the process. You are responsible for rechecking any assignment instructions four months from your target L4 testing submission date to verify that you have the most up-to-date instructions.