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 S402d.  Salimpour Performance 2:  Technique Testing and Choreography Presentation Preparation
  • Exam:  Salimpour Performance 2:  Choreography Presentation Performance
  • Course R402e:  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 Choreography 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 two weeks prior to the specific course.  (Students will be admitted to the online classroom eighteen 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

Learn more about Improvisation Performance Catalogs:  Learn More.

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 two weeks 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.
  • Prepare and photograph yourself in three options each for costume, hairstyle, and makeup to be submitted during the course for approval to be used in dress rehearsals toward the end of the course and for the final performance exam presentation.

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 two weeks prior to the start of the course.
  • Submit mapping and gridwork (stage and audience) for each section of the recital for evaluation two weeks 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 S401d).
  • 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.
  • Prepare and photograph yourself in three options each for costume, hairstyle, and makeup to be submitted during the course for approval to be used in dress rehearsals toward the end of the course and for the final performance exam presentation.

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.

Curriculum

Salimpour Performance 1: Technique Testing and Salimpour Choreography Recital Preparation

Course S401d : 40 CECs

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Salimpour Performance 1: Personal Recital Preparation

Course R401e : 40 CECs

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Salimpour Performance 2: Technique Testing and Salimpour Choreography Recital Preparation

Course S402d : 40 CECs

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Salimpour Performance 2: Personal Recital Preparation

Course R402e : 40 CECs

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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.

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Salimpour Teaching Assistant Training: Salimpour Foundations

Course T408b : 40 CECs

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