Salimpour 500 Level Courses

Salimpour Teaching 1 and 2   •   Licensing   •  Advanced Studies

Salimpour Teaching 1 and 2

In Salimpour Teaching 1 and 2, dancers pursue Teaching Certification. Two types of teaching certification are available:  Salimpour Teaching 1 (formerly Suhaila Level 5) and Salimpour Teaching 2 (formerly Jamila Level 5).  For both Teaching 1 and Teaching 2, participants are guided by Suhaila through a 12 week online education course incorporating teaching skills, curriculum development, choreography, and more.

Teaching 1 and 2 certification is valid for 2 years. For the Teaching Certification to be extended or renewed an additional 2 years, participants must complete the following:

  • 50 CEC Hours (plus renewal fee).  L5 dancers are still required to attend regular workshops to maintain their technique and stay up to date on the latest additions to the program. Dancers are encouraged to attend higher level courses and workshops and to obtain feedback from Suhaila and other authorized instructors. In some ways, reaching Teaching Certification (L5) can be viewed as just the start. . . there is so much more to learn by participation in the program.
  • Conceptual or Project CECs.  Dancers may be given general or individual assignments. Assignments and projects are designed to promote the continual development of the Teaching Certification (L5) dancer.
  • Choreography.  Dancers must stay up-to-date on all required certification choreographies and receive approval from Suhaila Salimpour.
  • Teaching 1 and/or 2 certified dancers are required to complete Teaching Assistant (TA) Training as part of their CEC requirements to maintain certification.  Over a two year period, Teaching 1 and 2 certified dancers are required 1) to complete 25 hours of TA training at live workshops or 2) to train as TA Peer Leaders for students in the equivalent or two Institute courses (30 students).

Institute Teaching Assistants

Training TA Peer Leaders are assigned students from one or more courses.  For their assigned students, TAs:
  • learn to monitor student progress and grades.
  • learn to monitor classrooms for questions and answer questions.
  • learn to grade technique exams and check-ins during a workshop or course.
  • learn skills to run a workshop or course.
  • have access to Suhaila’s evaluations of student work throughout a workshop or course.
  • receive evaluation from Suhaila on the TA’s feedback (technical, choreography, etc.) given to students.
  • receive teaching mentorship from Suhaila.

Instruction Fees

To enroll in Teaching Assistant Training for a workshop or course, the fee is:

  • 200-400 Level:  $150 per semester or workshop.
  • 500 Level:  Included in the Teaching 1 and/or 2 testing course fee and valid for two years; for subsequence two year periods, the fee is included in the Teaching 1 and 2 certification renewal fees.
As part of their studies for or continuing education after Teaching certification, different dancers undergo varying pathways of study.  To acknowledge commendable work, the School, when applicable, bestows Concentrations of Study to licensed instructors.  Concentrations of Study are awarded by Suhaila Salimpour to recognize meritorious accomplishments  by licensed instructors’ in focused studies.  Examples are listed below. Advanced and Professional levels designations are assigned for further distinctive work in specified areas.
  • Improvisation Performance with Arabic Band
  • Personal Choreography Development
  • Folkloric Fusion Training
  • Choreography and Staging
Notes:  Completion of a course of study is not sufficient to be endowed with a Concentration of Study; a Concentration of Study is an official recognition awarded by Suhaila Salimpour.  Concentration of Study awards are not validation of a student’s ability to instruct in theses areas.
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Salimpour Teaching 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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Prerequisites

To enroll in the Salimpour Teaching 1 online course, students must have current Performance 1 (S4) certification, current Intermediate 2 (J3) certification (or higher), and the School Director’s permission; they must also have successfully completed C406a Choreography Development and both Teaching Assistant Courses:  T308b TA Fundamentals and T408b TA Foundations.  To enroll in the Salimpour Teaching 2 online course, students must have current Teaching 1 (S5) certification, current Performance 2 (J4) certification, and the School Director’s permission.  For both Teaching 1 and Teaching 2, pre-course assignments are required to be submitted one week prior to the course start date.  See the course descriptions below for details.

Teaching Assistant Preparation

In preparation for Teaching 1 and Teaching 2, students take the following Teaching Assistant courses.  Successful completion of these courses also provides the student the skills required to serve as Teaching Assistants in specific live workshops and online education courses.

Salimpour Teaching 1: Projects Exam

Course T501e : 40 CECs

Overview

In the Salimpour Teaching 1:  Projects Exam course, students work online with Suhaila directly.  In this course, you demonstrate your ability to teach content from Fundamentals 1 (S1) and Foundations 1 (S2).  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. Suhaila guides the students through the course with personal feedback on assignments via email, audio, and/or video.

More details about the Teaching 1:  Projects Exam course can be found in the Course Details tab at left.

Course Details

The Salimpour Teaching 1:  Projects Exam course is an online course scheduled over twelve weeks, with coursework and assignments scheduled on a weekly basis. Students are expected at the beginning of the course to have command of Fundamentals 1 (S1)  and Foundations 1 (S2) technique and already by studying how to break down moves and steps.

Weekly assignments are for the purpose of evaluation and receiving feedback from Suhaila directly. Some assignments include playing finger cymbals. The video assignments must be submitted in Google Classroom.  The weekly coursework includes:

  • Move and step breakdowns and explanations.
  • Lesson plans.
  • Warmup breakdown and instruction.
  • Combination creation and instruction.
  • Class management and student interaction.
  • Finger cymbal breakdowns.
  • Choreography instruction.
  • Costuming, set lists, and more.

Each assignment will be evaluated, and the student will receive feedback via email, audio or video.  A final evaluation will occur at the end of the course in which Suhaila will give the student specific instructions on the next steps to take as they develop their teaching skills.  During the course, students are encouraged to submit questions about the assignments and technique as they come up.

Successful completion of this course is required for Salimpour Teaching 1 (S5) Certification.

More details about preparation, prerequisites, and expectations can be found in the Requirements tab at left.

Course Requirements

Preparation

This course is designed to prepare the student for teaching Fundamentals 1 and Foundations 1. 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.

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

Pre-Course Assignments

The following assignments must be prepared and submitted one week prior to the course start date.

  • Film yourself teaching the following, and submit your videos for evaluation.
    • One Fundamentals 1 (S1) class.
    • One Foundations 1 (S2) class.
  • En Rah: Teach the choreography in less than one hour. The teaching may be divided into segments, but include the segments organized in one video file for submission. Submit your video for evaluation.
  • Syncopations: Teach the choreography, including finger cymbals, in less than one hour. The teaching may be divided into segments, but include the segments organized in one video file for submission. Submit your video for evaluation.

Prerequisites

To take the Salimpour Teaching 1 Project course, students must have:

  • A current subscription to salimpourschoolonline.com
  • Current Performance 1 Certification (S4)
  • Current Intermediate 3 Certification (J3)
  • Approved completion of T408b (TA Foundations).
  • Approved completion of C406a Choreography Development.
  • 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.

Expectations

Students who are enrolled in this course are expected to submit all assignments on time. Weekly assignments take the form of:

  • Videos of the student teaching breakdowns, concepts, combinations, etc.
  • Questions or reports that are submitted online.
  • Lesson plans and other assignments requiring documentation in nomenclature.
  • Costuming and performance planning with documentation.

As there is so much material to cover in the course, assignments are given a specific timeline and due dates. The course is twelve weeks long, and the online classes, coursework, and assignments combined take an estimated 10 to 15 hours each week to complete.  If a student has family vacations, major business trips, or personal commitments within the course’s twelve week 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).  Once a student is enrolled, there are no refunds for withdrawing from the course. Students can find our payment policy here.

When enrolling in an online course, students are expected to have already worked out technical matters for filming and video recording.  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.

Students who are enrolled in this course are expected to manage their schedules and submit their assignments on time. 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.

We look forward to seeing you in class! If you have any questions about this material, please contact our Certification Coordinator, Rachel George, at salimpourcertification@gmail.com.

Salimpour Teaching 2: Projects Exam

Course T502e : 40 CECs

Overview

In the Salimpour Teaching 2:  Projects Exam course, students work online with Suhaila directly.  In this course, you demonstrate your ability to teach content from Fundamentals 2 (J1) and Foundations 2 (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. Suhaila guides the students through the course with personal feedback on assignments via email, audio, and/or video.

More details about the Teaching 2:  Projects Exam course can be found in the Course Details tab at left.

Course Details

The Salimpour Teaching 2:  Projects Exam course is an online course scheduled over twelve weeks, with coursework and assignments scheduled on a weekly basis. Students are expected at the beginning of the course to have command of Fundamentals 2 (J1)  and Foundations 2 (J2) technique and already by studying how to break down moves and steps.

Weekly assignments are for the purpose of evaluation and receiving feedback from Suhaila directly. Some assignments include playing finger cymbals. The video assignments must be submitted in Google Classroom.  The weekly coursework includes:

  • Move and step breakdowns and explanations.
  • Lesson plans.
  • Warmup breakdown and instruction.
  • Combination creation and instruction.
  • Class management and student interaction.
  • Finger cymbal breakdowns.
  • Costuming, set lists, and more.

Each assignment will be evaluated, and the student will receive feedback via email, audio or video. A final evaluation will occur at the end of the course in which Suhaila will give the student specific instructions on the next steps to take as they develop their teaching skills.  During the course, students are encouraged to submit questions about the assignments and technique as they come up.

Successful completion of this course is required for Salimpour Teaching 2 (J5) Certification.

More details about preparation, prerequisites, and expectations can be found in the Course Requirements tab at left.

Course Requirements

Preparation

This course is designed to prepare the student for teaching Fundamentals 2 and Foundations 2. 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.

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.

Pre-Course Requirements

Students must complete the following assignments and submit them one week prior to the start date of the course for evaluation.

  • Film yourself teaching the following, and submit your videos for evaluation.
    • One Jm-Vocab 1 (J1) class.
    • One Jm-Vocab 2 (J1) class.
  • Ismaouni: Teach the choreography, including finger cymbals, in less than one hour. The teaching may be divided into segments, but include the segments organized in one video file for submission. Submit your video for evaluation.

Prerequisites

To take the Salimpour Teaching 2 Project course, students must have:

  • A current subscription to salimpourschoolonline.com.
  • Current Teacher 1 Certification (S5).
  • Current Performance 2 Certification (J4).
  • Approved completion of T408b (TA Foundations).
  • 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.

Expectations

Students who are enrolled in this course are expected to submit all assignments on time. Weekly assignments take the form of:

  • Videos of the student teaching breakdowns, concepts, combinations, etc.
  • Questions or reports that are submitted online.
  • Lesson plans and other assignments requiring documentation in nomenclature.
  • Costuming and performance planning with documentation.

As there is so much material to cover in the course, assignments are given a specific timeline and due dates. The course is twelve weeks long, and the online classes, coursework, and assignments combined take an estimated 10 to 15 hours each week to complete.  If a student has family vacations, major business trips, or personal commitments within the course’s twelve week 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). Once a student is enrolled, there are no refunds for withdrawing from the course. Students can find our payment policy here.

When enrolling in an online course, students are expected to have already worked out technical matters for filming and video recording.  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.

Students who are enrolled in this course are expected to manage their schedules and submit their assignments on time. 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.

We look forward to seeing you in class! If you have any questions about this material, please contact our Certification Coordinator, Rachel George, at salimpourcertification@gmail.com.

Licensed Instructor Preparation

After achieving either Teaching 1 (S5) or Teaching 2 (J5) certification, dancers are eligible to apply for for licensing of their local classes and master classes. Licensed instructors contract with the Salimpour School to provide CECs to their local students. Evaluation of potential licensed instructors is based on their performance in the following list of situations and courses.  Note that the School Director may require additional assignments for students to demonstrate their teaching skills including room management, student development, voice projection, and curriculum preparation.  For more information about the licensing program, contact the School’s Certification Coordinator.

  • Live apprenticeship with Suhaila Salimpour in workshops and classes.
  • Course T308b:  Teaching Assistant Training Fundamentals.
  • Course T408b:  Teaching Assistant Training Foundations.
  • Course T501b:  Salimpour Teaching 1 .
  • Course T502b:  Salimpour Teaching 2.

Certification Workshop Instructor Preparation

Certification Workshop Instructors train to teach specific workshops at which certification material is presented and certification testing is offered.  Such workshops have required content and structure and represent a high level of Salimpour technique ability and understanding.  To begin training to be a Certification Workshop Instructor, dancers must have current Teaching Certification (L5) in the applicable format, Teaching 1 or 2 (T501b or T502b).   With Suhaila’s permission, the training instructors first work with the Certification Coordinator to get information on the specific workshop and what is required.  General requirements are below. Demonstrate live (or by video) yourself teaching the following material.   This material is evaluated by Suhaila either in person or via video Skype privates. Additional instructions will be provided on a case-by-case basis.

  • Assigned teaching segments, lectures, introductory speeches and additional material required for specific workshop to be taught.
  • Dance movement breakdown as required for specific workshop.
  • Breakdown and instruction of choreography(s) required for specific workshop level.
  • Explanation and personal testimonial of recommended training tools used for specific workshop level.
  • Introduction and breakdown of all Jamila Format Step Vocabulary movements, including a full Fundamentals 2 (JL1) step review (40+ minutes) and a full Foundations 2 (JL2) step review (60+ minutes).

Teaching 1 and 2 certification is valid for 2 years. For the Teaching Certification to be extended or renewed an additional 2 years, participants must complete the following:

  • 50 CEC Hours (plus renewal fee).  L5 dancers are still required to attend regular workshops to maintain their technique and stay up to date on the latest additions to the program. Dancers are encouraged to attend higher level courses and workshops and to obtain feedback from Suhaila and other authorized instructors. In some ways, reaching Teaching Certification (L5) can be viewed as just the start. . . there is so much more to learn by participation in the program.
  • 25 TA Hours.  Teaching Certification (L5) dancers continue their TA hours, which typically means TA’ing one or two courses or workshops during a two year period to maintain their Teaching Certification (L5).
  • Conceptual or Project CECs.  Dancers may be given general or individual assignments. Assignments and projects are designed to promote the continual development of the Teaching Certification (L5) dancer.
  • Continuing Education Catalog.   Teaching 1 certified dancers are encouraged to continue their dance studies, studying with a wide variety of teachers to learn stylizations, props, different teaching methods, etc.  This catalog is submitted every two years as part of the Teaching 1 enrichment and continuing education CECs.  Maintain a written log of your training with other instructors, following the list below.  Your Catalog should include a minimum of 15 instruction hours as instructed below.  The 15 hours must be current (within the last two years).  These hours may include class with different belly dance instructors (non Salimpour School); stylization; and non-bellydance dance instruction.  The Catalog should be submitted in an organized manner in a single PDF document.  Number the pages and use a font size no smaller than 12.
    • Date(s) of training
    • Genre: (Examples: Belly dance, African, ballet, etc.)
    • Instructor name(s)
    • Venue/location
    • Duration of Training (number of hours)
    • Prop(s) Taught (if any) • Stylization Taught (if any)
    • Material Covered (provide detailed information on content)
    • List the key points you learned from the workshop/class
As part of their studies for or continuing education after Teaching certification, different dancers undergo varying pathways of study.  To acknowledge commendable work, the School, when applicable, bestows Concentrations of Study to licensed instructors.  Concentrations of Study are awarded by Suhaila Salimpour to recognize meritorious accomplishments  by licensed instructors’ in focused studies.  Examples are listed below. Advanced and Professional levels designations are assigned for further distinctive work in specified areas.
  • Improvisation Performance with Arabic Band 
  • Personal Choreography Development 
  • Folkloric Fusion Training 
  • Choreography and Staging
Notes:  Completion of a course of study is not sufficient to be endowed with a Concentration of Study; a Concentration of Study is an official recognition awarded by Suhaila Salimpour.  Concentration of Study awards are not validation of a student’s ability to instruct in theses areas.

Advanced Certification

With approval, Teaching 1 and 2 certified dancers can apprentice with Suhaila directly in several areas of study for additional certification.  Suhaila will create a personal path of study for the student and mentor them through the work.  This program takes several years.  Apprenticeship and advanced certification are available in the following categories:

  • Folkloric Fusion
  • Advanced Technique
  • Choreography Development
  • Performance
  • Performance to Live Music
  • Curriculum Development
  • Developing Dancers
  • Master Instructor