Suhaila’s certification program provides a well-rounded curriculum to train students to become complete belly dancers. Dance certification by Suhaila provides students with formal recognition of their dedication to and hard-earned proficiency in Suhaila’s challenging style. The certification program encompasses the following consecutive levels:
Basics (Level 1) The Foundation of the Format
Fundamentals (Level 2) The Next Important Step
Intermediate (Level 3) All the Pieces of the Puzzle
Advanced (Level 4) The Big Picture
Teaching (Level 5) Teaching Certification
Each level builds on the previous level, providing specialized training within a logical, cumulative sequence. Over the full course of study, students are trained in dance technique, finger cymbals, rhythm identification, history, music, culture, improvisation, performance, choreography, teaching skills, etc.
“In person” training is still required through attendance at workshops. Many of the modules of study in later levels are presented and developed during workshops. The workshops also provide Suhaila and the School instructors the opportunity to evaluate and provide valuable feedback to students.
What will I gain from coming to your workshops?
With dancers new to my format, I focus on strong technique and body posture as a fundamental base. All students, regardless of their level, can benefit from a strong base to serve as their foundation no matter from what instructor they take and no matter what stylization they choose. My format is based on a standard nomenclature of dance movements and concepts. These days that doesn’t seem too “out of the ordinary”, but when I began teaching my format in the early 1980s, this was a revolutionary idea. Things start to fall into place quite easily once you understand the basic elements of my format (posture, dance movement, specific muscular movement, timing, etc.)
How will learning your technique make me a better dancer?
Strong technique creates strong dancers. My students learn to maintain a strong and healthy body posture while executing dance movements muscularly, effectively, and efficiently. If your basic technique is strong, you have a base upon which to expand and have a greater ability to dance a variety of styles. You can also extend your dance years as you are training safely to prevent injury, for endurance and longevity.
I know they will be hard work so what is the best way to prepare?
I recommend that attendees research my format through my website and online classes (free trial available). For those who want to prepare more fully, you can find a list of helpful hints on my website in the Certification Section.
Online Classes: SalimpourSchoolOnline.com
How do you keep going, teaching so many hours of workshops?? Do you have a special nutrition advice?
Make sure to honor (and never neglect) your body: eat well, get enough sleep, drink water, keep moving, etc. As women, we go through many different phases in our lives; and the variables are so different for every woman.
If there was one thing you would like any workshop attendee to use from all the information given, what would it be??
Follow an artistic path. Let’s face it: the truth is that belly dance standards in some areas are not very high, and many people seek out belly dance as their means to become an entertainer because of those low standards. It’s fine to want to entertain and perform in public. But follow an artistic path with this dance to stay integral in your intent with this art form.