Beginning March 2019: New Salimpour Home Studio!

Welcome to our local studio, The Center for International Dance.  Affectionately known as The Mothership, we are located at:  1800 Dwight Way, Berkeley, CA 94703.    Street parking is available surrounding the studio.  View the FAQs for more details.

We look forward to seeing you on our dance floor soon.

Class Schedule

New to belly dance? Start here! This class series will get you dancing in no time, with a focus on the fundamentals of the Salimpour belly dance format. All dancers welcome.

Tuesdays, 7-8:30pm:

Click HERE to register

This special belly dance series with Abby, will combine both Suhaila and Jamila formats, and cover Level 1-3.
*SL1 and JL1 certification required or approval from the instructor

Saturday, 11am-1pm:

Click HERE to register

Class FAQs

Wear clothing appropriate for dance class, such as dance pants, jogging pants, leotards and tights with sports bras, tank tops and t-shirts. A light hip scarf is fine (no beads or coins please).
Bare feet, although ballet shoes and light jazz shoes may be used (but not required).
You’ll need finger cymbals, which are available at our studio. You might also bring a yoga mat for the warm-up and a water bottle.
There is ample street parking available around the building.  ** Please note – 2hr parking limit during daytime hours as well as street sweeping days.
The nearest BART station downtown Berkeley, 15 mintues walk from the studio. Click here for their schedule. You will want to arrange Uber or Lyft to the studio if you take BART.
Unless otherwise noted, classes are $20-$25 drop-in rate.
  • Credit Card
  • Apple Pay
  • Google Wallet

We do not accept cash.

• Arrive early to be on time. No admittance ten minutes after start time.
• Water is allowed in the studio in closed-top containers only.
• No chewing gum or food allowed in the studio.
• Dress appropriately for exercise. No coin belts or beaded belts allowed.
• Dance shoes are allowed but must be used for dance only, no street shoes.
• Turn off your cell phone so it does not ring or buzz during class.
• If you need to leave early, tell the teacher before class.
• No talking during class.
• Bring a yoga mat and/or sweat towel if you need one.
For members of the Salimpour Certification Programs, students may earn:

  • 1 CEC for Salimpour technique weekly classes, regardless of length (includes 2 and 2.5 hour classes)
  • 1 CEC per hour (Salimpour technique class 3 hours or longer)
  • 2 CECS for private lessons on certification material and certification choreographies

See the “About Certification” page for more information.  Click here.

Contact the School for more information.

Eight Week Rotation

SL1-3: Singles
Dance Movement: Plie
SL1-3: Three Quarters
Dance Movement: Tendu
SL1-3: Pelvic Locks
Dance Movement: Dégagé
SL1-2: Squares
SL3: Squares, Pyramids, & Vs
Dance Movement: Rond de Jambe
SL1-3: Circles
Dance Movement: Battement
SL1: Figure Eights U-D, D-U
SL2: Pyramids & Vs
SL3: Diamonds, Hexagons, & Octagons
Dance Movement: Passe
SL1: Figure Eights F-B, B-F
SL2-3: Figure Eights
Dance Movement: Arabesque
SL1-3: Twists
Dance Movement: Turns
Suhaila Salimpour
Suhaila SalimpourOwner, Director, Choreographer, Master Teacher
Suhaila Salimpour is the creator, founder and head instructor of Suhaila Salimpour School of Dance. Schooled from an early age in jazz, tap and ballet, Suhaila began integrating her extensive classical training with the Middle Eastern dance passed on by her mother. Suhaila Salimpour has been teaching over 35 years and has revolutionized belly dance as an instructor, choreographer, and performer.
Sabriye Tekbilek is a performer and instructor of Middle Eastern dance whose stage presence and technique have been shaped by a lifetime of international performance and study. She is currently a Suhaila Level 5 and Jamila Level 5 certified dancer.
Bio coming soon. Abby is currently Suhaila Level 5 and Jamila Level 5 certified.
Bio coming soon. Lisa is currently Suhaila Level 4 and Jamila Level 2 certified.