Suhaila Dance Company

The Suhaila Dance Company has been at the forefront of classical, contemporary, and fusion belly dance since its founding in 1996. Under the direction of acclaimed and groundbreaking choreographer and master instructor Suhaila Salimpour, the company performs classic and contemporary works by Salimpour herself, including the critically-acclaimed Sheherezade and her newest body of work, Enta Omri. SDC has performed throughout the United States and Europe, including multiple times at the San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival and the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. They have also appeared on multiple performance DVDs, including the Fitness Fusion series produced by Goldhill Entertainment, as well as on the documentary American Bellydancer.

The company includes some of the most highly trained belly dancers in the world; all company members hold a Level 3 certification or higher in the Suhaila Salimpour format. They also perform with Bal Anat, the folkloric and fantasy belly dance troupe begun by Jamila Salimpour in 1968 and under the direction of Suhaila Salimpour since 1999.

Current members: Abigail Keyes (SL5/JL5), Lisa Price (SL4/JL2), Parya Saberi (SL4/JL3), Rachel Duff (SL3/JL2), and Tina Toy (SL4/JL2).

Enta Omri (You are my Life)

Enta Omri—Arabic for “you are my life”—is a full-length dance concert, showcasing Arabic music and its physicalization through belly dance. Choreographed by the highly-influential and innovative dancer Suhaila Salimpour, this production is an intimate and emotional journey through a lifetime of love and loss. Enta Omri showcases the artistic and technical possibilities of belly dance as a genre, eschewing clichés and popular imagery. It is set to classic Arabic music arranged by award-winning composer, singer, and ‘ud player Ahmed Doughan, and featuring drummer Ziad Islambouli.


Enta Omri is at the cutting edge of theatrical belly dance choreography. Salimpour has seamlessly fused the intricate isolations and articulations of belly dance with her lifetime of study in a multitude of dance genres, including jazz, ballet, modern, flamenco, street dance, and more. With simple set design and costumes, this production showcases the virtuosity and potential of belly dance, letting the movement and music speak for itself.

Be swept away by the power and emotion of Suhaila Salimpour’s Enta Omri.

Salimpour Collectives

When you become a student of the Salimpour School, you’re joining a global community of talented, driven, and supportive dancers.

One of the great ways to connect with fellow students in your community is by joining or creating a Salimpour Performance Collective. These performance groups are officially sanctioned by the Salimpour School and help to keep you motivated, inspired, and connected with the “Mothership.”

When you’re part of a Salimpour Performance Collective, you learn and perform choreographies in the Salimpour repertoire. You and your fellow dancers also support each other as you train and prepare for certification exams. You also have the opportunity to work directly with our highly-trained Level 5 instructors, either in person or through Skype or Google Hangouts.

The Salimpour Performance Collectives take great pride in presenting and representing the influential Salimpour legacy in belly dance.

Members must have a Level 1 certifications in the Suhaila Salimpour and/or Jamila Salimpour Formats:  With a plan for the next certification and active in the program.  Group leaders, however, must maintain higher certification.

Collectives are groups (typically remote) of Salimpour certified dancers officially approved by the School to work together under the Salimpour name on Salimpour choreography and performances.  Members are actively pursuing Certification in the Salimpour Belly Dance Formats and demonstrate steady progress toward that goal.  Each Collective has one responsible Group Leader to represent and speak for the group, and each collective also has an assigned Choreography Captain(s) to assist the group in performance readiness and preparation.

While the Collectives are endorsed and authorized dance groups, they are separate entities from the School principal performing groups including Suhaila Dance Company, Repertoire Ensemble, and Bal Anat.

Titles.  Approved Collectives must use the official titles:  Salimpour Performing Collective [INSERT CITY/REGION; Salimpour Collective [INSERT CITY/REGION]; [INSERT CITY/REGION] Salimpour Performing Collective; [INSERT CITY/REGION] Salimpour Collective.

Collectives learn, rehearse, and perform Salimpour choreographies and shows.  The goal is for Collectives to maintain 3-4 pieces as show-ready while retaining previous  work and learning new material.  All choreography is cleaned up by a Choreography Captain prior to performance.  In many cases, the Choreography Captain is located remotely from the group, and the group must be cleaned up by Skype first individually and then as a group.

Note that all Salimpour Choreography needs approval before performing.  Salimpour choreography is intellectual property of Suhaila and the Salimpour School and must be respected as such.

If you are in the Salimpour School certification programs and are interested in forming or participating with a Choreography Collective, contact our office for more information!     or

Members of Salimpour Collectives can find more information at the webpage below.  Passcode available from the School and Group Leaders.

List of Collectives

Group Leader:  Rachel George.

Choreography Captain:  Rachel George.


Rachel George  SL5 & JL3

Vilia Bouilly  SL4 & JL3

Gloria Lanuza SL3 & JL2

Dilek Koskal  SL3 & JL2

Kary Jacobsen  SL1 & JL1

Junko Takano  SL1 & JL1

Trisha Drennan  SL1

Valentina Martin  SL1

Marguerite Hughes  SL1 & JL1

Joy Keller  SL1 & JL1

Group Leader:  Beatrice Walker

Choreography Captain:  Rachel George.


Beatrice Walker

Faaridah Taylor

Leena Nichols

Majda Anwar

Jamie Lewis

Jenny Nichols

Whitney Barfield

Group Leader:  Yvonne Pereira-Dudley

Choreography Captain:  Yvonne Pereira-Dudley


Yvonne Pereira-Dudley

Ciana Boetius

Frances Garver

Heather Foy

Group Leader:  Jane Chung

Choreography Captain:  Jane Chung


Jane Chung

Meng-Jane Chu

Shao-Ping Lin

Hsiu-Ling Chiang

Hsiu-Chen Chen

Tzu-Chun Liu

Priscilla Feng

Mei-Hui Lee

Beata Lin

Group Leader:  Anna Kemper

Choreography Captain:  Anna Kemper


Anna Kemper

Anjanie Dindyal

Xanthe Whittaker

Emma Butler

Kah Wei NG

Lorren Comert

Sarrah Bell

Alison Smith

Group Leader: Mariana Vieira

Choreography Captain: Abigail Keyes


Mariana Vieira

Theresa Schaub

Barbara Bauer

Group Leader: Maelle Quintart

Choreography Captain: Maelle Quintart


Maelle Quintart

Chantal Clement

Morgane Crispin

Deborah Deprez

Toria Ficette

Sonia Gaaloul

Lydia Lorenzino

Carol Morillo

Anais Van der Stichelen

Marjorie Vervaecke


Group Leader: Janelle Rodriguez

Choreography Captain:  Janelle Rodriguez


Janelle Rodriguez

Catherine Cooper

Amber Dratz

Amber Graham

Stefanie Schlief

Victoria Regan

Jill Baker

Group Leader: Stacey Lizette

Choreography Captain:  Stacey Lizette


Stacey Lizette

Melanie Reynolds

Jane Brantley

Karlie Verkest

Melissa Bailey

Jennifer Kleiber

Gina Verlander

Sherry Allen

Jamie Cendon

Julie Kusak

Kelly McKinley

Stella Offner

Marlene De Lachica-Heibert

Rania Kandil

Tammy Mikeska

Alison Martino

Adrienne Marie-Beede Kizer

Nicole Barrick Renner

Kristen Antonowich Eveleth

Group Leader: Angelique

Choreography Captain:  Angelique



Shari Feather

Group Leader: Sabriye Tekbilek

Choreography Captain:  Sabriye Tekbilek

Group Leader:  Jasmin Victoria Skrutel

Choreography Captain:  Rachel George


Jasmin Victoria Skrutel

Lorraine Costello

Group Leader:  Larua Ayllon

Choreography Captain:  Larua Ayllon


Larua Ayllon

Sky Webber

Group Leader:  Leslie Holmes

Choreography Captain:  Leslie Holmes


Leslie Holmes

Benita Hartwell

Laura West

Manda Bourassa

Marie Whipple

Stacie Clarke

Vanessa Blackie

Ashleigh Reinhardt

Group Leader:  Traysi Ewayan

Choreography Captain:  Abigail Keyes


Traysi Ewayan

Fernanda Mottin

Micola Rooney

Luisa Ashworth

Lisa la Fae

Maree Patton

Wendy Hedley

Kristy Hill

Group Leader:  Donna Malano

Choreography Captain:  Angelique

Donna Malano
Larry Saunders
Charlotte Doy
Joselyn Wall
Rebecca Sullivan
Ruthanne Everham

Group Leader:  Marcia Gomez

Choreography Captain:  Marcia Gomez


Marcia Gomez

Matilde Valenzuela

Camila Andrade

Graciela Ponce

Felipe Bucarey

Tania Medina

María Ester Pino

Vanessa Cubillos

Marisú Parada

Souling Labbe

Claudia Maldonado

Ana Vallejos

Veronica Tobar

Shuying Hipp

María José Carreño

Fernanda Tumani

Pamela Lavin

Maritza Navarro

Veronica Poblete

Daniela Morales

Andrea Ramos

Francisca Lincognir

Mariana Perez

Valentina Valenzuela Rebolledo

Group Leader:  Lenka Adamkova

Choreography Captain:  Lenka Adamkova


Lenka Adamkova

Bara Molova

Tomas Klinger

Group Leader:  Rachel George

Choreography Captain:  Rachel George


Francesca Calloni

Tiziana Tosoni

Donatella Zocchi

Barbara Giannantoni

Angela Pamela Parisi

Group Leader:  Stacey Lizette

Choreography Captain:  Stacey Lizette


Amanda Pooley-Brand

Rochelle Beaty

Laura Entwined

Group Leader:  Maria Palacio

Choreography Captain:  Stacey Lizette


Maria Palacio

James Carpenter

Paula Ransom

Group Leader:  Nawal Doucette

Choreography Captain:  Nawal Doucette


Nawal Doucette

Keltie Darrah

Group Leader:  Abigail Keyes

Choreography Captain:  Abigail Keyes


Abigail Keyes

Amana Harris

Barbara Palacios

Didi Benedict

Ghazaleh Radaza

Jessica Fagan

Kayla Hummel

Lisa Price

Lisa Cobler

Mela Amaya

Parya Saberi

Patti Kjonaas

Rachel Duff

Sandi Harrington

Scarlett Baines

Tina Toy

Group Leader:  Alexis Real

Choreography Captain:  Rachel George


Alexis Real

Morgan Fay Fahrnbruch

Elinore Eaton