Dance is a celebration of personal expression, freedom, and connection with others.

The Salimpour School is proud to welcome students from diverse backgrounds and experiences. We do not discriminate on the basis of race or color, gender or gender expression, sexual orientation, body type, health conditions, or disabilities.

And while belly dance is a majority-women profession, dancers of all gender expressions and identities are always welcome in our studio classrooms. In addition, while belly dance in its countries of origin can be an all-women’s celebration of movement and freedom, the form is danced in communities and professionally by people of all genders, identities, and ages.

Dance forms related to belly dance have long been practiced by all genders, such as the Köçek dancers who entertained in the courts of the late Ottoman Empire.

We believe in cultivating a global community of dancers who value more than just tolerance, but who also foster respect and mutual understanding. We also believe that our students have a right to feel accepted for who they are while they study this dance form, which has served as a refuge for many marginalized people throughout its history.

As an institution, we continue to welcome any student interested in learning, growing, and respecting their peers and instructors. We find power in our diversity, and we strive to create a safe and nurturing learning environment for all of our dancers.