400 Level: Performance and Advanced Technique

Salimpour Performance 1 and  2 represent the most advanced performance skills and technical training in belly dance.  Students develop their performance skills as they prepare for four performance exams.  While working towards Performance Certification is demanding, it is achievable for any dancer.  The School is committed to inclusivity and helping you reach your goals.  Students are mentored one-on-one during Performance testing preparation, and the recital process is personalized and crafted for each individual.  With School approval, modifications and options are available to address physical limitations, injury, illness, etc.  Limitations are not obstacles; they are opportunities for you to realize your potential and for the student body and School to learn and grow.   Contact the the School for more information.

BEGINNING FALL 2023.  The Performance, or 400 level, of the Suhaila Institute offers three courses, two performance exams, and two certifications.

  • S401d and S402d will be combined into one 12-week course:  S400d.
  • R401d and R402d will be combined into one 12-week course:  R400d.
  • T408b will remain a 12-week course.

The course descriptions below will be updated soon to reflect these changes.


Performance Choreography Recital


Performance Personal Recital


Teaching Foundations in Preparation for the 500 Level


Progression of Courses

The 400 level courses, with the exception of T408b, build content cumulatively and must be taken in the following order.

400 Level Progression

  • Performance (S400d)
  • Recital 1 (R400e)

The Teaching Assistant Foundations course (T408b) may be taken at any point provided the student has successfully completed Teaching Assistant Foundations (T308b).  Dancers may opt to wait to take T308b and T408b until after receiving Performance 1 and 2 certification as these two courses are requirements, taken in succession, for the 500 level courses.

T408b Teaching Foundations

The Teaching Assistant Foundations (T408b) online course includes assignments and evaluations of warmups, movement breakdowns, combinations, explanations, classroom management, and move.  See the course description.  Students must have Foundations 1 and 2 (S2 and J2) certification to enroll plus have successfully completed T308b.  The T308b and T408b courses prepare students for the 500 levels.