The Salimpour School, in existence since 1949, is the leading educator of Middle Eastern dance. We support our students with a wide array of educational tools and class options. Study with the best instructors available and develop into the best dancer you can be. Whether you are a beginner, occasional dabbler, hobbyist, or professional, learn in a safe, supportive, and motivating environment with our growing community of worldwide dancers. Just when you think you’re learned all there is to learn, this School offers a continuous path for learning new things and developing your skills further. Our learning opportunities include:
Online Institute Courses
Suhaila Salimpour’s Online Institute of Online Education offers distance learning for students to learn in their own cities and homes without traveling. Suhaila’s certification program is housed in the Institute which offers five levels from beginning to basic teaching competency. Multi-week classes are organized by semester. Learn more about:
Salimpour School Online Classes offer students over 1000+ hours of belly dance education in technique, choreography, and other topics.
- Free 3-day trial available.
- Subscription options: monthly, biyearly, annual.
- Technique classes offered from beginning to advanced.
- Training plans provided.
- PPV offerings also available.
Video Private Lessons
When you are a long-distance student, sometimes you need immediate feedback on your technique and choreography development. Video privates are a great solution for several topics:
- involved technique questions
- choreography questions and development
- performance feedback
- developing a detailed training plan
- preparation for dancing at night clubs and events
- costume guidance
About Video Private Lessons
Learn more about video private lessons including:
- How do they work?
- What do I need for video lessons?
- Helpful hints.
- Hourly rates.
- When do I get a payment link?
For Certification Members
Commonly Asked Questions
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What is the difference between workshops, courses, and classes?
- Workshops are in-person events typically 1-5 days in duration.
- Courses are multi-week programs held online through the Suhaila Salimpour Institute of Online Education.
- Classes are typically 60-90 minutes in duration and available by subscription through Salimpour School Online or available through video private lessons and licensed instructors.
Who sponsors workshops and where are they held? Some workshops are sponsored by Suhaila and held in the Bay Area. Other workshops are sponsored by other dancers and promoters and held in other locations. The event listing will provide contact information for the specific sponsor to learn more about content, travel, housing, etc.
Why take from Suhaila? Suhaila is a master instructor, choreographer, and performer. She has extensive training in belly dance and classical dance as well as many aspects of the performing arts. Read her bio in the Salimpour Legacy section and look through the website to get just a small glimpse of the things she has accomplished. Suhaila is known for value-added classes and workshops. In every workshop, students are provided a positive learning environment in which they learn to safely train at a higher level than they ever have previously. The goal is to train safely and thoroughly, promoting technique and skill development. As students grow in their process, they learn how to bring emotional perspective to their work. They learn cultural contexts, creative tools, improvisational techniques, and more.
I am new to the Salimpour formats; what workshop should I take? Welcome to the Exciting World of the Salimpour belly dance formats! Newcomers are welcome to take workshops open to all participants. We highly recommend beginning with Suhaila Level 1 Three-Day Workshops during which students receive fundamental instruction specific to Level 1 in Suhaila’s format and fundamental for Jamila Level 1.
I’m not interested in certification; can I take a workshop? Definitely! Many Salimpour School students are not interested in certification. Some are only interested in certifying to a certain level, and others have set goals to be certified in Level 5. Students with different goals, stylizations, levels, and purposes all train beside each other.
I am interested in certification; can I get tested at a workshop? Some 100 level workshops (Fundamentals 1 and 2) will offer optional certification testing for an additional fee following completion of a workshop. While content from different certification program levels will be offered at workshops, certification testing for the 200-500 levels is handled only through Institute courses.
Why do some workshops require specified certification levels? For active certification program participants, the Salimpour School offers specific workshops to help students focus intently on advanced material. To keep such workshops moving at a higher level, attendees must have previously demonstrated their knowledge of and abilities in the applicable format and nomenclature. The School uses certification testing as the method of determining whether a student has the required knowledge and/or abilities for attendance at specified workshops.
What style does Suhaila teach? No styles, yet all styles. Suhaila’s fundamental dance training is not a style; students are learning to be dancers, and a well trained dancer can perform any stylization she wishes. Cabaret dancers, tribal dancers and fusion dancers all meet in class to receive the same training . . . and. . . throughout their studies in Suhaila’s format, they learn one fundamental dance format and many stylizations. The Jamila format has a built-in stylization based on the old-time Egyptian dancers; and through her work with Bal Anat in the 1960s and 70s, Jamila’s format served as the genesis for what became known as tribal stylizations. (By 2020 the term “tribal” in this context is considered inappropriate.)
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If you are a California resident and in connection with the foregoing release, you hereby waive California Civil Code Section 1542 (and any similar provision in any other jurisdiction) which states: “A general release does not extend to claims which the creditor does not know or suspect to exist in his favor at the time of executing the release, which, if known by him must have materially affected his settlement with the debtor.”
Term and Termination. These terms, as they may be modified as set forth herein, will remain in full force and effect while you use the Services. Salimpour School Online can suspend or terminate your access to the Salimpour School Online Applications or Services, in whole or in part, at any time, immediately and without notice. All terms that by their nature may survive termination of this Agreement shall be deemed to survive such termination.
Age Requirements. The Salimpour School Online Applications are intended for general adult audiences and you represent that you are over the age of 18 years of age and that you possess the legal right and ability to enter into this agreement and to use the Salimpour School Online Applications and Services in accordance with these Terms. If we have any reason to believe you are not 18 or older we may terminate your access to the Salimpour School Online Application and Services.
Access to Services. Salimpour School Online reserves the right to perform regular or planned or unplanned maintenance to our Services due to technology improvements or bugs, and you may or may not be notified of these changes before they occur. Salimpour School Online also reserves the right to change, modify, discontinue, suspend or abandon the Salimpour School Online Applications or any of the Services at any time for any reason with or without notice to you and that we will not be liable to you or any third party as a result of such termination, modification, discontinuance or abandonment.
Availability and Use Outside of the United States. The Salimpour School Online Applications and Services are controlled from facilities in the United States. Salimpour School Online makes no representations that the Salimpour School Online Applications or Services are appropriate or available for use in other locations. Those who access or use the Salimpour School Online Applications and/or Services from other jurisdictions do so at their own volition and are responsible for compliance with local law.
No Third Party Beneficiaries. You agree that, except as otherwise expressly provided in this Agreement, there shall be no third party beneficiaries to this Agreement.
Updates to Terms. Salimpour School Online reserves the right to update or change these Terms at any time by posting the most current version of the Terms on the Sites with a new Effective Date shown. All such changes in the Terms shall be effective from the Effective Date shown.
Learn from a certified Salimpour instructor near you. For weekly classes and series, contact each instructor directly for a class schedule and information on which classes quality for CECs. For workshops and specialty classes for CECs taught by L5 instructors, click here for the workshop listing. (For certificated students, specific weekly technique classes, specialty classes, and workshops have been licensed so that you can get your Salimpour CECs with these Suhaila L5 certified dancers.)