Experience the Jamaila Salimpour format, taught by Suhaila Salimpour.
Over 6 hours in one day, this workshop introduces students to the basic step families and cymbals that serve as the foundation of the format. This workshop will wind up with a Jamila inspired choreography and is an excellent introduction to Jamila’s format.
Frequently Asked Questions
Where are the workshops located?
The workshops will be held in Studio 7 at Jason Coleman’s Ministry of Dance, 64 Sutton St North Melbourne
Is there parking near the workshop venue? Can I take public transport there?
Street parking is available both out the front and in the surrounding streets. Please be mindful of parking restrictions on weekdays and Saturday mornings as breaks will not be provided for you to be able to move your car and the area can get quite business with other dance classes that run in the premises.
- Train: Upfield line – use either the Macaulay or Flemington Bridge stops. Both are approx 1.2km from the studio location.
- Tram: Number 57 Tram from Elizabeth St, City to West Maribyrnong: Stop 22 – Boundary and Racecourse Rd or Number 59: Stop 20 (Melrose and Fleminton Sts)
What’s the Salimpour format all about?
With dancers new to the Salimpour format, Suhaila focuses on strong technique and body posture as a fundamental base. All students, regardless of their level, can benefit from a strong base to serve as their foundation no matter from what instructor they take and no matter what stylization they choose. Suhaila’s format is based on a standard nomenclature of dance movements and concepts. These days that doesn’t seem too “out of the ordinary”, but when she began teaching her format in the early 1980s, this was a revolutionary idea. Things start to fall into place quite easily once you understand the basic elements of Suhaila’s format (posture, dance movement, specific muscular movement, timing, etc.)
How will learning the Salimpour technique make me a better dancer?
Strong technique creates strong dancers. Salimpour students learn to maintain a strong and healthy body posture while executing dance movements muscularly, effectively, and efficiently. If your basic technique is strong, you have a base upon which to expand and have a greater ability to dance a variety of styles. You can also extend your dance years as you are training safely to prevent injury, for endurance and longevity.
Why is it so expensive?
The $900 price tag is for the *full four day* weekend of workshops. This will provide you with 21 hours of training with a master teacher. This equates to approx $43 per teaching hour – which is approximately the same rate as most other international teachers who come to our shores.
The $755 for the Suhaila Level 1 only provide you with 15 hours of training with Suhaila. This equates to about $50 per teaching hour.
The $310 for the Jamila format introduction is 6 hours of training and also equates to approx $50 per teaching hour.
Isn’t Suhaila a tribal format teacher? What will I get out of this as a Oriental dancer?
The Salimpour School formats don’t belong to any particular belly dance style. However all styles will benefit from the technical foundations that the Salimpour School provides which makes sharp moves sharper and round moves more circular.
What will I actually learn? I’m not a beginner, why do I need to do Level 1?
Level 1 is where you learn the language of the Salimpour School. You will learn dance movement, culture, music and history as a part of these workshops. While performing the drills, if Suhaila feels you have a strong understanding, she will provide additional levels of difficulty for you to work with so that you are getting the most out of the session.
I’ve done the online level 1, why do I need to do it again?
Technically, you don’t, but nothing beats an in person class with technique adjustments over an online delivery and video review. Plus, if you have truly mastered the Suhaila Level 1 training, you will be provided additional levels of difficulties so that you are working at your best.
Do I need to certify if I do the workshop?
Not at all! Many people take the Suhaila Level 1 workshop and never certify, but still get a lot of out of being there. You are more than welcome to attend, but not actually certify.
Why should I think about certifying?
- Train to be the best dancer you can be
- Demonstrate your commitment to preserving the highest level of quality in your art
- Empower yourself by reaching goals in a structured and creative environment
- Take a proactive step to move forward in your dance development
- Receive a sense of personal accomplishment and achievement
- Invest in your personal and/or professional development.
- Learn body awareness and proper technique offered in a safe and structured format.
- Progress in creativity and emotional development within a supportive, positive learning environment.
- Build on knowledge gained in previous levels, as each subsequent level is part of a carefully crafted and consistent continuum of knowledge.
- Learn choreography, improvisational and teaching skills.
For the Instructor & Professional dancer
Establish professional credentials and enhance your teaching resume.
Receive intelligent material for class curriculum and learn how to develop curriculum.
Develop as an artist, gaining the tools to anticipate and respond to change.
Create a continual and lifetime path for learning new things and developing skills.
Provide greater earning potential; the tremendous demand for Suhaila Salimpour format instruction is worldwide.
I’m only a beginner and I feel very unfit/I have a physical condition. Can I really do 4 days worth of training?
Yes! You are welcome to come and do as much as you can do in the workshops, and sit and be an active participant when required. Please let Suhaila and Amanda know about your injury/condition and we can help advise you during the weekend. As we will be playing cymbals/zills, you can play along from the sidelines as well as listen and participate when you can.