Welcome to Fundamentals 1

Discover the Suhaila Salimpour belly dance method with our six-week introductory course. Suhaila's groundbreaking approach, which she began in the 1970s, has influenced belly dancers worldwide with its unique somatic, mind-body connection. Dive into the artistic expression and cultural heritage of this beautiful dance form from the Southwest Asian and North African (SWANA) region, and begin your journey today.
  • Duration: 6 weeks
  • Format: Pre-recorded content with instructor feedback and Q&A
  • Optional Certification following course: Validate your skills and boost your confidence

What You Will Learn

Fundamental posture and movements of this dance

Suhaila Salimpour's somatic approach to belly dance 

Cultural relevance and historical context 

How the Process Works



Register and get access to the content when the semester begins.



Follow the structured weekly lessons.



Ask questions and receive feedback from our experienced instructors.



Implement the dance through guided practice.



Optionally test your knowledge and skills for certification.

Why Study with Us?

  • Legacy: Suhaila Salimpour is a pioneer in the belly dance community, with decades of teaching and performance experience.
  • Authority: The Salimpour School is renowned for its comprehensive and culturally respectful approach to belly dance education.
  • Community: Connect with a global network of dancers who share your passion for this art form.
  • Unique Methodology: Our method integrates physical technique with a deep understanding of cultural and historical contexts.
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Case Study:  Why Our Course Works

Many students have transformed their dance practice and personal lives through the Suhaila Salimpour method. For example, Janiyah, a beginner with no dance background, completed the Fundamentals 1 course and found not only an improvement in her physical fitness but also a deeper connection to the cultural roots of belly dance. Her journey exemplifies the holistic benefits of our approach.

Addressing Your Concerns

I'm a complete beginner. Is this course for me?

Yes! This course is designed for those new to belly dance or to Suhaila's method. Our step-by-step approach makes it accessible for everyone.

Is online learning effective for belly dance?

Absolutely! Our structured video lessons and interactive feedback ensure you receive the guidance you need. Many students find the flexibility of online learning beneficial, allowing them to progress at their own pace.

This Course Is For You If

  • You are new to belly dance or want to learn the fundamentals of the Suhaila Salimpour method.
  • You seek a culturally rich and physically engaging art form.
  • You value a somatic and mind-body approach to dance.

This Course Is Not For You If

  • You are not comfortable with online learning, this course might not be a good fit.
  • You are unable to make a six-week commitment at this time.

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The Journey

Our typical learner is curious with a sense of exploration, but sometimes tentative with a touch of apprehension, unsure of what lies ahead or their own abilities. As they progress through our structured curriculum, they discover graceful movements that feel instinctively right and develop a deeper understanding and appreciation of the cultural heritage of belly dance. By the end of the course, they gain the confidence to continue their journey in belly dance.

About Suhaila Salimpour and the Salimpour School

Suhaila Salimpour and the Salimpour School stand as unparalleled leaders in the world of belly dance, blending rich tradition with contemporary innovation. Suhaila, a master choreographer, performer, and instructor, has revolutionized the art form through her own somatic method, which emphasizes a deep connection between mind and body. Teaching since the 1970s, Suhaila has dedicated decades to refining and sharing her unique approach. She is also a trailblazer in digital education, launching the first online class site for belly dance in 2008. Today, this platform offers over 1,000 hours of content, making high-quality instruction accessible to dancers worldwide. 

Under her guidance, the Salimpour School has become a beacon for dancers globally, offering comprehensive training programs that honor the legacy of Suhaila's mother, Jamila Salimpour, a pioneering figure in modern belly dance. The school is committed to fostering respect for the validity and legitimacy of this art form for the SWANA (South West Asia and North Africa) region and its diaspora. By fostering a community that values discipline, creativity, and cultural appreciation, Suhaila and the Salimpour School continue to elevate the global standard of belly dance, inspiring dancers to achieve excellence and express their unique artistry.

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Join Us in Honoring the Cultural Heritage of the SWANA Region

At the Salimpour School, we celebrate the traditions and community spirit of the SWANA region through belly dance. Our courses are crafted to foster a deep respect and understanding of this captivating art, connecting students with its rich cultural diversity.Whether you aspire to become a professional dancer or are pursuing belly dance as a fulfilling hobby, the Salimpour School offers a supportive and enriching environment for your journey. Enroll today and take the first step towards a deeper connection with yourself and the art of belly dance.