Level 1+ Jamila Vocab

Level 1+ Jamila Vocab

Intro to Jamila Vocabulary

Jamila Salimpour™, Suhaila’s mother, was the first belly dance teacher to create a specific format of movements with individual names for each step.  This is the original Belly Dance style!  The steps she created are now the majority of belly dance movements taught today. 

Dancers will learn Jamila Vocabulary Steps and the step families.  Class includes combinations from the Jamila Salimpour™ Vocabulary of step families accompanied by Suhaila Salimpour™ technique and nomenclature.  The Jamila Salimpour™ Vocabulary is a current and thriving belly dance style that was developed by Jamila; watching and being influenced by the dancers of the “Golden Era” (1940-1960).  Jamila Vocabulary is the basis for both American Classical Cabaret and the inspiration/foundation of what later became known as American Tribal Style and is currently renamed Trans National Belly Dance.

Jamila is also the master of finger cymbals.  Each class is different and invaluable as far as developing both dance and finger cymbal skills, as well as learning the history of belly dance movements in America.  Jamila truly is the American matriarch of belly dance!  

Bring your finger cymbals; cymbals also available at studio for purchase.  

Rachel is Suhaila Level 5 & Jamila Level 5 certified and is pursuing continued education to maintain her teaching certificate.
(CECs only count if taught by licensed CEC instructor Rachel George)

1 Class = 1 CEC

If you wish to attend via virtual streaming please contact Rachel for options and details.

  • Make sure you have Zoom installed on your device.
  • You will be sent an invite to the Zoom meeting once you have made payment via Square.
  • If you have purchased ahead of time or have a class card, please message me for the invite if you wish to attend.
  • Please sign in at least 15 minutes early for technical check and roll call.

All students must fill out a Class Registration Liability Form prior to attending live and online streaming classes.