SL2 Belly Dance Workshop & Certification

Join us in Atlanta for 25 hours of dance instruction by Suhaila Salimpour!

Friday-Monday January 18-21, 2019



Workshops will be held from 9:00am-6:00pm with a 1 hour lunch break (doors will open at 8:30am)



For students continuing their study of the Suhaila Salimpour belly dance format. Current Suhaila Level 1 certification is required to attend, and students are strongly encouraged to have a strong working knowledge of Suhaila Level 1 material.

In Suhaila Format L2, students continue developing muscle and body awareness while increasing the prevision, efficiency and fluidity of their movements. Layering concepts are introduced in the warm-up. Dancers begin integrating belly dance movements with dance movement and cymbals. Additional music theory, history and cultural elements are included. Choreography is introduced both as a training and testing tool.

What are SL2 Weeklong Workshops?

SL2 workshops are fun and challenging workshops with a specific focus on L2 material. You learn exercises and drills to develop strength, endurance and efficiency of movement. Further emphasis is placed on integrating posture, belly dance movements, dance movement, cymbals, etc. A listing of L2 workshops can be found in the Current Workshops section.


  • Optional Suhaiola Level 2 certification testing is available for additional fee of $250. Test sections will be distributed throughout the week, so testers will need to arrive with an intent to test on Day 1 of the workshop.

  • Testing fees are paid directly to Suhaila International LLC and not refundable/transferable.

  • Please review the required elements for testing on the Salimpour main website.

Suhaila Salimpour:

Suhaila Salimpour is a master choreographer, performer, and teacher. She began her dance training at the age of 2 and teaching at 14. In addition to training with her mother, Suhaila also studied ballet, jazz, tap, modern, and even hip-hop. Through years of experience as both performer and master instructor, Suhaila recognized the need to create an organized system for teaching and training in belly dance. Rather than trying to integrate Middle Eastern dance with ballet or jazz, Suhaila used the training methodology she experienced in her classical western dance studies to preserve the quality and longevity of belly dance as its own individual art form.

To fully comprehend the significance of Suhaila's contribution to belly dance, one must also understand the roots of her dance training. Suhaila's mother, Jamila Salimpour, began teaching her own unique method of training in 1949 by breaking down traditional Middle Eastern dance into standardized movement patterns and belly dance terminology. For her contribution to the dance form, Jamila was recently given the prestigious Isadora Duncan Award as a "Sustained Achievement Honoree." It is from this long history in both eastern and western dance forms, and a unique ability to merge her training from various dance forms, that Suhaila Salimpour brings you Enta Omri, "You Are My Life."


Train to be the best dancer you can be!

Benefits of the Salimpour Program!

For the Student:
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:

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!