Category: Suhaila Salimpour

Gina Bruno – Tribal Fusion Bellydance

Suhaila Salimpour’s student (Level 5, highest). Her vibrations are insane!
I love what Suhaila’s doing with her format.

“Q: Which part does Suhaila’s format change you the most?
Gina Bruno: The key differentiation of the Suhaila format is a keen attention to technique and body awareness. You don’t do something because that’s the only “move” you know, or can only do it at a certain speed or timing. You do something because you choose to, because the music calls for it, and you have complete body knowledge and awareness of what you’re doing. A structured format makes movements/choreography easier to teach to others. If you know what you’re doing, you can explain it to someone else. Suhaila will never say…”follow along and do what I do.” She’ll break it down muscle by muscle. It’s like yoga or Pilates; attention to detail and muscular systems to understand and impart knowledge of movement. This is a groundbreaking next step to bring structure and technique to bellydance.

Q: What is the most less sense part to you in Suhaila’s format?

Gina Bruno: Dancers must remember that Suhaila isn’t trying to create “mini Suhaila’s” – she is raising the bar for technique and knowledge of the dance. What’s most important is that dancers take her technique and build from there to develop their own style, their own expression, their own creation. This format will help you learn the alphabet, syntax, and language…but you are ultimately the author of your own poetry. It must be an expression of you. The higher levels of the format begin to explore creativity, acting techniques, journaling, and integration of technique and artistic expression.”


Suhaila Salimpour

Why did Suhaila Create her belly dance format?

“Suhaila Salimpour in her first video as a professional Belly Dancer in 1985 dances to ” Sukarra” Music By Dr Samy Farag, a Sphinx Records production, the video is ” Arabian Melodies:” -youtube user: sphinxrecords

Jamila Salimpour & "Tribal Belly Dancing" (aka Ren fest as I see it)
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Jamila Salimpour

Its kind of like Jamila made belly dancing accessable to people in America. She developed the vocabulary (example: “basic egyptian” ext)
The first students to learn this structed format was during the 1960’s and 70’s. That is soooo incredible to me!!! This stuff is wayyy newer than I thought, of course the tribes where she picked this up from wasn’t new. But to Americans gosh this is fairly new. I really can’t believe it!

Born in 1926. And what she teaches is a composite of the best dancers that she’s ever seen and got to train with Turkish, Egyptian dancers…ext.

When she discovered Ren Fest, she found this as the perfect opportunity to create her own version of Middle Eastern entertainment.–which seperated the nightclub cabaret dance scene that was going on at the time. So she included live music belly dancers snakes swords and tattoos drawing from her Ringling Brothers and Bailey circus experience. Her Bal Anat dance company came out, and ALL THIS EQUALLED = “tribal Style”/”ethnic Style” belly dancing. It was part fantasy – kinda history and her own creativity.

Masha Archer was in Bal Anat who was Carolena Nericcio’s teacher.

Jamila Salimpour believes that today’s dancers should “Do it all, learn it all”. “Take Ballet, take jazz,” she would say, to her students with a sparkle in her eye. “Who do you think drove Suhaila to jazz and ballet all those years?” taken from: