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The Salimpour School Belly Dance Compendium Vol. 1

February 26, 2016

Born from a need for a book that distills belly dance history and its related subjects into something readable and accountable, we have published the Salimpour Compendium, Volume 1!  Originally meant as a companion piece to Jamila’s Article Book, this publication digs deeper not only into Jamila Salimpour’s life as a dancer, instructor, mother, and innovator, but also into the wide and often daunting history of belly dance, the Middle East, and the complex relationship between the “West” and the Arab world. Topics include a brief history of the Middle East and its peoples, the perception of professional dancers in the Arab world, the portrayal of the Middle East in Hollywood, the history of the ghawazi and ‘awalim, the creation... Continue Reading →

Jamila's Article Book

August 20, 2014

Our popular book is now available in three formats including a new downloadable option! Learn more!    Continue Reading →


June 25, 2014

Welcome to The Salimpour Store, featuring belly dance workshops, certification, workout wear, music, and training tools.   Continue Reading →