Greetings dancers and friends!
It may seem that I have disappeared, but I have been busy with my own personal training and development as a dancer and performer. Sometimes we must put our performances and teaching on the back burner so that we can focus on our own progress, growth, and experience. Truly diving into being a student of dance has been incredibly inspiring, and I am looking forward to sharing my discoveries with all of you in workshops, discussions, and on my blogs.
This past summer, I earned my Level 4 certification in the Suhaila Salimpour format, and I am currently one of only eight dancers to have ever earned that accolade.
Currently, I am in graduate school, earning my Master of Arts in Dance at Mills College in Oakland, California, with a focus on dance history, culture, and pedagogy.
I am still traveling and teaching occasionally, as it fits my school schedule. You’ll see me teaching and performing at the Rakkasah Winter Moon festival, where I will be sharing with you some of the dance improvisation techniques used in the post-modern dance communities and applying them to Middle Eastern dance. I’ll also be appearing in various events with the one and only Bal Anat, under the direction of Suhaila Salimpour.
In the meantime, you can keep up with me through my blogs. I have started an occasional blog on which I am sharing my more personal experiences of being a non-Western-trained dancer in a very Western-focused graduate program. You can read it at withsavagegrace.blogspot.com. Of course, I am continuing to blog belly dance-related and more philosophical musings at bdpaladin.com.
You can also find me teaching twice a week at the Salimpour School of Belly Dance in Albany, California. I teach Suhaila Salimpour Format Level 1 on Saturday mornings, 9:30am – 11:00am. No previous experience required! I also teach Jamila Salimpour Format Level 1 on Tuesday nights, 8:15pm – 9:30pm. Experience in Suhaila Format Level 1 highly encouraged. Bring your finger cymbals!
If you are interested in booking me for a workshop in your city, I am taking select opportunities as they fit in with my studies for the next year and a half. Summer months are free in 2015, as well as short weekends. Send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hope to see you all very soon! Happy dancing!