If you are new to Suhaila's format, here's an excellent plan to get you started!
Suhaila Level 1: Owning It
This training plan is designed to help you own your Suhaila Level 1 (SL1) technique. This plan is also useful for students interested in testing for SL1 certification.
Jamila Vocabulary 1: 8 Week Rotation
Eight week rotation of Jamila Vocabulary Part 1. Due to the improvisational nature of this format and the way it is practiced, material will overlap from class to class.
L1- Banat Iskanderia: 8 wks
Learn the Banat Iskanderia entrance choreography in 8 weeks while working on a standard SL1 technique rotation plus a bit of Jamila format.
L1- Isolations Drum Solo: 8 wks
Learn Suhaila's Isolations drum solo in eight weeks. (A four week training for SL3 students listed separately.)
L1- Tabla Solo: 8 wks
Learn this Tabla Solo from Princess of Cairo in 8 weeks while working on a standard SL1 technique rotation. Level increases provided for SL2-3 dancers.
L1- En Rah Ninnik Ya Ein: 8 wks
Learn Suhaila's choreography, En Rah, in eight weeks. This choreography is open to all levels.
L1- Elf Leyla Wa Leyla: 8 wks
Learn Suhaila's choreography, Elf Leyla we Leyla, in eight weeks. This choreography is open to all levels.
L1+ Suhaila L1 to L2: Bridging the Gap: 8 wks
A training plan designed to help you bridge the gap between Suhaila Level 1 and Suhaila Level 2.
L1- Cabaret: 8 wks
Learn this cute choreography by one of Jamila's students, Sofia, taught by 14 year old Suhaila in 1982.
L1+ Ana Fi Intizarak: 4 wks
Learn Sabriye's beautiful lyrical choreography to this classic selection. This choreography is an excellent selection for solos or groups.
L1- Baladi: 8 wks
Learn Suhaila's baladi choreography inspired by the classic elegant body lines of Sohair Zaki.
L2- Unforeseen Drum Solo: 8 wks
Learn Suhaila's Unforeseen Drum Solo with finger cymbals along in eight weeks while moving from Level 1 to Level 2 technique.
JL2- Jamila Vocabulary 2: 8 wks
Jamila Level 2 steps and cymbals covered in an 8 week rotation. Due to the improvisational nature of the format, taqsim and spins are covered throughout the classes.
L2- Cymbal Dance: 8 wks
Learn this iconic choreography in 8 weeks with SL1, SL2, and Folkloric Fusion.
JL2- Raks El Zagat: 4 wks
Learn Raks El Zagat in four weeks while you immerse yourself in the Jamila format.
L2- Nar el Ghera: 8 wks
Suhaila's choreography to Nar el Ghera, an Arabic modern classic, performed by Warda Al-Jazaira (1939-2012).
L2- Into the Night: 8 wks
Learn Suhaila's choreography to "Into the Night" (Moughram Ya Leil) by Ragheb Alama.
L2- Suhaila Challenge: 8 wks
Fine-tune your SL2 technique, improving your stamina, and begin working on SL3 elements.
L2- Saidi Tahtib: 3 wks
Learn Sabriye's super cute saidi tahtib choreography in 3 weeks. This choreography has an earthy vibe and surprise turns. Good for pairs and groups, but also for solos.
L2- Pot Dance: 4 wks
Learn Suhaila Salimpour's iconic Pot Dance choreography in four weeks. Video instruction and choreography notes available separately by PPV.
L2- Sabriye Miye Miye: 4 wks
An exuberant entrance piece with veil, featuring classic and modern elements. This was choreographed as a solo piece, but the piece is also staged for a group toward the end of the video. Knowledge of SL2 and JL2 material recommended.
L2- Rakkes Suhaila Drum Solo: 4 wks
Learn this exciting drum solo in 4 weeks. More information coming soon.
L2- Leyla Khaleegi: 3 wks
Sabriye teaches a sweet and romantic Khleegi dance choreography to the song Leyla (Lo Bagy Leyla) from the "Sabriye Miye Miye" album. The three week training plan includes SL2 technique classes plus folkloric fusion and dance movement.
L2- Iraqi Pop: 4 wks
Wow the audience with Sabriye's energetic and flirty Iraqi/Egyptian Pop Choreography. The training plan features a full SL2 rotation plus dance movement and stylizations.
L2- Funky Gawazi: 6 wks
Learn this fun and funky choreography in six weeks. This choreography is great for solos or for groups and allows for many staging options.
L2- Here with Me: 4 wks
Learn Rachel's beautiful choreography to Here With Me from Suhaila's Onzor Elai album.
L2- Listen: 6 wks
In six weeks, learn Abby's powerhouse choreography to the song 'Listen' on Suhaila's album "Onzor Elai".
L2- Standing Sword: 5 wks
Learn the Standing Sword in 5 weeks. A solid knowledge of SL2 is recommended.
L2- Chair Veil: 6 wks
Learn Suhaila's Cabaret-inspired Chair Veil choreography in six weeks with SL2 classes, street jazz, dance movement, and yoga.
L2- Ciftitelli: 4 wks
Use this training plan to learn one of two Ciftitelli choreographies. For both, solid knowledge of SL2 and JL2 recommended
L2- Renaissance Faire Sword: 3 wks
Learn this sword dance in three weeks. A strong knowledge of SL2 is recommended, and DML2 highly recommended.
L2+ Lebanese Cane: 6 wks
Learn Sabriye Tekbilek's Lebanese-stylzed cane choreography in six weeks. Video instruction available separately in the PPV section.
L2+ Gabbar: 4 wks
Angelique's lyrical choreography to Gabbar (Heartless) from Suhaila's Beyond Byblos album. SL2 technique is highly recommended, and the choreography includes optional SL3 layering.
L2+ Nebtidi Mnein El Hikaya: 8 wks
Stacey's choreograph with a training plan featuring SL2 classes and some SL3 for a challenge.
L2+ In the Beginning Sword: 4 wks
Learn this sword dance in four weeks. A strong knowledge of SL2 and JL1+ is recommend, and DML2 highly recommended.
L200: 201 Certification Choreographies
L1- Princess of Cairo: 8 wks
Learn the Princess of Cairo choreography in 8 weeks while working on a standard SL1 technique rotation plus a bit of Jamila format.
L1- Syncopations: 8 wks
Learn Suhaila's Syncopations Drum Solo with finger cymbals along with an 8 week SL1 rotation, special focus on circles, and level-up suggestions (layering with undulations) for advanced dancers.
L1+ Chic Chic Choc: 8 wks
Learn this choreography in 8 weeks. Great for all levels. Training plan focuses on SL1-2 material.
L2- Solid Ground Suhaila L2: 8 wks
Good solid Suhaila Level 2 classes for those new to Level 2 and for those wanting to maintain their SL2 technique.
L2- L2FCDS: 8 wks
Learn Suhaila's L2 Finger Cymbal Drum Solo in Eight Weeks. This choreography is a requirement for testing for Suhaila Level 2 certification and above.
L200: 202 Certification Choreographies
JL1 -Shams El Shamouseh: 8 wks
Learn this choreography in eight weeks while working on L1 technique in both formats.
L1+ Ismaouni: 8 wks
Learn Ismaouni in eight weeks. This choreography is for all levels, but SL1 and JL1 knowledge is recommended.
JL2- El Samer: 7 wks
Learn Suhaila's El Samer in seven weeks with a training plan featuring level 2 classes in both formats.
JL2- 1 thru 8: 4 wks
Learn the 1 thru 8 choreography in 4 weeks with this training plan.
L300 +: General Training and Choreography
L3- Hawel Taftekirni: 4 wks
Learn Angelique's Hawel Taftekirni in 4 weeks with a L3 training plan.
L3- Isolations Drum Solo: 4 wks
Learn Suhaila's Isolations drum solo in 4 weeks with a SL3 training plan. (An 8 week plan for L1 students available separately.).
L3- Leylet Hob: 7 wks
Learn Janelle's beautiful choreography to Leylet Hob in 7 weeks with a L3 training plan.
L3- Shamadan: 8 wks
Learn the Shamadan in 5 weeks. Choreography only available to Bal Anat members with SL3 certification.
L3- Gana El Hawa: 7 wks
Learn Abby's lyrical and melody driven choreography to the classic Gana El Hawa including finger cymbals.
L3- Suhaila Format Training Plan Formula
A countdown training plan formula developed by a student to prepare for Suhaila Level 3 certification testing.
L3+ Sahara City: 6 wks
Maelle's choreography that she created for her JL4 certification. This challenging Jamhaila entrance piece is very musical with cymbals throughout.
L3+ Performance Prep Resource List
We compiled the resources and classes for you to learn (and review) before attending a Performance Preparation workshop and for your performance work.
L300: 301 Certification Choreographies
L3- Ali Gara: 8 wks
Learn the Ali Gara choreography in eight weeks while working on SL2-3 material.
L3- L3FCDS: 8 wks
Learn the L3FCDS choreography in eight weeks. This choreography is a requirement for L3 certification in both formats.
L3- Maddah Al Amir: 5 wks
Learn Maddah in 5 weeks with a focused SL3 training plan.
L3- Unveiled Drum Solo: 6 wks
Learn the Unveiled Drum Solo in six weeks. SL1 certification required to access.
L3+ Raks Suhaila: 6 wks
Learn this choreography in six weeks with content for your improvisation performance development. Includes Suhaila's Bridging the Gap series.
L300: 302 Certification Choreographies
L2- Cane Dance: 6 wks
Learn Suhaila's famous Cane Dance used in both her iconic Percussion Show and the legendary Bal Anat.
JL2- Zay El Hawa: 4 wks
Learn this JL2 choreography in 4 weeks. The training plan focuses on JL2 and Folkloric Fusion. A good working knowledge of SL2 and JL2 material is recommended.
JL2+ Sallam Allay: 4 wks
Learn this JL2+ choreography in 4 weeks. The training plan focuses on the Salaam Family and Folkloric Fusion. A good working knowledge of SL2 and JL2 material is recommended. This choreography is a requirement for JL3 certification.
L2+ Khatwit Habibi: 5 wks
Learn "Khatwit Habibi" in five weeks. This choreography is rated about a L2.8. A strong knowledge of both L2 recommended, along with basic L3 layering skills.
L3+ Raks Jamila: 8 wks
Learn Suhaila's Raks Jamila choreography in eight weeks with special content for your improvisation performance development.
L400: 401 Certification Choreographies
L3+ Maharjan: 8 wks
Learn Suhaila's Maharjan choreography in eight weeks with a focus on improvisation performance development. Content includes Suhaila format, Jamila format, professionalism, structured improvisation, and more.
L3+ Nebtidi Mnein El Hikeiya: 8 wks
Learn Nebtidi Mnein El Hikeiya in 8 weeks with a solid SL3 training plan. Also includes Abigail Keyes' Anatomy and Somatics 5-class series.
L3+ Yanna Yanna: 7 wks
Learn Yanna Yanna in seven weeks with a L3 training plan. The choreography requires SL2 to access, as do some of the classes chosen for the plan. This choreography is required for SL4 certification.
L3+ Lissa Fakir: 5 wks
Learn Suhaila's Lissa Fakir choreography in five weeks with a focus on content for your improvisation performance development. Technique includes JL2+ and Jamhaila work.
L400: 402 Certification Choreographies
L3+ Laylet Hob: 4 wks
Learn Suhaila's Laylet Hob choreography featured in the Enta Omri theater production.
L3+ Accessible: 7 wks
Learn Accessible in seven weeks. This is a requirement for SL4 certification, and SL2 certification is required to access. Video instruction and choreography notes available separately in PPV section.
L3+ Hayati: 8 wks
Learn Hayati in 8 weeks with a Jamhaila-focused training plan. The instructional video and choreography notes are available separately in the PPV section.