Salimpour School Online Bellydance Classes

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.

Lissa Fakir is a "Suhaila Solo Improv-Prep" required choreography.  The choreography instruction is available separately in the PPV section for dancers with SL2+ certification.  No choreography notes available at this time.

About "Suhaila Solo Improv-Prep" Choreographies

  • Beginning in L2, Salimpour School students begin developing their Performance Catalogs which require a substantial amount of improvisational work to classic Arabic music.  Iconic works from Suhaila’s vast solo work were selected as improvisational preparation (improv-prep) pieces and documented in a set choreographic form.  These selections are required choreographies and are officially referred to as the required “Suhaila Solo” choreographies (although they are also called the “improv-prep” choreographies). 
  • By learning these pieces, students learn more about Arabic musical themes, phrasing, and cultural responses to the music (such as when to emote outwardly or inwardly.). While you bring your personal emotional intent to your dance, you also represent another culture whose music and dance requires study of the culture with context.  With more in-depth study and understanding of classical Arabic music and dancers, your dance and personal expression will improve.
  • While you develop your ear for listening to the music, develop your eyes for seeing the dance.  Studying the dance masters for musical interpretation, performance quality, and nuance is incredibly important.  Watch performances several times.  Revisit them regularly.  The more you learn as a dancer, the more you will find in the performances each time you return to view them. In addition to Suhaila, watch Nadia Gamal, Tahia Carioca, Naima Akef, Samia Gamal, Nagua Fouad, Mona El Said.  Other suggestions will be made throughout the assortment of training plans.

Week 1   |   Week 2   |   Week 3   |   Week 4   |   Week 5   |   Cymbals


Week 1

  • Hearing Music (and Tallies)
  • From the Blog
  • Choreography
  • Set El Hosen
  • JL2.5 Jamhaila
  • DML2 Double Veil with Cymbals

Week 2

  • Choreography
  • SL3 Diamonds
  • Double Veil Choreography
  • Rashid, Nabila, and Vashti

Week 3

  • Choreography
  • JL2.5 Jamhaila
  • Double Veil Choreography (2 of 3)
  • Set El Hosen Performance
  • Performance Sets List
  • Arabic Language & Literature 4 of 4

Week 4

  • Choreography
  • Warm-up
  • JL2 Shimmy Family
  • Double Veil Choreography (3 of 3)
  • 100+ Compositions List

Week 5

  • Choreography
  • Hearing Music (and Tallies)
  • JL2 Shimmy Family
  • Basic Entrances and Exits
  • Stage Make-Up Tutorial


  • Set El Hosen Performance
  • Set El Hosen Performance

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