Salimpour School Online Bellydance Classes

L3+ Raks Jamila: 8 wks

Learn Suhaila's Raks Jamila choreography in eight weeks with special content for your improvisation performance development.  

Raks Jamila is a "Suhaila Solo Improv-Prep" required choreography.  The choreography instruction is available separately in the PPV section for dancers with SL2+ certification.

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.

Note:  The training plan is 8 weeks, but the choreography subscription is available in 1 month increments.  The training plans were designed as a means to keep students training every week with a variety of classes following a traditional 8 week rotation of material.  You can do this training plan without learning the choreography, or you can learn the choreography without the full training plan.  You can adapt the training plans as needed.  Be creative.  Some approaches might be:

  • Purchase the choreography PPV for a second month so that you have the video available throughout the full training plan.
  • Purchase the choreography PPV for only one month, but double up the choreography assignments so they can be covered in one month.  
  • Learn the choreography all at once and then use the sections assigned per week as a guide for review.

Of course, the video has a lot of value.  Written choreography notes only tell a certain percentage of the story.  After you learn the sequencing, moves, and steps in a choregraphy, we recommend going back and relearning from the video again.  The second time, you notice even more!

Week 1   |   Week 2   |   Week 3   |   Week 4   |   Week 5   |   Week 6   |   Week 7   |   Week 8


Week 1

  • Hearing Music (and Tallies)
  • Video 1
  • Raks Jamila Performance
  • From the Blog
  • SL3 Singles
  • SL3 Three Quarters

Week 2

  • Video 1
  • L3 Warmup
  • SL4 Vibrations and Layering
  • DML2 Double Veil with Cymbals
  • Performance Preparation

Week 3

  • Video 2
  • SL3 Pelvic Locks
  • Basic Entrances and Exits
  • DM2 Veil Wraps and Transitions
  • 100+ Compositions

Week 4

  • Video 3
  • SL3 Pyramids, Vs, Squares, Diamonds
  • Improvisation Techniques 1
  • Performance Sets and Instructions
  • What is Jamhaila?

Week 5

  • Video 3
  • Performance Set Lists and Instructions
  • SL3 Circles
  • Improvisation Techniques 2
  • Smokey Eye (Make-up)

Week 6

  • Week 4
  • SL3 Diamonds
  • JL3 Jamhaila Concept
  • Rashid, Nabila, and Vashti

Week 7

  • Week 4
  • SL3 Figure Eights
  • SL3 Twists
  • Arabic Language & Literature 2 of 4

Week 8

  • Week 4
  • Hearing Music (and Tallies)
  • Raks Jamila Performance
  • SL3 Twists
  • Performance Skills

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