Classes in Berkeley, Ca.

Instruction at the Salimpour School

Suhaila Salimpour Format, Level 1

Tuesdays, 7pm - 8:30pm. On hold for Suhaila's special Level 1 Fundamentals series until April 11.

No experience necessary! Learn the foundations of belly dance in this fun and challenging weekly class! Every week is a different hip movement, and we always focus on strength, conditioning, musicality, technique, and top it all off with a fun combination. Can't make it on Tuesday evenings? We have an additional Suhaila Format Level 1 class on Saturday mornings, 9:30am - 11am, taught by Parya S.

Jamila Salimpour Format, Level 1

Saturdays, 11am - 12:15pm.

Let's dance! Learn the foundations of many contemporary belly dance stylizations. If you've heard of Basic Egyptian, the Turkish Drop, and the Maya, then you've been influenced by Jamila's format. Come learn the roots of it all with us! Suitable for beginners, but familiarity with Suhaila Salimpour Format Level 1 material strongly recommended. Finger cymbals required.

Suhaila Salimpour Format, Level 2

Thursdays, 7pm - 8:30pm. On hold for Suhaila's special Jamila 2+ series until April 6.
Saturdays, 12:30pm - 2pm.

Our Level 2 classes will keep you challenged and inspired. We work on clarifying technique, musicality, cymbals, and stamina in every class, and we end with a combination to get you dancing. Finger cymbals required.

What to Bring

Your body and a positive attitude. All bodies are welcome. We believe that dance should be accessible to all.

Comfortable, yet form-fitting clothing. We need to see your alignment to help keep your body safe and healthy. A light hip scarf is fine. Please, no hip scarves with beads or coins.

Bare feet are preferred. Ballet shoes, half-sole dance "paws" or "foot undies" are just fine if you wish to protect your feet or have sensitive knees. Please, no socks.

Yoga mat if you have sensitive joints. Some of our warm-up involves being on the floor.

Water bottle. We have filtered water in our kitchen.

Finger cymbals. Three different sizes are available for purchase at the studio, or through


The Salimpour School
425 San Pablo Avenue
Albany, CA, 94706

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Your first class is FREE! After that...

Single Drop-In: $17
10-class card (good for 3 months): $140

How it Works

Our classes are on a drop-in basis on an 8-week rotation. You can start at any time.