Author Archives: Suhaila International

Phyllis Patterson (1932-2014)

We are saddened to learn that Phyllis Patterson passed away on May 18, 2014.  She was a passionate and artistic woman who conceived and created the modern Renaissance fair; and without her vision, the world of belly dance might be … Continue reading

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Special Online Class Offers for Program Members

This has been a creative year for me, and I can barely believe it’s halfway over.  I always find inspiration in the classroom both from doing the work of being a dancer and from watching students take that journey themselves. … Continue reading

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Suhaila Dance Company at the San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival

The Suhaila Dance Company performs this weekend (June 29-30) at the San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival (for tickets.)  Below is an excerpt written in the Festival program by Patti Trimble about our two pieces. In this set of Middle Eastern … Continue reading

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From Tap Dancing to Responsible Fusion

Last year, I wrote about my pop and locking work with Walter Freeman who went on to perform on Broadway for 10 years as an American tap dancer in Riverdance.  Walter and I attended many of the same tap classes … Continue reading

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The Sanford Meisner Method and Belly Dance

After graduating high school, I moved from Northern California to Los Angeles.  In addition to being a regular “house” dancer at Byblos Night Club (6 nights a week), I also did some acting, modeling and music video choreographing.  I enjoyed … Continue reading

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Suhaila’s Joumana Choreography: The Back Story

When I was thirteen, I wanted to take private dance lessons with Yuki, a well known jazz teacher in Castro Valley.  I begged Yuki to let me take classes.  Probably thinking I wasn’t all that motivated, she said she could … Continue reading

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Suhaila’s Certification and Teaching Programs

In August 2012, Christy of Eighth Wonder Studios in Calgary interviewed me about my certification program, mentorship, stylization and more.  Many of her questions are ones that I’m asked regularly.  For those of you not familiar with my teaching and programs, I … Continue reading

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Remembering John Compton

I was greatly saddened to hear the news that John Compton passed away this week.  He had a long and prosperous belly dance career, and I want to share my story of how I first knew him. John had seen … Continue reading

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Tribal Fest Interview with Kajira and Chuck

Kajira and Chuck are the co-producers of the extremely successful Tribal Fest that is held annually every May in Sebastopol, CA.  Tribal and tribal fusion comprise a very popular and growing segment within belly dance.  I am frequently asked about … Continue reading

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Batwanes Beek & Break Dancing

Many of you have already seen this video of dancers performing to a recorded version of “Batwanes Beek” sung by Warda al-Jazairia.  The young men are break dancing (a dance form which originated in the United States) on the Avenue … Continue reading

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