Category Archives: Today’s Word: Sometimes We Have Something to Say

Today’s Word: Groove the Move

I remember my mother teaching class in the 1970s, using a method she developed years prior.  Her students moved in a counterclockwise circle around the room, and she encouraged them to improvise with the movements and finger cymbal patterns.  The very nature … Continue reading

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Today’s Word: Unexpected Bonuses

I grew up surrounded by belly dance.  As soon as my parents were married, my father forbade my mother (Jamila Salimpour) from performing as a belly dancer; but by the time I was old enough to remember, he allowed her … Continue reading

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Today’s Word: Muscle Memory

When in Japan recently, I learned an interesting custom.  In some shops, the merchants have small trays upon which you place your money when exchanging cash and coins with the merchant.  I got varying explanations for this custom from my … Continue reading

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Today’s Words: Kabuki, Technique & Options

In my recent workshop trip to Japan, my sponsor treated us to a wonderful opportunity to attend kabuki theater.  We saw a production on its opening night, and we were intrigued by all of it:  acting style, facial expressions, staging, … Continue reading

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Today’s Word: Escalate

Several years ago, I was on a workshop tour in Europe.  At some point in the journey, my daughter (who was about nine at the time) and I were on a down-going airport escalator with six very large, fully packed … Continue reading

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Today’s Word: Identifying Resistance

We all have times in our lives when we are trying to accomplish things, but we keep facing roadblocks.  Sometimes you take two steps forward to take three steps back.  In Level 3 of Suhaila’s format, students study approaching the … Continue reading

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Today’s Word: the Artistic Lifestyle

Suhaila often talks about the lifestyle of an artist.  Every day activities and errands can suddenly take on a whole new meaning when looked at in a new way.   Walking from your home to your car is a simple often … Continue reading

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Peace and Blessings from Suhaila

Recently, a colleague of mine signed off an email with “Peace and blessings”, and the sentiment gave me pause. A dancer friend commented that she rarely heard me utter those words either independently or connected, and it’s true they haven’t been … Continue reading

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Today’s Word: Be Present

In her workshops and classes, Suhaila emphasizes “being present”. Pull your energy, skills and focus together into “now”, and apply that attention to the work you have in front of you at the moment. Whether you are learning, practicing, rehearsing … Continue reading

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Today’s Word: Recovery

We recently received a message from a dancer: “I’ve had [surgery] and I’m having a hard time getting back into dancing. I feel like when I contract nothing happens, and isolations are really painful. I’m on the verge of giving … Continue reading

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