About Abigail Keyes

Abigail Keyes holds Level 5 certification in both the Suhaila and Jamila Formats. She's officially been with the Salimpour School since 2005, and has been studying the format since 2000. In 2016, she earned her MA in Dance Studies from Mills College and also has a BA in Near Eastern Studies from Princeton University. At the home studio in Albany, she is Assistant Director of our resident dance companies: the Suhaila Dance Company, the Repertoire Ensemble, and Bal Anat. When not teaching at the "Mothership," she travels around the world to teach the Salimpour Formats.

Why the Salimpour School Welcomes All Bodies: Our Inclusion Policy

By |2021-07-22T13:32:11-07:00January 31st, 2020|Salimpour School|

Dance is a celebration of personal expression, freedom, and connection with others.  The Salimpour School is proud to welcome students from diverse backgrounds [...]

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5 Myths About Jamila Salimpour and Her Belly Dance Format

By |2021-07-22T13:32:11-07:00January 23rd, 2020|Certification Program, History, Salimpour School|

Of course, we're a little biased, but we think that Jamila Salimpour's format revolutionized belly dance practice, teaching, and understanding around the world. [...]

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Summer Contest 2019: 70 Seconds for 70 Years of Salimpour

By |2021-07-22T13:32:14-07:00March 18th, 2019|Salimpour School|

The Salimpour School is celebrating 70 years of sharing the art of belly dance with the world. When Jamila Salimpour first started teaching [...]

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