Salimpour School of Belly Dance presents a full-length dance concert, Enta Omri (You Are My Life), at Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture. Enta Omri is an intimate, emotional journey through a lifetime of of love and loss choreographed by innovative dancer Suhaila Salimpour. The performance features live, classic Arabic music arranged by award-winning composer, singer, and oud player Ahmed Doughan and drummer Ziad Islambouli.
Suhaila Salimpour combines the intricate isolation and articulation movements of belly dance with many dance formats, including flamenco, jazz, ballet, modern, street dance, and more. The result is a unique and diverse style of belly dance infused with passion and power.
About the Suhaila Dance Company:
The Suhaila Dance Company has been at the forefront of classical, contemporary, and fusion belly dance since its founding in 1996. Under the direction of acclaimed choreographer and master instructor Suhaila Salimpour, the company performs classic and contemporary works by Salimpour herself, including the critically-acclaimed Sheherezade and her newest body of work, Enta Omri. SDC has performed throughout the United States and Europe, including multiple times at the San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival and the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. They have also appeared on multiple performance DVDs, including the Fitness Fusion series produced by Goldhill Entertainment, as well as on the documentary American Bellydancer.
About the Director, Suhaila Salimpour:
Suhaila Salimpour is a highly-acclaimed belly dance performer, teacher, and choreographer. As a teenager, she began integrating the Middle Eastern dance passed on to her from her mother, Jamila Salimpour, with her own extensive training in ballet, jazz, tap, and American street styles. After working as a professional belly dance performer in the Middle East for a decade, Salimpour established her school and certification program in the United States in the late 1990s. She has choreographed hundreds of dances, from the classic to the avant garde, and was nominated for an Isadora Duncan award for solo performance in 2005. Her technique and methods are now used by dancers in all belly dance styles, and the Salimpour School is one of the most respected and influential schools of belly dance in the world.