300 Level: Intermediate 1 and 2

The Intermediate, or 300 level, of the Suhaila Institute offers three courses and two certifications to prepare students for the 400/500 level courses.  Learn more here.

  • S301d:  Intermediate 1 with optional Certification Testing
  • S302d:  Intermediate 2 with optional Certification Testing
  • T308b:  Teaching Assistant Fundamentals



Read the FAQs in the Overview Chapter of the Curriculum booklet to learn more about the Institute’s instructional and evaluation methodologies.

  • Workshops are live, in-person events.
  • Courses are multi-week online programs offered through the Institute for distance learning.
  • Classes are offered individually or as part of series.  Usually in 45 to 90 minute increments, classes are available through the Salimpour School Online classes or licensed instructors.
Online Learning

S301d and S302d

Intermediate 1 and 2 Courses with Certification Testing

Intermediate 1 and 2 courses are each twelve week online courses designed to prepare dancers for certification testing at the Intermediate level.  At the end of a course, with approval, students may test for the respective certification level.  Read the Course Curriculum documents for more information including prerequisites:

S301d:  Salimpour Intermediate 1

Students combine elements, learning to layer and integrate movement.   They develop increased precision and stamina while layering movements with various timings, downbeats, foot patterns, arm positions and finger cymbal patterns. They also receive training in emotional preparation and choreography skills.  Foundations 1 and 2 certification is required to enroll in Intermediate 1 testing preparation courses and to test for Intermediate 1.

S302d:  Salimpour Intermediate 2

Students apply the Intermediate 1 layering and movement integration to the Jamila Salimpour Step Vocabulary.   By understanding the structure and technique in Suhaila’s format, students learn to expand the overall Salimpour format responsibly as they use the steps, sentiments, and stylizations from the Salimpour Step Vocabulary.  Both Intermediate 1 and Foundations 2 certifications are required to attend the Intermediate 2 testing preparation course and to test for Intermediate 2.

To Prepare

To prepare for the Foundations testing preparation courses and testing, we recommend reading the course curriculum.  Use the 300 Level Training and Resources document for preparation information and required materials, including preparation to submit video of yourself performing required choreography.

*Certification testing is available for an additional fee following successful completion of the courses.

Online Learning


Teaching Assistant Fundamentals: Preparation for the 500 Level

The Teaching Assistant Fundamentals online course includes assignments and evaluations of warmups, movement breakdowns, explanations, classroom management, and more.   

Students must have Foundations 1 and 2 certifications to attend.  Successful completion of a Teaching Assistant Fundamentals course is required before students take the Teaching Assistant Foundations course.  Both the Teaching Assistant Fundamentals and Foundations courses are requirements for Teaching 1 and Teaching 2.  Read the Course Curriculum documentation here.

Online Learning

Looking Ahead

As you complete the 300 level courses, look ahead to the 400 level course prerequisites.

T408b.  Salimpour Teaching Assistant Fundamental Training. Requires successful completion of T308b.

S400d.  Salimpour Performance:  Technique Testing and Choreography Presentation Preparation.  Requires Intermediate 1 and 2 Certification.

R400e.  Salimpour Personal Recital 1.  Requires successful completion of S400d.