Suhaila Salimpour Institute of Online Education

The Online Institute is the home of the prestigious Salimpour Certification Program.  Our well-rounded program provides instruction in technique, performance, teaching, music, history, and culture.  More information about the Institute is below.

The Process

1. Train and Prepare

You can progress and prepare at your own pace using the educational tools developed by Suhaila.

Online Classes:

Learn in your own home on your own schedule.  Subscribe for training plans and technique.


Available individually with content focused on what you need for the certification process.

And More:

Manuals, music, and finger cymbal tutorials available.  See Institute levels for more info.

2. Ask Questions

Sometimes you need guidance putting together a training structure. We have options to help distance learners:

Customer Specialist:

Contact us for recommendations on how to train and prepare.

Advising Hours:

Contact us about Suhaila’s office & advising hours.

School Instructors:

Take video private lessons with Suhaila or a licensed instructor.

3. When you are ready, sign up for one of the 100 level courses.


Learn about the Institute Levels

Mission & Values

Institute Mission

The Suhaila Salimpour Institute of Online Education was created to address the School’s growing worldwide student body, to present more content with increased consistency, to provide more personalized feedback for students, and to establish a more accessible home for the Salimpour certification program.   The Institute furthers the aims of the Salimpour School to graduate high quality performers and instructors, thereby raising the standard and status of belly dance worldwide; and to educate through a blend of modern and traditional dance, but always with authenticity in and awareness of Arabic music and the Arabic culture from where this dance originated.

Our Institute’s mission is to provide high quality belly dance education  and certification through online learning strategies.  The School continues to offer in-person classes and workshops; but all testing preparations and certification exams are handled through Institute online courses.*

  • We utilize effective technologies to provide accessible  learning and certification opportunities for those students who, because of time, geographic, or other constraints, are unable to attend in-person workshops and classes.
  • We ensure the quality of our distance learning instruction through effective course design and assessment.
  • We foster an environment which allows students, without the restrictions of time and place, to take ownership and responsibility of their educational pacing to help them reach their desired goals.
  • We provide a quality, thorough education while taking into account each individual student’s learning style.
  • We provide personalized feedback throughout the program for student awareness and growth.
  • We foster a school culture based on a strong and effective partnership between our instructors and students.
  • We promote a strong community of worldwide dancers.

Institute Values

We value quatily in education

Our programs and methods are under constant scrutiny so we can provide the best content for our students.

We value honesty and integrity.

The Salimpour School and the Suhaila Salimpour Institute of Online Education were created and are maintained based on these core values.