The power of persistence

It can be hard to find the inspiration to keep working in times like these. With so much conflict and change, it’s really easy to get sucked into watching the news or just being distracted from what we need to do.

Personally, I’m the kind of person who has to keep working. A few months ago, I completely changed my certification program to be online because it had to be done. I’m recording new material for Online Classes and preparing to run the new Suhaila Salimpour Institute of Online Education

My students keep working, too. They’re busily preparing for the upcoming fall Institute courses too, learning choreographies, taking online classes, following our training plans, and meeting virtually with their performance Collectives.

I’m so proud that we have created a school where the process is the point, and staying humble gets you where you need to go.

And this week I’m especially proud to celebrate the accomplishments of two of my high-level students who have just earned their Level 5 certification in the program: Yvonne Pereira-Dudley and Janelle Rodriguez. We’ve gone from five dancers at this level to lucky seven! 

Yvonne and Janelle can now teach authorized Salimpour Format classes, carrying the torch of the Salimpour legacy. The two of them are excellent examples of how persistence, dedication, and doing the work all pay off. The two also run their own dance schools in their respective hometowns, where they run Salimpour Collectives, teach weekly classes, and have long been cultivating thriving communities of motivated dancers. And, they’ve both hosted Bal Anat!

Even though Level 5 might seem like the end of the journey, in reality, it’s really just the beginning.

Congratulations to the two of you! I can’t wait to see where the future takes us together!

Janelle Rodriguez performing in her Suhaila Level 4 recital.
Yvonne Pereira-Dudley performing in her Jamila Level 4 recital.

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