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CLASSICAL PERSIAN DANCE WITH

SHAHRZAD KHORSANDI

MONDAY, JULY 31, 5:30-7 PM  

HANOVER REC CENTER 

Persia, bordering Central Asia and the Middle East, is the home of Classical Persian Dance. This dance style is a fluid yet rhythmic dance form, which emphasizes the use of hands and wrists. The movement and positioning of the body reflect the rich and refined aesthetics of Persian culture. 

This workshop is a multi-level event, appropriate for those who have never taken Classical Persian dance and those who have. 

IF YOU ARE A BEGINNER OR INTERMEDIATE, WHY TAKE THIS WORKSHOP???
1. You will get a definite flavor for what distinguishes Classical Persian from other forms of dance.
2. You will learn more about the graceful use of hands and arms. 
3. Shahrzad is a super clear teacher with light and friendly, yet direct energy. Time is well-used and you will be both supported and challenged. 

IF YOU ARE AN ADVANCED DANCER, WHY TAKE THIS WORKSHOP???
If you are an advanced dancer, I don't need to answer the question, but I will. Shahrzad is THE master and you will pick up more than you dreamed by learning from her. Soak up every scintilla!!

THE FLOWERY DESCRIPTION:
While learning a beautiful combination, we will focus on Persian dance technique, exploring: 
- the elegant bodyline which reflects the rich and refined aesthetics of Persian culture
- smooth, organic transitions within movement patterns, and other integral elements of Persian dance
- the embodiment of dynamic nuances in Persian music

PRICE: $35. Please pre-register on Paypal by sending payment to Gina@GinaDances.com (use "friends and family")

ABOUT SHAHRZAD KHORSANDI:

Shahrzad Khorsandi was born and raised in Iran, and has been passionately involved in dance since childhood. She studied Dance and Performance Art at the California Institute of the Arts, and she holds a BA in Dance, and an MA in Creative Arts from San Francisco State University. Her dance training includes Modern, Jazz, Ballet, West African, Afro-Haitian, Congolese, and an introduction to Senegalese, Balinese and Flamenco.

Drawing upon her deep familiarity of authentic Persian dance, her formal dance training, and her intrinsic knowledge of Persian aesthetics, Shahrzad, a pioneer in Persian dance, has created a formalized dance vocabulary and structure for Persian dance, helping in the artistic development and dissemination of an art form that continues to face social and political obstacles. She has documented this format in a book, The Art of Persian Dance, which was published in February of 2015. She has also produced several instructional and performance DVDs in Persian dance.

Her system includes the introduction of fundamental Persian body positions and movement, categorization and designation of nomenclature to movements, assembly of movement into choreographed phrases, and composition of dance pieces woven intricately with Persian music. Her unique approach to creating Persian dance pieces has prompted her to identify her dance style as Contemporary Persian Ballet.

Learn more at Shahrzad’s website, www.dancepersian.org, and her company Facebook page, www.facebook.com/shahrzaddancecompany.

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