THE RAQS SALAAM DANCE THEATER
15TH ANNIVERSARY SHOW
Saturday, November 23, 2019, 4 pm
Lebanon Opera House
Come celebrate “The Best of the Raqs Salaam Dance Theater” as we perform in our 15th Anniversary Show. This year features our favorite Belly dance pieces, from Egypt, Turkey, and the western world. Over 70 performers, live music by Middle Eastern music ensemble, Zaatar, and special guests will entertain with silk fans, flowing veils, sword balancing and much more. The Raqs Salaam Dance Theater showcase is an Upper Valley tradition – family-friendly, entertaining, educational, inspirational and timely in its message of empowering women and celebrating the cultures of the Middle East. It is directed and produced by Gina Capossela.
QUECHEE BALLOON FESTIVAL PERFORMANCE
Saturday and Sunday, June 15 and 16, 1 pm
It’s the Raqs Salaam Dance Theater’s 5th Balloon Fest performance! With over 30 performers, we will be presenting the dance styles of Morocco, Algeria, Egypt, Turkey and India, as well as American Belly Dance. This is a great show for kids and families as well as connoisseurs of our beloved art form. We will teach a bit of our dance at the end too!
MARRAKECH TO MUMBAI :: DANCES OF THE PEOPLE
Saturday, November 17, 2 pm and 7:30 pm
Lebanon Opera House
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It’s the Raqs Salaam Dance Theater 14th Annual Showcase! With over 70 performers, we will be presenting dances from Morocco to India, and beyond. This year’s theme is “community”, and each dance will highlight an aspect of community or social dance. You will see firey Moroccan hair flips, shimmies galore with Algerian Kabyle dance, sexy Egyptian Shaabi, elegant stylized Persian Pop, Indian Stick dance, Turkish spoon dance, earthy Romany gestures, the Italian dance of the spider bite and more!! Our Special guests, the Upper Valley Chinese Dance Group, will perform a dance from Xinjiang, China.
This show is an Upper Valley tradition – family-friendly, entertaining, educational, empowering, inspirational and timely in its message of celebrating the cultures of the Middle East and beyond. It is directed and produced by Gina Capossela.
MONDAY NIGHT CONCERTS ON THE LEBANON GREEN
SPONSORED BY LEBANON PARKS AND RECREATION
JUNE 25, 2018, 7 PM
Come see dances from Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Iran, Iraq, India and much more. The show will be on the Lebanon Green, so bring a blanket or a lawn chair (and libations!) Rain location is the church on the Green. This concert features 28 members of the Raqs Salaam Dance Theater. There will be a free dance lesson after the show!!
INTERNATIONAL NIGHT SPONSORED BY HANOVER PARKS AND RECREATION
APRIL 7, 2018
Dinner and a show for only $5! The Town of Hanover and The Raqs Salaam Dance Theater give back in this event. Dinner starts at 5 pm and the 45 minute performance begins around 6 pm. See Middle Eastern dances (and beyond!) from Egypt, Persia, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Bollywood and more!! The price for the dinner and show is only $5! What a beautiful gift to the community!! Questions? Call 603-643-5315. You can also buy tickets here: https://www.hanoverrec.com/info/activities/program_details.aspx?ProgramID=30186
EAST OF EGYPT is the Raqs Salaam Dance Theater’s 13th Annual Showcase on Saturday, November 18, 2017 at 7:30 pm. This 2 hour show will feature over 70 adult dancers performing dance styles from Iraq, Persia (two different styles), Afghanistan, Syria, Saudi Arabia, India’s Bollywood, Egypt and more! This show is an Upper Valley tradition – family-friendly, entertaining, educational, empowering, inspirational and timely in its message of celebrating the cultures of the Middle East and beyond. We are delighted that students from the Dothan Brook School will be joining us for a special contemporary American/Indian Bhangra dance fusion piece too! Reserved seating tickets are available by calling the Lebanon Opera House at 603-448-0400 or going to http://lebanonoperahouse.org/event/details/east-of-egypt/
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???
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
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.
Our 12th Annual Middle Eastern and American Belly Dance Showcase! This year’s show focuses on the journey from India to Spain, featuring dances from Turkey, Egypt, Iraq, Bollywood, and so much more. Special guests Flamenco Boston will perform live Spanish music and dance. The Raqs Salaam Dance Theater’s 12th Showcase pays tribute to the dancers whose ancestors traveled from India long ago, deconstructing the term “gypsy”, and honoring the true identities and origins of these special people. This is a family-friendly show with delights for young and old, including giveaways, comedy and audience participation.
Gina Capossela and The Raqs Salaam Dance Theater present their 11th Annual Middle Eastern and American Belly Dance Showcase, Belly Dance and Beyond. This year’s theme spans four continents from North America to South America and North Africa to Asia. We also welcome special guests, Dancer’s Corner Dance Company. Enjoy a two hour show featuring Egyptian, Moroccan, and American Belly Dance, as well as Indian Bhangra, Brazilian Samba, Ballet, 60’s Go Go and modern Hip Hop. For tickets, please visit www.lebanonoperahouse.org
Join Gina Capossela and The Raqs Salaam Dance Theater for their 10th Anniversary Middle Eastern and American Belly Dance Showcase. With an unprecedented 80 performers, this year’s show features Persian, Tunisian, Egyptian, and Tarantella dances, as well as the dances of the Turkish Roma, American Belly Dance and much more. Enjoy the music of Middle Eastern Ensemble, Okbari, and open floor dancing for the audience during intermission. Don’t miss the special performance by the women of Okinawan Karate Academy! The 10th Anniversary Showcase is a tribute to the Images of the Divine Feminine, with inspiration and entertainment for the whole family.