Sacred Dance & Whirling — Tuesdays, 6:30-7:30pm. Study and practice movements to various sacred dances of the Near East, breathing techniques, whirling movements, vocabulary, and styles.
Dances of Persia and the Silk Road–Tuesdays, 7:30-8:30pm (Choreography) and Thursdays, 8:00-9:00pm (Technique). Experience one of the world’s most enchanting dance forms! Inspired by Persian poetry and miniature artwork, Persian and Silk Road dance combines swirling arabesques, sweeping gestures, shoulder isolations, footwork patterns, and dazzling spins. In this class we will learn various Persian and Central Asian dance movements, vocabulary, styles, expressions, turning, and short sequences.
Instructor: Farima Berenji is an award winning, internationally acclaimed performing artist, instructor, dance ethnologist, and archaeologist. Recognized as one of few world experts and scholars of Persian dance history, Farima infuses spirituality into her dance and teachings to impassion, empower, and inspire.