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Performance: On the Stage & in the Classroom – Persian Classical Dance

Artist: Shahrzad Khorsandi

Type: Performance: On the Stage & in the Classroom


Professional Performance and accompanying classroom workshops. Students will learn about an ancient culture rich with love and fascinated with beauty.  At times when the public perceives nothing but negative images in the media about the Middle East, it is important to create a cultural bridge by helping students to understand with the people of this culture, aside from the politics that entangle our governments. 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.  The shape of the hands, movement of the wrists, rhythmic foot patterns, isolation and coordination of arms and legs, are all integrated to capture the Persian aesthetics in the body line. Dance, music and food are a big part of Persian culture.  Families and friends often gather to enjoy each other's company, during which they prepare great feasts, play both traditional and modern music, sing old and new songs, and dance.  In every kind of celebration, such as: Yalda (the winter soltice), Mehregan (the autumn equinox), Norooz (The spring equinox and the Persian new year), or simply birthday, wedding, or any happy occasion, Persians integrate dancing into the event.  These events are multigenerational, and therefore the dances are passed on from one generation to the next.  Professional dancers, often choreograph dances which are founded in and stem from these family and community dances.


Audience Limit: 300 depending on space

Program Length: 45 minutes

Appropriate for Grades:
Pre-K, Secondary SDC, 1st Grade, 2nd Grade, 3rd Grade, 5th Grade, 6th Grade, 7th Grade, 9th Grade, 10th Grade, 11th Grade, 12th Grade, All Grades


Assembly Price:

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Workshop Cost per Day: N/A

Workshop Materials Fee: N/A

Travel Fee: $50 outside of service area

Technical Requirements

Sound system that can play CD or connect to mp3 player (iPod dock). If in a big room/gym, may need a microphone.


Curriculum Connections

History-Social Science