Classical Persian Dance: Level 1
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(Jan 04, 2011)
This DVD is an introduction to the Persian style of dancing, with emphasis on posture, position and movement of the arms and hands, and rhythmic foot patterns. It is a 30-minute condensed DVD consisting of 10 different steps, broken down into sections that can be rewound and practiced repeatedly.Those steps are then put into a choreographed sequence with counts. The DVD ends with a staged performance of the choreography by 3 members of Shahrzad Dance Academy in costume.
About the Actor
Shahrzad has been involved in Persian dance since childhood. She studied Dance and Performance Art at California Institute of the Arts, has a BA in Dance, and an MA in Creative Arts from San Francisco State University. Her specialty is classical & contemporary Persian ballet, but her dance training includes Modern, Jazz, Ballet, West African, Afro-Haitian, in addition to dabbling in various other world dances. Shahrzad currently works as a dance instructor/choreographer in the Bay Area, has been faculty at Solano College, St. Mary s College, Diablo Valley College and Contra Costa College, and is the founder and artistic director of Shahrzad Dance Company (SDC), based in Berkeley, California. Shahrzad has combined her formal training in dance with her intrinsic knowledge of Persian aesthetics to explore the depths of Persian dance, and has not only found her artistic voice in her own unique technique but also developed a formal structure for teaching this style. Every choreographer s work is a combination of their dance education, experience, and their own innate artistic sense. What makes Shahrzad s work unique is her background in a culture rich in ancient aesthetics evident in its calligraphy, painting, and poetry. These aesthetics are seen and felt in the flow of the movement and the oneness of the body with the music. However, what distinguishes her work from most other ethnic/world dances is her innovative, contemporary choreography. With conceptual themes and complex movement patterns, Shahrzad has managed to capture & combine the unleashed expression of contemporary dance with the refined, poetically potent aesthetics of an ancient culture, creating her own unique style of dance which she identifies as Contemporary Persian Ballet.See all Editorial Reviews