Layla Means Night

ODC Theater presents Rosanna Gamson’s Layla Means Night with poet/performer Niloufar Talebi and original score by Houman Pourmehdi and Pirayeh Pourafar and original choreography and performance by Shahrzad Khorsandi and Farima Berenji.

Wednesday, October 30 at 7pm & 9pm Thursday, October 31 at 7pm & 9pm Friday, November […]

Shahrzad Dance Company at Darioush Winery – Festival del Sole

We are excited to be performing at the beautiful Darioush Winery during the Festival del Sole. The festival is held in the mesmerizing wine country of Napa, California. Please click on the link below for more information: http://festivaldelsole.org/festival-artists/shahrzad-dance-company/ […]

Persian Dance Class Series in Berkeley

Dates: May 9 and ends on June/13.

Time: 6:00 – 7:00 pm

Location: Spring Fall Studio – 2547 8th St. Berkeley (between Dwight & Parker)

Fee: $84/6-week session or $16/drop-in

To register: info@dancepersian.org

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Testimonials

Testimonials from students who have taken the private intensive:

Alison Weir

Alison has been involved with dance for over 20 years, studying at various studios in Chicago, Illinois. From 1996 to 1999 she attended the St. Charles Academy of Dance and performed with their company dance group for the last two years, focusing on jazz and ballet. Her background with the studio also includes modern and […]

Events

Shahrzad Dance Academy has a long history of preserving Persian dance in the Bay Area and beyond through collaborations with Persian language schools (Nima and most recently Dehkhoda), and through national and international performances at festivals, weddings, corporate events, and schools & libraries.

SDA also produces formal concerts showcasing Contemporary Persian Ballet for the general […]

“Yar” (The Beloved)

This dance is about unconditional and undying love…the kind of love that makes us lose ourselves in the sweet wine of life, to the point where even yearning itself becomes a joy.

Choreographed and Performed in 2008 by Shahrzad Khorsandi Music by Alireza Eftekhari and Jalal Zolfonoun Videography by Lore Ahmadi

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“Shishehye Del” (Heart of Glass)

In Persian poetry, a heart made of glass often symbolizes a fragile heart, one filled with longing. This piece is about a woman telling her story to the birds and flowers in nature, a story of longing for her beloved.

Choreography by Shahrzad Khorsandi Performed in 2008 by SDA Company member Kim Mendes Music by […]

“Norouz” (Dance in Celebration of Persian New Year)

Meaning “New Day”, Norouz is the Persian New Year, and also the first day of spring. It is when nature wakes up again and flowers bloom, it is a renewal of life. During this festive time, Persians around the world celebrate by visiting family and friends and setting up the Haft-seen, an ensemble of at […]

“Naz-o-Namak” (Sugar and Spice)

This style of dance is inspired by the regional dances done in the north-western part of Iran, influenced heavily by Turkish and Russian music and dance. The first part of the dance portrays the way in which women of this region dance, and the second, more up-beat style shows the way men of this region […]

“Nama” (Display)

This dance shows a dynamic and playful relationship between the dancers.

Choreography by Shahrzad Khorsandi Performed in 2008 by SDA Company members Ghazaleh Jallilian, Geeti Shirazi Mahajan, and Kristen Sague Music by Nashakiba Videography by Lore Ahmadi

“Kereshmeh” (Charming)

Feminine power is perceived differently in various cultures. In the Persian culture, a strong woman is one who has the inner strength of endurance and perseverance, one who can transform her undesirable surroundings with grace and delicacy. This piece is performed in the traditional Persian style of court dance, developed in the Qajar dynasty (about […]

“Delbar” (Sweetheart)

“Delbar” is literally translated as “one who takes the heart away.” Traditional Persian feminine characteristics are displayed in the movements and attitude of this dance. These qualities are coy, coquettish and sweet, yet confident and powerful. Traditional feminine power is that of perseverance, endurance, and consistency, while maintaining an eternal softness.

Choreography by Shahrzad Khorsandi […]

Transcendence

Intermingled with poetry from Khayyam, this Contemporary Persian dance piece shows the unfolding of the path to transcendence from a tormented state of mind and spirit.

Choreography by Shahrzad Khorsandi Performed in 2008 by SDA Company members Rebekah Fessenden, Shahrzad Khorsandi, and Kristen Sague Music by Mahmoud Zolfonoun Videography by Lore Ahmadi

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Merging

This piece is inspired by the image of two water droplets moving towards each other and finally joining.

Choreography by Shahrzad Khorsandi Performed in 2008 by SDA Company members Rebekah Fessenden and Shahrzad Khorsandi Music by Larla O Lionaird Videography by Lore Ahmadi

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Shahrzad Dance Academy has a long history of preserving Persian dance in the Bay Area and beyond through collaborations with Persian language schools (Nima and most recently Dehkhoda), and through national and international performances at festivals, weddings, corporate events, and schools & libraries.

SDA also produces formal concerts showcasing Contemporary Persian Ballet for the general […]