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Geek Out with Shahrzad Khorsandi

Geek Out with Shahrzad Khorsandi


Persian Dance

Belly Dance Geek Clubhouse Episode 49:
My guest, Shahrzad Khorsandi will talk about the history, aesthetics, and technique of Persian dance, and the similarities and differences between it and belly dance.


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While NOT what we think of as “belly dance,” Persian dance has a long and rich history that can inform and inspire dancers of all genres. With flowing arm movements and graceful body lines, becoming more familiar with Persian dance is a beautiful way for us to enrich our artistic expression and gain more knowledge of the arts and culture of the broader region around our dance.

You’ll learn:

  • The history of Persian dance, within a cultural framework
  • Aesthetics and techniques of Persian dance, including costuming
  • Parallels and differences between Persian dance and belly dance

We’ll also have some discussion time, so you can ask Shahrzad your questions.


This free call will take place on Tuesday, April 25 at 12pm (noon) Eastern Time.
(see that in your own time zone)

You can attend by phone or Skype, or listen on the web.

If you can’t attend live, don’t worry!
The call will be recorded, so you can listen later.

About Shahrzad

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.

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and on Facebook

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Belly Dance Geek Clubhouse Episode 49

(Note: Shahrzad recorded this call while on tour, and still managed to join us despite an issue with her flight. But because she called in from the airport, there’s more background noise than usual.)

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Resources mentioned on the call:

Choreophobia book by Dr. Anthony Shay*

Mahmoud Farschian
(20th century painter)

Sima Bina, Zolfonoun brothers, Shamss Ensemble

Shahrzad’s FB:

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  1. Ann-Marie Hammond says:

    I would love to hear about Persian dance

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