Iranian Dance 7-week series
March 09, 2018
Iranian Dance 7-week series with Hannah Romanowsky
Tuesdays 3/13 – 4/24 @ 8-9pm ($20/class)
Dance with Sherry Studio, San Rafael CA
Learn Persian traditional and contemporary women’s dance technique and a choreography to the urban jaheli dance, popular among the Iranian community. Performance opportunities available with full series registration ($140).
Description of Iranian or Persian Dance – Persian women’s solo improvised dance places emphasis on delicate hand flourishes, graceful and stylized movements of the arms, shoulder accents, and manipulation of the facial features in a flirtatious and sometimes amusing manner. For the professional dancer, Persian dance is a virtuoso art form that maintains the same aesthetics but with more intricate technique and often includes ecstatic turns. Arms float overhead as the dancer glides ethereally across the floor or sinks languidly into beautiful torso extensions. Through fluid shape-shifting the dancer expresses ancient mythical symbology and spiritual longing, representing Divine beauty and the intoxication of union with the Beloved. Persian classical dance takes inspiration from other forms of Persian art, including miniature paintings, calligraphy, music, poetry, and architecture.
In this workshop series the beginning portion of class will be focused on traditional (classical) technique, and the second portion will feature choreography to contemporary music. The featured choreography will be in the jehali style, a cheeky dance where a woman imitates a “tough guy” character. This fun dance is a favorite of the Iranian American community and a great addition to a belly dancer’s repertoire.
Contact Hannah: (415) 794-7463 hannah@scheherazadeschool.
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FREE GUIDED JOURNEY
A week later and still relishing in the magical afterglow! Seriously, much to my surprise I am still reaping the benefits and riding the waves of such a weekend. Personally it was an end of an era, and what better way to initiate a new beginning, than to breathe in new life with ritual, spinning, baddass women, wonderful food, perfect location and gorgeous weather. Outstanding!
The potency of sacred women’s spaces was made evident to me during this beautiful two day healing dance ritual. That experience of learning, of playing, and of connecting to our feminine power through community and the container held so humbly and graciously by Hannah will stay with me forever, and has become fuel for a new passion in my life to explore Sufi and Berber traditional, meditative dance. My deepest gratitude goes to all women of the dance, now, and throughout all of time.
I just spent two days with Hannah and a diverse group of spirited women on the Spin, Shake, Sway workshop exploring whirling and the Moroccan Guedra, and the experience made me reconnect with dancing at a very deep and intense level. I felt so alive and free in the space where your body and your soul intersect, and beauty and healing naturally happen. The location was magical and the perfect setting for our group.
I first saw Hannah dance Persian style at a party and was immediately in awe of her self-possessed beauty that comes through her style of dance. I wanted to learn that! I had gone through a tough 18 months of sorrow and grief after loosing my partner of 15 years and mom within six months of each other. Hannah choreographed a Persian dance specifically for me that would help open my heart. And she helped mend my heart and soul through private lessons and learning her dance. I would recommend her to anyone at any time in their lives. Dancing with her has brought be such joy! You will have such fun with her!
For the past three years Hannah’s performance and teaching has been a highlight of my annual women’s weekend. She is a gifted, creative, expert dancer who engages and amazes the audience with her style and skill. It’s beautiful to watch her flow, bend, glide, and shimmy. Dancing with her is a blast! All my women friends loved it.
Hannah’s workshop was exhilarating, joyful, and educational. I felt uplifted afterwards, and emerged with a positive feeling of lightness.
Hannah radiates an inner joy, a celebration of the divine, that glows and grows inside her audience. Dancing with Hannah, one is finds herself channeled into the timeless essence of feminine grace, connecting to all women past and present, freeing us to express our true innate beauty
Hannah loves transmitting her knowledge of world dance to kids and they feel it. She engages them in both the movements and the understanding of the traditions of the dances. The kids learn to appreciate the pure joy of moving, the history of the dances and choreographing their own pieces. It’s great to see the kids enjoying the discipline of the different traditions while having a lot of fun.