Cultural Dance History and Movement Courses

The following cultural dance history and movement courses taught by Hannah Romanowsky are offered live through College of Marin Community Education in Kentfield CA. Both courses are comprised of both multi-media lecture/demo and dance/movement. No prior experience is required.


Swaying the Soul: Women, Dance, and Spirituality in the Islamic World

This course will highlight the artistic and spiritual contributions of the Muslim world through its dance and music, giving special attention to women’s rituals and traditional healing practices. Topics include: the history of women, dance, and music in the ancient world; indigenous healing rituals in Central Asia and North Africa; women and dance in Iran and Afghanistan; Sufism and trance states. This course includes both lecture and embodied learning components. No previous dance training or movement experience is necessary. All ages and abilities are welcome.

Monday 1:30-3pm, 7 sessions ~ 1/28/19 – 3/18/19  REGISTER

Kentfield, Academic Center  Map, Room: 238

Migrations and Cultural Encounters: Nomads, Caravans, and Dancing along the Silk Road

From Jaisalmer in India to Bagdad and beyond, the “Silk Road” was a vast network of land and sea routes connecting great civilizations of the classical and medieval eras. Cities strategically situated along the most traveled routes became wealthy centers of trade and an opulent court culture developed, boasting exceptional craftsmen, musicians, poets, and dancers. Explore the rich cultural histories of Central and Western Asia through their dance traditions; connecting the rich cultural legacy of these lands to modern times and the people inhabiting these regions. In the process we will also explore how migrations and cultural encounters serve to enrich and inspire through the trade of ideas, art, goods, and technology.

Tuesday 7 – 8:30pm, 7 sessions ~ 1/29/2019 – 3/12/2019 REGISTER

Kentfield, Physical Education Center  Map, Room: 22