Cultural Dance History and Movement Courses
The following cultural dance history and movement courses taught by Hannah Romanowsky are currently offered live through College of Marin Community Education in Kentfield CA. Courses are comprised of both multi-media lecture/demo and dance/movement. No prior experience is required. Next sessions start Fall 2019. Join my email list to be notified when registrations open.
*All course topics are available “a la carte” as individual specialty workshops or multi-media lecture-demo presentations.
ADVANCED REGISTRATION REQUIRED!
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, 6 sessions ~ 4/2/2019 – 5/14/2019 (no class 5/7) REGISTER
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.