Event Details

Sacred Sundays - "Persian Dance" with Shahrzad Khorsandi
Date: May 30, 2021-
Location: On line from California - 7:30 pm EDT

The Sacred Dance Guild continues to offer our Sacred Sunday program.  Each Sunday we host an on line gathering to be  “Socially Present” while “Physically Distant“!   These live from our living room sessions are free, informal, intimate and interactive sharings and are open to a maximum of 30 participants who want to connect in this way.

To register email pres@sacreddanceguild.org with SACRED SUNDAY WITH Shazrad Khorsandi in the Subject line

This is the 2nd in our series to have one Sacred Sunday a month dedicated to a specific cultural and/or faith-spiritual expression!

We are thrilled this month to have Shazrad Khorsandi take us on a journey of Persian Dance!   Fluid yet rhythmic, Persian dance uses intricate movement of arms, hands and wrists, while emphasizing the subtle rhythms in the foot patterns. The graceful movement and the distinct body line reflect the rich and refined aesthetics in Persian culture. In this workshop we will explore the relationship between the face and the hands, and fluid transitions within movement patterns, inspired by 20th century Persian miniature paintings. This style of painting are often inspired by Persian poetry, and reflect the organic, circular movements found in nature and the cosmos.

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.  Drawing upon her intrinsic knowledge of Persian culture, and her formal dance training, 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, published in February of 2015.  With conceptual themes and complex movement patterns, Shahrzad captures & combines the unleashed expression of contemporary dance with the refined, poetically potent aesthetics of an ancient culture, creating her own unique style of dance which she identifies as Contemporary Persian Dance. Shahrzad is a member of an international research team from Max Planck Institute in Frankfurt Germany, studying the effects of dance on the brain. She is currently co-writing a book with Dr. Christensen, titled Neuroscience Dance Duets, to be published by Oxford University Press.  Shahrzad was also a major presenter at the “Dance a World of Hope” Sacred Dance Guild Festival in Holland, Michigan in 2012.

The Sacred Dance Guild is blessed to have Shahrzad gifting her presence with us leading this Sacred Sunday session.  During this time when our lives have changed in ways we couldn’t have imagined, continuing our personal, collective and global mind/body/spirit connection is so important.  We are grateful for those who lead us on these journeys of discovery as we dance on waves of grace together.  We will be using ZOOM for Sunday’s sessions.