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Instructional DVD: Classical Persian Dance Level I
This video is an introduction to Shahrzad Persian Dance Technique, with emphasis on posture, body position, movement of the arms and hands, and rhythmic foot patterns. It is a 30-minute video consisting of 10 different steps, broken down into sections that can be replayed and practiced repeatedly. The steps are then put into a choreographed sequence with counts. The video ends with a staged performance of the choreography by three SDC members in costume.
Instructional DVD: Classical Persian Dance Level II
Intended for the intermediate dancer, this video introduces more complex movement patterns in Shahrzad Persian Dance Technique. Shahrzad begins with a warm-up that includes a set of arm, hand, and foot positions, introduces movement vocabulary, assembling them into phrases that are connected to form a short choreographed dance. The video ends with a staged performance with Sharhzad and an SDC dancer, performing an extended version of the combination. This video is 60 minutes.
Contemporary Persian Ballet Vol. 1
Intended for the intermediate/advanced dancer, this video introduces a unique genre of Persian dance. This combination combines rhythmic foot patterns with fluid movement transitions, emphasizing body line specific to Shahrzad Persian Dance Technique, and the harmonization of movement with Persian music. The smooth and circular transitions, and angles and positions of the body reflect Persian aesthetics. The movement combination is broken down into steps; these steps are reviewed and assembled with intricate transitions, and then given counts. At the end the viewer can practice the entire combination with music several times. This video is 40 minutes.
Contemporary Persian Ballet Vol. 2
This video is intended for the intermediate/advanced dancer. Founded upon an ancient culture, this contemporary dance style weaves Persian lines and shapes into complex and innovative movement patterns, using rhythmically and melodically potent music, and bringing the body and the music together as one. Shahrzad begins with a warm-up that includes a set of arm, hand, and foot positions specific to Shahrzad Persian Dance Technique. The movement combination is broken down into steps; these steps are reviewed, assembled with specific transitions, and then given counts. At the end the viewer can practice the entire movement phrase with music several times. This video is 60 minutes long.
Classical & Contemporary Persian Dances
Persia, bordering Central Asia and the Middle East, is the home of Persian Dance. This dance style is a fluid yet rhythmic dance form, which emphasizes the use of hands and wrists. The movement and positioning of the body reflect the rich and refined aesthetics of Persian. This video is comprised of dances from live concerts performed by Shahrzad Dance Company (SDC) in California, USA. The choreography is by Shahrzad Khorsandi, artistic director of SDC, and ranges from classical to contemporary Persian dance. This video is 60 minutes.
Contemporary Persian Ballet Compilation
A compilation of dances from live concerts performed by Shahrzad Dance Company (SDC) in California, USA. The choreography is by Shahrzad Khorsandi, artistic director of SDC, and ranges from contemporary Persian dance to fusion. Shahrzad’s unique style of Contemporary Persian Ballet captures & combines the unleashed expression of contemporary dance with the refined, poetically potent aesthetics of ancient Persia, resulting in choreography that is both conceptual and organically expressive. This video is 70 minutes.
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