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Ballet Afsaneh Art & Culture Society

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World Arts West Programs
Chashma
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Afghan Dance
Instruments Used
Tar (Frame drum)

Ballet Afsaneh Art & Culture Society is a non-profit cultural organization dedicated to promoting the dance, music and poetry of the historic Silk Road regions of Central Asia. Since its founding in 1986, BAACS, under the direction of Ms. Sharlyn Sawyer, has implemented its mission through performances, on-going workshops, youth programs, touring engagements, lecture demonstrations, community outreach, and creative partnership programs with renowned artists and performing companies. The core of BAACS consists of a fifteen-member collaborative group of artists, joined by up to twenty five auxillery performers.

Aliah Lynn Najmabadi holds a BA in World Art & Cultures and Iranian Studies from UCLA. Her academic and artistic career focus is the preservation of the performing arts of Central Asia, Iran and the Diaspora. She has been a principal dancer with Ballet Afsaneh since the spring of 1998. Her dance studies have included Persian, Uzbek, Tajik, Azeri, Balinese, Flamenco and Ballet.

Tara Pandeya joined Ballet Afsaneh in 1997. Trained at an early age as a jazz-tap dancer she went on to study Bharatanatyam Indian, Kathak and Middle Eastern dance. She was a member of the Middle Eastern dance company "Aywah!" and has studied dance and music from Central Asia and the Middle East including Arabic, Turkish, Persian, Uzbek, Tajik, Azerbijani and Afghani Folk styles.

Miriam Peretz has a background in dance, gymnastics and Capoeira and has studied numerous ethnic dance forms including Flamenco, West-African, Afro-Cuban, Afro-Haitian, Hawaiian, Tahitian, modern and several folk dance styles. Of the many styles that she has studied, her primary focus has been the dances of the Middle East, the Silk Road, and the Roma “Gypsy” trail.

Rosa Rojas joined Ballet Afsaneh in 2000, her dance and vocal music training include traditional Afghan, Arabic, Turkish, North African, and Flamenco. She currently performs as a principal dancer and soloist with the company. She teaches Central Asian dance classes for the BAACS community outreach and education programs of the Bay Area and has been selected take part in the summer 2006 Tajikistan residency program.


 



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