Afghan dance

image1-200x300Pomegranates and Tea: An Introduction to Afghan Dance – Located along the historic Silk Road, Afghanistan has a rich and deep artistic heritage blending influences of the Persians, Indians, Chinese, Arabs, and other groups who exchanged ideas and art along with commodities during centuries of trade. Before the 1980’s, music, song, and dance were part of the daily lives of women and how they entertained each other and their children. With the grief caused by war and restrictions placed on music-making, the transmission of Afghan expressive arts to the next generation suffered some setbacks. In spite of these challenges, Afghans have found ways to honor their heritage and express themselves through music and dance, which continue to be an integral part of weddings and other celebratory occasions in diaspora communities.
Characteristics of the Afghan women’s solo improvisational dance include expressive hand and arm gestures that frame the upper body and face punctuated with dynamic turn sequences. Traditional dances include Logari, an Afghan “freeze dance” where the musician and dancer dialogue with one another, and Attan, the national dance of Afghanistan, a circle dance that originated with the Pashtuns.
In this introductory workshop participants will become acquainted with the characteristics of Afghan women’s solo dance, and will learn a delightful choreography incorporating elements representational of the rich diversity and ancient heritage of Afghan culture. (All levels)

Hannah teaching Afghan dance in Barcelona
Hannah teaching Afghan dance in Barcelona