Dances of the Silk Road & Beyond
New 2017 Classes at Joy of Motion!
Persian Nowruz (New Year) Class starts Sunday, January 15th at 4 PM at JOY OF MOTION in Bethesda, Maryland. From ancient times, Persians and Central Asians have celebrated the New Year ("Nowruz") at the Spring Equinox. Learn the joyous folk and contemporary dances for the spring celebration of Nowruz to mark the rebirth of Nature.
Register by January 8th for a 10% discount when you use the discount code NY2017 .QUESTIONS? Call the Joy of Motion at 301.986.0016
Belly Dance Basics begins January 13th @ 6 PM at JOY OF MOTION. in Friendship Heights. Learn the basics in a systematic method while building movement vocabulary. Master important dance rhythms in a NEW shimmy/drum choreography. Experience the beauty of veil dance and try your hand at playing finger cymbals!
Register by January 8th for a 10% discount when you use the discount code NY2017 .QUESTIONS? Call the Joy of Motion at 202.362.3042
Silk Road Dance Company Performs in London at Orzu Arts Festival 2016
LECTURE at University of London SOAS
Living Legacy: Women’s Dances of Uzbekistan
Dr. Laurel Victoria Gray
PHOTO BY AUDREY DOHERTY
Shaped initially by geography and climate, indigenous Uzbek dances embody communal identity and provide an outlet for personal expression. Dance can also reflect social and political developments, especially the evolution of folkdance to professional art dance. These changes can give insight into Uzbek women’s changing status and the development of national identity. And while folk dance continues to be an integral part of Uzbek family and community events, the forces of urbanization and globalization have significantly impacted these traditions.
Lecture and Performance at the Embassy of Georgia
Silk Road Dance Company will perform at the Embassy of Georgia on July 20th. Want to learn Georgian dance and other Silk Road Dance techniques? Sign up for the Silk Road Dance Company Class this summer! Here is the link: http://www.joyofmotion.org/adult-program-f…/middle-eastern/…
SATURDAY, MAY 14, 2016 @ 8 PM
TAKOMA PARK COMMUNITY CENTER AUDITORIUM
7500 MAPLE AVENUE TAKOMA PARK, MD
$10 suggested donation
Takoma Park, MD – The beauty and grace of traditional Central Asian dance, will come to Takoma Park on Saturday, May 14th, at 8:00 PM, with a performance by the award-winning Silk Road Dance Company. The concert, part of the We Are Takoma series, celebrates traditional women’s dances of Uzbekistan, providing a glimpse into a culture unfamiliar to most Americans.
New article on Persian Dance for Tirgan Festival Media
by Dr. Laurel Victoria Gray
Silk Road Dance Company performs at State Department Reception
Mirror of the Soul:
Women's Dance of the Islamic World
March 25, 2015
Dr. Laurel Victoria Gray and Silk Road Dance Company gave the inaugural presentation at the GW Arts Initiative Program, the Textile Museum's exciting new lecture series featuring GW faculty and other experts.
Reaching beyond Western stereotypes, women's dances of the Islamic world reflect a diversity of styles and purposes. From celebration to courtship or devotion, dance plays a vital role in community identity as well as self-expression. Award-winning dance scholar, choreographer, costume designer, and performer Dr. Laurel Victoria Gray specializes in dances from Silk Road cultures and beyond. Gray teaches world dance at GW and is the founding artistic director of the Silk Road Dance Company. The lecture included dances by soloists from Silk Road Dance Company and was followed by an followed by informal discussion.
A collaboration with the Arts Initiative Committee of GW.
Dr. Laurel Victoria Gray and her Silk Road Dance Company performed on April 25, 2015, in Washington, DC, for the first National Arab - American Dance Festival. Traditional dance styles and costumes from Egypt, North Africa, and the Gulf will dance provided a taste of the diversity of Arab culture.
An Enduring Art:
WASHINGTON, March 11, 2015 UPI
by Danielle Haynes
"The Silk Road Dance Company performed Wednesday in the East Room of the White House in celebration of the more than 3,000-year-old holiday. The official start of the nearly two-week observance is March 21, coinciding with the Spring Equinox. "
Click here to read entire UPI article.