“To touch, to move, to inspire…This is the true gift of dance.” ~Aubrey Lynch
Rashid Shadat is a well-known performer, originally from Tashkent, Uzbekistan. His work in Central Asia included lead roles in popular films during early 2000’s, plus regular TV appearances and as a daily radio host on Auto Radio Hamroh FM102.
Now living in London, Rashid has expanded his portfolio to include work as an extra in big budget films. In 2015 alone he worked on Spectre (James Bond), Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation and the new Jason Bourne film released in 2016. He worked as an extra on the 2017 remake of the classic superhero film, Wonder Woman.
In addition to film, Rashid is also well known in London as a host for cultural and arts events, and starred in his own one-man show, Dervish, at the Lion and Unicorn Theatre in 2012.
With 10 years of theatre experience including acting and directing, Rashid is also a well known folk dancer, having performed at dance and music festivals in London, Sweden, Greece and Germany over the last five years.
Magdalene recently joined Simorgh dance collective and is enjoying her experience deeply. She loves the music and costuming, cherishes the sisterhood, and adores Farima and her choreography. Whirling and the sacred/healing aspect of what Farima shares has been a transformational influence which she is very grateful to experience. Studying dance again has re-awakened a deep joy in movement and enthusiasm for life. Besides Farima, Magdalene is currently studying belly dance with Brownyn Simons and various styles with Cathy Stoyko. She has studied modern dance and martial arts in the past. Magdalene has a background as a clinical herbalist, holistic nutritionist, farm-to-table caterer, and small farmer.
“There are short-cuts to happiness, and dancing is one of them.” – Vicki Baum