Classes


“Teaching dance teaches life lessons.” ~Anonymous

Classes

Drop-ins are welcome. In advance of your first class send us an e-mail to let us know which class you are interested in and what day you will come. We’d like to help and get to know you. For the best price, students normally register and pay at the first class of the month for all meetings that month. Otherwise drop-ins pay at each class. Look to the schedule below for pricing.

Sacred Dance and Whirling

Sacred Dance and Whirling

Study and practice movements to various sacred dances of the Near East, breathing techniques, whirling movements, vocabulary, and styles. We will explore both spotted and unspotted turns.

Monday 8:30-9:30pm, No class July 22, 2019
$20 – Drop-in
$15/week – Entire month, paid in advance or first class of month.
Vision Dance Center, San Jose

Dances of Persia and the Silk Road

Dances of Persia and the Silk Road

Experience one of the world’s most enchanting dance forms! Inspired by Persian poetry and miniature artwork, Persian and Silk Road dance combines swirling arabesques, sweeping gestures, shoulder isolations, footwork patterns, and dazzling spins. In this class we will learn various Persian and Central Asian dance movements, vocabulary, styles, expressions, turning, and short sequences. Class will also focus on the historical aspect of each dance style, costuming, and music.

Technique and Choreography
Thursday 8:30 – 9:30 pm. Resumes July 11, 2019
$20 – Drop-in
$15/week – Entire month, paid in advance or first class of month.
Vision Dance Center, San Jose

Persian Dance for Kids

Introduce your kids to traditional Persian dances and folk dances of the Silk Road. This class provides a fun introduction to a structured dance class, coordination exercises and is good preparation for children who would like to receive more formal dance training in the future.

An exciting way for kids aged 5-10 yrs. to keep fit and energized, make new friends, improve confidence, and develop their cultural awareness!

Instructor: Farima Berenji

TBD
$14/week – Entire month, paid in advance or first class of month.

Vision Dance Center, San Jose

Enrollment Request Form

Please enter your contact details. We will contact you when there are sufficient enrollments and we can begin the class in San Jose, CA.

 

International Dance Classes

International Dance Classes

Traditional and folk dances of the Silk Road with technique and choreography for Azerbaijan, Georgian, Balkan, Iranian, and other locations or cultures of Central Asia and the Near East–regions of the fabled Silk Road. Special guest instructors or musicians may be invited.

Sundays 1 to 2pm
Vision Dance Center, San Jose

Dance of the Soul

Dance of the Soul

Monthly Sema Gathering (Sufi Whirling) and Zikr

Join us on a path for healing and self growth through the power of meditative whirling and sacred dance to live music, mystical poetry, and Zikr (prayer). With us create a sacred supportive space where we can all open our heart, body, and mind.

Sema is a powerful meditation ritual with music, poetry, and movement that originated over 700 years ago with the Sufis. Whirling is the customary dance of Sema whereby one attempts to abandon ego, pain, and personal desires and reach the source of all perfection. Whirling connects us with our center, our heart. There are no spectators when we enter this sacred gathering together. “Sema” means “listening”. Participate with us in this practice of deep listening, become filled with the energy of blessing, and create a channel of healing for all of creation.

We will open with sacred and mystical Persian poetry and meditation, journey into whirling, healing, and Persian and Near Eastern healing dances/rituals with live music, then close our gathering with chanting, drumming, and sharing.

Please wear comfortable clothing (white or light colored if possible) and wear socks or soft soled shoes. If you choose to turn avoid eating a large meal 2 hours prior. Feel free to bring a poem, story, or music to share. Our gathering welcomes musicians and other spiritual or healing teachers to come and share their art.

Dates, times, and locations vary. Please visit our calendar

Sacred Circle

Sacred Circle

An evening of ancient mystic healing circles such as Gawati and Zar, Iranian Shamanic healing, Turkish and Iranian zikrs, spirals, Baksi dance, drum circles and movement therapy. Led by Farima Berenji, the Indo-Iranian Shamanic healing and therapy sessions include:

  • Sound/Music Therapy based on the Seven Persian Healing Modes.
  • Ancient Iranian Stone Therapy.
  • Movement Therapy based on Persian Sacred Elements/Animals.
  • Breath Work Therapy/Visualization.
  • Seven Senses Therapy/Whirling.
  • Gwati and Zikr
  • Indo-Iranian Magic Dance (releasing unwanted energies).

Farima’s shamanic healing sessions and new research on seven sense whirling are currently being used by private clinics in US and Iran for patients with cancer, anxiety, and depression. Private Shamanic healing is available by appointment.

TBD

 

 

  

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