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Classical Persian Dance

$60.00 4 Week Month, $75.00 5 Week Month, $20.00 Drop-In rate

What is Classical Persian Dance?

Beginner Level 1: Mondays 6:30pm
Int/Adv Level 2: Mondays 7:45-8:45pm

This dance style is a fluid yet rhythmic dance form, which emphasizes the use of hands and wrists. The movement and positioning of the body reflect the rich and refined aesthetics of Persia. The focus of this beginner class will be on the shape of the hands, movement of the wrists and feet, isolation and coordination of arms and legs, and capturing the Persian aesthetics in the body line. Specific movement vocabulary will be presented and drilled in simple movement phrases that allow the dancer to integrate the technique and style into their body. This course is perfect for those new to Persian dance and seasoned Persian dancers who seek a foundational technique class to become more grounded in the style.

Taught by Teaching Associate

Delsie Khadem-Ghaeini

Delsie embodies the love of her Persian culture through dance. Born in Mashhad, Iran and raised in Colorado, Delsie is a Persian Classical and Contemporary Dancer based in Denver, Colorado. Delsie’s artistic composition is best described as emotive, delicate and playful and her audiences describe her as joyful, authentic and passionate. Delsie has been an educator for over twenty years and is most fulfilled when she gets the opportunity to share her passion for dance with others. Delsie is a certified dancer and teacher in the Shahrzad Khorsandi Technique also known as Contemporary Persian Ballet. Her Persian dance experience and performances include Classical Persian Miniature, Ruhozi, Persian popular dance, Baba Karam, and regional folk dances of Iran including Ghashghai, Lori, Bandari, and Kordi. Delsie’s dance experience includes Egyptian Bellydance, Hip Hop, Flamenco, Salsa, Bachata, Merengue, and Cumbia.

At heart, Delsie is an activist and a passionate educator having spent years teaching math to underrepresented students in Colorado, Guatemala and at the University of Colorado at Boulder. She is currently the Student Success Coordinator at Denver North High School, an active board member and ambassador for the Persian Cultural Circle of Denver and the Dance Teacher Leader with the Colorado Children’s Noruz Foundation. When not dancing, Delsie is passionate about sharing her love for life, health, food, and nature especially with her husband, son, and daughter.