World Dance Workshop Series

This year, Amherst Ballet is hosting a World Dance Workshop series. In this series, students are exposed to dances from various places of the world in workshops led by local instructors. The purpose of these workshops is not only to help students hone their dancing skills by trying out different techniques, but also to promote understanding of different cultures through dance. In many societies, dance performances started out as offerings to gods and carry fundamental cultural significance. Thus, dance can be a powerful educational tool toward global cultural appreciation.

In order to provide the social context of the dance being taught, the workshop will be preceded by a short lecture by a five college professor on the culture that produced the dance. After the workshop, there will be a reception with cuisine from that culture.

These workshops will be free and open to anybody in the local community.

Sharon Arslanian with Emily Joseph and Amy Cullen

Middle Eastern Belly Dance Workshop

Date and Time: Saturday, February 29   2:00-4:00 pm

Lecturer and Instructor: Sharon Arslanian with Emily Joseph and Amy Cullen

Sharon Arslanian has been active in the Middle Eastern/Belly Dance world for over 30 years, as a performer, teacher, choreographer, troupe director and most recently as a musician.  She is the founder and director of BodyWave Belly Dance, along with co-founders Emily Joseph and Amy Cullen.  BodyWave performs at college and community events and is an outgrowth of Arslanian’s courses in Middle Eastern Dance at Greenfield Community College where she was chair of the Dance Department and Professor of Dance. Arslanian earned her M.A. from University of California, Riverside in Dance History and Ed.D from Temple University in Dance Education.