Mahea Uchiyama Center for International Dance-
Sacred Dance of the Silk Road with Miriam Peretz

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Persian & Central Asian dance infused with contemporary and devotional movement practices This unique class form offers a full range of expression from traditional Silk Road dances, to devotional, contemporary, and improvisational movement. The class begins with an invocation, a greeting of the divine presence within the group and space, becoming fully present, and connecting with community in the sacred circle of dance. Then moving onto an intensive contemporary inspired warm-up, focusing on the spirals of the body, fluidity in the spine, contract/release, and getting the blood flowing. The class continues into traditional dance techniques, combinations/ choreography as well as inspirational movement and various forms of turning. This class module has been developed by Miriam over the past ten years, and is regarded by her students as a class fully engaging and energizing body, mind and spirit. Miriam’s classes are more than a dance class they are a weekly ritual, and a celebration of life, culture, music, and dance.