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Rafia Bon

Kathak, Bollywood & Contemporary Dancer, Teacher in Islamabad

Kathak Dance – Lost and Redeemed Cultural Heritage

PRESENTED ON APR 29, 2018
IN ISLAMABAD @ VOL 5

Travel in time to Indian and Mughal history when Kathak dance was at its zenith. The decline and destruction of cultural heritage and Kathak dance during the British colonial rule. To reclamation in the post colonial rule of Indian history and art and its impact and influence on Kathak dance today. 

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Dallas Black Dance Theatre

BY ANN WILLIAMS
IN DALLAS

Ann Williams talks about the Dallas Black Dance Theatre, a performance and learning center, walking us through its various programs, and highlighting some of the shows it has hosted. (in English)

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A VERY Brief History of American Belly Dance

BY JO ROSS
@ VOL 22 ON MAY 18, 2014

Jo Ross takes us through a brief history of the origins of American Belly dance as we know it today. Little did we know the origins are many and varied!  

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Aja Nachle! (Let's Dance!)

BY NAVYA MASTANAIAH
@ VOL 4 ON FEB 11, 2016

Navya Mastanaiah grew up in India and arrived in the USA about 8 years ago. She trained early on in a form of Indian classical dance called Bharatanatyam. As life progressed, she began imbibing different forms of western dance through school performances, impromptu jazz classes and the like. 

Since childhood, through college, even in the USA where she initially struggled to make friends, Dance has always been her go-to language for breaking barriers, making friends and buildingmemories.

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The Philosophy of Dance: What and Why?

BY AILI BRESNAHAN
@ VOL 28 ON SEP 22, 2016

Aili Bresnahan is a philosophy professor at the University of Dayton. She grew up studying ballet. Her specialty is the philosophy of dance and she is often asked what that is (and why it matters) by well-meaning people on airplanes. Aili’s presentation is an attempt to answer those questions.

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Arts/life, Dance/life

BY MELISSA LANHAM
@ VOL 24 ON NOV 14, 2017

Melissa Lanham is an independent dance artist with over 25 years in the arts industry both here and overseas. Based on the Sunshine Coast, she has been in constant work as a teacher and Choreographer.  Her latest work 'Vincent' which Premiered at the Adelaide Fringe Fest 2016 and to Newcastle and Melbourne to rave reviews originated here on the Sunshine Coast. In this presentation she shares some of her tips and inspiration! 

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The Transdisciplinarity of Dance

BY SYED FAIZAAN AHAB
@ VOL 5 ON APR 29, 2018

A lot of times people associate dance with entertainment, others use it as a medium of expression. Some dance for fitness and for others, it is a profession. Faizaan Ahab decided to upgrade the significance of what it meant to him and experimented with it as an "Instrument of Learning". The presentation talks about the marriage of academic principles with dance to enhance experiential learning. Faizaan talks about three academic disciplines, mathematics, psychology and design mapping, all three using dance as a learning aid, hence making it transdiciplinary in nature.

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Khattaks and Dance: 1550 to date

BY ASFANDYAR ANIS KHATTAK
@ VOL 5 ON APR 29, 2018

Asfandyar Anis Khattak’s presentation is about the history of the Khattak tribe of Pashtun and the origins of the Khattak dance. How the warriors of the tribe performed it as part of their war preparation. He also speaks about his passion for dance and his fusion of classical Indian dance with the Khattak dance. 

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FuKu Dance

BY JUNICHI FUKUDA
IN PORTSMOUTH NH

Junichi Fukada, a talented chorographer and artistic director of FuKu Dance, describes the creative dance events he is working with.

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THE BENEFITS OF DANCE

BY TAMERA SIMPSON
@ VOL 26 ON APR 03, 2019

Salsa teacher Joanne is so passionate about dance, she wants to teach everyone to Cha Cha Cha, apart from having loads of fun, it also keeps you healthy and young.