Founded in 1995 by Artistic Director Dr. Laurel Victoria Gray - World Dance professor at George Washington University - the award-winning, critically acclaimed Silk Road Dance Company (SRDC) presents an extensive repertoire of more than 200 dances from Central Asia, Iran, the Middle East, South Asia, the Caucasus. and beyond. Silk Road Dance Company has given performances internationally in Uzbekistan, Qatar, Singapore, United Kingdom and Canada. Based in Washington, DC, the ensemble has graced prestigious national venues including two White House performances and 11 Kennedy Center appearances. They have given presentations for 11 different embassy events, most recently at the Embassy of Albania.
With the goal of promoting “Cultural Understanding through Beauty and Delight,” their pioneering performances offer a unique glimpse of the life and art of ancient cultures, especially the Islamic World. Silk Road Dance Company offers programs which reflect the depth and breadth of field research and study conducted by Dr. Gray who has received many awards for her life-time of creative work, including recognition from Uzbekistan's Ministry of Culture.
REGISTRATION NOW OPEN! LIMITED SPACE By popular demand, both Кадыр Муминов and Shanazar Boltaev will return to teach NEW DANCES at our 18th Central Asian Dance Camp! We will be virtual again this year, but hope to return to in-person format next year.
CENTRAL ASIAN DANCE CAMP October 29 – November 7, 2021 Suggested donation levels: DANCE SESSIONS for $35 per session. LECTURE SESSIONS for $10 each. Please indicate CODE for each class you wish to attend. BONUS sessions free to all registered for at least one class. Class times are Eastern Standard Time UNTIL November 7th, when we “fall back” to standard time Register with payments through PayPal to: email@example.com
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 28th 6:30 pm Greeting by Ambassador Vakhabov BONUS EVENT Followed by Film Screening
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 30th 9:00am – 10:30am Khorezm Choreography Class Part One CODE: KhorezmA with Chief Choreographer of Lazgi Ensemble, Shanazar Boltaev 7:30pm – 8:30pm Virtual Central Asian Dance Concert BONUS EVENT CADC participants share beautiful dances they have learned at past camps
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 31st 9:00am – 10:30 am Khorezm Choreography Class Part Two CODE: KhorezmB with Chief Choreographer of Lazgi Ensemble, Shanazar Boltaev 1:00pm ¬- 2:00 pm Lecture “Melons Galore!” BONUS EVENT Author Marina Abrams shares research on her new children’s book on Uzbek culture.
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 3rd 7:00pm Eastern Daylight Time Lecture on TAMARA KHANUM by Dr. Laurel Victoria Gray BONUS EVENT
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 6th 8:00am - 9:00am Eastern Daylight Time Virtual Tour of Museum of Applied Arts BONUS EVENT
9:00am - 10:30am Eastern Daylight Time Ferghana Choreography Class Part One CODE: FerghanaA People's Artist of Uzbekistan Kadyr Muminov
1:00pm – 2:00pm Virtual Silk Road Bazaar BONUS EVENT Great opportunity to find items for Central Asian dance costuming, Uzbek fabric, as well as fashion, beauty products, and more.
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 7th 9:00am - 10:30am Ferghana Choreography Class Part Two CODE: FerghanaB People's Artist of Uzbekistan Kadyr Muminov
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 9th 7:00pm Eastern Standard Time Uzbek Cuisine Class on Samsa with Embassy Chef Khamidulla Shamsutdinov BONUS EVENT ________________________________________
Lectures by Artistic Director Laurel Victoria Gray
SEPTEMBER 15, 2021 Cultural Heritage Conference Khiva, Uzbekistan
This lecture examines how aspects of Khorezm history and traditions may provide solutions to global crises with insights gleaned from archeology and literature. These reflect ritual connections between a goddess of water, purification, and dance. Biomedical research and personal experiences in Uzbek dance provide insights into the healing benefits of Lazgi. Cultivating the embodied wisdom of ancient spiritual practices can guide future steps to healing the planet and ourselves.
Recent international conference presentations on dance by our Artistic Director in September and October 2020.
Fulbright Association Virtual Conference
Presentation at International Conference Tashkent, Uzbekistan
Research Paper for International Conference
Virtual Silk Road Bazaar Saturday, November 6th @ 1:00pm
Lecture on Uzbek Dance History August 19, 2020 @ 7:00 pm
This lecture responds to assertions that contemporary Uzbek stage dance is an artificial Soviet-era invention and examines pre-revolutionary dance traditions among the Central Asian women. Gray proposes a more nuanced understanding of the origins of the gestural heritage of Uzbek dance that reflects traditional life ways, making it a vital element of cultural expression. REGISTRATION: $10 Register at http://www.uzbek-dance.org/
By Alana Hayes
Silk Road Dance Company (SRDC) is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year! And, you’re all invited to the party! Welcome! Please, come in. Find a chair. Yes, this is the party. Take a seat. Grab a kebab. There will be a fundraising auction at the end of this event. I’m kidding, there won’t be an auction. This is the party though! Hosted by, yours truly, The Haifa Girls. If you would like to help support Silk Road Dance Company and their efforts for the preservation of women’s culture along the Silk Road, then you can right here.
Silk Road Dance Company is based out of the DMV (DC metro area). The company was founded in 1995 by Dr. Laurel Victoria Gray, who also happens to be a Professor of World Dance at George Washington University. I met Laurel while I was still in college (I went to UMBC) through a friend who danced in her company and I immediately fell in love with Silk Road. I loved their mission, I loved that it was a cultural organization, I loved the dances, the clothing, and Laurel herself. She’s just such a knowledgeable person and she’s so passionate about what she does that you can’t help but fall in love with all of it too.
Experience the dazzling diversity of Silk Road dances, from the deserts of Central Asia to the mountains of the Caucasus. Silk Road Dance Company performs with special Guest Artists. Enjoy a pre-concert Silk Road Bazaar of intriguing items. Concert is free with a $10 suggested donation; no tickets or reservations required. Sponsored by the City of Takoma Park's Takoma Park Arts series.
2018 Uzbekistan Independence Day at the World Bank
LECTURE AT TEXTILE MUSEUM Living Legacy: Women's Dances of Uzbekistan
APRIL , 2018 NOON
Annual Family Festival at the GWU Textile Museum
SHAHNAMEH! Adventures from the Persian Book of Kings OCTOBER 21, 2017 @ 7 pm Takoma Auditorium $10 suggested donation
A magical bird, an evil dragon, a clever princess, and a valiant hero bring to life the Shahnameh, an ancient masterpiece written over a thousand years ago. With vivid choreography and ornate costumes, Silk Road Dance Company presents fantastical tales from ancient Persia.
Tirgan 2017 Iranian Arts Festival Toronto, Canada July 27 - 30
Silk Road Dance Company Performs in "Asia Rising" Concert in Cincinnati
Embassy of Georgia 1824 R Street Washington, DC Join the diplomats of the Embassy of Georgia for a special evening of native food, wine, music, film, art - and a very special Georgian fashion show and dance presentation by Silk Road Dance Company.
Thanks to the initiative of group of young Iranian-Americans in Washington, DC, Iranian culture was represented at Fiesta Asia festival this year - the largest celebration of Asian culture and heritage in the nation's capital. Silk Road Dance Company performed contemporary and folkloric Iranian dances.
On May 14th, Silk Road Dance Company presented traditional dances of Uzbekistan to a full house at the Takoma Auditorium. The program was introduced by Abdufarrukh Khabirov, Second Secretary at the Embassy of Uzbekistan. After the concert, audience members enjoyed a reception with traditional Uzbek cuisine generously provided by the embassy. Guests also had the opportunity to view traditional Uzbek crafts and speak with embassy representatives about the country.
Since 1995, Silk Road Dance Company's pioneering artistic achievements in presenting women's dance of the Islamic World has earned them many awards and honors. Read more... ______________________________________
Government of Uzbekistan Awards Laurel Victoria Gray with "Xalqlar Dosligi" Medal
From Uzbek Ambassador Javlon Vakhabov:
"A wonderful evening The Embassy of the Republic of Uzbekistan in the U.S. and Canada hosted yesterday launching the 18th Central Asian Dance Camp. It was my great honor to present the award “Friendship Among The Peoples” to Laurel Victoria Gray (Silk Road Dance Company) for her invaluable contribution to enhancing people-to-people ties and promoting #Uzbekistan culture in the U.S.
Laurel Khanum has not only dedicated her life mastering Uzbek dance in the U.S. and far beyond, but also remains most humble, professional, and passionate about what she is doing. And this lady is an internationally recognized scholar, choreographer, performer, costume designer, pioneer of Uzbek dance in America. I am inspired by her noble personality that always searches for new discoveries.
Laurel Khanum has mastered dances from Silk Road cultures and beyond. She combines her degrees in history with decades of field research and teaches dance at The George Washington University. Dr. Gray founded the award-winning Silk Road Dance Company (SRDC) in 1995, bringing the lovers of our culture together at the Central Asian Dance Camp annually, showing the beauty during many events across the U.S. and far beyond.
Dr. Laurel Victoria Gray, in one word, is our treasure in the U.S. Thank you for everything you have been doing over the years. I hope to continue our long-lasting friendship."
What better way to launch a dance company’s 25th year than with a sumptuous performance? And so, Silk Road Dance Company will perform The Golden Road to Samarkand at Atlas Performing Arts Center’s Intersections Festival in Washington, D.C., on February 22. CLICK HERE FOR ENTIRE ARTICLE
Uzbek Newspaper Report on Central Asian Dance Camp
Russian Language Newspaper Report on our Central Asian Dance Camp at Embassy of Uzbekistan
The First Lady introduces Silk Road Dance Company at the historic March 11, 2015 White House Nowruz Celebration.
“I think it’s so fitting that we are holding this celebration here today because, one of my favorite things about the White House is how it is truly the people’s house. A house that reflects the diversity of culture and traditions that make us who we are as a country. And Nowruz is one of those traditions.”
First Lady Michelle Obama March 11, 2015
Read the remarks by First Lady Michelle Obama and her introduction of Silk Road Dance Company by clicking on the link below:
Dance conveys a culture without words, and dancers in Washington share the cultures they love from around the world. Each has unique characteristics, from dances of everyday activities in Central Asia to tributes to great kings in Africa.
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