August 9 - 11, 2019 Washington, DC Embassy of Republic of Uzbekistan with People's Artist of Uzbekistan, Kizlarkhon Dusmukhamedova
Central Asian Dance Camp fee of $335 includes classes, lectures, chamber concert, special meals and more. See schedule below.
CENTRAL ASIAN DANCE CAMP 2019 Schedule FRIDAY August 9, 2019 6 pm to 7 pm Informal reception and tour of embassy with light refreshments
7 pm to 9 pm Dance Class with Kizlarkhon: Introduction to the three regional styles of Uzbek dance andpositions, characteristic traveling steps, turns, and combinations SATURDAY August 10, 2019 9 am to 10 am Warm Up with Laurel: Review of basic positions and steps
10 am to noon Dance Class with Kizlarkhon: Doire Dars
Noon to 1 pm LUNCH
1 pm Lecture by Laurel on the history of Uzbek women’s dance
2 pm to 4 pm Dance Class with Kizlarkhon: Ferghana Choreography
4 pm Break – Silk Road Bazaar, Uzbek tourism videos, films
7 pm – 8 pm Chamber Concert in honor of Kizlarkhon Performances by Silk Road Dance Company.All camp participants can attend. Other guests by invitation only.
8 pm Dinner in honor of Kizlarkhon SUNDAY August 10, 2019 9:30 am to 10 am Warm Up Session
10 am to noon Dance Class with Kizlarkhon
Noon to 1 pm LUNCH
1 pm Presentation on Traditional Central Clothing, Textiles, and Jewelry
2 pm to 4 pm Dance Class with Kizlarkhon
4 pm to 5 pm Review Session
5 pm Closing of 16th CADC and Farewell
Since 1995, the Central Asian Dance Camp has provided opportunities for Americans to study traditional Uzbek, Tajik, Uighur, Afghan and Persian dance with master instructors. The first camps, coordinated by Travis Fontaine Jarrell and Laurel Victoria Gray, took place in Santa Fe, New Mexico, then relocated to Washington, D.C., where they have been held at various locations, including the Embassy of Uzbekistan.
CADC participants have been introduced to the basic genres of Uzbek dance, as well as Tajik, Persian, Afghan, Uighur, Turkmen and Azerbaijani choreographies. Class sessions have included history, cultural context, music, and costuming. Students learn the Uzbek “Doire Dars,” a demanding Uzbek dance etude incorporating fundamental elements such as traveling steps, arm movements, turns, as well as shoulder and head movements.
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