Dance is love made manifest. The time is NOW to connect deeply with what you truly love, to align yourself with Source energy and ignite your creative flame. In our world today, to survive and be of true service, we need to be PASSIONATELY ALIVE and PRESENT. Since “no one can truly light your flame for you and keep it alive”, says Rumi, “but yourself”, it is imperative to have a body/spirit based practice that serves as a cauldron to nourish this flame.
Dance of Oneness® is this kind of practice as it supports your living your fullest potential through loving your body and your Self, and living as a lover. It is dance as a spiritual path and a science of embodiment, integrating 3 dimensions: rigorous dance technique and free-style self expression; wisdom teachings; and healing. It is based in Tai Chi, Persian dance, whirling, flamenco and Middle Eastern tribal dances, Sufi teachings, Divine Feminine Wisdom, Christ Consciousness, Chinese Medicine and the Chakra system.
Join in a nurturing yet thrilling weave of guided and free-style dance set to world grooves, Rumi’s poetry, whirling, chanting, yoga, meditation, wisdom teachings, a sharing circle and lots of laughter.
Through peaceful groundedness, empowered embodiment and passionate engagement and service, we live our flame to the extent that even chaos can feel like home. Once you dance your passion, you begin to dance your life!
For women and men. All levels of experience are welcome.
More Info: Email | 800.933.6339 or 250.935.6576 outside North America
26 hrs towards Dance of Oneness® Certification Program
This practice of oneness, through Dance, with the Beloved that is so alive in the being of you, Banafsheh, has been a total joy! A truly transformational & healing journey deeper into the love within, into the Beloved. Thank you, for the gentleness & humbleness with which you teach. Thank you for touching my heart with such deep beauty and for the reminder that the love comes from within.
Niomi Starspires, Hollyhock 2017
3-day workshop at Estudio Cristiane Azem in Madrid, Spain
The central female figure in Persian Miniature paintings, the Saaghi is the Muse and wine-bearer who serves the wine of divine grace, bringing presence, inspiration and ecstasy. Learn from Banafsheh, master teacher of Persian dance and Sama how to embody the Muse and receive her revelations through a weaving of the ethereal, sensual beauty of classical Persian dance, the spiritual passion of Sufi ritual and trance movement and Banafsheh’s contemporary fiery, fluid and grounded style. Dance the Muse through the poetry of Rumi, Hafez and Khayyam and Banafsheh’s Persian Alphabet postures that enable you to dance out words and poems.
Level 1: Beginning
Level 2: Intermediate/Advanced
- Divided into 6 sessions, those titled Levels 1 and 2 focus on the Muse and a fusion of classical and contemporary choreography.
- The Sama (whirling) sessions focus on Sufi ritual and trance movement and are open to all.
- Take all 6 sessions for a complete immersion. Content is not repeated but builds.
- All sessions count toward Dance of Oneness® certification hours.
These highly energetic sacred dance workshops are technique-based yet internal, fusing dance and spirituality. Suitable for people with a background in dance, but open to all.
For more information about the workshop:
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For Spanish – Click Here!
1 workshop 60 €
2 workshops 110 €
3 workshops 155 €
4 workshops 200 €
5 workshops 240 €
6 workshops 280 €
Send an Email to Estudio Cristiane Azem. Danza y Arte requesting to register for the workshop or sign up on the Facebook Event page.
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10 hrs towards Dance of Oneness® Certification Program
3-day workshop at Rowe Center, Rowe, MA
The time is NOW to surrender to the power of love and dance to liberate your body so you can experience the living fiery passion in your heart that can initiate you into being a true human being. Dance in community with others to align your body, heart, and mind with your purpose for being alive.
Dance with the whole of your life, with the whole of your passion, with all of your pain, and with all of your hunger for love so dance can heal you and help heal our world by transforming your resistances to possibilities.
Join Banafsheh in a nurturing yet rigorous weave of guided and free-style dance, stillness, whirling, healing movement, Rumi’s poetry, mindfulness techniques, chanting, stretching, meditation, wisdom teachings, a sharing circle and lots of laughter.
Experience the profound movement meditation of Sama (whirling) as a way to surrender, listen for guidance from your soul, and uncover and nourish your passion. Journey into grounding, releasing, centering, and opening techniques that connect you to the core of your being and allow you to soften, so you can flower radiantly from the wisdom of your heart.
Through peaceful groundedness, empowered embodiment and passionate engagement and service, come home to your body and soul.
All are welcome / Mixed levels
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Tuition: $410-$510 (does not include housing)
More info: Email | 413.339.4954
10 hrs towards Dance of Oneness® Certification Program
Banafsheh facilitates a sensuous, feminine, powerful embodiment of the soul, a spiritual path that I am dedicating myself to exploring. She holds a loving and vibrant energy for the room that enables me to go further than I could by myself.
– Susanne Bowra, Switzerland, 2017
Passion burns down every branch of exhaustion.
Passion is the supreme alchemical elixir, and renews all things.
Let divine passion triumph, and rebirth you in yourself.
The extreme times we live in demand that we be PRESENT, PASSIONATELY ALIVE and stand in and for what we believe in.
3-hour sacred dance workshop at Open Center, NYC
NOW is all there is and when you dance to align your body, heart, and mind with your purpose for being ALIVE in community with others, then NOW becomes super potent for transformation on both the personal and collective levels.
Guided by the poetry of Rumi, claim your body and being in the present moment through a yin-yang synthesis of passionate and exuberant movement with peaceful and sensual embodiment.
Learn effective grounding, centering, heart opening and empowering techniques through guided and free-style dance, whirling, meditation and laughter to help you clear yourself of drama, listen for guidance from Spirit, and ground your soul in your body.
Mixed levels. Open to All, best suited for people with a background in dance and movement.
Mixed levels. Please bring soft-soled dance shoes or socks.
$40 NYOC members, $45 non-members
Email | Call 212-219-2527
Thank you Banafsheh for unapologetically being who you are and sharing what you uniquely share in the world – what the Divine offers through you. Thank you for so generously sharing your practices and the wisdom that brought you to these practices and the wisdom that moves through you during these practices.
Candice Salyers, Rowe Center, MA 2017
Weekend workshop with Tony Khalife at Stowel Lake Farm, B.C., Canada
Experience Banafsheh’s transformational teaching in a fusion of passionate yet peaceful dance to embody Spirit. Explore dance as a conscious vehicle to come in touch with who you TRULY are and can offer in this time of infinite potential and need.
From high-powered guided and free-style dance to the deep serenity of whirling, take a journey in your inner terrain with Tony Khalife’s blend of Middle Eastern and Indian trance music. Feel your fullest presence in the Here and Now with movement, luscious and devotional that brings you in touch with your core – peaceful, centered, strong, vibrant, open, free, and in community with others.
Mixed Levels, open to all.
Suitable for people with little or no background in movement or dance as well as trained dancers, yoga and other movement practitioners. The only pre-requisite is a desire to connect your mind, body and soul through sacred movement. This workshop fulfills 10 hours towards the 200/400-hr Dance of Oneness Certification Program.
Dress comfortably – something you feel beautiful in
Bring a yoga mat and socks or soft-soled dance shoes
You will learn:
– Luscious movements that build internal strength, vitality, flexibility and balance
– How to come in touch with and express your feminine radiance
– Elements of Persian dance as an expression of the divine feminine
– Elements of flamenco as an expression of the divine feminine
– The movement meditation of Sama/whirling
– Zikr or chanting
– Grounding, releasing, centering and opening dance and movement techniques in preparation for Sama/whirling, Persian dance and flamenco
– Divine feminine wisdom
– Tools to access joy, peace and lucidity in your daily life
Tuition (includes 2 nights of accommodation and 6 meals):
Private room: 615 CAD
Shared room: 560 CAD
Camping: 475 CAD
Commuter (off-site accommodation): 405 CAD
Vegetables grown on the farm are used whenever possible and all meals are vegetarian, locally grown, organic and infused with love. Rooms are being offered on a first-come-first-served basis.
The workshop starts with dinner on Friday evening. Please arrive between 3:00 – 5:00 PM to check into your room. Workshop schedule is as follows:
Saturday: 10-12:30 | 3:30-6 | 8-9:30
We advise to get reservations for your ferry travel.
If you would like to spend an extra night or bring your partner/ children,
please contact Stowel Lake Farm for details.
Registration Only: Email or call 250-653-4308
Contact Shauna Devlin for all other inquires:
Email or call: 250-709-1921
By the end of the workshop, I was present in every cell and I enjoyed being a fluid body. I have been in all sorts of classes but in no class whatsoever was there the opportunity to express oneself. To move as one is called to, as one feels like and to explore deeper and deeper one’s own body language and what it says. This workshop allows that.
Gida Hussami, Schweibenalp, Switzerland, 2017
The sessions with Banafsheh activate a yummy vibration in my power chakra, the womb space, which feels delicious and self-nurturing. I felt my Dantien grounded and activated as soon as I sat down next to Banafsheh in a sharing circle. Watching Banafsheh perform I feel the ecstasy of her dance physically in my body. Banafsheh’s teaching that I practice regularly take me out of a emotionally dark space into a delicious, blissful connection with myself in my body.
Her teaching is vital to my recovery from “corporate exhaustion. Since finding this amazing spiritual teacher at the beginning of the year, I have dedicated myself seriously to this study.
Tony Khalife was such a powerful addition to Banafsheh’s teaching. His music supported and elevated the experience of her teaching skillfully and magically. Tony led us in vocalizations that gave me a completely new experience of my voice resonating in my body, not squeezed in my throat, even when going up with the tone.
Susanne Bowra, PhD, Multiversity, Santa Cruz, CA, 2017