Dance of Oneness®: Rumi and the Dance of Light | Workshop at Esalen, CA

Dance of Oneness®: Rumi and the Dance of Light | Workshop at Esalen, CA

5-day workshop with Tony Khalife and Eskandar Alexander

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How would you like to bring all of yourself to the dance and be the living YES?

Dance is the joy of the soul and the body. The soul’s entry into the body is a dance. Regardless of what you do and what your work is, your soul wants to dance, touch and kiss the infinite, and that can only happen through trusting, letting go and listening to your own divine essence.

Rumi’s vision of sacred passion in action is returning to galvanize our hearts and minds. Dive in and embody his passionate and transformative message and immerse yourself in a sacred field of empowering grace that supports you in living with reverence and light from your deepest passion in the very midst of life.

Sacred dance is not just about feeling blissed out and flying into transcendent light. It’s about uncovering your purpose for being alive and doing the real work of radical embodiment, where you feel yourself as light and matter, male and female, your divine self and shadow, all at once, simply, nakedly, presently, right here, right now as a instrument of love in the world.

Join Banafsheh and musicians Tony Khalife and Eskandar Alexander in a wild, deep and nurturing weave of structured and free-style dance, whirling, chanting, live music, meditation, wisdom teachings, and lots of laughter. The workshop includes a performance and ecstatic dance celebration.

Open to all!
Suitable for women and men 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.

Tuition (+lodging): $675-$5,605
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More info: Email or call 831.667.3000
26 hrs towards Dance of Oneness® Certification Program

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A guide and a mystic, Banafsheh is an unexpected gift in my life. I have reconnected to the divine around and in me and feel empowered to share this loving with others.
– Kathi Coyle

This is deep soul healing for me. Dancing with Banafsheh and Tony is my spiritual practice. It has opened me to new truths. I love them both so much, they bring such love, joy and light into the world. I love the tenderness and the ability to flow with what is present in the moment even if it is grief. This is pure magic!
– Kira Preston

I was immensely moved! It was fun, meaningful, spiritual and educational! Helped me integrate and invigorate! I feel more ALIVE and grounded in my spirituality. I feel committed and more clear about my personal path in life.
– Deborah Braun

I have a renewed love affair with life!
– Tara Miller

Dance Your Passion! | Workshop at Hollyhock, B.C., Canada

Dance Your Passion! | Workshop at Hollyhock, B.C., Canada

5-day workshop

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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.

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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

Dance of Oneness®: Creative Fire~Receptive Being | Workshop at Schweibenalp, Switzerland

Dance of Oneness®: Creative Fire~Receptive Being | Workshop at Schweibenalp, Switzerland

5-day workshop

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Ignite your creative flame, embody and live your dreams and create positive change in yourself and the world.

It is the creative fire that makes us feel truly ALIVE and vital, but this fire needs to be grounded in receptivity and being to be most effective and long lasting. Explore this interplay through dance and most importantly claim your birthright to take up conscious residence in your body with ecstatic serenity.

Feel the embrace of the Beloved, learn to trust your deepest understanding and unleash your wild sweet nectar through timeless, sacred dance, whirling, free-style movement, live music, chanting, singing, Sufi poetry, meditation and lots of laughter. Gain transformative tools for living creatively in your day to day life and manifest true positive contribution to our world.

Open to women and men. Mixed levels. Most appropriate for people with a background in dance, yoga and other movement modalities, all artists, and those who long to live their lives artfully.

Tuition: 600 CHF
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More Info: Email or phone: +41 (0) 33 952 20 00
26 hrs towards Dance of Oneness® Certification Program

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I always get in touch with my best self in Banafsheh’s presence, not speaking of what has been brought into my creative life as a result of her magical work. I have gained freedom in my stage dance performances. I’ve incorporated movements from her classes into my daily exercise routines. I am mindful of my presence in my work interactions, and that I am responsible for making a difference in well being of people around me and especially of my patients.
– Irina Azarova, RN, Schweibenalp Switzerland, 2017

Dance of Oneness®: La Musa (the Muse) | Workshop in Madrid

Dance of Oneness®: La Musa (the Muse) | Workshop in Madrid

3-day workshop at Estudio Cristiane Azem in Madrid, Spain

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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!

Tuition:
1 workshop 60 €
2 workshops 110 €
3 workshops 155 €
4 workshops 200 €
5 workshops 240 €
6 workshops 280 €

TO REGISTER:
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

Dance of Oneness®: LIVE LOVE NOW | Monthly Workshops in LA

Dance of Oneness®: LIVE LOVE NOW | Monthly Workshops in LA

3-hour workshop with musicians Tony Khalife and Eskandar Alexander and guests

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The extreme times we live in demand that we be PRESENT, PASSIONATELY ALIVE, PEACEFUL, and stand in and for what we believe in.

The time is NOW to surrender to the power of love and dance to liberate your body and 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.

Immerse yourself in Banafsheh’s transformational fusion of rigorous and healing dance with embodied spirituality set to Tony and Eskandar’s mesmerizing music from the Middle East and around the globe. Session includes guided and free-style dance, stillness, Sama (whirling), Rumi’s poetry, chanting, stretching, meditation, Sufi teachings, divine feminine wisdom, 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 and purpose.

Mixed levels. Suitable for people with some background in movement or dance, trained dancers, yoga and other movement practitioners.
Dress in comfortable attire you feel beautiful in / bring flexible sole dance shoes or socks

$45 in advance and $50 at the door
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More info: Email | Call (424) 322-8071

Multiple Dates: 
April 14, May 12, June 2
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Tony Khalife is a singer, songwriter, composer, guitarist, percussionist, yogi, artist, teacher, child-soldier and messenger of love and peace. He has been performing and teaching music and facilitating dance and yoga workshops for over 30 years, blending a lifelong search for musical truth into all forms of world music. Website

Eskandar Alexander is a first generation Californian raised on Persian Sonati (traditional) music. He studied Persian Radif since 2009 and Tar since 2012 with Vahid Bayat in the lineage of Maestros Darvishkhan and Lotfi. Alexander sings and plays the Tar, Setar, Daf and Dijeradoo to induce trance states and a deep sense of heart presence. Website

My experience was subtle and deep. The magic of the dance was the medicine, but the medicine was activated and potentiated by the graceful, whole hearted presence of Banafsheh. All at once she is warmly nurturing and absolutely clear in her power and devotion to the Beloved in herself and every dancer in the room.
– Melissa Nobels

Banafsheh is the ambassador of peace, love, and oneness. She is also a healer who reconnects body and soul.
– Farzaneh Aryaee