Last Thursday (July 7, 2016) I had the chance to dance with a group of incredible women at Melissa Network's space close to Victoria Square in Athens, Greece. Melissa Network is a network of migrant women in Greece dedicated to promoting empowerment, communication and active citizenship. Their space at Victoria Square opened during the summer of last year, providing a safe gathering space for migrant women of all ethnicities and nationalities. A few weeks ago, I corresponded
World sing-off starts as "Choir Olympics" opens in Sochi. Photo by Reuters. With the World Choir Games beginning in Sochi, Russia yesterday featuring choirs from all over the world including Noor-e Omid choir from Afghanistan, the opening ceremony saw participants celebrating with dance and song. With the ringing of a huge bell the ninth edition of the biennial World Choir Games were opened in the southern Black Sea resort of Sochi this past week. Known as "the Olympics of ch
Photo by Daily Pakistan Global. With dance an important part of our lives and heritage, we feel it important to include this article as a reminder that dancing isn't always easy. We are sad that so many have died for dance, music, and culture in our recent past, and we thank this article for remembering them. LAHORE: Amjad Sabri was not the first celebrity to be shot dead by unidentified gunmen in Pakistan. Sadly, there are many word-class Pakistani artists who were assassina
Though not exactly about dance, we've included this post in our newsfeed because of the video included in the original article post in which children dance at a wedding in Mazar-e-Sharif. Dance is an important part of many weddings, including in the one highlighted here! Video by TOLOnews. In a complete break from tradition, a young couple from Balkh province chose to forgo the expensive wedding hall and instead hold their wedding ceremony at a recreational park in Mazar-e-Sh
Photo by TOLOnews. In a bid to keep fit and healthy, Afghan women are turning to Zumba - a high energy dance and aerobics fitness program.
Zumba classes are typically about an hour long and are taught by instructors licensed by Zumba Fitness, LLC. Participants say it keeps them slim, healthy and happy.
The high energy fitness program was created by a Colombian dancer and choreographer and has over the past few years taken the world by storm. Approximately 15 million peopl
Photo by Khaama Press. Banned under the Taliban, the centuries-old Afghan dance known as the Attan is flourishing once again. A traditional dance with its origins buried deep within Afghan history, the Attan was once a Pashtun speciality but is now performed by Afghans of all tribes for various occasions. Zabullah Amiri, Attan dancer, says “In the past when the King wanted to announce important news to the people, he would send out drummers, summoning people to gather in town
“It’s not raqs“ said Nasir, captain of a mostly boys’ breakdance crew in Kabul, Afghanistan, as he raises his arms and wiggles his shoulders in a caricature of the rhythmic, upper-body dominated dance characteristic of Afghan weddings. “It’s dance.” Though “raqs“ actually means “dancing” in both Dari and Pashto, the languages of Afghanistan, Nasir and crew shy away from the word. Social dance and music are still touched by conservative taboo here. But, even more importantly,
Angela Schöpke is researching the use of Afghan dance as a tool for conflict resolution and reconciliation in a formal research project sponsored by The George Washington University (GWU). Her project is based on previous research she conducted two years ago in Northern Ireland that documented the effectiveness of an Irish government-sponsored dance program that helped reconcile religious and political factions during the “Irish Troubles.” A formally trained dancer herself,