Photo by Melissa Bagley

Photo by Melissa Bagley

About

Shadan is a teacher, choreographer, and performer with 15 years of experience in Persian and Central Asian dances. She dances throughout the San Jose / San Francisco Bay Area as a soloist, duet, with her students, as well as with Miriam Peretz’s Nava Dance Collective. Shadan is known for her expressive performances, and finds great joy in sharing her love of this graceful art form as well as Iran's rich culture. She teaches weekly dance classes for children and adults, and is available for private dance lessons. She also teaches private piano lessons for children.

Shadan started her dance career in 1998, as a dancer of the Iranian Student Cultural & Aesthetic Organization at UC Davis. Upon graduation she continued performing with ISCAO dance choreographers who formed Beshkan Dance Academy, and with Club Iberia, a UC Berkeley flamenco student dance group. In 2005, she joined the prestigious Afsaneh Art and Culture Society and performed with Ballet Afsaneh at venues such as the Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco for the Ethnic Dance Festival in 2009, the Ritz Carlton Hotel for a benefit event for the Encyclopedia Iranica Foundation, and at annual parades in New York City for Norooz (Persian New Year). She has studied extensively with Miriam Peretz, Shahrzad Khorsandi, Ballet Afsaneh and Afsaneh Academy teachers like Hannah Romanowsky and Kristen Sague. She recently completed Shahrzad Khorsandi’s course, Comprehensive Fundamentals in Persian Dance, and continues to take workshops with renowned instructors such as Mr. Zokhrabov of the State Dance Ensemble of Azerbaijan.

When she is not teaching or performing, she is being a mother to two sweet boys, reading, cooking, hiking or biking with her family, training for her next charity swim event, skiing or trying to convince her husband to watch foreign films with her.