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Saturday February 25
2:30pm - 4:30pm

Persian Dance Technique & Combinations with Shahrzad

While learning a beautiful combination, we will focus on Persian dance technique, exploring:
- The elegant bodyline which reflects the rich and refined aesthetics of Persian culture,
- Smooth, organic transitions within movement patterns, and other integral elements of Persian dance
- The embodiment of dynamic nuances in Persian music
This workshop is ideal for dancers who wish to strengthen their musicality and dynamic expression within the parameters of Persian dance technique

Shahrzad Khorsandi was born and raised in Iran and moved to the Bay Area in 1980. She studied Dance and Performance Art at California Institute of the Arts, has a BA in Dance, and an MA in Creative Arts from San Francisco State University. She specializes in classical & contemporary Persian ballet. Her dance training also includes Modern, Jazz, Ballet, West African, Afro-Haitian, among various other world dances. Shahrzad has been faculty at Solano College, St. Mary’s College, Diablo Valley College and Contra Costa College, and is the founder and artistic director of Shahrzad Dance Academy (SDA) and Shahrzad Dance Company (SDC) in Berkeley, CA . Shahrzad has combined her formal training in dance with her intrinsic knowledge of Persian aesthetics to explore the depths of Persian dance, and has not only found her artistic voice in her own unique technique but also developed a formal structure for teaching this style. With conceptual themes and complex movement patterns, Shahrzad unleashes the expression of contemporary dance with the refined, poetically potent aesthetics of an ancient culture, creating her own unique style of dance which she identifies as Contemporary Persian Ballet.

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Cost: $55 in advance. $65 at the door.
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Studio Features

Features of Halanda Studio:

Front Door Interior View

Halanda Studio as viewed from Lincoln Avenue entrance


Curtains drawn for a Performance

  • 900 square-foot space
  • 40 feet of wall mirrors on one side
  • Cushioned laminate flooring
  • Stereo system with CD player, iPod charging dock, MP3 player, AUX & USB input, remote, and wall-mounted speakers
  • TV with VCR and DVD
  • Central Air Conditioning and Heating
  • Private bathroom with full-length mirror
  • Curtains for performance space, photo/video backdrop, and private changing area
  • 50 folding chairs available as needed (please inform us in advance)
  • Free-standing ballet barre available as needed: 6 feet long, double-sided, height-adjustable (please inform us in advance) 

Rates and Rental Policies

Studio Rental Rates

$50/hr for Non-Peak Hours
$65/hr for Peak Hours [Monday-Thursday 6-9pm, and Saturday 9am-2pm]

Discount Opportunities for Advanced Payment

  • 8 hours in a single day pre-paid: 5% Discount
  • 10-20 hours pre-paid: 5% Discount
  • 20-30 hours pre-paid: 10% Discount
  • 30-40 hours pre-paid: 15% Discount
  • 40 hours or more pre-paid: 20% Discount

In addition, a special rate of $28/hour is available for private practices or personal training involving one or two people only (including the renter), during Non-Peak hours (min 4 hours at a time). Please contact us for more information.

Payment Terms

  • 30% payment (non-refundable) required to book rental. Full payment is required for Halanda to publish or promote your event
  • Total payment for rental term required prior to first use


Rental payments are not refundable, but if an event organizer needs to cancel the event after payment and notifies Halanda Studio at least one week prior to the cancellation, Halanda Studio can issue a monetary credit for the cancelled time, valid up to three months from the original event date. 

Studio Use Policies

  • Food and drink other than water are not permitted in the Studio, except with pre-payment of a $80 Cleaning Deposit. Deposit is refundable upon verification of a clean studio after the class/event.
  • Alcoholic beverages are not permitted in the Studio under any circumstances. 
  • Using 10 or less chairs is complimentary. A $40 fee is required for using more than 10 chairs. You will need to restack the chairs as you found them regardless of how many you use.
  • Animals are not permitted in the Studio.