The beauty and grace of traditional Central Asian dance comes to the stage with a performance by the award-winning Silk Road Dance Company. The concert celebrates traditional women’s dances of Uzbekistan, providing a glimpse into a culture unfamiliar to most Americans. Located at the heart of Central Asia, Uzbekistan boasts a rich heritage of folk and classical dances. Each region has distinct dance styles, characterized by intricate arm and hand movements, a variety of spins and turns, backbends, shoulder isolations and animated facial expressions. Lavish costuming, made from sumptuous textiles, reflects the history of the Silk Road as a conduit for trade and cultural exchange. Founded in 1995 by scholar and choreographer Dr. Laurel Victoria Gray, the award-winning Silk Road Dance Company has performed throughout the US and in Uzbekistan, Qatar, Singapore, Canada and the UK. They have appeared 11 times at the Kennedy Center and were featured performers at the historic 2015 White House Nowruz Celebration. Gray – known as the “pioneer of Uzbek dance in America” - first traveled to Central Asia and the Caucasus as a teenager in 1973; she brings a depth of understanding to productions based on her decades of field research and study.
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