Guest Artists and Choreographers

Olimdjon Beknazarov


Olimdjon Beknazarov has over twenty-five years experience as a dancer and choreographer in contemporary dance. His dances have won many prizes, including 1st prize in the 2008 Kleurrijke Dance Competition and 1st prize in the 2002 World Dance Festival Rotterdam. He is Artistic Director of Netherlands-based WereldDansGroep Voyage, which is well-known in Europe for his evening length, ethno-contemporary choreographies, including “Nomads: The Last Refuge” and "Epiphany." Olimdjon has taught Master Classes and workshops internationally in ballet, contemporary dance, and Russian and Central Asian traditional dances. Originally born in Uzbekistan, he studied at the Akademi of Ballet in St.Petersburg and is a certified Vaganova instructor. Olimdjon's extensive research in world dance has taken him to India, Greece, Israel, Cyprus, Russia, and the USA, but he currently resides in Rotterdam, Netherlands, where he is a staff ballet trainer for the Netherlands National Ice Skating team. 

(Choreographer of "Dil Yajrasin" and "Ferghana Tanovari" Uzbek dances, "Hayrona" and "Chirajlik" Uighur dances)

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Lori Clark


Lori Clark is a leading dancer, a choreographer and a published dance anthropologist. She completed her undergraduate studies in dance and language at Adelphi University and has a Master’s degree in dance from American University. Lori is a regular performer in the corps de ballet for the Washington Opera. She travelled to India to study at the Sr i Ram Bharatiya Kala Kendra under Guru Bansi Lal. With fellow dance anthropologists Christel Stevens and Dr. Naima Prevots of American University, Clark conducted the study, "Images of Women in Indian Dance, Sacred and Profane", sponsored by The Smithsonian Institution Foreign Currency Program. Lori's Middle Eastern/belly dance career started in Washington, DC when she was a teenager. Audiences of her Middle Eastern dances know her as "Yasmina". Lori has performed for former First Lady Laura Bush, Prince Turki bin Faisal and many other American and foreign dignitaries. A student of flamenco for many years, Lori studies and performs regularly with Ana Martinez and Paco de Malaga, award-winning artists and recipients of Spain's La Cruz de Oficial de la Orden de Isabel la Catolica. Lori is a member of the negotiating committee for the American Guild of Musical Artists (AGMA) to the Washington National Opera. She also serves as an artistic grants panelist for Prince George's County, MD.

(Choreographer of "Mayya Mayya" Indian/Arabic fusion dance)

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Mujgan Ergil

Caucasus/Turkic Dance Specialist

(Choreographer of "Ciftetelli" Crimean Tatar dance)

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Gulchin Gulmamadova


Growing up in Tajikistan, Gulchin Gulmamadova danced with the “Badakhshan” dancing and singing troupe and remains an avid fan of Tajik Badakhshani music. When she is not listening to or watching performances of Central Asian music, Gulchin works as a freelance public health consultant and is also the co-author of “Love and War in Afghanistan”.

(Choreographer of "Lalu Labatro" Tajik dance)

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Miriam Peretz


Miriam Peretz is an internationally acclaimed performing artist and dance instructor. She was a principle dancer with Inbal Ethnic Dance Theater in Tel Aviv, Israel, and is now assistant artistic director and principle dancer for Ballet Afsaneh with whom she has been a member since 1998.  Miriam specializes in dances from the Silk Road (Persia and Central Asia), Middle-East, North Africa, Roma "Gypsy" trail, and Sacred Dance/Dance Midrash. She has also trained in Flamenco, Hawaiian, West African, Capoeira, Afro-Cuban, Afro-Haitian, Dunham Technique, and various forms of modern dance. Miriam has studied with master teachers from around the world including Egypt, Spain, Morocco, Turkey, Tajikistan and Israel. In the bay area she has been privileged to study with Sharlyn Sawyer, Mahea Uchiyama, Suhaila Salimpour, Nanna Candelaria, Katarina Burda, and Yaelisa. Her studies and extensive work with traditional dance forms has also inspired new innovative work in the realm of Sacred Dance. Miriam holds a B.A. in performing arts with a dance emphasis from Saint Mary's College of California, and is a certified Pilates instructor.

(Choreographer of "Raghse Daf" Persian/Azeri fusion dance)

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Kamallata Singha


Born in Assam, India, Kamallata made her debut on India's National Television Network (Doordarshan) at the tender age of four.  In 1993, she appeared in the Bollywood movie Akanksha, which premiered in the U.S. Her well-reviewed performance landed her a gig as the hostess of the popular T.V. show Namaste Asia. As a member of the Washington Performing Arts Society, Kamallata was involved in teaching and performing classical Indian dance for kids of various ages. Kamallata has won various dance awards, such as the prestigious Maryland State Arts Council Award for Best Individual Artist. She won Top Teacher Award during her tenure with Arthur Murray Dance Studio, in addition to various championships and scholarships at different D.C., Maryland and Virginia Ballroom competitions. In 2010, she joined Dhoonya Dance, the Washington, DC Metro area's premier Indian Bollywood dance company.

(Choreographer of "Desi Girl" Bollywood dance)

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