Uzbek Dance and Culture Society
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May 14, 2016 -
A capacity crowd filled the Takoma Auditorium for the
"Dance Treasures of Uzbekistan" concert, part of the We Are Takoma series. In addition to beautiful dances presented by Silk Road Dance Company in traditional costumes, audiences members enjoyed a stunning film about the historic cities of Uzbekistan. After the concert, the Embassy of Uzbekistan hosted a reception featuring Uzbek cuisine.
Tashkent Celebration of the 100th Jubilee
Discover Uzbek Dance!
Founded in 1985, by Dr. Laurel Victoria Gray the Uzbek Dance and Culture Society builds bridges of understanding between East and West through the preservation and promulgation of traditional Central Asian arts.
Activities include cultural exchange programs, concert tours, lectures, dance demonstrations, master classes with leading Uzbek artists, and other events.
The Uzbek Dance and Culture Society (UDCS) organized the U.S. tours for the "Artists of Uzbekistan" (1989) and the "Uzbekistan Folklore Ensemble" (1990), as well as assisting with the 2001 Kennedy Center concert by Tashkent's Ensemble Munojot.
In 1988, at the invitation of Uzbekistan's Union of Theatrical Workers, the Uzbek Dance and Culture Society traveled to Uzbekistan and Georgia. The historic 1989 delegation, with 30 participants, returned to Uzbekistan to work closely with artists from Tashkent's professional theatres.
Since 1995, the Central Asian Dance Camp has provided opportunities for Americans to study traditional Uzbek, Tajik, Uighur, Afghan and Persian dance with master instructors. The first camps took place in Santa Fe, New Mexico, then relocated to Washington, DC, where they have been held at various locations, including the Embassy of the Republic of Uzbekistan. (See photo below.)
Central Asian Dance Camp venues are usually spacious dance studios with mirrors. Meals prepared by professional chefs are often provided for the partipants. A Silk Road Bazaar offers dance costumes, music, and other hard-to-find items for sale.
The Uzbek Dance and Culture Society has hosted leading Uzbek artists including Qizlarhon Dusmuhamedova, Qadir Muminov, Viktoria "Violat" Akilova, Shakir Ahmedov, Habibulla Rasulov, as well as the Uzbekistan Dance Ensemble.
12 August 2014
UZBEK NEWS SERVICE 24
In the Center for the Performing Arts named after John Kennedy was held a concert entitled "Dancing in Uzbekistan."
On the event, organized by the Embassy of the country in the United States in conjunction with the American dance group Silk Road Dance Company («Dance Ensemble Silk Road"), attended representatives of the American socio-political, academic communities and the general public of the city.As reported by "Jahon", Silk Road Dance Company has performed more than ten traditional classical Uzbek dances, such as "Mavrigi", "Dilhirozh", "Guldast", "Pilla", "Boy Boy", "Samarkand ushogi", "Keling Gullar" "Katta uyin" in national costumes.
Before the demonstration of each dance, Laurel Gray who was the leading musical evening artistic director was telling central feature of Uzbek folk dance to the present public in detail.
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