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Karavansaray Dance Company

presenting traditional and folkloric dance from throughout the Near East

Karavansaray - Folkloric
Karavansaray in Folkloric costumes, Sept. 2013
(L to R) Stacey, Lizzy, Amanda, Diane, Kelley, Fatima, Khajulah, Asiyah

Karavansaray Rakkasah 2013
Karavansaray in Egyptian Asyut at Rakkasah Festival, March 2013
(L to R) Fatima, Amanda, Stacey, Lizzy, Khajulah, Diane, Asiyah
photo by Carl Sermon

Karavansaray Dec. 2012
Karavansaray in Traditional/Classical Style, Dec. 2012
(L to R)  Amanda, Khajulah, Stacey, Diane, Asiyah 

Since its debut in July 2008, Karavansaray Dance Company has embarked upon a journey of exploration. Like the caravan stops on the Silk Road from which this troupe takes its name, Karavansaray brings together wide-ranging cultural influences from regions across the Near East: Turkey, Egypt, North Africa, the Levant, Armenia, Greece, Persia, and Central Asia. We honor the traditions of the regional dances we present, while respectfully blending and innovating as we take the dances onto the performance stage. The company performs primarily Folkloric Near Eastern dance styles, and our repertoire expands every year.

Karavansaray has performed at festivals, fundraisers, and independent living homes, among many other venues -- all to enthusiastic response. Events have included Willow Glen's "Dancin' on the Avenue," the Holiday Peace Fair, Taste of Tapestry San JoseMECDA Galas, Carnival of Stars, Ashkenaz's Cafe Bellie, Santa Cruz Raks, Desert Dance Festival, HaflAdira, Rakkasah West, the Santa Clara Art & Wine Festival, and Setareh's I Java Hafla. In 2014, Karavansaray was featured in the Rotunda Dance Series at San Francisco City Hall, and in 2016, the company was invited to participate in Bellydance for Syria, a benefit to support Syrian refugees.

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Check out a little bit of Karavansaray's offerings in these videos:
  Carnival of Stars, Aug. 2011
  Desert Dance Festival, Sept. 2011
  Winter Wonderland, Dec. 2012
  Hot Moroccan Nights, Mar. 2013

Read an article published by Dancers' Group previewing our performance at the Rotunda Dance Series in 2014.

For more information about this emerging dance company, including performance inquiries, please contact Amanda.

Karavansaray rehearses on Monday nights in San Jose. Please contact Amanda if you are interested in joining the company.

This page last updated  Oct. 4, 2016. 
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