Women's Dance of the Orient

Helene Eriksen  

and the 

ANAR DANA SF Bay Area Project 

in collaboration with Katy Alaniz Rous 
and Students of the International Studies Academy



Dances Under 

the Crescent Moon 2


Saturday May 9, 2015, 8pm
Sunday May 10, 2015, 2pm


International Studies Academy
655 De Haro Street
San Francisco, CA, 94107

 "Dances Under the Crescent Moon 2"

a special evening of Women's Dance of the Orient

The ANAR DANA SF Bay Area Project presents dances spanning three continents, 
in the culmination of a 16-month intensive training project
with internationally-acclaimed dance ethnologist Helene Eriksen.

Helene - Baladi
Featuring dances by the ANAR DANA SF Bay Area Project Ensemble from ...
Egypt    (Baladi)
Bulgaria   (Thracian dances and Rucenica)
Turkey   (Turkish Henna night suite from Elazig)
Iran   (Persian Qajar-style court dance)
Uzbekistan   (Ferghana Valley dance)


Solos by Helene Eriksen from ...
Algeria  (Ouled Nail)


Dances by the Students of the International Studies Academy, under direction of Katy Alaniz Rous, from...
Iran  (Bandari)
Turkey  (Romani)

with special musical guests,

Hector Bezanis
and Rumen Shopov

The ANAR DANA SF Bay Area Project Ensemble is
Alena, Amanda, Jessaiah, Patricia, Penny, Rebecca, Stacey

Two Shows:
Saturday, May 9, 2015, 8pm
Sunday, May 10, 2015, 2pm


International Studies Academy at Enola Maxwell
665 De Haro Street, San Francisco CA 94017
(off Mariposa)


$20 in advance
$25 at the door

 Purchase and Print Tickets Online 
(available until 9am on the day of the show)

or directly from your local ANAR DANA member

cash or check only at the door, please

for more information about the show,
please contact Amanda at 408-807-4140
or email AnarDanaBA<at>earthlink<dot>net

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Helene Eriksen is a teacher and choreographer of traditional dances of the Balkans and Islamic Orient. She lectures and publishes on dance ethnology and costume studies. In order to do this she has conducted many research projects in Bulgaria, ex-Yugoslavia, Hungary, Romania, Greece, Turkey, Armenia, Georgia, Egypt, the ex-USSR, Tunisia and Morocco as well as with immigrants in Germany, Canada and the USA. She speaks several languages. She is an active member of the Study Group on Ethnochoreology (ICTM/UNESCO). For many years she has been leading dance and culture study tours and now she is the director of her own travel agency Window on the World Voyages.

Helene studied Dance Ethnology at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and was later a doctoral candidate in Folklore, Slavistics and Turcology at the Georg-August University in Göttingen, Germany. In Los Angeles she performed with AVAZ International Dance Theater, Gypsy Dance Company and Jasna Planina Ensemble. After a year at the Folkdance Academy in Plovdiv, Bulgaria she was a guest of the Turkish State Folkdance Ensemble in Ankara. She directed her own ensemble Raqs-e Hilal for several years in Germany and is currently directing her new project, Helene Eriksen's Traditional Dance Theater, in Seattle. As a dancer she is in demand internationally with performances in Germany, Austria, England, Denmark, Sweden, Holland, France, Switzerland, Bulgaria, Croatia, Turkey, Russia, Canada, Norway, the USA, Pakistan, Algeria, Slovenia, and Mexico.

this page last updated May 1, 2015