Chamberlain School of Ballet recently announced a Plano workshop on August 1-3 led by Parisa Khobdeh, a nominee for a 2016 NY Dance and Performance Award (a “Bessie”). Parisa, born and raised in Plano, Texas, previously trained with Kathy Chamberlain, founder of Chamberlain School of Ballet.
Paris also trained with Gilles Tanguay at Dance Consortium. She graduated Magna Cum Laude with a B.F.A. degree in Dance Performance and Computer Science from Southern Methodist University. While a scholarship student there, and at the American Dance Festival as a Tom Adams Scholar, she worked with choreographers Robert Battle, Judith Jamison, Donald McKayle and Shen Wei, among others. She also attended Paul Taylor and Martha Graham dance intensives in New York City, and made her debut with the Paul Taylor Dance Company at the American Dance Festival in summer of 2003.
In 2006 Parisa made her New York theatrical debut at the Stella Adler Studios in the lead role of Lanford Wilson’s play “Burn This” and was featured in Dance Magazine as a performer “On The Rise.” She was featured on the cover of that magazine’s December 2012 issue, and in October 2015 she penned an article for it entitled “Why I Dance.”
She restaged Paul Taylor’s “The Word” at The College of William and Mary in 2013 and continues teaching masterclasses at universities, schools and festivals around the world. She has choreographed dances to benefit human rights organizations and for independent films. Her most recent ballet “Traces” premiered in New York City for an arts fundraiser benefiting the Children of Bellevue Hospital. Her body of work for the Taylor Company earned her a nomination for a 2016 NY Dance and Performance Award (a “Bessie”).
To register for the Mastern Modern Workshop with Parisa Khobdeh, call Chamberlain School of Ballet at 972-985-1374.
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