Anthony Shay

Anthony Shay

Dancer & Professor

Anthony Shay is a dancer, choreographer, and professor of dance at Pomona College. He specializes in Eastern European, Middle Eastern, North African and Central Asian dance. In his 50 years of work, he has created over 200 choreographies and developed and directed several dance groups. He obtained MAs from the University of California, Los Angeles and California State University, Los Angeles and received his Ph.D. from University of California, Riverside.

Dr. Shay’s two most recent publications are Folk Dance and the Creation of National Identities: Staging the Folk and Dance in the Persianate World: Aesthetics, Histories, Practices.

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Dance in Iran and the Iranian Diaspora

What can Dance and Other Patterned Movement Systems Tell Us About Iranian Society The question is often posed to me: why study and analyze dance and other movement systems as a specific lens for of the observation of human behavior that permits the interested scholar or lay person to find nuances and elements of identity—sexual, ethnic, national, class, and religious—through movement analysis and the observation of dance events in Iran and the Iranian diaspora?

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