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Technique Classes with Guest Artist Sharaf DarZaid

Thursday, March 5, 2020 at 4:50pm to 6:20pm

Schwartz Center for Performing Arts, Room 320
430 College Ave, Ithaca, NY 14850, USA

February 26–March 5
MW 4:50–6:20 p.m.
TR 2:55–4:10 p.m. & 4:50–6:20 p.m.
Room 320, Schwartz Center for the Performing Arts

Join us for AfroDabke dance classes with guest-artist-in-dance Sharaf DarZaid.

While at Cornell, DarZaid will also give a public talk on March 2 from 12–1:30 in the Schwartz Center's Film Forum, and will perform his solo “To Be ...” in the Locally Grown Dance (LGD) concert March 5–7 at 7:30 p.m. in the Schwartz Center's Kiplinger Theatre.

The technique classes and talk are free and open to the public. Tickets for Locally Grown Dance are available at

Sharaf DarZaid is a Palestinian artist, art manager, and member of EI-Funoun Palestinian Popular Dance Troupe, Palestine’s leading dance group, in Ramallah.

He completed the International Baccalaureate in high school and then went on to study at Birzeit University, graduating in 2009 with a B.A. in Business Administration. In 2012, DarZaid graduated with an M.A. in Art Management from the Utrecht School of the Arts, Netherlands. In 2015, he published his book Art Management in an Environment of Oppression.

DarZaid choreographs, teaches, and performs in folkloric and contemporary works with El-Funoun. He is also the Projects Manager at the Popular Art Centre (PAC) in Ramallah and coordinates the Palestine International Festival, the Dance School, and other projects. His work as a performer and choreographer is also seen in different local and international professional dance productions and festivals.

DarZaid trains youth groups at PAC dance school, co-coaches and directs different Training-for-Trainer courses, gives workshops in both Palestinian folkloric and contemporary dance, and has trained and/or established youth dance groups in marginalized communities and refugee camps.

This Guest-Artist-in-Dance program has been made possible through the generous gift of Cheryl Whaley and Eric Aboaf.

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