Dance (Pomona), Theatre (Pomona)
group dance, solo improvisational dance, professional dance, ritual and religious dance
The Kurds are a nomadic people whose homeland (Kurdistan) and population (of some 10 million) are now divided among mountainous rural regions of Syria, Turkey, Iran, Iraq, and Armenia; small numbers live in Israel and the Republic of Georgia, (and a separatist movement is headquartered in Paris, France). They speak an Iranian (a Persian) language, and some believe them to be the descendants of the ancient Medes. Without a state of their own, the Kurds place great importance on such cultural forms and identity markers as dancing.
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Shay, Anthony. "Kurdish Dance." In Selma Jeanne Cohen, Ed., International Encyclopedia of Dance, Vol. 4. New York: Oxford University Press, 1998, 78-79.