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Internationally renowned dancer, répétiteur, teaching artist, choreographer, collaborator, innovator and writer living in New York City.
Parisa Khobdeh is an actual Texan whose parents left Tehran a few years before the 1979 Islamic revolution. She grew up in Plano, a suburb north of Dallas, where she studied Balanchine technique at Chamberlain School of Ballet under Kathy Chamberlain. There, she danced with Carlos Acosta, Phillip Broomhead, and more.
Parisa received her BFA in Dance Performance from Southern Methodist University, dancing the works of Robert Battle, Judith Jamison, Donald McKayle, Martha Graham and Shen Wei. After attending American Dance Festival on a Tom Adams scholarship, she premiered at ADF with the Paul Taylor Dance Company, where she has performed for over 16 years.
Her extensive body of work as a Paul Taylor dancer earned her a New York Performing Arts award nomination (“The Bessie”). She has created and performed in principal and supporting roles in over 100 Taylor works and has worked with other notable choreographers, including Kyle Abraham, Bryan Arias, Doug Elkins, Margie Gillis, David Grenke, Larry Keigwin, Pam Tanowitz, Doug Varone, and Lila York.
Nothing happens until something moves.
- Albert Einstein
To make a statement, we must be unafraid to both honor and redefine our heritage. The sacred grounds of dancemaking are formed by an understanding of the modern paradox: we must know the rules, and we must fearlessly break them. This is the lifeblood of innovation.