ZARINA KOBLIVA STANDRIDGE
Zarina is a professional dancer from Tajikistan, specializing in Folkloric dance of Tajikistan, Uzbekistan and Russia. Not only are Zarina’s dances unique, graceful and wonderful, but they have been taught and handed down to her throughout centuries of tradition and culture.
At the age of thirteen, Zarina began dancing with Ensemble Zebo in the capitol of Dushanbe.
At the age of fourteen Zarina began to tour with Ensemble Zebo, founded by Aminzoda Zebo the winner of the Order of Lenin award 1970 for dance and the Lenin Komosomol Prize in 1982 for her contributions to Tajikistan culture.
Zarina blossomed into a great dancer under the direction of Aminzoda Zebo and began to earn solo performance opportunities around her eighteen birthdays. Three years later in 1991 Zarina was named Honorable Dancer of Tajikistan by President Qahhor Mahkomov, this award is similar to our National Medal of Arts.
In 2001 Zarina again received a great honor from her country” Woman of the Year 2001”.
That selfsame year the Aga Khan Trust for Culture chose Zarina to represent Tajikistan in the upcoming 2002 Silk Road Festival that traveled thru Asia, Europe and the United States.
A few of Zaria’s venues:
Vahdat Palace Dushanbe Tajikistan, Emomali Rahonov, Boris Yeltsin
Grand Kremlin Palace, Moscow Russia, Michael Gorbachev
Mariinsky Theater, St.Petersburg Russia, Vladimeir Putin, Michael Gorbachev
Rashtrapati Bhavan, New Delhi India, Rajiv Ratna Gandhi
Tajbeg Palace Kabul Afghanistan, The Taliban
Cite’ de la Musique, Paris France
Rashtrapati Bhavan, New Delhi India, Prince Aga Khan IV
Auditorium di Milano Fondazione Cariplo Milan Italy
Sulla via della seta , Auditorium di Santa Margherita, Venice Italy
Festival of Burgas, Burgas Bulgaria
World Folklore Festival of Bad Godesberg Essen Germany
Festival International de Folklore de Montoire , Montoire-sur –le –Loir France
Smithsonian Folk life Festival, The Silk Road Festival, Washington D.C.
Smithsonian Institute, Dignitaries performance, Washington D.C. Colin Powell, Senator Ted Kennedy, Madeline Albright.
Upon completion of the Silk Road performance in Washington D.C, in the middle of the night, Zarina defected to the United States with the help of an Iranian expatriate.
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