NAMAH Dance Ensemble

Contemporary Sacred Dance


NAMAH is a non-profit performing arts company that presents Persian and world dance, music and theater through public performances, educational outreach programs, workshops, lectures, and studio instruction.

In the pre-Sanskrit language of Avesta, NAMAH means reverence and greeting. Banafsheh and dancer, Irene Masharo established NAMAH with the aim to express the ancient within the contemporary, and the sacred within dance.
Since 1994, under Artistic Director, Banafsheh Sayyad, NAMAH has created an exciting body of work built on innovative movement vocabulary, rigorous dance technique and the powerful exploration of ancient mysticism. NAMAH has toured annually throughout North America, Europe and Australia since 2000.
NAMAH has performed at prestigious venues and international festivals.

NAMAH has performed at prestigious venues and
international festivals.

The Cherished Friends and Supporters of NAMAH include:

James Irvine Foundation
LA County Arts Commission
Florida Arts Council
State of Florida, Division of Cultural Affairs
Norwegian Arts Council
Entertaining and revolutionary, both!
– Vancouver Sun
The perfect way to open the ritual aspects of Persian dance to a wider audience while preserving the sense of participating in something sacred.
– LA Weekly

Dance of Oneness® is the dance I had been waiting to do all my life. From a young age I had danced, read watched and followed Isadora Duncan, Martha Graham, Joffery Ballet, Margie Gillis, Gabriel Roth and many more than I can name that moved in a way that spoke to me. Dance of Oneness® is the culmination of all that I had been drawn to in the other dance forms which seemed to be missing the main ingredient. Banafsheh has found the missing thread which is the opening to the Beloved, to truly give yourself in movement to the Divine energy that resides and moves through all of us from the Earth and the Heavens. I felt that for the first time in our dancing. It also reintroduced me to my own body, allowed me to accept my imperfections and for the first time in years swim naked in the ocean. All of this and more.

Janet Sawatsky


Transformative! Banafsheh skillfully takes us step by step to an experience of dance that brings me deeper into my body, to peace, feeling grounded and open to beauty and to love. Most importantly for me, the process brought me to experience a lovingness toward myself. I appreciate her presence of gentleness and fierce passion, and I’m inspired to bring my best self into my world.

Mary Regis


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