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Twilight of the Empress

An Interactive Day of Workshops

Explore themes of love & unity

in an afternoon of dance, music, sound meditation and artmaking.

Guided & Freestyle Dance with Banafsheh 
Persian Classical Music with Fared Shafinury
Visual Art with Sheila Karbassian
Sound Meditation with Shila Ommi


Sunday, May 19, 2024 from 1 to 5 pm

Arrival: 12:30 pm / Start time: 1 pm


Topanga Community Center

1440 N Topanga Canyon Blvd.
Topanga, CA 90290

Suggested Donation: $25

Banafsheh Sayyad

Iranian sacred dancer, choreographer, teacher, activist, and founder of Dance of Oneness®, Banafsheh Sayyad performs and teaches her award-winning work internationally, initiating people into the wisdom of their bodies. With a Masters of Fine Arts in Dance and Choreography from UCLA and a Masters in Chinese Medicine, she is dedicated to individual and collective healing through conscious dance and movement. Read more about Banafsheh.

Fared Shafinury

Fared Shafinury is a renowned contemporary Iranian-American artist, singer/songwriter, composer, multi-instrumentalist, lyricist, setâr virtuoso, and educator. Starting his music career at the age of 11, he studied Radif music with master musicians, Ostad Shoari, Ostad Zolghadr and Ostad Lotfi. He first gained global recognition for innovation and authenticity in 2010 with the release of his album, Behind the Seas. Fared is the director of the Radif Retreat Institute of Classical Persian music, an online school and database for music theory. Read more about Fared.

Shila Ommi

Shila Vosough Ommi practices the Tannous Method of sound meditation, and for the past year, has facilitated several sound journeys for groups led by clinical therapists in Los Angeles. She is an Iranian born actor/director who plays leading roles on Apple TV’s Tehran, Netflix’ KAOS, and Disney/Pixar’s Oscar nominated feature, Elemental. Shila directed the feature film, Wake up Sleeping Beauty, produced by the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health in association with Cross Cultural Expressions. Read more about Shila.

Sheila Karbassian

Sheila Karbassian is an American-born artist whose Iranian background greatly informs her work. Her expressive and diverse style reflects her personal life experiences: being a woman, a mother, a survivor of loss, a survivor of war, an Iranian, an American, traditional, modern, a Californian, and an artist. She holds a BA in Communication Arts from Tehran’s Azad University and a Masters in Spiritual Psychology from the University of Santa Monica. Sheila practices art and art therapy in Santa Monica, CA. Learn more about Sheila.


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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