Rhythm of the World
The 7th Annual Rhythm of the World: Dance and Music from Around the Globe event will be held Saturday, March 25, 2017. The event will showcase a wide array of diverse local talent and allow audience members to experience the majestic beauty of near and far cultures, complete with a variety of colors and rhythm that embody and exemplify the joy of music and dance. The event will be held at the Auditorium at Randall University (formerly Hillsdale Free Will Baptist College) located at 3701 I-35 S Service Rd, Moore. The show begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 in advance, $15 at the door, children 5 years or under are admitted free.
Marjan Esaa, founder of Rhythm of the World, suffered a traumatic loss in 2015 that left her empty and drained. She was unable to dance and choreograph and fell into a deep depression. “Dancing is a spiritual experience for me; a way of communicating with God and the world. In mid-March of 2015, I miscarried my second baby, and it was the most difficult and devastating event I have ever experienced. I was drowning in my sadness. The Rhythm of the World, 2016, was fast approaching and I could not decide on a song – let alone a choreography – for my solo piece. Anxiety and insecurity were adding to the emptiness I was already feeling. Then one day, it suddenly occurred to me that I was trying to design a dance of joy while experiencing great pain. I successfully convinced myself that I needed to dance through the sadness. I dedicated the performance to the child we lost, and then let my feelings go. I cannot begin to tell you the weight that came off of my shoulders after I performed “Till I Meet You Again” that night.”
Marjan’s husband, Dr. Steve Scott is a licensed psychologist and explains, “Grieving is a process, and an individual process at that. A major milestone in Marjan’s grieving process was when she performed a choreographed piece dedicated to the child we lost. I know it helped Marjan and myself; and I hope it also touched the lives of others who were struggling with their own grief.”
“I’m grateful for so many things, especially my newest son Lucas Gabriel who was born in October, 2016. My solo piece this year aims at expressing that feeling of joy and thankfulness to God for the lives of my two sons Lucas Gabriel and Victor Miguel. I also cannot wait for the world to see the newest piece performed by Mystical Hips Dance Troupe, my student group,” shares Marjan.
Each year, local performers represent many global traditions including: Hawaiian Hula from the Halau Hula ‘O Nani dancers, Mexican Folkloric dances by Norahua Folklorico Mexicano, Latin-flavored dances from Candela Latin Dancers from Clips ‘N Hips, Traditional Indian dancing by Nritya Arpan Dance School, Bellydancing by Marjan and her Mystical Hips Dance Troupe, Hip Hop by Men of RACE and many more.
The 7th Annual Rhythm of the World: Dance and Music from Around the World event will be held on Saturday, March 25th at the Auditorium at Randall University (formerly Hillsdale Free Will Baptist College) located at 3701 I-35 S Service Rd, Moore. The show begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 in advance, $15 at the door, children 5 years or under are admitted free.
Tickets can be purchased online at TheRhythmOfTheWorld.com.