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Delsie Khadem-Ghaeini embodies the love of her Iranian/Persian culture through dance. Born in Mashhad, Iran and raised in Colorado, Delsie is an Iranian (Persian) Classical and Contemporary Dancer based in Denver, Colorado. Delsie’s artistic composition is best described as emotive, delicate and playful and her audiences describe her as joyful, authentic and passionate.

In Delsie's classes, you will be introduced to different stylizations including those considered to be "classical", "traditional", "neo-classical", "contemporary" and "Qajar style". Through thoughtfully choreographed combos set to a range of traditional Iranian (Persian) music, you will leave inspired, connected graceful and free. Delsie is talented at teaching technique and building to a powerful combination by the end of class.

What is Iranian/Persian Dance

Iranian (Persian) Classical Dance is best known for its delicate, graceful hand and arm movements, coquettish facial expressions, and flowy or airy quality. It is often an expression of beloved Iranian (Persian) poetry, an important part of Iranian (Persian) culture, or simply a dancer’s expression of the music. In solo form, Iranian (Persian) dance is historically improvised and stylizations of Iranian (Persian) dance are inspired by concert dance inspired by courtroom dance from particular time periods, while others find their inspiration in poetry and art. Its movements, poses and body lines are visually aligned with Iranian (Persian) Miniature art and Iranian (Persian) calligraphy art and other cultural aesthetics.


More about Delsie

Delsie has been an educator for over twenty years and is most fulfilled when she gets the opportunity to share her passion for dance with others. She is the co-founder of the Iranian Dance Academy. Delsie is a certified dancer and teacher in the Shahrzad Khorsandi Technique of Iranian (Persian) Classical/Traditional Dance. Her Persian dance experience and performances include Classical Persian Miniature, Ruhowzi, Persian popular dance (Mehmooni), Baba Karam, and regional folk dances of Iran including Ghashghai, Lori, Bandari, Azari and Kordi. Delsie’s dance experience includes Egyptian Bellydance, Hip Hop, Flamenco, Salsa, Bachata, Merengue and Cumbia.

At heart, Delsie is an activist and a passionate educator having spent years teaching math to underrepresented students in Colorado, Guatemala and at the University of Colorado at Boulder. She currently teaches Iranian/Persian dance at Bella Diva World Dance Studio and is the Co-Founder of the Iranian Dance Academy. She is an active board member and ambassador for the Persian Cultural Circle of Denver and the Dance Teacher Leader with the Colorado Children’s Nowruz Foundation. When not dancing, Delsie is passionate about sharing her love for life, health, food and nature especially with her husband, son and daughter.

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