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The Melieka Fathi Dance Company

Melieka Fathi is a choreographer and performer of classical and contemporary Iranian dance. Her unique choreography style is defined as a blend of historic roots and diasporic inspirations. As the daughter of Iranian immigrants, her passion for dance was paved through a sacred connection to Iranian arts, and by the exploration of her identity as an Iranian-American woman. She is the founder and artistic director of the Melieka Fathi Dance Company based in Los Angeles, California. The company was founded in 2017 with a desire to bridge the gap between tradition and modernity through dance. All company dancers are trained in classical Iranian dance as well as varying western and eastern styles. The company’s primary focus is to foster collaborations with world-renowned artists and organizations in an effort to preserve and expand upon Iranian arts within diaspora communities.

Living Cultures Grant


Highlighting the Artistic and Socio-Political Elements of Iranian Dance in the Diaspora

Funding will support the creation of a performance advocating for the “Women, Life, Freedom” movement, featuring Iranian dance and music in a narrative format.

Photo courtesy of the organization.

Photo courtesy of the organization.

Photo courtesy of the organization.

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