Management

Geeti Shirazi Mahajan
Founder- Artistic Director

 

Geeti is a dancer, teacher and choreographer of Indian and Iranian descent, with over 25 years of experience in classical Indian and Iranian (Persian) dance forms. She trained in Bharata Natyam, a South Indian classical dance, under the tutelage of Smt. Revathi Satyu and Smt. Anuradha Naimpally. Geeti trained in Iranian classical, contemporary, and folk dance with Shahrzad Khorsandi, and served as Assistant Director of Shahrzad Dance Academy. Geeti was also a member of Ballet Afsaneh, a premiere Central Asian dance company, where she studied and performed Tajik, Afghan and Iranian dance forms under Miriam Peretz. Geeti furthered her training in Central Asian dance under Tara Pandeya, a world-renowned Central Asian dancer.  Geeti has had the opportunity to choreograph dances for live performances and music videos for artists such as Atash, Oliver Rajamani, Fared Shafinury, and Agni Entertainment, creating a unique blend of cultural influences that reflects her facility with both South Asian and Middle Eastern dance forms. 

Azadeh Poursepanj
Dance Captain

 

Azadeh is a first-generation Iranian-Texan born in Tehran and raised in Austin. An active performer in the Austin Iranian Community for two decades, she specializes in Persian dance. Throughout the years she has collaborated with local artists including Atash, Oliver Rajamani, Fared Shafinury, and Agni Entertainment. She is honored to have trained under Shahrzad Khorsandi of Sharzad Dance Company, and Tara Pandeya, a world-renowned Central Asian dancer. Azadeh has been training in Persian classical dance since the founding of Ravaan of 2012, under the direction of Geeti Shirazi Mahajan. In addition to Persian dance she practices hip hop, salsa, and West African dance. She is also a visual artist.

Sasha Ellington
Performance Team Manager/ Dance Captain

 

Sasha Ellington started ballet at the age of 3, and simultaneously trained in jazz, hip hop, modern, tap, Irish step dancing, flamenco, Mexican ballet folklorico, African and Philippine folk dancing for the next 15 years until adulthood. Sasha had the honor of dancing with an American Ballet Theatre's (ABT) principal dancer and after completing an ABT student intensive program, took a 12-year hiatus from dance. Sasha found dance again in January 2016, this time expanding her horizons to both Persian and Indian styles of movement. Sasha works as a bilingual administrative assistant for a Mexican real estate development company’s Austin based office and utilizes her administrative expertise in tandem with her dance skills as Ravaan's Performance Team Manager/Dance Captain.

Erin Murdock
Dance Captain
 

Erin is a native of Houston, Texas who loved to dance before she could even walk. Throughout her youth, she actively pursued dance at any opportunity (especially hip hop and Latin dance styles), without receiving any formal training. After moving to Austin, she began taking classes at Ballet Austin and formed a connection with Agni Entertainment. Collaborating with their dance company, she began training in Bollywood dance, and eventually joined Ravaan in 2013. Under direction of Geeti Shirazi Mahajan, she has performed in various Persian dance styles. She continues to enjoy all that dance has to offer, from the delicate hand movements of Persian to more grounded elements of hip hop and Bollywood dance..

Sarah Greufe
Social Media Coordinator 
 

Sarah is a dancer and writer who began her dancing journey learning ballet, jazz, and tap technique from a small studio in her hometown of Webster City, Iowa. As she migrated south, she expanded her training to hip-hop, musical theater, African, step, Irish, and contemporary dance. It wasn't until she moved to Austin in 2014 that she discovered her love of Bollywood dancing. She danced with Agni for several years before joining a fusion group, The Diya Project. It was through Agni she connected with Geeti and started appreciating the intricate styles of Persian dancing. She loves supporting the Ravaan community by sharing our stories, dancing, and
dressing like royalty! 👑 

Instructors

Negin
 

Born in Tehran, Negin moved to the US at the age of 8. She discovered the joy of dance in childhood and began formal dance training in traditional Persian and bellydancing styles at UCLA. Under the guidance of Geeti Shirazi Mahajan, she has been training and performing since 2015. Negin has a passion for sharing Persian dance and culture with the public and fostering a vibrant Iranian community in Austin.

Yasaman Ohadi
 

Yasaman was born and raised in Iran and studied cultural anthropology over there. Moving to USA in 2013, she discovered the joy of classical and folklore Persian dance under the direction of Geeti Shirazi Mahajan. Yasi has been performing and training with Ravaan dance company since 2014.

Rabia Ali
 

Born in Corpus Christi, Texas, Rabia has spent her life traveling around the globe, spending many years in Pakistan and the Middle East before finding herself back on Texas soil. Influenced greatly by her own South Asian heritage and her deep ties to Middle Eastern cultures, Rabia has performed as a lead singer in several Austin bands,  including Arabic band Layalina, and the Austin Global Orchestra. She has also collaborated with many renowned musicians, including Fared Shafinury, Atlas Maior, and the 1001 Nights Orchestra. Rabia has been training in Persian classical dance under the tutelage of Geeti Shirazi Mahajan since 2013, and has also received training in Kathak (North Indian classical dance) from Varsha Jawadekar of Nritya Varsha Academy. 

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