Founders & Instructors Bio


Academy Beshkan Dance
Razieh Oghabian and Sharareh Ghahremani are co-founders of Beshkan Dance Academy which was developed in 2003 in Silicon Valley. Individually, they have been teaching dance for over 20 years and have been active in and helped develop many cultural organizations in the community for the past 20+ years. They originally met as undergraduate students at UC Davis. It was there that they had their first venture as a team. With the help of five other students, they created and co-founded a student organization at UC Davis called ISCAO (Iranian Student Cultural and Aesthetic Organization). ISCAO was created tointroduce the university’s student body to the rich and beautiful cultural heritage of Iran, despite an environment of consistently negative media attention. This student organization was built with such strong values at its...

Yasaman Fathi

Instructor, choreographer, soloist
Yasaman Fathi’s first true passion was dancing, which she discovered soon after joining Beshkan Dance Academy in its opening year when she was only 5. However, her appetite for dance and artistic form expanded to ballet and was further quenched by her discovery of music. Her talented hand, knowing no bounds, mastered multiple instruments including the piano, the guitar, and Persian percussions daf and zarb. Yasaman’s zest for music did not end with her proficiency in these instruments, and even now, she aspires to master the saxophone and other instruments. This penchant for learning and mastering new forms, and love of music and dance has since extended; from assisting classes at the age of 14, to 16 when she took on teaching of her own class and not long after,...

Tannaz Azimi

Instructor, choreographer, soloist
Tannaz Azimi developed a strong passion for the arts and dance since she was very young; specifically falling in love with Iranian dance and joining Beshkan Dance Academy at the age of 3. From the very beginning, Tannaz showed determination and enthusiasm in not only learning about Iranian dance, yet the beauty of the Iranian culture and everything that it entails. As years passed, Tannaz grew to become an assistant, then head instructor, for Beshkan Dance Academy. She loves being able to teach young girls from the age of two the excitement and beauty of Iranian dance, while also being able to see her students absorb the Iranian culture and connect with their roots, just as she continues to do every year at Beshkan Dance Academy. Luckily, Tannaz will be...

Setareh Esna-Ashri

Assistant Instructor, Soloist
Setareh (Sofia) Esna-Ashri began dancing almost as soon as she could walk on her own. She started Beshkan at age of 11 years old and has been part of the Beshkan Family for over 12 years. Setareh attended Beshkan Dance Academy for 8 years as a performer before she became a part of the teaching crew and has now been teaching for 3 years. Setareh’s love and passion for dance grows more everyday and her admiration and fascination for Iranian dance and culture has motivates her to teach and share her passion with her students. Setareh loves teaching dance because of the confidence it instills in her students and she motivates them to use that confidence to not only excel in dance, but in all aspects of their lives to...

Autria Aidun

Assistant instructor, soloist
Autria is currently an assistant dance instructor for the beginners kid class at Beshkan Dance Academy.  She began her early years of training in dance with tap and then moved to ballet before moving on to Beshkan Dance Academy at the age of five to pursue Iranian Dance.  Autria has also been a part of Raymond J. Fisher Middle School’s dance program where she spent time learning from a  trained ballerinas from the San Francisco Ballet.  Autria also received the only dance award given in the Fisher Middle School dance department in 2015.  Autria is currently a Junior at Los Gatos High School  and also a member of the the dance team for the past three years. Performances with the Los Gatos High School Dance Team include football games, basketball games,...