Kosar Abbasi

Kosar Abbasi is an Iranian choreographer, performer, and Yogi.Kosar studied Ayurvedics directly from The University of Pune' in India, and that's where she discovered Yoga and Meditation. As a holistic approach to wellness and self-care. She then pursued further studies in dance and choreography in India and abroad.Kosar has been actively involved in the arts and culture scene in Iran, creating original works that blend Sufi dance and music with contemporary elements. Her choreography often explores themes of identity, spirituality, and human connection.In addition to her work as a choreographer and performer, Kosar is also a certified Yoga instructor. She incorporates her knowledge of Ayurvedics and Yoga into her creative process, using movement and breath-work as tools for self-expression and self-healing.Last 15 years she continues to push boundaries and challenge norms through her work, using dance and Yoga as powerful tools for personal and social transformation.

Her Full Story:

Born in 1984 in southern Iran, Kosar Abbasi discovered her passion for self-expression through physical movement as a very young girl. Every chance she got to dance, move, and explore the furthest reaches of what her body was capable of feeling and emoting, she took it. As a child, this behavior was accepted. But the moment the young beauty began tiptoeing across the threshold into maidenhood, the music stopped. Suddenly, when the budding adolescent would shake, shimmy, twist, twirl, and gyrate, her mother, teachers, aunts, uncles, and every authority figure in her life scolded her to stop. Growing up in a conservative religious culture, it was (and still is) believed that proper women should keep their passion to themselves, be covered, modest, and refrain from dancing that could be perceived as sensual or sexual. In fact, women who dance are considered cheap, easy women with no values or place in polite society. Kosar tried with all her might to suppress her explosive desire for dance but was ultimately overruled by the spirit moving through her that refused to sit still. After all, the movement was the one true thing that made her happy. Life without dance was no life at all.

Career: How She Is Spending Her Time!

Kosar is the managing director of Fusion art International, a diverse platform of expression for performers. She is the founder of the KLX app, a meditation, yoga, dance, and nutritional app, in partnership with her friend Manny Mashouf, the founder of Bebe.

Her Family:

Kosar’s father, witnessing his daughter’s torment, one day pulled her aside and said, “Daughter, I know your talent is Universal Gift. You have my permission to defy our culture’s beliefs and stand up for yourself, even if that means going against me. If wives and daughters only abide by what their fathers and husbands tell them, our country and culture will never advance. You are allowed to say ‘No’ to me. You are allowed to break my heart. You are allowed to do what you feel you must. I believe in you.”

Becoming Mother’s Champion:

Kosar’s mother, a teacher, drilled into her students and her daughter to be the best at whatever it was she decided to do, to get the best grade, and to work hard. However, afraid for her daughter’s life and safety, she cautioned Kosar against pursuing her calling to be a dancer. Having lived through her own struggles, she knew too well the danger of being a passionate woman in a suppressive culture. However, in 2004, after several years of living in a revolution of a defiant new movement in Iran, Kosar’s mother changed her tune. She became Kosar’s greatest champion, supporting her to stand up for her rights, as well as the rights of all women everywhere.

Freedom:

With her parents’ blessing, she left the comfort of the only home she’d ever known and ventured out alone, at 19-years-old to India. For the first time in Kosar’s life, she witnessed women moving their bodies to the beat of the music publicly and not being arrested or stoned. She could only describe the sudden absence of tension and terror as FREEDOM.


The First Dance:
One night at a party, she couldn’t help but join in, and Kosar danced for the first time, publicly, as a woman. That night, like a dam that broke, she released all that she’d suppressed and all the pent-up energy of all withheld women from her culture and danced like she was on fire, with all the enthusiasm of her soul. Before the night was through, a talent booker hired her to perform for an upcoming prestigious 2005 New Year’s Eve Party.
The Performance:
Kosar’s reputation spread from that moment, and she began performing all over India, on television, stage shows, special events, and for royalty. Within no time, she’d become one of the highest-paid performers in India, winning several awards (Winner of Annual Latin Dance Competition in India 2008, Winner of 1st Bachata Festival in India 2009, Winner of best Fusion Belly Dancer at Belly Dance International Festival in Malaysia 2011, 3rd place as Creative Fusion Contemporary Choreographer in Malaysia Art Festival 2012, 2nd place as Creative Choreographer at Short & Sweet Festival 2014…) After seven years in India and having achieved all the success and more, She’d ever dreamed possible. She made the very emotional decision to move to Malaysia. After so many years of rebelling against her culture, she longed to be reunited with her roots. And since there was an extensive Iranian expat community there, that was where her inner compass led.
The Progress:
Once in Malaysia, she became excruciatingly grateful for the beautiful aspects of her culture and the Green Movement that arose in response to so many people being cruelly tortured, beaten, and shot in her country. These artistic young people were just like her, focused on liberation and self-expression. She was filled with a sense of purpose, the awareness that she had a responsibility to deliver what she knew was missing in her country and share it with her people and to anyone who’d been suppressed. She realized that because dance is an international language, it could defy barriers and cultures. Kosar began to use dance and the body’s movement to show the world the beautiful side of her cultural roots and bring the world into harmony. However, when it was discovered by her government that she’d become a famous dancer, she was dubbed a refugee. This broke her heart and continued to be a source of fire that prodded her performances to become even more extreme. Soon, she was the toast of Malaysia, entertaining the top communities and royal family.

Practice in Fusion Art:

Her spiritual practice was elevated to an even higher level in 2007 when she was introduced to a world-renowned spiritual teacher, Osho. Around the same time, Kosar also met world-renowned artist, Rassouli and was inspired to join the Fusion art movement.  She is the managing director of Fusion art International, where she performs, choreographs, and inspires strength through uniting opposite energies and blending diverse platforms of expression.
KLX App:
As a Master of Dance, self-expression, choreography, teaching, activism, and the celebration of freedom through the body temple, Kosar’s artistic world met up with technology when she caught the vision of the KLX app.She shared her inspiration with her friend and fellow expat Manny Mashouf, founder of Bebe. They witnessed the wave of this revolutionary project and became her partner and champion in KLX.