Kosar Abbasi is an Iranian dancer, choreographer, performer, and entrepreneur. Her professional dancing career began at the age of nineteen after she immigrated to India. Dancing for women is forbidden in Iran, and India gave Kosar the freedom to follow her passion.
She has performed all over India, from television shows and stage performances to royalty events. She has won several awards such as the 2008 Annual Latin Dance Competition in India, the 2009 1st Bachata Festival in India, the 2011 best fusion belly dancer award at the Belly Dance International Festival in Malaysia, the 2012 Creative Fusion Contemporary Choreographer award at the Malaysia Art Festival, and the 2014 Creative Choreographer award at the Short & Sweet Festival.
My Full Story
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
A big move to California
A few years later, Kosar moved to Los Angeles, California, on October 13th, 2016, and has continued to perform at a high level in and around the entertainment business.
In parallel to developing her skills as a dancer, Kosar was also becoming skilled in the art of yoga and meditation.
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.
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.