Sashar Zarif is the Founder-Artistic Director of Dancers for Peace, SasharZarifDanceTheatre, and World Dance Course Director at York University. A member of the board of directors of DanceOntario, dance committee of Toronto Arts Council and Canadian Alliance of Dance Artists, Sashar teaches and performs worldwide, and has worked with such internationally acclaimed artists as Alim Qasimov and Nanjid Baatar. He is a recipient of numerous awards, including the TIDF Paula Citron Award for a collaborative work with reknowned choreographer Holly Small. He has been conducting ethnographic research in Central Asia and Middle East for over a decade.