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COLLEENA SHAKTI

Colleena Shakti has dedicated her life to dance ever since moving to India for intensive training in Odissi Classical Indian Dance. She lives most of the year in Rajasthan where she directs her school – Shakti School of Dance and works with folk artists to promote traditional Rajasthani music and dance.  In summers she tours internationally collaborating with artists, teaching workshops and performing.

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Colleena offers extensive training programs, residential retreats and introductory workshops in a wide array of topics relating to Dance, Indian Aesthetics and Yoga.

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Colleena Shakti School of Dance

SHAKTI SCHOOL OF DANCE

Full-time training in classical Indian dance and Yogic arts

WORKSHOPS & LECTURES

Dance, yoga and aesthetic philosophy workshops
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Colleena Shakti Retreats

INTERNATIONAL RETREATS

Residential immersive training program

Colleena Shakti Online Instruction

ONLINE INSTRUCTION

DVDs and links to instructional resources

CALENDAR

Jul
13
Thu
2017
LONDON Summer Class Series – Select Thursday nights – Indian Fusion Belly Dance
Jul 13 – Aug 31 all-day

Summer Belly Dance Series with Colleena Shakti

This class focuses on Indian Fusion, Tribal Fusion and North African inspired dance techniques.  Colleena will lead a warm up and strength training, followed by techniques drills and dance phrases.  This class repertoire draws from a wide range of sources which highlight the earthy roots expressed in Arabic music and folkloric dances with heavy hip movement, contrasted with the intricate motifs and details found in Indian dance.

Class level: Intermediate.  Some belly dance experience will be helpful, yet with the right attitude even a beginner can feel supported and learn a lot.

Dates:

July 13th & 20th 2017

August 3rd, 24th & 31st 2017

Where: All classes at The Urdang 2, 259-263 Goswell Rd, London EC1V 7AH  www.theurdangacademy.com/facilities/urdang2

Times: All classes are Thursday nights, 2 hours in duration: 7-9pm

 

CLICK   HERE   TO REGISTER FOR CLASSES

Aug
6
Sun
2017
LONDON – Aug. 6 – North Indian & Indian Contemporary Workshop
Aug 6 all-day

A One day Intensive of North Indian & Indian Contemporary Dance with Colleena Shakti.

Colleena Shakti, one of the most sought after teachers of our time is currently in London and offering an exquisite day full of dance. The intensive will split into two beautifully complimentary parts; North Indian dance and Colleena’s new body of work, Indian Contemporary. Come dance in beauty, in strong warrior nature, and in bliss with us on Sunday 6th August.

Part #1 – North Indian Dance

Greatly inspired by folkloric and tribal dances of Rajasthan, the unparalleled grace of classical Kathak dance and the ecstatic music traditions of Sufi Qawwali, Colleena invites us into the rich world of North Indian dance. This workshop will introduce various classical and folkloric techniques of dance including spins, poses and arm patterns, then build up to beautiful gliding phrases of her unique style.

All levels welcome. Please wear a long spinning skirt. We will be spinning a lot in the class!

Part #2 – Indian Contemporary Dance

The core body of Indian classical dance and martial arts utilize imaginative combinations of circles, spirals and complex bends. This new workshop draws from years of careful study and intensive training in several traditional movement modalities of India (Kalarypayattu, Yoga Vinyasa, Odissi classical dance, Kathak classical dance and more). Colleena extracts core muscle movements layered with minute details (such as mudra), together with thematic bodylines to create a powerful and fluid new contemporary style.

Inspiring traditional themes of intention such as: warrior like courage, inner strength and stillness, compassion and surrender, will lead this dance workshop from movement exploration into choreography. A special addition to this workshop will be some exercises in Kalarypayattu, an ancient martial arts form of Southern India.

All levels of dance experience welcomed, however the movements are strong and require a certain degree to stamina and strength, particularly the Kalarypayattu exploration.

Tuition and times:

6 hours tuition with Colleena Shakti split into 2x 3 hour classes (Part 1 and Part 2)

Where:
The Place, 17 Duke’s Road, London WC1H 9PY

http://www.theplace.org/findus

When:
SUNDAY 6th AUGUST 2017:

10–1pm / 2-5pm

Booking and Payment:

Bookings open 1st July 2017. Booking online is highly recommended as Colleena’s classes tend to sell out.

1) Early Bird Option:
Early bird Full day Package Indian Fusion Intensive (6 hours tuition) : £102 !
Available until 8th July 2017 only.

2) Full Day Indian Fusion Intensive (6 hours tuition) : £121

All Bookings can be made at :
https://firewatercollective.wordpress.com/colleena-shakti-indian-fusion-intensive/

 

Facebook Event Page:  (Please direct any general questions here)

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Aug
11
Fri
2017
ITALY SUMMER YOGA & ODISSI RETREAT!! – August 7-11
Aug 11 all-day

 

All Information and Registration here:

https://www.lelineeraja.com/colleena-shakti-in-italy

 

CONTACT:

info@cerchiomagicoclub.it | leli.tribal@me.com

Tel. 3401843870 / 3924180207

 

Get Connected with us!  Facebook Event Page:

https://www.facebook.com/events/1574987085848109/

Sep
10
Sun
2017
BERKELEY, CA USA – Sept 6-10, 2017 – Annual Odissi Intensive
Sep 10 all-day

Annual BERKELEY ODISSI INTENSIVE – 2017

SEPTEMBER 6-10, 2017

10 AM – 2 PM  / 3-5 PM

Thank you for your interest to join us for our annual 5-day dance training in Odissi classical Indian dance (Kelu Charan Mohapatra gharana), Vinyasa Krama yoga and Indian Aesthetic theory with Colleena Shakti!

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Modeled in the same way as a typical day at our school in Rajasthan (Shakti School of Dance), students will receive 4 hours per day of professional dance training, as well as instruction for the subtle practices of yoga, strength training, and philosophy. These additional teachings are the signature teachings Colleena has compiled for her own school’s training programs, which she finds essential support the artist into a deeper experience of dance. This workshop is open to all levels of experience, but please note that classical Indian dance is a rigorous practice that requires a certain level of strength and stamina.

The daily schedule will include:

VINYASA KRAMA YOGA
A highly authentic Yoga practice of slowing the mind and body by deepening the breath. The breath leads each movement through the series by gently awakening subtle energy channels, rather than simply stretching muscle tissue. From asana we build up to Pranayama practices to increase endurance for peak performance, followed by pratyahara and meditation for fine-tuning our concentration skills. We will open each day with these practices, which will take less than an hour to complete.

STRENGTH TRAINING
Specialized movements to build muscle and find balance in order to benefit our dance bodies. These are compiled from Colleena’s extensive background and quest for perfection. The exercises will include inspiration and techniques from: Pilates, Classical Ballet training, Indian martial arts (Chhau and Kalaripayattu) and traditional Odissi warm-ups.

ODISSI TECHNIQUE: Stepping… The first steps of Odissi, but not the last!
Beginners and professionals alike use this “stepping” practice (20 + 2 basic phrases) to refine one’s rhythm sense, develop precision in footwork, find grace in the upper body and hand movements, as well as build stamina, confidence and dexterity through the mantra-like repetition.
During the final few days of our time together, common movements and short dance phrases of the Odissi repertoire will also be shared to give students a taste of what classical choreography feels like. In Odissi, choreographies are traditionally preserved through a lineage and slowly passed on over the years.

INDIAN AESTHTICS THEORY CLASS
Indian classical arts are based on a vast and ancient system of philosophies that interweave and create the context for some of the greatest works of art in human history.

CHOREOGRAPHY CLASSES: Optional Choreography class will be from 3-5 pm.

Hari OM Choreography – 3-4pm
Mangalacharan Choreography – 4-5pm

WHAT TO BRING TO THE WORKSHOP
– Water bottle
– Small snacks
– Pen and Notebook (for theory class)
– Dance Clothing: Please wear *modest, comfortable dance clothes that allow you to open the knees completely and squat to the floor. Baggy or flared pants are not recommended, because they will get in the way of your intricate footwork. Stretch pants that are tight-fitting at the ankle are best (so your teacher can see your feet).
Indian traditional dance clothing is preferred, which is either a dance sari (with blouse and leggings underneath) or salwaar kameez (tunic and pants), but not required. Additionally, a few practice saris will be available for purchase on the first day of the workshop.

REFUND POLICY
Please note: this workshop offers NO REFUNDS once the workshop has been paid, for any reason.
Please plan carefully for this opportunity.
**By completing your payment via paypal, you are agreeing to the terms of this refund policy.**

PRICES:
20 Hours BASIC COURSE
(10am-2pm) 4 hours x 5 days =
$500 Early Bird / $550 Regular price

30 Hours FULL TRAINING
(10am – 2pm + 3-4pm / 4-5pm)
Basics + 2 hours Choreography =
$625 Early Bird / $675 Regular Price

*Private and Semi-Private lessons available Sept 6-10 for students of Shakti School of Dance to review items. Students must find and book studio (after 5 pm). Please email Colleena to coordinate further.

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Sep
14
Thu
2017
ATLANTA, GA USA – SEPT 14-17
Sep 14 – Sep 17 all-day

ESSENCE OF BELLY DANCE FESTIVAL

Atlanta, GA USA

For more information:

http://essenceofbellydance.com

Oct
27
Fri
2017
Wolverhampton, UK – OCT 27 & 28
Oct 27 – Oct 29 all-day

INFUSION EMPORIUM DANCE FESTIVAL

WORKSHOPS & PERFORMANCE

LEARN MORE:

http://www.infusionemporium.com

 

Nov
18
Sat
2017
BALI, INDONESIA – Nov 12-18 – Annual BALI Dance Retreat !!
Nov 18 all-day

ANNUAL BALI DANCE RETREAT

Hosted by Caravanserai Retreats

Join us for Bali Bliss!!  Registration will be up soon.

Please visit our Facebook page for inquiries and to stay up to date:

https://www.facebook.com/ColleenaShaktiBali/

Contact Allison Mulroy of Caravanserai Retreats at:

caravanserai.retreats@gmail.com

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