BERKELEY, CA USA – Sept 6-10, 2017 – Annual Odissi Intensive
Annual BERKELEY ODISSI INTENSIVE – 2017
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!
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.
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.
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.**
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.