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

Annual BERKELEY ODISSI INTENSIVE

September 6-10, 2017

10 AM – 2 PM  / 3-5 PM

Basic Workshop – 20 Hours including: Yoga, technique training, Odissi vocabulary, spins, walks, short composition and theory class.

Full Workshop – 30 Hours (for dancers who have some Odissi experience) includes: choreography in addition to the full technique workshop. **Please email first to get permission to register**

 

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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:  3-5 pm.

Full workshop of 30 hours of class includes these additional 2 hours per day to work on choreography.  Choreography depends on level and is at the discretion of the teacher.  Please email colleenashakti@gmail.com to obtain permission to join this class if you have not previously attended Shakti School of Dance, Rajasthan.

 

3-4pm: Possibly “Hari OM” Choreography or new item

4-5pm: Mangalacharan Choreography – review and new

 


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 =
$550


 


 

30 Hours FULL COURSE

(10am – 2pm + 3-4pm / 4-5pm)
Basics + 2 hours Choreography =
$650

(please email for approval from Colleena)

 


*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.

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!

 

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

Sep
23
Sat
2017
LONDON ~ Shakti School of Dance Full Day Intensive Sept 23, 2017
Sep 23 all-day

Shakti School of Dance comes to London!

1 Full Day Dance Immersion
10 am – 6:30 pm
@ The Factory, LONDON

We welcome you to the world of inspired grace and artistic excellence…

Bringing the world of Shakti School of Dance, Rajasthan to London for 1 all out day of training. Explore a wide range of dance styles and movement modalities connected to the Indian aesthetic of Colleena Shakti.

Course schedule is:
• 10-11am: Vinyasa Krama Yoga
• 11-1 pm: Odissi Classical Indian Dance Techniques
• 1-2 pm: Odissi Choreography
• 2-3 pm: LUNCH BREAK & Shopping with Nakarali Jewelry
• 3-4 pm: North Indian Dance
• 4-5 pm: Indian Fusion Belly Dance
• 5-6 pm: Theory Class (Lecture on Indian Aesthetic theories)

Join an intimate group of hard working students in an intensive format that will grow your dance to the next level technically, as well as gaining a deep understanding of cultural context and complex art theories of India related to dance.

 


ABOUT THE COURSE:

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.

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.

Odissi Choreography
Depending on the level of experience, students will explore a section of choreography to be worked on throughout the intensive. Odissi choreography is intricate with complex footwork and stylized gesture and expression. During the first day, continuing Odissi students will present and ‘brush up’ on previous Choreographies they have learned, then continue to learn a section of a new choreography. Choreography is most importantly, a means of transmitting the subtle approaches imbedded in the Odissi style.

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. Please wear a long spinning skirt. We will be spinning a lot in this class!

Indian Fusion Belly Dance
Learn Colleena’s trademark style of Indian Fusion Belly Dance through techniques broken down and drilled, then woven together into several phrases layered with rich details. Integrating details of Indian classical dance, with earthy, strong, fluid belly dance Colleena will share movements that offer a sweet combination of aesthetics to create an elegant Indian mood.

Indian Aesthetic Theory Lecture
The day will conclude with poignant discussion on Indian aesthetic theory. The lecture will explore historical and cultural background of the dance styles we will have worked on through out the day, as well as taking an Indian classical perspective on fundamental theories of what validates a work of art. This section of the workshop is a wonderful chance to open deeper questions you may have on the material covered in the course or simply a question you have been pondering for a long time. Please bring a notebook for this class.

 


THE TEACHINGS

Colleena Shakti is known for her innovative and highly stylized fusions. While many students go right for the fusion style, they might not realize the qualities that create the nuances of her fusion come from the rigorous practice in Odissi, the meditative quality of Yoga and the free flowing elegance epitomized in North Indian dance. This course is designed to give students an authentic experience in Indian dance and yet experience the artist freedom Colleena’s fusion offers without abandoning the values and theories expressed in Indian classical texts and lineages. The Theory classes are one of the special aspects of Colleena’s work. Students get an invaluable understanding of not only the complex culture from which these traditions come from, but as well a chance for thoughtful reflection into

 


LOCATION:

The Factory, 407 Hornsey Rd, Archway, London N19 4DX

www.factorylondon.com

 

COST:

Early Bird Discount Price:
Available from now, until September 7.
£100

Regular Price:
Available September 8 – Sept 21.
£120

REFUND POLICY:
Please note: this workshop offers NO REFUNDS once the workshop has been paid through Paypal, 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.

 

REGISTRATION:





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
8
Wed
2017
London, UK – Indian Fusion Workshop
Nov 8 @ 8:59 pm – 9:59 pm

 

Indian Fusion Workshop with Colleena Shakti
A Survey of Techniques and Compositions to Inspire…

When:
Monday, December 11
6pm – 8pm

What:
This class is a survey of various dance styles and techniques that relate to the Indian aesthetic. Colleena’s unique and elegant Rajasthani dance style (heavily inspired from classical Kathak movement) will be presented, as well as the warrior-like Indian Contemporary dance (that expresses the strength of Indian martial arts and yoga) and Indian Fusion Belly Dance. Students will gain experience in traditional dance techniques and dancing on traditional music in addition to original compositions. Colleena will guide students through her repertoire in a creative, yet disciplined way. The workshop includes a warm up, technique training, compositions and cool down.

Where:
Academy Mews Dance Studios
15 Pratt Mews, Camden, London
@ The Balcony Studio (top floor)

Price:
Registration fee: £40
Drop in Price: £45 (Cash paid before the start of class IF the event is not sold out)

Experience Level:
This class is for the intermediate to experienced dancer looking for new inspirations and stylistic techniques.

What to bring / wear:
We will drill spins in this class, so a skirt and pair of socks is recommended.

 

Facebook Page (Stay up to date on details or ask questions about the class here)

https://www.facebook.com/events/1791799674445983/


Registration Link:





 

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

Nov
30
Thu
2017
London – Belly Dance Roots Series
Nov 30 all-day

Belly Dance Roots ~ with Colleena Shakti
Define & Refine the Roots of Tribal Fusion Belly Dance
3 Part Class Series: Dec 15 / Jan 12

When:
Dec 15 / Jan 12
Fridays 6pm-8pm

Where:
Academy Mews Dance Studios
15 Pratt Mews, Camden, London
@ The Lounge Studio (ground floor)

Workshop Focus:
The goal of this workshop is to refine essential belly dance technique and define the movement concepts needed to develop a strong dance. This 3 part class series is designed for beginning belly dance students, as well as more experienced dancers who want to excel in their dance. This is a technique class and will focus on careful repetition of foundational movements to develop a shared vocabulary. Each class will include a warm up and strength-training portion, followed by movement drills, compositions and partner work. There will be some homework given to complete between each class.

Price:
3 class package @ £111 / $146
Single drop in class £40 (Cash paid before the start of class)

Experience Level:
Beginning to Advanced

What to bring / wear:
Dress comfortably. Bring a notebook.

Registration Link:


CLASS PACKAGES




Refund Policy:
Please decide carefully before registering for this course. There are no refunds under any circumstance.

Dec
2
Sat
2017
Classical & Contemporary Indian Dance Workshop – London
Dec 2 @ 12:01 am – 1:01 am

Indian Dance Workshop in London ~ Classical & Contemporary

ODISSI CLASSICAL DANCE + INDIAN FUSION REPERTOIRE

January 13 & 14, 2018

Weekend Series:

Masterful dance is a balancing of head and heart, passion and discipline, abandon and understanding, technique and bhav (spirited presence).  Through the experience of studying classical Indian dance, students will gain an understanding of story telling through dance gestures, cultural context and intention,  Indian classical aesthetic theories and musicality.  In addition to gaining experience in traditional dance approaches, the course will mindfully explore a Western academic approach to movement analysis, notation, anatomy and biomechanics.

ODISSI CLASSICAL INDIAN DANCE

The first 3 hours of this course focuses on strong Classical Indian Odissi dance.  The student will gain experience in traditional training practices of Odissi that traces its roots back thousands of years to temple dance traditions of Orissa, India.  The class will begin with a Vinyasa Krama Yoga practice, which offers a deeper insight into the context and spiritual philosophies that Odissi are related to.  Technique exercises and short compositions slowly be introduced and build up throughout the weekend.

INDIAN FUSION REPERTOIRE

The 3 hour afternoon segment of this course will give students a rich survey of stylistic inspirations that Colleena uses in her unique Indian Fusion Dance. Belly Dance techniques are embellished with various nuances and movements from North Indian dance (Kathak and Rajasthani folk) as well as contemporary, Persian dances and more.  Technique exercises and choreographed compositions will be slowly introduced and build in complexity throughout the weekend.  This is more than just a basic Belly Dance class, so a certain level of fitness will be required for some contemporary techniques as well as faster spins and traveling steps.

 

Where:

London, UK

Urdang 1, Old Finsbury Hall

Rosebery Avenue, London EC1R 4RP/ Studio 5 & 3

Schedule:

JAN 13

Urdang 1 – STUDIO 5

ODISSI CLASSICAL DANCE: 11am – 2pm (3 hrs)

1 hour lunch

INDIAN FUSION:  3-6pm (3 hrs)

JAN 14

Urdang 1 – STUDIO 3

ODISSI CLASSICAL DANCE: 11 am – 2 pm (3 hrs)

1 hour lunch

INDIAN FUSION:  3-6pm (3 hrs)

 

Experience Level:  

Beginner/Intermediate

Some Belly Dance experience and moderate fitness level necessary.  Our work pace will be moderate.

What to bring or wear:

For the Odissi morning session, please dress modestly, as if for a yoga class.  Pants or leggings that are tight around the ankle are ideal.  For the afternoon Indian Fusion, a large skirt or legging are fine.  We will work with a variety of techniques including spins, belly dance and contemporary movements.

Price:

*Full Weekend Course* – 2 Dance styles (12 hours) – £199

Odissi Weekend   (6 hours) – £120

Indian Fusion Weekend  (6 hours) – £120

FB event page:

https://www.facebook.com/events/339029366566815/

Registration Link:


Course Options




 

To learn more about Colleena’s dance work, please visit: Colleenashakti.com

Refund Policy:

Please decide carefully before registering for this course.  There are no refunds under any circumstance.  If you are no longer able to attend the class, you are allowed to sell your spot in the class.  Please ask the person who buys your class to contact us to get their name on the registration sheet.

 

Jan
4
Thu
2018
Santiago, CHILE – January 4-7, 2018
Jan 4 – Jan 7 all-day

 

FB Event Page:

https://www.facebook.com/ColleenaShaktienChile/

 

Contact:

danzafusionindia@gmail.com

 

 

Giselle Kattan  +569 98719843

Jan
23
Tue
2018
Indian Classical Dance & Fusion Bellydance in Portland
Jan 23 @ 8:23 pm – 9:23 pm

Indian Dance Workshop Portland

Colleena Shakti in Portland

Join world-renowned dancer Colleena Shakti for a weekend of Indian Classical Dance and Indian Fusion Bellydance.Move deeper through Colleena’s masterful teachings at Studio Datura this May 19th and 20th, 2018.

Vinyasa Krama Yoga / Strength Training / Odissi Technique / Fusion Composition and Technique / Aesthetic Theory

Location: Studio Datura  –  www.studiodatura.com
1847 East Burnside, Suite 103 Portland, OR 97214

Dates: May 19 & 20, 2018

Time: 9am – 6pm

Schedule:

  • 9 – 10 am : Yoga
  • 10 am – 1 pm: Odissi
  • 1pm – 2:15 pm: lunch
  • 2:30pm – 3:30pm: Indian Aesthetic Art Theory Class
  • 3:30pm – 6:00pm: Indian Fusion Dance

Indian Aesthetic Art Theory Class:* May 19th: The Theory of Beauty
* May 20th: The Yoga of Dance (open and free to the public, bring a friend!)

Price: 15 hours of dance training in Odissi Classical and Indian Fusion Dance.

Bonus: This weekend also features a free class open to the public. Bring a friend and for a one hour talk on The Transcendent Experience of Art: yoga ideals in dance, May 20th 2:30-3:30pm.

Contact: kirvanibookings@gmail.com




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