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…

Monday, December 11
6pm – 8pm

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.

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

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.


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


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:

Contact Allison Mulroy of Caravanserai Retreats at:

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

Dec 15 / Jan 12
Fridays 6pm-8pm

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.

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.

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

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

Indian Dance Workshop in London ~ Classical & Contemporary


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.


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.


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.



London, UK

Urdang 1, Old Finsbury Hall

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


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:  


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.


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

Odissi Weekend   (6 hours) – £120

Indian Fusion Weekend  (6 hours) – £120

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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.


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


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

Indian Dance Workshop Portland

Colleena Shakti in Portland

This event is sold out, but you may come for Colleena’s free lecture, open to the public, May 2oth on The Yoga of Dance.

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  –
1847 East Burnside, Suite 103 Portland, OR 97214

Dates: May 19 & 20, 2018

Time: 9am – 6pm


  • 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.


Shakti Summer School in Greece!
Mar 8 @ 11:01 am – 12:01 pm


~ Modules One & Two ~

Shakti Summer School in Greece!

June 11th – July 6th

Aikirgiannis, Crete

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Colleena has crafted this 100-hour Shakti Summer School to establish a solid base of technique for students through training in both Odissi Classical Indian Dance and Indian Fusion Dance. It is a holistic and rigorous training designed to both celebrate culture and explore the potential for thoughtful innovation. In this program we will both uphold tradition, and embrace the spirit of exploration in dance.

Shakti Summer School consist of two modules, Odissi and Fusion dance, each of which have two separate training weeks. This means you can come anywhere from one week or stay for the entire month. Drop in classes are also available.

Tuition includes vegetarian breakfast and lunch five days a week, ten meals total. Limited on-site accommodation is available, and many beautiful Villas are available to rent on Airbnb. You will need your own transportation, and we will connect students to collectively share a car and villa.

Many sunsets await you this summer in Greece!




Module One:  Odissi Classical Indian Dance

      Week One: June 11th – June 15

      Week Two: June 18 – 22

Module Two:  Indian Fusion Dance

      Week One: June 25 – June 29

      Week Two: July 2 – July 6


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Experience the systematic study of Odissi Classical Dance and Indian Fusion Dance at Shakti Summer School in Crete. Yoga, Odissi, Kathak, North Indian, Rajasthani and Ballet will be offered as supporting instruments for the growth of the serious dancer who wants to evolve as a performing artist.



Module One

Module One is a 36 hour training from June 11th to June 22nd in Odissi Classical Indian dance, in the lineage of Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra. It is offered in two distinct weeks, and you may apply for one week or both weeks. Beginners are encouraged to attend week one of Module One. These two weeks are offered in the tradition of our classic schedule at Shakti School of Dance Rajasthan (established 2005).


Module Two

Module Two is a 56 hour training from June 25th – July 6th in Indian Fusion Dance. It begins in week one with a focus on Rajasthani and North India dance, and continues into week two exploring Fusion Bellydance and Colleena’s new Indian Contemporary work. You may attend one week or two.


Modules 1 & 2

Shakti Summer School combines Modules One and Two in a 100 hour certificate program.

Experiencing the entire month as a comprehensive summer school will result in a strong foundation in the techniques essential for Colleena’s Indian Fusion Bellydance. Students who attend both Module One and Module Two will receive a 100 hour certificate of completion, as well as 10% discount on the price of tuition. The eight additional hours in this 92 hour training will be supplemented with private tutoring, group projects and other special training. Student’s interested in the Indian Fusion Essentials should review Module One and Module Two, and must complete both applications



Module One: Odissi Classical Indian Dance 

      One Week: 485$

      Two Weeks: 900$

Module Two: Indian Fusion Dance

      One Week: 685$

      Two Weeks: 1,260$

Shakti Summer School: 100 hour program

     Four Weeks: 1,944$


* Prices include two, veg meals per week day: breakfast and lunch. The price does not include accommodation or transportation.




Learn more about Villa Shakti on Facebook!

*available by application

Double Shared Room with shared bathroom: 210$ per week.

Dorm style accommodation with shared bathroom: 108$ Per Week. 




~ Anticipated Daily Schedule for Module One ~


9-10 am: Vinyasa Krama Yoga

10 – 11:00 am: Odissi: Strength Training & Stepping Practice

11 – 12: Break

12 – 1: Odissi intermediate

1 – 2 pm: Odissi beginning

2 – 5 pm: Break

5 – 6:30 pm:

      Tuesday and Thursday: Theory class

      Monday and Wednesday: Indian Fusion Bellydance (*drop in/ add on, not included in intensive tuition).

      * Saturdays, will feature special performances or special workshops – offered as drop in for an additional price.

      * Sundays are a free day to relax and explore the island!



~ Anticipated Daily Schedule for Module Two ~ 


9 -10 am: Vinyasa Krama Yoga

10 – 11 am :

      Monday/Wednesday: Odissi Technique

      Tuesday/Thursday:  Kathak/North Indian/Rajasthani Techniques

      Friday : Classical Ballet with Elina

11am – 12pm: Veg Breakfast provided by Villa Shakti

12 – 2pm:  Two hours of Indian Fusion Dance Technique

      Week One: Focus on Rajasthani North India

      Week Two: Focus on Indian Contemporary and Fusion Bellydance

2 – 5pm: Veg Lunch provided by Villa Shakti

5 – 6pm: Learn Original Choreographies.

6 – 7:30pm: Tuesdays and Thursdays Indian Aesthetic Theory

      * Saturdays will feature special performances or special workshops (offered as drop in for an additional price).

      * Sundays are a free day to relax and explore the island!




You must provide your own transport. Villa Shakti is located in a rural location, in a very small village named Aikirgianis, near Topolia on the island of Crete in Greece. We will do our best to connect you with fellow students to collectively hire a car. A shuttle may also be available for your convenience for dinner service and special outings. We will provide a list of local car hires, taxis and look into hiring a shuttle for dinner service.




Shared on-site accommodation is available for a limited number of students at Villa Shakti. Many beautiful villas dot the countryside in and near our charming, intimate village in Topolia, Crete. We will connect students with one another to facilitate the shared booking of a private villa if they desire more space.

Preference for in-home accommodation is given to students who have studied 25 hours or more with Colleena Shakti. We are hoping to attract students who are excited about participating in the creation of a holistic and uplifting living space and training experience.




Colleena warmly invites you into her personal home at Villa Shakti for this extraordinary, immersion experience. What a blessing to have the chance to study in the gurukul, the house of the guru (teacher). In Classical Indian Arts, since ancient times, it has been tradition to live at the home of the teacher. This is so that students may experience the life of the artist with a holistic approach, rather than just learning isolated techniques. Living together in an ashram-style setting will support the artist to embody nuances, and understand the spirit of the art as a “lived-approach”. Colleena invites you into this unique experience of an “art-ashram” with the spirit of full participation.


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London Indian Fusion Belly Dance
Apr 8 @ 1:14 pm – 2:14 pm

Indian Fusion Dance Intensive

The Place, London

~ May 12th & 13th, 2018 ~

London Fusion Intensive May 12/13 at The Place

Indian Fusion Dance Technique Drills


May 12th, Saturday

16:30 – 20:00 (3.5 hours)

This technique workshop will begin briefly with breath-based yoga, awareness exercises and stretching which supports this dance style.  The drills presented will spotlight particular isolations and gestures found in both tribal belly dance and Indian dance, as well as walks, turns and arm patterns with mudra.

The class will end with a short session of notation and theoretical discussion about the vocabulary presented.  Students will enjoy refining techniques that range from intermediate to advanced, and come out of the class with phrases for self-practice.  Some belly dance experience is essential to work with the layers of fine detail in compositions.  Please bring a notebook to class and a small snack to share if you like.


Indian Fusion Belly Dance Choreography and Exploration

May 13th, Sunday

15:00 – 19:00 (4 Hours)

This creative workshop will jump off from the previous day’s technique work.  We will revisit movements presented in Saturdays class to weave together Indian fusion belly dance choreography, and explore concepts with group work. The class will begin briefly with breath-based yoga, awareness exercises and stretching which supports this dance style.  Some belly dance experience is essential to work with the layers of fine detail in the choreography.  Please bring a notebook to class and a small snack to share if you like.


Berkeley Odissi Intensive 2018
Aug 19 @ 7:14 pm – 8:14 pm



Our favorite annual workshop is back! This is a strong and motivated professional dance training for regular attendees and new students alike.

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 in the subtle practices of yoga, strength training, and philosophy.  These additional teachings are 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.

THERAPEUTICS FOR ODISSI DANCERS: With special guest teacher!
Discovery anatomy and specialized movements to reprogram and realign your body for more efficient movement in Odissi dance.

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 last 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 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.  This year’s special theory class focus is:

Anga Shuddhi and Abhinaya: Special Topic this year!
Anga Shuddhi is to purify the limbs of the body through the vinyasa of isolated gestures. Like learning an alphabet, students memorize possibilities of movements that later build up in to sentences and finally are used to tell story through this “language of gesture” unique to Indian classical arts. Hasta (hand) mudra, eye movements, head movements, etc., are just a few of the details that can create a complex language used in abhinaya (the storytelling aspect of the dance). All of the Indian classical dances share this common root vocabulary that is well documented in the ancient treatise on dance, Natya Shastra. Theory lectures and practical memorization will culminate with exploration in the applications of isolated gestures in abhinaya compositions and group exploration.

Beginning students are welcomed. In this 6 day Odissi choreography lab Colleena will split students into groups according to their level of Odissi proficiency. Odissi choreography is a process of memorization and refinement that can require years for a choreography to become “polished”. Attainable sections of choreography will be taught to beginners, while returning students will work on polishing their repertoire as well as learning arasa of new choreography.

Indian Fusion Belly Dance Drills, Techniques and Combinations: Learn Colleena’s trademark style Indian Fusion Belly Dance broken down into techniques 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 that elegant Indian mood. Traditional movements will be looked at and how we can intelligently embellish and combine movements, without loosing their original flavor. At least one year of belly dance training is required for this intermediate class.

– 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.


Full package Early Bird (by Sept 1) – 36 hours Program: $600 / Full package normal price: $680
Odissi Training: 4 hours per day for 6 days, Odissi Choreography Lab: 2 hours of training for 5 days, Indian Fusion Workshop: 2 hours on Sunday afternoon.

Odissi Package – 34 hours Program $650
Odissi Training: 4 hours per day for 6 days, Odissi Choreography Lab: 2 hours of training for 5 days. No Fusion Workshop.

Odissi Half Day Package – 24 hours $550
Odissi Training: 4 hours per day for 6 days.

Indian Fusion Workshop – 2 hours on Sunday Oct. 21st, 2:30-4:30pm $45

Registration Options



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.**

BALI RETREAT Nov. 12-18, 2018
Aug 23 all-day


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