Classical & Contemporary Indian Dance Workshop – London.

December 2, 2017 @ 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.


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