Shakti Summer School in Greece!.

March 8, 2018 @ 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




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.




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*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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