Portland Odissi Intensive.

Portland Odissi Classical Dance Intensive Training & Indian Fusion Workshop

5 Day Intensive & Drop-in Workshop

October 1-6, 2019

Studio Datura

Training Programs:

Beginning Odissi: Technique & Theory

20 Hours of Instruction ~ Tuesday-Saturday 9:30-1:30 pm

Performance Preparation: Mangalacharan

29 Hours Intensive for Intermediate Dancers


20 Hrs of Instruction: Technique & Theory ~ Tuesday-Saturday 9:30-1:30 pm

9 Hrs of Choreography & Rehearsal ~ Tuesday-Friday 3:30-5 pm, 5:30-7 pm Saturday, Sunday stage rehearsal

Requirements: Dancers must be proficient in Nomami Mangalacharan.  To apply for this intensive, please send a link to a recent video of your dance (Nomami choreography).

Performance Preparation: Mangalacharan & Other Item

35 Hours Intensive for Intermediate Dancers

(Schedule same as above with 1 additional hour per day for rehearsal of others item)

*Please email us for more information

Drop in / Single Workshop Options:

Indian Fusion Belly Dance:

Saturday, October 5 2:30-4:30 pm (2 hours)

Mixed Level workshop

*Space limited!  Pre register soon!

Learn Colleena’s trademark Indian Fusion Belly Dance style which integrates details from Indian classical dance with earthy strong belly dance.  Movements will be  broken down into techniques and drilled, then woven together into several phrases richly layered with detail.  Colleena will share insights about traditional movement vocabularies so that students understand how to create intelligent fusions which celebrate the elegance of classical Indian dance along with the fluidity of bellydance.  At least one year of belly dance training is required for this intermediate class.

North Indian Fusion Dance: Rajasthani Folk & Kathak Classical

Sunday, October 6, 2019 – 10 am – 12:30 pm (2.5 hours)


6055 NE Glisan St, Portland, OR 97213

Mixed Level workshop

*Space limited!  Pre register soon!

In this workshop Colleena will share a rich and colorful movement vocabulary based in both Rajasthani Folk dance and Kathak classical dance. With over 2 decades of performance experience in India, she has developed a unique style of her own. Techniques and common movements will broken down then used in choreographed phrases. A large spinning skirt is the recommended attire for this workshop – there will be many spins!


Location & Details TBA!

Sunday October 6, 2019

More info soon


This is a strong and motivated professional dance training for continuing 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 several 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.  

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:  Traditional Odissi dance exercises, Pilates, classical Ballet training and Indian martial arts (Chhau and Kalaripayattu).

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.  


– 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.

Odissi Intensive Schedule

October 1, Tuesday

9:30 – 1:30 Odissi Technique & Theory / 3:30 – 5 pm Mangalacharan / 5-6 pm Repertoire

October 2, Wednesday

9:30 – 1:30 Odissi Technique & Theory / 3:30 – 5 pm Mangalacharan / 5-6 pm Repertoire

October 3, Thursday

9:30 – 1:30 Odissi Technique & Theory / 3:30 – 5 pm Mangalacharan / 5-6 pm Repertoire

October 4, Friday

9:30 – 1:30 Odissi Technique & Theory / 3:30 – 5 pm Mangalacharan / 5-6 pm Repertoire

October 5, Saturday

9:30 – 1:30 Odissi Technique & Theory  


5 pm Mangalacharan & Repertoire

October 6, Sunday

10 am – 12:30 pm Rajasthani Dance Workshop



Monday-Saturday: Studio Datura  1847 East Burnside  Portland, Oregon

Sunday workshop: Shabu Studios 6055 Gilsan St Portland, Oregon

Tuition Cost

Beginning Odissi: 20 Hours – Technique & Theory

$450 per person

Sold Out! Please send an email to ssd@colleenashakti.com to be on our waiting list.

Performance Preparation: 29 Hours – Mangalacharan

$650 per person

Sold Out! Please send an email to ssd@colleenashakti.com to be on our waiting list.

35 Hours Performance Intensive – Mangalacharan & Repertoire

$725 per person

Sold Out! Please send an email to ssd@colleenashakti.com to be on our waiting list.

North Indian Fusion Dance – Rajasthani Folk & Kathak Classical

$45 Pre registration price

Register Now

Indian Fusion Belly Dance:  Saturday, October 4, 2:30-4:30 pm (2 hours)

$45 Pre registration price

Register Now



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.**

Selling Your Workshop

Since this program offers no refunds, if you have a sudden change of plans you are welcome to independently ‘sell you workshop’.  You must have the new participant email to inform us of the change otherwise they will not be permitted to join the course.  We are not responsible for posting, advertising on your behalf.  You may post on our FB Event Page.  It is NOT possible to sell courses requiring teacher pre-approval based on skill level.

Contact Information 

This event is presented by:  Kirvani Productions & Shakti School of Dance

Please email: ssd@colleenashakti.com

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