Santa Barbara Dance Workshops.

Saturday & Sunday, Oct 6 & 7, 12-4 pm each day

Location: Santa Barbara Dance Center, 127 W Canon Perdido



1. Odissi Classical Indian Dance: Saturday Oct 6, 12 pm – 4 pm

Classical Indian Dance – 4hrs  :

Odissi is one of India’s 8 classical dance styles. It is steeped in devotional sentiment and is linked to the temple dance traditions of its homeland – Orissa, India.

This beginning workshop will offer students the chance to experience classical Indian dance training methods and basic techniques such as mudras, footwork, isolated body movements, postures, gaze and short compositions.

The day will begin with a Vinyasa Krama Yoga practice, which includes asana and pranayama.  From there we will move on to traditional training exercises and technique practice. The workshop will include a lecture on Odissi’s fascinating history which connects the art form to ancient traditions and aesthetic philosophies established in the Natya Shastra (dating back more than 2,000 + years) and a study of dance vocabulary such as mudra.

Level: This workshop is suited for all dancers regardless of experience. The dance technique is precise and rigorous so some fitness is required. Immense inspiration is found with even just a taste of this dance!


2. Rajasthani Gypsy Dance Workshop: Sunday Oct 7, 12 pm – 2 pm

Rajasthani Folk Dance
This workshop will introduce the basic components of Rajasthani folk dance such as: Posture, mudras (hand positions) and the basic foot pattern. We will take four dance movements, the “Basic Step”, “Chedi Arm Variation”, “Ghoomar Arm Variation”, and the “Ghoomar Spin”, that will introduce the student to movements of several folk styles from within Rajasthan. This workshop is perfect as a first introduction to Rajasthani dance, as well as for a dancer who wants to brush up on fundamental movements in this style. Suggested movement attire is a large spinning skirt and dancing barefoot is ideal for stomping out the foot pattern.

Level:  All Levels welcome!


Indian Fusion Belly Dance

3. Indian Fusion Belly Dance Workshop: Sunday Oct 7, 2 – 4 pm

Indian Fusion 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.  Inspired by dance poses found in Indian sculpture, painting and classical dance, and 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.

Level:  Intermediate – Some Belly Dance experience is recommended before taking this workshop.

Location: Santa Barbara Dance Center, 127 W Canon Perdido St in Santa Barbara

What to wear and bring:

**Odissi Day** includes yoga practice so wear yoga attire (or your Odissi practice wear – for the more advanced students) is appropriate. Make sure that you don’t wear baggy pants or bell bottom style of leggings. Fitted leggings down to the ankle is preferred so Colleena can see your feet as you dance.

**Rajasthani Folk Class** please wear a spinning skirt or any kind of long gypsy-style skirt for the turns.

**Indian Fusion Belly Dance Class** wear your belly dance practice wear as desired or yoga clothes are great too.

Please bring water bottle. There are water fountains at the studio to fill up as needed.



  • Full weekend (8 hours): $160
  • Oct 6 Odissi Day (4 hours): $80
  • Oct 7 Rajasthani/Fusion Day: 2, 2 hour workshops @ $40 each or $70 for both

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