Shakti School of Dance.

SHAKTI SCHOOL OF DANCE

A center for the study of Indian Art & Culture: Indian Classical & Folkloric Dance, Contemporary Fusion Dances and Yoga

the school

Shakti School of Dance is a center for the study and practice of traditional Indian dances, yoga and their intrinsic philosophies.

Housed in the Vaishnav temple of Lord Rang Nath Venu Gopal, in the holy town of Pushkar, Rajasthan, India, our school offers a contemplative devotional atmosphere.  It is a place where artistic and spiritual inquiry is nurtured and reinforced by structured study.

Students from all over the world come to experience Rajasthani folk arts and culture through classes, lecture demonstrations and performances.  Our diverse curriculum offers students a chance to drop into Colleena’s unique Indian Fusion Belly dance classes or learn from a local Kalbelia ‘Gypsy’ – Rajasthani folk dance.

Our school’s main focus is to promote and preserve Odissi classical Indian dance of the Kelu Charan Mohapatra lineage. Imparting rich authenticity through the traditional classroom setup, Odissi students delve into a rigorous training system of Indian classical dance technique, supplemented with deeper studies in Indian aesthetic theory, Vinyasa Krama Yoga and related cultural and philosophical studies.  There is an application process for students interested in full time study.

Seasonally we conduct intensive dance training programs (January through May), and each spring host an annual festival of classical Indian dance and music – The Pushkar Temple Dance Festival.

ODISSI INTENSIVE TRAINING

We conduct dance training programs January through May.

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DROP-IN CLASSES

We offer drop-in classes in local folk dance forms such as Khalbelia ‘Gypsy’ Dance, Fusion Belly Dance and other special dance workshops.

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PUSHKAR TEMPLE DANCE FESTIVAL

Each spring we host the annual festival of classical Indian dance and music.

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COLLEENA SHAKTI

Founder

message from the founder

By honoring the lineages of our dance, as well as the cultural and spiritual traditions deeply embedded within each movement, Shakti School of Dance has become a place known for its disciplined, genuine and reflective atmosphere.

My vision for full time dance training at Shakti School of Dance is to offer a holistic experience for students to live the path of the artist in every aspect of their life.  Students cultivate deep body awareness by reaching for perfection in technique and learning to push their perceived limits.  We also place equal importance on “theory studies” such as Vedic philosophies and cultural history. Inner strength is sure to unfold through meditative concentration.

As we continue to evolve and grow, we find beautiful transformations happening all around us: our Kalbelia dance teachers are developing their skills through interacting with students.  We have started training a new generation of young Kalbelia dancers, who previously had no opportunity for this kind of structured education. Integration of yoga and dance as an interconnected practice has been developing more each year in our daily schedule.  Dancers continue to come from around the world sharing their art forms, learning side by side, inspiring one another through cultural exchange. 

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