Online Classes!.

Below is our upcoming schedule for *NOVEMBER 2020 Online dance classes* from Shakti School of Dance!

Coming to you live from our studio at Villa Shakti Crete!

Regular Classes:

  • Odissi for Beginners
  • Odissi Stepping & Exercises + Community time (1.5/ 2 hrs) 
  • IFF – Preliminary
  • IFF – L1 Moves & Phrases

Special Workshops:

  • Choreography Review: Hari Om, Mangalacharan, Batu, Vasanta, Saveri
  • Kalaripayattu
  • Ballet
  • Restorative Dance Flow with Lisa




Odissi for Beginners

We warmly welcome you to try Odissi classical Indian dance for the first time in safe and supportive environment!  All are welcome.  This class will begin with warm up and strength training, then carefully break down each ‘stepping exercise’ and only progress as students are ready for the next, more complex movement.  We will review names of Mudras (hand postures) and Pada (Foot Positions).  

LEVEL: Beginner

DATES: Wednesdays, Nov 11, 18, 25 and Dec 2

TIME: 6-7 pm (ATHENS TIME) – or class recording available for 24 hours


Community Odissi Stepping & Exercises

Practicing together as a community!  

All dancers who have learned our Odissi stepping practice are welcome to join.  Newer students may not be able to maintain the fast speeds or might have to observe the steppings which they have not yet learned – but watching carefully is a powerful learning method for Indian classical dance!  We will do Chowka & Tribhangi Steppings (with compositions) on our school music and then breakdown some steppings for technique review and polishing.  

*Students are welcome to join 30 minutes of “community” time at the end of the class in which we can visit together, share or practice repertoire choreography.

LEVEL: All Continuing Students (Beginners should join the ‘Odissi for Beginners’ class)

DATES: Wednesdays, Nov 11, 18, 25 and Dec 2

TIME: 7:15-8:45 pm (ATHENS TIME) – or class recording available for 24 hours (Join us for: 8:45 – 9:15pm Community Time!)




Monthly Thursday Theory Class: Lecture

This class is designed for the Odissi student or art/dance/music lovers who would like to learn more about the theoretical components of the classical Indian dance margam (path).  Topics range from classical Indian music theory, yoga, sacred poetry, Puranic stories of the Gods and Goddesses, Indian aesthetic theories on art and more!  

We will release the theory class topic on our Shakti School of Dance ONLINE Facebook Group each month and share preparatory materials there. 

LEVEL: All Continuing Students (Beginners should join the ‘Odissi for Beginners’ class)

DATE: Thursday Nov. 19

TIME: 6-7:30 pm (ATHENS TIME) – or class recording available for 24 hours




IFF Preliminary Techniques:

We warmly welcome you to the beautiful and intricate world of Indian Fusion Belly Dance!  This transnational dance form mainly incorporates techniques, postures, inspirations and  movement concepts from Egyptian folkloric dances and its modern evolutions (Raqs Sharqi, “Belly Dance”, ATS and Tribal Fusion) as well as Indian folk and classical dances.  This class series will introduce dancers to our most common Belly Dance movements and techniques found in IFF (Indian Fusion Formation – An Accredited Dance Training Program). 

LEVEL: Beginner

DATE: Fridays, Nov 13, 20, 27 and Dec 4

TIME: 6-7 pm (ATHENS TIME) – or class recording available for 24 hours


IFF Level 1 – Technique & Phrases:

This class is for the dancer with some belly dance experience who is interested to enter the world of Indian Fusion Formation!  IFF is a codified movement system and training program that aims at clarifying pedagogy, techniques, postures and a common dance vocabulary in this elegant transnational fusion dance form.  Many movements may be familiar to fusion dancers, but this system aims at precise technique and clear execution so that nuanced embellishments can be layered. 

LEVEL: Level 1 IFF

DATE: Fridays, Nov 13, 20, 27 and Dec 4

TIME: 7:15-8:45 pm (ATHENS TIME) – or class recording available for 24 hours




Odissi Choreography Review:

These are review workshop for dancers who have already learned the full choreography from Shakti School of Dance (or Srjan associated) teacher.  We will slowly break down and polish relevant sections of the choreography to develop precision and refinement. 

LEVEL: For those who have already learned the choreography at SSD

DRESS CODE: Dance sari or Salwar Kameez


DATE: Tuesday, November 1o

TIME: 11am-12:30 pm (ATHENS TIME) – or class recording available for 24 hours

Register for Mohana Pallavi HERE


DATE: Sunday, November 15

TIME: 6-7 pm (ATHENS TIME) – or class recording available for 24 hours

Register for Hari Om HERE


DATE: Sunday, November 15 

TIME: 7:15 – 8:45 pm (ATHENS TIME) – or class recording available for 24 hours

Register for Vasanta Pallavi HERE


DATE: Saturday, November 21

TIME: 6-8 pm (ATHENS TIME) – or class recording available for 24 hours

Register for Nomami Mangalacharan HERE


DATE: Sunday, November 22

TIME: 6-8 pm (ATHENS TIME) – or class recording available for 24 hours

Register now for Batu HERE


Diwali Celebration Sadhana:

*Free* Community Yoga, Meditation and Odissi Sadhana Practice 

DATE: Saturday, November 14 

TIME: 10am – 12pm (ATHENS TIME) – or class recording available for 24 hours

COST:  *Free with Registration*

As we face a darker season of the year and work to balance ourselves in an unbalanced, uncertain time, let us join together to cultivate the inextinguishable inner light!  A celebration of light – symbolic of wisdom and the resounding truths of the soul, Diwali (or Deepavali) is a favorite celebration in India when families come together and worship the abundance around them (Goddess Laxmi) with light.  Together our Shakti School family will celebrate the abundance passed on to us from our Gurus in the form of our beautiful sadhana (Yoga, Pranayama, Mediation, Dance).  Let us (re)set noble intentions for our sadhana and re ignite the fire within!



Ballet Inspiration with Elina Kikili

All levels ‘Ballet inspired’ dance class to dive deep into technique for better balance, posture and poise! This workshop will teach you the fundamentals of ballet and give you the chance to enhance your dance quality with the grace and poise of ballet and help you to get a deeper understanding of your turn out, posture and balance .

LEVEL: All levels

DATE: Monday, November 2

TIME: 6-7:30pm (ATHENS TIME) – or class recording available for 24 hours


Experience Kalaripayattu: An Ancient Indian Martial Art ~ with Lalita Ramona Yagnik

Kalaripayattu (Kalari) is India’s ancient indigenous martial, meditational & medicinal tradition that evolved alongside Yoga & Ayurveda, originating from Kerala in South India. It is a complete system of body-oriented therapy with an emphasis on the expansion and development of the senses; a paradigm commonly called ‘when the body becomes all eyes’. 

In this workshop we will introduce you to Kalari, an art which gives us a framework for understanding how we exist in the world and practical guidelines to harmonize ourselves with our ever changing inner and outer environments. The asanas and forms are multidimensional, incorporating concepts of power and focus – allowing us to feel a closer connection to our ancestral animal and warrior lineages. 

You will be able to experience all elements of a traditional practice. Unique flowing movements within warms ups, core strengthening and kick sequences as well as more complex postures/Mudras, evasive moves and the first form – Kalari Vandanam (Salutation Vinyasa). These can be practiced as stand alone exercises, incorporated into existing movement routines or creating new rituals to energize and strengthen the body/mind.

DATE: Saturday, November 14

TIME: 5:30-7:30 AM (ATHENS TIME) – or class recording available for 24 hours



Restorative Dance Flow with Lisa

Move your body in fluid and graceful ways that will help you to ground, center and connect. Breathe into your joints, free your spine and hips, release tension and stress through graceful movements and simple combos that will leave you feeling more open, awake, relaxed and vibrant.

Lisa will gently guide us in this 1 hour class, taking inspiration from her many years of yoga and dance study, practice and teaching (including West African, Contemporary, Brazilian and Indian dance). All levels welcome! This class will be an excellent compliment to our month of Yoga, Odissi and Indian Fusion Foundation with Colleena.

DATE: Monday, November 30

TIME: 6-7 pm (ATHENS TIME) – or class recording available for 24 hours



Shakti School of Dance opened for me a door to real art, to the experience of the Mystery though the dance. Deep, sensitive, beauty. Thank you!

With a great respect for the oral tradition and in-person methods of teaching and training, I have to say that the online SSS experience was so deeply cherished. It brought more illumination to my practice and path, and was huge a gift to feel such connection with both Colleena and the community of students around the globe. The training felt both rich and thorough, and really wonderful value. A heart felt recommendation to all to invest in this online training if you can.

Shakti School of Dance is a wholistic training ground for the serious artist looking to immerse themselves in the spiritual, physical, philosophical and cultural roots of these precious Indian art forms. Colleena Shakti is an exceptional teacher who provides a fully immersive and highly supportive experience that is rarely experienced virtually. I cannot recommend this enough!

Shakti School of Dance is an extraordinary experience. It is being taken through a rich and elaborated training for the deep understanding, performance and preservation of Odissi Classical Dance. SSD is pervaded with deep values, hard work, fun, kindness, beauty and genuine artistry. It is not an ordinary school but a path of growth and transformation. Colleena is a master on this field and conducts her school with grace, warmth and clear direction. On her side there is a team of amazing people: Lisa, Matthew and Sudhabai whose collaboration and beautiful qualities make this experience possible.

Summer school online experience was great. Amazingly, there was both an atmosphere of participating in actual class and enough attention from teachers to online participants. great way to practice together and get valuable feedback which is so important in order to progress towards more beauty!!  We all love (and live) beauty. Thank you!  – Aija Devi, Latvia

I feel so honored to have taken Colleena’s theory classes as well as her Indian Fusion Bellydance classes since I am not able to travel outside my country due to regulations and money. For me, it was a dream come true and a reason for getting up early in the morning for enjoying her wisdom and dance with her. Colleena helped me a lot to overcome depression and anxiety, and gave me peace throughout the teachings. I’m forever grateful and I cross my fingers to meet her in “real life” someday. Thank you SO much, with love and respect. – Cele Acuña from Argentina.

My experience of Shakti Summer School online far exceeded my expectations! The teaching transmission was tangible and effective, even through virtual class! For me personally, it was a great boon to be able to study from my life, without having to disrupt everything to fly halfway around the world and be gone for 3-4weeks! Although I love travel and adventure, with the state of the world it was amazing to be here for my family, friends, yoga students and plants while still receiving this intimate and powerful teaching from Colleena!💖💖💖 The extra effort to make the online classes clear and well executed encouraged me to put in the extra effort necessary to make this practice a priority! And it was transformative! I am a new me, stronger than ever, more aware, more awake and pulsing with gratitude and love. Thank you Colleena Shakti for your dedication and thank you Shakti Team (espically Lisa Beck!) For your beautiful execution of a new learning platform! Jai Jagannath!

It was a wonderful experience! Although it was online this time, I noticed that there was a deeper understanding (in so many levels) of a lot of the things I was practicing on my own. It was the boost I needed to keep up my practice!

I appreciate how you gave your attention into everyone and every detail. Everything was very well organized and professionally done! Thank you so much!

I am so happy to be able to join again Odissi study with Colleena! As a mother and with my 3 different jobs, it wasn’t easy for me to go study to Pushkar and Crete. Shakti school online was perfect, I felt that I improved as much as if i was studying live. Thanks!!

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