SSS: Indian Fusion Formation.

Colleena Shakti Presents

Indian Fusion Formation

An accredited Dance Training Program

Debut in Greece!

at Shakti Summer School!!

AUGUST 4 – 11, 2020

Discover and establish yourself in the inspiring world of Rasa, Indian Fusion and Shakti School of Dance through studying its vision, values and theoretic components that weave together to create the formation.  Students will receive a clear and systematic break down in preliminary yoga practices, warm ups, postures, dance vocabulary, phrases and repertoire.  Most importantly students learn how to practice (techniques for practice, drills and creative explorations). 

Indian Fusion Dance

Stylistically speaking, Indian Fusion movement vocabulary is inspired by cultural dances of India and the Middle East (including its modern evolutions).  This dance bridges modern and folkloric Belly Dance vocabulary with extensive postures and spins of North Indian classical and folk dance, intricacies of eyes, hands and facial expression from Eastern Indian classical dance and draws in elements of Central Asian dances as well.

Woven seamlessly together, Indian Fusion Dance is both Ancient & Modern – expressing timeless qualities and values.

Indian Fusion Formation – The Program

Indian Fusion Formation is a structured dance training program designed to progressively impart the techniques, training methods and theories behind this beautiful dance form – Indian Fusion Dance as developed by Colleena Shakti.

Indian Fusion Formation is not just a dance program, it is also a cultural immersion.  Intellectual inquiry, aesthetic reflection and creative explorations are nurtured through the structured coursework and exercises defined in the program syllabus.

This program differs from other programs in its aim to prepare students with a deep understanding of the relevant cultural values, so they can create meaningful dance experiences with the Indian Fusion Dance vocabulary.

Different than a retreat or workshop, the program’s holistic curriculum empowers the student to grow within a shared movement vocabulary which aims at professional mastery.  By progressing through the level system (1-4) students will gain access to teaching techniques and tools in the last level (L4).  Upon successful completion of the program students will have the tools to present this dance with confidence and receive the blessings to teach this material.

What is Indian Fusion Formation?

Read the full Indian Fusion Formation program description


Daily Program Schedule in Greece

7 Days of dance training includes: Testing and Printed Course Book

  • 9 – 10 AM – Yoga & Body Conditioning
  • 11 – 2:30 PM – Basic Postures, Dance Techniques, Movement Breakdown & Drills
  • 5 – 6 PM – Study Lab
  • 6 – 7 PM – Theory Lab
  • *2 Day Trips included


Room Options:

Villa Shakti: Double Share Room (2 per room, shared bathroom)

The rooms at Villa Shakti includes bath towel set, Greek beach towel, bedding and blankets, table fan, WIFI, access to apartment kitchen, spacious living room and dining area, cable TV.  Places are limited.  The house is strictly vegetarian.

Village Apartments: Dorm Style (4 per room, shared bathroom)

These traditional restored apartments are a 5 -10 minute walk from Villa Shakti on peaceful a country road.  The apartments are in a rustic traditional village with a plentiful organic garden, traditional orthodox church, goats, a fresh spring fountain and many flowers!

Finding other Local Accommodation 

If you are looking for a bit more privacy, you will find many other villas and apartments nearby our village of Aikirgiannis (Topolia).  We suggest you have a look at Airbnb, VRBO as well as for best options.  We recommend looking in the Topolia area and no farther than Kissamos so travel time to classes are not an issue.  You can use the FB event page to post if you are looking for others to share a villa with you.  We suggest you have your own rental car for this option.  **Book your own accommodation well in advance! Greece is a very popular summer destination and all the rooms will book up!



  • Dance & Yoga Training
  • Accommodation of your choice (or chose the ‘off site’ option and stay nearby)
  • Healthy Vegetarian meals at Villa Shakti
  • Select Transportation (see Transportation section for more details)

Not included:

  • Flight to Greece
  • Snacks and meals out at Tavernas or cafes (see your course schedule for details)
  • Your own personal rental car
  • Extra excursions, trips to town or private taxis

Stay at Villa Shakti Double Share Room 

€ 1,200


  • 36 hours Training in 7 days, Course Book & Optional testing on the 7th day  
  • Double Share Room at Villa Shakti
  • 20 Healthy Vegetarian meals per week (2 dinners at local tavernas are not covered)
  • Transportation (2 Day trips, Airport Pick up and Drop off shuttle)

Stay at Village Apartments Dorm

€ 1,120


  • 36 hours Training in 7 days, Course Book & Optional testing on the 7th day  
  • Dorm room at Village Apartments (10-15 minute walk from studio)
  • 20 Healthy Vegetarian meals per week (2 dinner at local tavernas are not covered)
  • Transportation (2 Day trips, Airport Pick up and Drop off shuttle)

Stay Offsite

(Lunch included, Transportation NOT included): 

€ 675


  • 36 hours Training in 7 days, Course Book & Optional testing on the 7th day  
  • 7 Healthy Vegetarian meals per week (1 meal per day at Villa Shakti)
  • Transportation *NOT INCLUDED* (please rent a car or taxi to join day trips)

Important Information:

  • Check in to Villa Shakti is August 4th between 5-7 PM
  • Orientation Meeting & Welcome Dinner at 7-9 PM
  • Classes begin on August 5th at 9 AM
  • Last class is on Aug 10th evening
  • Optional testing is scheduled on Aug 11th morning, followed by Day Trip in afternoon
  • Check out of Villa Shakti & Village Apartments is on August 12th at 11 AM
  • Everyday classes start at 9am and end at 7pm (except days with trips planned)
  • 2 Day Trips are included to beautiful beaches and local Greek tavernas

SSS Terms and Conditions for dancers pre-registered for SSS 2020:

Due to the current situation with the Corona Virus, we are giving several options for your participation in our summer programs. Please inform us of any changes you would like to make to your participation no later than one month prior to the start date of the session you are registered for. If you make further changes, you will be charged a 50 euro admin fee. Thank you for your patience and careful consideration. Visit here for the options


Our in-house catering team are mainly local Greek women with a passion for cooking!   We enjoy offering a healthy Vegetarian take on local Cretan recipes.  Cretan and Greek cuisine is full of roasted vegetables, rices dishes, cucumber salads and of course, a decadent selection of homemade local cheeses!  Occasionally we change up the menu by preparing mild Ayurvedic Indian food or Italian pasta, etc.  All meals are served buffet style – all you can eat!  Special dietary needs such as vegan, gluten free, and allergies can be catered to with prior notice.  *Our villa is strictly Vegetarian in celebration of life! Yet we can offer you local goat, sheep and cow cheese and a range of farm to table dairy products as well as eggs.

Typical Menu:

Breakfast:  Coffee/tea, fruit, toast and spreads, yogurt, granola, porridge, smoothie.

Lunch:  Main dish,  2 salads, bakery breads, spreads, vegetable side dishes, local olive oil / olives, ice teas infusions.

Dinner:  Main dish, salads, bakery breads, spreads, bean dish (protein), vegetable side dishes, local olive oil / olives, and desert!

Weekly Meal Plan:

Sunday  (Check IN Day) – Welcome dinner feast served at sunset on the veranda at 7pm!

Monday – Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Tuesday -Breakfast, Lunch (*Dinner Out)

Wednesday – Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Thursday – Breakfast, Lunch (*Dinner Out)

Friday – Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Saturday – Breakfast, Lunch (packed for travel), (*Dinner Out)

Sunday (Check OUT Day) – Breakfast


Flights: Travel TO Villa Shakti

The closest airport to fly into is Chania (CHQ) Airport, just 1 hour from Villa Shakti.

Heraklion Airport is 3 hours from Villa Shakti.

Arrival / Departure

Guests will want to arrive to the closest airport: Chania (CHQ).  Airport it is a 1 hour drive to the villa.  Heraklion is 3-4 hours drive.  *Students MUST arrive in time for orientation meeting on Sunday evening.

Most visitors on Crete rent a car to enjoy exploring the wild nature and beaches.  This is what we always recommend to guests since there are many secret beaches and isolated trails to discover on the Western side of the island within an hours drive.

Car Rental for Off-Site Guests:

If you wish to have your own car, we recommend booking online. Prices are approximately €25-45 per day / per vehicle.  Non EU licensed drivers will need and International Driving License to drive in Greece.

Other Transport Options:

  • Taxi booked directly from Airport to Villa Shakti: Approx. €100
  • Local Taxis to Kissamos or Local beaches: Local rates apply.  Please book directly.

TRANSPORTATION for On-site Guests:

The cost of transportation is now included in your tuition

Scheduled Shuttle Transportation Includes:  (Times are fixed, no exceptions.)


  • Chania Airport Pick up: Sunday at 5pm
  • Chania Port Pick up: Sunday at 6 pm


  • Chania Port Drop off: Sunday at 11 am
  • Chania Airport Drop off: Sunday at 12 pm


  • Day Trip #1: Local Beach and Taverna – Tuesdays 3:30 – 9pm
  • Day Trip #2: Elafounissi, Phalasarna or Paleochora Beach and Taverna – Saturdays 3:30 – 10 pm

Transportation Terms of Use for on-site guests:

Please meet our driver at the scheduled times, the driver can not wait for late passengers.  If your flight arrives or departs at another time than the scheduled shuttle pick up/drop of times,  you can easily get a local taxi to/from Airport to Chania Port to enjoy some time there and then meet at the scheduled time and location to catch your ride to Villa Shakti.  

Steps of Application Process & Payment:

Program fills up on a first come, first serve basis


Fill in Application completely – Partially filled out applications will not be considered.  You should receive an email within a few days that we have received your application.  Please make sure to list your first and second choice of accommodation options. 


You will receive an email with a reply to your application within  a week.  Either: “ACCEPTED” to program, or “WAITLISTED” for this program.  We are filling the program on a first come first serve basis, so please don’t wait to apply!



If accepted to join the program, along with your acceptance letter you will receive an Invoice based on the accommodation option you chose in your application.  If your first choice is full, we will try our best to provide your second choice of accommodation.  In order to keep your place in the program you will have 1 week / 7 days to pay your invoice in full or you will forfeit your confirmed place and be put on the waitlist.

If “waitlisted”, don’t worry there are always people who adjust their plans last minute and often spaces will open up.  We will email you with news as soon as we can.


~ Pack your bags for Greece!!!

Upon completion of your payment you are fully registered for the first ever Indian Fusion Formation at Villa Shakti Crete!!!!  You will receive an informational email with a PDF about how to prepare for the program and for Shakti Summer School ~ Greece.  Another email will be sent to participants before the program starts with more information about arrival and updates.

Official Cancelation Policy:

The Shakti School of Dance /Shakti Summer School cancellation and refund policy is in place to guarantee the fair allocation of slots in the program to students who have been accepted and are ready to commit.

Your registration payment to SSD/SSS is not refundable, returnable or transferable to a future workshop or to another person. No exceptions. Even in the case of medical or family emergencies, etc.  Because there is an application and selection process, students can not ‘sell their spot’ in the program to another person.

Please register with full awareness of the agreement you are entering into.

Payment (via Paypal), as well as this ‘Mandatory Waiver Form’ must be completed upon acceptance in the given time period to guarantee enrollment in the Intensive sessions.

Health/Safety: Student agrees to inform SSD/SSS Administration of any health conditions or important medications they are taking. Student assumes full responsibility for her/his safety and all risks of participating in this training and while enrolled at SSD/SSS. We hold no responsibility for any such illness or injury that a student sustains while enrolled in the program.

Students who cancel will not be eligible for refunds as per our official cancellation policy.

*By completing your payment, you have agreed to our refund terms and conditions already.

Application period closes: May 15, 2020.

Late applications considered, but not guaranteed.

We look forward to welcoming you to Villa Shakti Crete for SSS 2020! 

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