All students will need flamenco shoes (or character shoes). Men please wear comfortable workout pants and women please bring a long skirt wide enough to pick up. We will be focusing on rhythmic technique while cleaning footwork and palmas as well as developing posture and expression through marking steps and combinations. We will be learning about flamenco history and tradition through a choreography that we will be building over time. Please commit to entire workshop as students will be gearing up for performance in February. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for questions and more information.
Estefanía Narváez was born in Boston and began dancing flamenco at the age of 7. She quickly fell in love with its celebration of inner beauty and strength, its continuous reinvention, contagious energy and limitless learning. As a child she performed with various local flamenco groups including the family based troupe El Arte Flamenco, with her father acompanying on guitar. She lived in Madrid and Seville, Spain and studied with many masters including Farruquito, Manuela Rios, Juana Amaya and many others. She toured the east coast with various companies based in New York City and Boston. In 2004 she moved to the bay area and began touring with Theatre Flamenco as well as the Latin/Reggae/Rumba Flamenca fusion band LoCura, playing percussion and dancing. She has since spent six summers in Santa Fe, New Mexico performing with Juan Siddi Flamenco Santa Fe Company. In 2012 Estefanía was featured as a soloist for the summer season performing six nights a week and toured in both six-week winter nationwide tours in 2012 and 2013, as well as with Aspen Santa Fe Ballet in 2015 and 2016 at venues such as the Joyce Theatre in New York City and Jacobs Pillow Dance Festival. Between January 2013 and October 2016 Estefania lived in Seville Spain, training teaching and performing as a soloist 4-7 nights a week full time at Sala Sentir and el Auditorio Alvarez Quintero. During this time period she would take classes during the day, perform two shows in the evening, teach in between shows, and go out to "juergas" to live flamenco in the streets and among families..because flamenco is at the heart of it, a way of life. She frequently travels between the Bay Area, New York City and New England where you will find her giving workshops and dancing at various venues.
Tika's Latin Fusion workshop will bring together Cuban, Brazilian, Caribbean popular and folkloric dances while illustrating where they connect and diverge. Experience the depth, beauty and power of these culturally rich movements founded in the African Diaspora. All levels are encouraged to join this workshop. It is a celebration of culture, and community and a linage of dance with deep roots.
It is highly recommended to take Tika's ongoing class on Tuesdays 6:30PM to work on technique in conjunction with Saturday rehearsals.
Performance-Style Bellydance infused with Persian Dance taught by Leila Baradaran. A 6-week dance workshop focusing on technique, choreography, and performance. Classes will start with a warm up: working through isolations of the body and movement techniques, progressing to traveling movement across the floor and finishing with choreography and a short cool down. Open to all levels.
For a preview of the Leila's last performance workshop, click here: www.youtube.com
Dancing Earth is honored to offer four workshops in Yelamu - occupied territory of the Ohlone. We invite community to come together for cumulative practices over 4 sessions, that invoke movement for movement building, by integrating intuition, instinct and imagination ; exploring decolonization; reconnecting with the source of dance, restoring and re-story-ng, reconnection with the natural world and , kinetic access to ancestral and futuristic wisdom, finding rhythm as a community. These practices center Indigenous worldview, dance as purposeful ritual, body as source for knowing, and regenerative relationships with self, community , non human relatives and planet for a more loving, compassionate, tolerant and sustainable future.
Attendance to all workshops is advised for maximum impact but walk ins are also welcome.
Rulan Tangen is the Artistic Director/Choreographer of DANCING EARTH , an indigenous intertribal contemporary dance company based in Bay Area and Southwest. Dancing Earth tours nationally and internationally and has been honored as one of "25 to Watch" by Dance Magazine, Expressive Arts awards from National Museum of American Indian, National Dance Project support for production and touring and Native Arts , as well as recognition with various awards for Arts and Social Change.
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