Special Events

Belly Dance Workshop Series:

Love to Dance to Live Music with Claudia!

 Claudia will teach a three-part workshop series on dancing to live music. This series will culminate with a performance by participants in the three workshops on January 20th with the Pharaoh Brothers Band.
Workshops Where & When: Celebration Belly Dance & Yoga
Oct. 21, 2017 1-3pm
“Entrances & Improv Clinic”
Dec. 2, 2017 1-3pm
“Veil, Taqsim, and Confidence”
Jan. 13, 2017 1-3pm
“Dynamics and Captivation”
Show Where & When: Whirled Pies
199 W 8th Ave, Eugene, OR Jan. 20, 2018 6-8pm
Live music with the Pharaoh Brothers Band! 
*Cost is $140 for 3 workshops and option to perform to live music on Jan. 20th. Payment must be received in full by Oct. 19th. *Drop-in is $55 (does not include live music performance option) Please email Amani with any questions at amanichristina@gmail.com.
Payments can be made to Paypal at c_hula@yahoo.com

 THE BOLLYWOOD THRILLER Dance workshop:

Sunday, Oct 22 from 11am to 2pm
at Celebration Belly Dance & Yoga studios.
Have you ever wanted to learn what is, obviously, the greatest dance routine of all time? How about with a flair of Bollywood?
Imagine an Indian wedding gone awry as the joyful celebration takes a turn for the worst with a blast that transforms all attendees into zombies, smack in the middle of the rituals! This is the dropback on which choreographer & DJ Prashant set the Bollywood Thriller dance with help from Jai Ho! Dance Troupe lead Brittany Newton. What started in 2011 as a performance to a musical mashup of a Bollywood wedding song & Michael Jackson’s Thriller has transformed into a sub-culture over the years.
This Halloween, come learn & perform in…
THE BOLLYWOOD THRILLER Dance workshop: Sunday, Oct 22 from 11am to 2pm
at Celebration Belly Dance & Yoga, Eugene, OR
Bollywood Thriller is a fusion choreography & a killer Jai Ho! Dance Partyhosted by DJ Prashant
In this workshop you will learn this fun & energetic choreography & have the opportunity to perform it at various venues in Portland & Seattle. We can help co-ordinate performances in Eugene as well.
Bollywood Thriller pop-up performance from 2016:
https://youtu.be/VED5Utxo4_4

 Sign up in advance ($30) here: http://bit.ly/eugenethriller2017 or just drop in for $40.

ABOUT PRASHANT:
Prashant brings over 10 years of experience in teaching dance at universities (PSU, REED & PCC), various dance studios (Portland & Seattle) & hundreds of cultural events to people from all ages, cultures & nationalities. When he is not traveling across the US teaching dance or DJ’ing, Prashant spends time practicing Yoga & Singing. Artist page: https://www.facebook.com/DreamPrashant/

 Datura Style Belly Dance Workshop Series with Ann Shaffer:

Oct 28, Nov 18, Dec 9th, 2-4pm.

Datura Style is an emerging dance format developed by Rachel Brice. It is an umbrella term encompassing both a technique method and a dance vocabulary that can be used for both choreography and improvisation. The Datura Style format fosters a positive growth-oriented approach to learning, coupled with a deep practice that connects the mind and body. Its aesthetic blends American Cabaret and American Tribal Style belly dance, with a focus on musicality and connection between dancers and audience.

This 3-workshop series will introduce students to some of the fundamental techniques, vocabulary, concepts, and terminology of Datura Style. You may sign up for individual workshops, or all three as a series. These workshops are appropriate for dancers with at least 1 year of prior bellydance experience.

About the instructor: Ann Shaffer has studied a variety of styles of belly dance for over 16 years, with over 10 years of experience teaching American Tribal Style® and fusion belly dance. She performs throughout the Pacific Northwest as a soloist and as a member of Troupe Tribalation. She has completed all four phases of Rachel Brice’s 8 Elements training program, and is a Certified Datura Style Teacher.

Workshop 1: Datura 101
Saturday, Oct. 28, 2-4 pm
This workshop will introduce foundations of Datura technique: the fundamental foot & arm positions, and the Hip Up Study. Bring a notebook & pen and a water bottle.

Workshop 2: Do You Speak Datura?
Saturday, Nov. 18, 2-4 pm
This workshop will introduce some of the steps and combinations of Datura vocabulary, which can be used in choreography or group improvisation. Bring finger cymbals, a notebook & pen, and a water bottle.

Workshop 3: Improvisation Framework & Flow
Saturday, Dec. 9, 2-4 pm
This workshop will explore a variety of approaches to improvisation for soloists and groups, utilizing structured cues and less structured authentic movement. Bring a notebook & pen and a water bottle.

Cost: $35 in advance / $40 at the door (single workshop)
$90 in advance (all three workshops)
Payment by cash, check or Paypal (to ashaffer@alumnae.smith.edu)

 

Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/483845021993809
All workshops held at Celebration Belly Dance & Yoga – 1840 Willamette St., Eugene
Contact ashaffer@gmail.com with questions or to register in advance.

Sword Dance Workshops with Sabine in Corvallis Nov 4th

Mid-Valley Belly Dance Collective is proudly hosting two (2) sword workshops with world renown Sabine.
Maximum class size: 15 participants.

1 – 2:30 pm (1.5 hours) $25
Beginning Blade: Sword Dance Essentials for Beginners.
New to blades? Introduce a new dimension to your dancing! Sabine will lead you through from the start, with basic holds, balancing, isolations, sword manipulations, and unique combinations for new sword dancers. Includes instruction for sword care, balancing tips, and lots of hints and tricks help you get the most out of your sword from the start. All levels of dancers are welcome and swords are available to borrow.

3 – 5 pm (2 hours) $35
Liquid Isolations and the Essence of Sword Dance
For Beginners to Advanced dancers. Distilled sword dance technique: instruction in extending hip, arm, and belly isolations and making them look ever-so- smooth-and-gooey while balancing a sword. Well practice cool-looking (but easy!) sword manipulations for dramatic presentation, work on those all-important arms and isolations, add some smooth and dramatic combinations, and block a slow and sensual sword dance from beginning to end. Some swords available to loan.

One half (1.5) hour break between workshops.

Pricing is for individual workshop prices.
Purchase your ticket(s) here:

Nov 11th and 12th: Improvisational Dance with Robin Bryant of Ashland!

DANCING The HEART’ ~

TWO DANCE IMPROVISATION JOURNEYS
that inspire and excite our awakenings!
 
EVERYONE IS WELCOME! First timers through Seasoned Dancers.
Nov 11th and 12th
Saturday 1:00 – 4:30
Dance as a Healing Art
Sunday ..1:00 – 4:30
Dance as an Expressive Art
REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN!
Please save your space by simply emailing robin.c.bryant@gmail.com
 your full name, and state which of the workshops you want to attend.
COST ..sliding scale, $45 – $70, per workshop.