June Workshops at the Twisted Gypsy Studio!

Join us for a day of fabulous workshops and an evening of music, dance, food, and fun!

Saturday Afternoon Workshops:

Noon – 2:00pm
Introduction to Laybacks and Deep Backbends – $45 ($47 if using PayPal)

Laybacks, or very deep backbends, can be both elegant and quite dramatic when done correctly. In this workshop Shanti will be explaining the how-to of a relaxed, fully extended layback through the use of gentle yoga and dance conditioning.
We will then practice our layback technique within a short combo which can be integrated into your own choreography or improvisation.
Discussion of increasing flexibility with stability and how to care for you spine post backbend will also be included.
Difficulty/What to bring: All levels welcome, some experience with bellydance, yoga or both recommended. Please bring a yoga mat and yoga blanket or towel.

3:00 – 5:00pm
Soloing as an ATS Dancer – $45 ($47 if using PayPal)

Branching out as soloists can be an overwhelming experience and this workshop is all about how to make that transition easy and fun! Plus, working on your solo technique can lead to becoming a stronger team member in group performances!
The main focus of this workshop will be on using ATS vocabulary as a base for creating your own combos to use in choreographies, home practice and solo improvisation. We will also be working on how to craft a dynamic performance that features your strengths, keeps an audience engaged and allows for “breathing time” so that you can enjoy your own performance!
Difficulty/what to bring: Some experience with bellydance recommended. Please bring a pen and paper.

SPACE IS LIMITED!!!
Purchase both workshops in advance for $80! ($83 if using PayPal)

Cash and checks are accepted.
Please use Contact page to sign-up!

WANT TO PERFORM? We are offering limited performance spots to workshop attendees for the evening Hafla.

Hafla begins at 7:00pm, workshops and hafla at Twisted Gypsy Studio in Chatsworth!

March-April Class Series: Tribal Fusion Drum Solo Choreography Part II

March-April Class Series: Tribal Fusion Drum Solo Choreography Part 2
Wednesdays 7:30-8:30pm
6-class series, March 18th – April 22nd
Ciara Dance Studio
21250 Califa Street, Woodland Hills, CA 91367
Sign-up via the Paypal links below or via the Contact Page if you prefer to pay cash/check

In Part II of this Drum Solo Choreography Series we will be focusing on the use of shimmies, traveling steps and spins to build intensity within a performance! With these traveling steps we will be working on creating spacial awareness and dynamic staging. There will also be discussion of ways to have a strong presence on stage as a soloist and in a group performance.
Isolation patterns, shimmy drills for strong yet relaxed hip movement and tricks for remembering choreography will be featured in this class as well.
Class Level: This is an all levels class with bellydance technique being the main focus. Previous dance experience is helpful but not required. Students will be given individualized instruction to help them grow and improve as dancers.
Yoga will be included at the beginning and end of class for conditioning.
Please bring a yoga mat and finger cymbals.
(both are available at the studio to borrow as well)
Performance Opportunity!
Students who attend the full 6-class series of both Part 1 and Part 2 will have the option to perform the full choreography at a local bellydance showcase/hafla at the end of April. Those who can only attend the full 6-class series of Part 2 may also perform a shorter section of the choreography if they so wish. Performing is of course optional, more details to come!
There will be additional rehearsals on Wednesday April 1st, 8th, 15th and 22nd after class at 8:45pm for those planning to perform. Rehearsal fee will be $25 for all 4 rehearsals to cover studio cost.
If you are interested in performing please let me know before/after class or via e-mail.

$15 drop-in

Jan/Feb Bellydance Classes! Drum Solo Choreo Part I

Tribal Fusion Drum Solo Choreography Part I
Wednesdays 7:30-8:30pm
January 14th – February 25th
(No class February 4th)
All Levels Class! Beginners Welcome!

Ciara Dance Studio
21250 Califa Street
Woodland Hills, CA 91307

The focus of my next two class series (Jan/Feb and March/April) will be on learning the art of the drum solo! For me, this is often the highlight of a performance and I am very excited to share with you all my personal tricks for creating a dynamic and powerful choreography with simple, clear and dramatic movement.
In Part I we will be working on isolation patterns, the basics of a strong, relaxed hip shimmy, using the arms as frames for movement and tricks for remembering choreography! I will also be discussing basic drum rhythms and how they relate to bellydance movement.
Class Level: This is an all levels class and is a great introduction to bellydance technique and Arabic drum rhythms for those new to this material or who are looking to further develop their understanding of these topics. Previous dance experience helpful, but not required. Students will be given individualized instruction to help them grow and improve as a dancers.
Yoga will be included at the beginning and end of class for conditioning and relaxation.

Please bring a yoga mat and finger cymbals.
(both are available at the studio to borrow as well)

Performance Opportunity!
Students who attend the full 6-class series of both Part I and Part II will have the option to perform this choreography at a local bellydance showcase/hafla in April. Performing is of course optional, more details to come!

Register via Paypal below or use the Contact Page to sign up via e-mail!
$36 3-class package
$72 for the full 6-class series
$15 drop-in

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