April Specialty Class, Upcoming performances and Video from Tribal Trove!

Below are the details for the first of three specialty classes I have planned for this year! My idea with these classes is to give you the opportunity to really dig deep into one area of study that wouldn’t normally be possible with a regular weekly class.

P.S. Be sure to scroll all the way through to the end of this post for a video of my performance from Tribal Trove!

Bardot Specialty Class: Graceful Arms and Hands
Wednesday April 27th, 7:15-9:15pm
Ciara Dance Studio
21250 Califa Street, Woodland Hills, CA 91303

*Space limited to 8 students*

$30 before April 24th
$40 at the door, space permitting

Graceful arms and hands add a whole new layer of expression to your dancing that “claw hands” fail to deliver!
The main focus of this two-hour specialty class will be on arm patterns that flow naturally, create captivating silhouettes, and add drama to your performance. To achieve this effect there will be conditioning exercises for the arms, hands, and shoulders to allow for full range of movement. Plus exercises that will cultivate awareness of your hands to keep them relaxed while dancing.
Space is limited, secure your spot for this rare opportunity to focus on your arm and hand movements which will immediately enhance your dancing!

~*~Upcoming Performances~*~

Underground Nomads 5th Tuesday Benefit Show
Tuesday March 29th, 8:00pm
f8
1192 Folsom Street, San Francisco

I am super thrilled to announce that this coming Tuesday will be the debut performance of my new project, The Bardot Treasury! This is the title I will be using whenever I am presenting a group concept piece which will feature a range of dancers and include improvisation, choreography, or both! Performing with me at Underground Nomads as part of The Bardot Treasury this next Tuesday, March 29th will be Laura Elizabeth and Amina Zareh!
This week’s Underground Nomads is a 5th Tuesday Benefit show for Refugee Transitions! This means you can feel extra great knowing that you are supporting local artists with your attendance AND donating to a fantastic cause with the $5-10 suggested donation at the door!

More info about Underground Nomads:https://undergroundnomads.wordpress.com
Info about Refugee Transitiongs:http://www.reftrans.org/

Southern California Renaissance Pleasure Faire
Saturdays and Sundays, April 9th – May 22nd
10:00am-7:00pm
Santa Fe Dam Recreation Area
15501 E. Arrow Highway, Irwindale, CA
Tickets: http://www.renfair.com/socal

I adore pretty much everything about Renaissance Faires and am super excited to once again be performing with Seraphim Arabesque Ensemble as a soloists and core troupe member! Please come spend a weekend with us and be sure to walk all the way to the end of faire to see the bellydance performances at the Trader’s stage! I will be posting exact showtimes the Thursday or Friday before each weekend on my bellydance Facebook page at www.facebook.com/shantibellydance

Improvisational Wednesdays
Wednesday April 13th, 7:00pm
Emle’s Restaurant
9250 Reseda Blvd. #1, Northridge, CA 91324
818-772-2203
~Reservations Recommended~

Improvisational Wednesdays is a fantastic showcase that happens every month in Northridge! The show is entirely improvised, there’s live music that’s created right there as you’re watching the dancer perform! It’s truly magical! I will be performing as a soloists along with many other great performers in the April showcase!

Last but not least, here is the video of my solo performance from this past Sunday at Tribal Trove in San Diego!
Shanti Bardot – Tribal Trove 2016 

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 Performances!

~Underground Nomads~
Tuesday March 3rd
Doors at 8:00pm
f8
1192 Folsom Street, San Francisco, CA 94103
$5 cover
Underground Nomads is an awesome weekly dance showcase and DJ night put together by DJ Amar, Calamity Sam and Gina Grandi! This is one of the best curated showcase I’ve been to and each performance is always a treat! I am very honored to be a long-distance resident dancer of this event and if you happen to be in the Bay Area I hope to see you there!
~Tribal Trove~
March 7th & 8th
Tango Del Rey
3567 Del Rey Street, San Diego, CA 92109
This is a new 2-day festival happening in San Diego with performances, workshops, vending and a special evening show on Saturday night! Banat al Sahraa – the ATS and Tribal Fusion group comprised of Alia Saaed, Jenn Aguilar and myself – will be performing on Saturday at 4:45pm on the outdoor stage!
Shanti Bardot performing Tribal Fusion Bellydance at Improvisational Wednesdays October 2015
~Improvisational Wednesdays~
Wednesday March 11th 7:00-9:00pm
Emle’s Restaurant
9250 Reseda Blvd, Northridge, CA 91324
(818) 772-2203 for reservations – suggested dinner seating is 6:45 or 7:00pm
Improvisational Wednesdays always proves to be a lovely evening of dancing that goes by all too quickly!  As the name would suggest, this is a completely improvised show!! Including the live music! The performance sets are spaced throughout the entire evening so that you have time to actually enjoy the delicious food between each set. I’m very excited to be one of the featured soloists at the March showcase.
Be sure to call the number above to make your reservation!
Visit the Facebook Fanpage for updates on the upcoming show.
~BFLA March Heritage Hafla~
Friday March 27th, 8:00pm, $10
Movement Art Space
3326 Verdugo Road, Los Angeles, CA 90065
This is a night of experimental bellydance done by both students and professional dancers that is super fun! I’ll be performing as a soloist at this month’s “Heritage” themed hafla. Be sure to check out my Facebook Fan Page and Instragram for sneak peaks at what I have planned!
See the BFLA Facebook Event Page for more information!