Dance like someone is watching

ShaktiBhaktiEnsemble-22Tuesday, June 21st, 2016

A recent facebook post by one of my students, stating it took her five years of dancing Odissi before she felt worthy of the title “dancer”, made me think about my journey, and about how strong of a grip our childhood conditioning can be. How many of you had had a childhood experience when someone older and supposedly wiser than you, had barked at you mindlessly, “you have no rhythm, you shouldn’t be dancing!” or “singing is not for you!” or “never mind art, you should be focusing on math”. Well, I did… I had spent a significant portion of my youth simply anticipating the next opportunity...
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Summer Dance

summercourse2016Monday, May 30th, 2016

Dear readers, Sepcial discounted registration offer is available for two more days – until June 1st –  for our two summer programs. Please join our Intro to Odissi Dance Series this July.  Or if you have been dancing Odissi for some time and you are familiar with the basic steps, you may join the July – August summer course (once a week class / 8 weeks)I hope to see you on the dance floor soon! P.S. Register early and saveRead More →
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March 5 & 6 events

Dancers Group RajaraniThursday, February 25th, 2016

Dear friends and students – First weekend of March we are springing into dance! On March 5th Janelle of Desert Dance Studio of Santa Cruz is hosting me (Revital) for an Introduction to Odissi Dance workshop. Click here for all details. Advance registration is requested and rewarded. Save $10 if registered by March 1st.On March 6, Shakti Bhakti Ensemble is back with a 30 minute performance at the Santa Clara Travel & Adventure Show. We will be on the Global Beats Stage at 2pm. If you consider yourself our friend, family, colleague, or student, you can join us for free! Here is how: Click here for address details. When you arrive...
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Mudras Unveiled on Feb 28

mudras of indian dance -deck coverWednesday, February 24th, 2016

Mudras Unveiled – Learn the complete set of applications of Indian dance Mudras (single hand gestures) as described in the ancient text of dance – the Abhinaya Darpana. Sunday, February 28, 2016, 10am-Noon in Santa Cruz, California. Advance registration is requested. Read More →
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Odissi Super Sunday

SuperOdissiSundaysSaturday, January 9th, 2016

This year I begin teaching a series of Sunday workshops, one Sunday per month, focusing on specialty topics within the field of Odissi Dance. These workshops serve as an excellent complementary study for long term Odissi dancers, as well as a stand alone learning experience. All are welcome! The first workshops of the year is on January 24th at 10am-noon and the topic is All About Dance Mudras Part I: Based on observing the expressive quality of everyday life, constructed and perfected over thousands of years, the practice of Viniyoga (Mudra application) as was transmitted by the Abhinaya Darpana of Nandikeshwara, is a complete system of storytelling...
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New 2016 Odissi Classes

Odissi Dancer in TempleMonday, January 4th, 2016

New cycle of Odissi dance classes with the new year: Weekly classes every Thursday begin this week! First class of the year is on Thursday,  January 7th, 6:30-8pm at West Side Studio, Santa Cruz. In addition; Weekly classes every Tuesday, 6:30-8pm will begin on February 2. For more details and to register click here. Odissi is a devotional dance form originating in the temples of ancient India. Curvaceous movements, sculptured poses, fluid grace, and impeccable rhythm characterize this vibrant art. This class introduces fundamental principles of Odissi Dance, including chauka and tribhangi steps, and the distinct expressive quality of its eye...
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Greece Retreat

Odissi Dance Greece RetreatTuesday, November 17th, 2015

Dear reader, I’m delighted to announce our upcoming week long retreat of dance, yoga and meditation in Paros Island, Greece. Retreat dates are May 3-9, 2016. Arrival May 2nd, departure May 10. The retreat is offered at a special amazingly affordable rate if you register by December 15, 2015!  Treat yourself for a relaxing and transformative week immersed in the spectacular beauty of Paros, Greece, at a secluded resort by the Mediterranean…. Restore your energy and get fit with my unique – Yoga, Qigong and Dance inspired – conditioning exercises, specially designed to complement and meet the challenges of Indian Dance, and flow...
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Odissi Dance Classes – November 2015

Odissi Santa Cruz ClassFriday, October 30th, 2015

Dear Dancers, As many of you know, I view life as one continuous dance, and I truly believe we are all dancers. Rhythm is within and around us, and movement is inherent to our existence. Everybody can dance! Despite the fact Odissi is quite an intricate dance form, the basic building blocks are simple enough to pick up. Similarly to a young reader who begins with learning the alphabet, and by the end of the year, he/she can read simple stories, so is with dance, you begin with learning the foot positions, stances, hand gestures, eye movements, then continue into simple steps combinations, and before you know it you can build a all phrase. Sure,...
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Of Gods, Demons, and Humans

TOTNESFriday, October 2nd, 2015

Muse from my travel… The three realms of existence, the underworld (demons realm), the earth (human realm) and heaven (gods realm) are a common concept in both Hindu and Greek mythology, and are at the core of many of their dramas. The concept of Hell, Heaven and earth are shared by most major religious doctrines, and so it is no surprise this analogy had come up while traveling… However, I would like to request you, my kind reader: please do not arrive at unintended conclusions. I do not mean it literally. In fact, if anything, I believe the archetype notions of the three realms are within us at all times, as the potential of life,...
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Shakti Bhakti Europe

Totnes.Odissi.BackTuesday, July 28th, 2015

Hey friends, This September Revital will be visiting England for the first time to conduct an Odissi Dance Intensive in Totnes, Devon. Register between July 29 – August 15 and receive £50 off!  email to register: revital@shaktibhakti.com At the first two days, Sat. & Sun. 26th & 27th of September, Revital will be teaching Odissi Foundations. This class is open to beginners and experienced dancers alike. We will work in depth with the basic stances and steppings of Odissi Dance. One of Revital’s specialties is her ability to accomodate every dancer and their uniqe needs in a mutli level group. Dancers who would like to...
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