Wednesday, October 15th, 2014
Dance has always been a part of my life, yet it is only after I seriously injured myself in my early 30s, and could barely walk, that I turned to dance as a vital source of healing, and in turn, a way of life.
As a dance teacher, I work with a great range of ages and physical capabilities, yet, I see over and over that anyone with the will, passion and commitment CAN dance, and can dance well.
Dance, rhythm, music, or any art form – facilitate a path of connecting to our infinite well of creative expression. It activates our intrinsic capacity of experiencing ecstasy, and our inherent sense of deep joy.
Still, to this day, I find myself...
Santa Cruz Ethnic Dance Festival
Tuesday, September 9th, 2014
The Tannery World Dance and Cultural Center is excited to bring you the Santa Cruz Ethnic Dance Festival – a FREE PUBLIC FAMILY EVENT! on September 13th and 14th 2014.
Shakti Bhakti Ensemble will perform at 1pm on Sept. 13th, and I will be teaching a free workshop at 1pm on Sept 14th.
2014 Santa Cruz Ethnic Dance Festival Schedule:PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE
Saturday, September 13th
11:00 Welcome and Introduction: Cat Willis
11:15 Opening Ceremony: Ixtatutli / White Hawk Indian Council Dancers
11:45 Keynote Speaker: Tandy Beal
12:00 Bolivia Corazón de América Bolivian Folkloric
12:15 Duniya Dance Bhangra/Bollywood
12:45 Corazon en Flor...
Monday, August 18th, 2014
$50 OFFERPurchase your tickets now
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It’s that time of the year again! Bhakti Fest—the only festival of its kind—will return to the Joshua Tree Retreat Center for the sixth year in a row packed with a yoga and music and a line up like you’ve never seen (or heard)before!
This high vibrational festival is a sacred gathering for friends, families, and community to come together in a safe and harmonious place. And we’re inviting YOU to join us!
Living up to its legacy, Bhakti Fest will be led by the most inspiring...
Cabrillo Fest | Bhakti Fest | BellyFit Summit Oh My!
Tuesday, July 29th, 2014
Shall I start with Free Events, New Classes, Special Deals? If you promise to read till the end of this post, I promise to not waste your time with any contemplative muse. Here we go, performances, workshops and travel with Shakti Bhakti and myself (in chronological order):
Tomorrow, Wednesday, July 30: Odissi Workshop in Berkeley.
Saturday, August 2, 1:15-2pm: Shakti Bhakti performs at the FREE and FABULOUS Church Street Fair DOWNTOWN Santa Cruz.
Tuesday, August 5, 6pm: First Odissi class of Fall semester – Los Gatos. Email to register.
September 4-7: BHAKTI FEST. Email me to receive $100 off! (first two tickets claimed). OR receive...
Back to (Dance) School
Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014
It is time to go back to (dance) school!
Back in May, when I decided to cease teaching my weekly classes during June-July, I thought I’ll have plenty of “free time” for summer leisure. It turned out Summer 2014 was our busiest performance season (yet). One production after the other, and performance invites from all directions, around the bay and beyond! I can’t say it has been a relaxing summer, but definitely exciting and dance-fun filled. As an artist-performer, you can not say no to “work”, you never know how long your star will shine bright… not to worry, there is no sign of stopping at the horizon....
Ocean of Bliss
Wednesday, July 9th, 2014
Next week, Shakti Bhakti Ensemble is returning to Santa Cruz with a new show: Ocean of Bliss as part of Santa Cruz Fringe Festival. You are invited to join us at one of our five shows at the Santa Cruz Veteran’s Memorial Building Auditorium, 846 Front Street, Santa Cruz:
Tues July 15, 7pm
Thurs July 17, 7:30pm
Fri July 18, 7:30pm
Sat July 19, noon
Sat July 19, 6pm
We will be delighted to see you!
General Tickets are only $12 each. (Show is one hour long)
BUY TICKETS HERE
Ocean of Bliss is a spellbinding exposition of Odissi Indian Dance. A tribute to women worldwide, the choreography showcases the resilience, beauty, and power of the...
Orissa Tour 2014
Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014
Orissa, India: Tracing the Roots of Odissi Dance
December 15 – 29, 2014
Combining spiritual pilgrimage with daily practice of Odissi Dance and Yoga, we will immerse ourselves in the heart of Orissa, one of India’s most artistic regions and best kept secrets. Tour will interweave daily yoga and dance practice with excursions into the tropical landscape and timeless heritage sites that has inspired Tantric Yoga and Dance for over 2000 years!
For full tour itinerary click here
In addition to teaching Odissi Dance throughout the tour, Cain and I will share complimentary practices such as self message, internal Qigong for women, energy cultivation,...
Rudrakshya: Odissi from Odisha
Thursday, June 19th, 2014
The incredible Odissi dancers of Rudrakshya from Odisha (Orissa) are coming to town! This Friday, June 20 they will present Yoga in Dance in Santa Cruz. For tickets click here. Mythili Kumar of Abhinaya Dance Company will join them with Solo signature works in Bharatanatyam.
Friday, June 20 @ 7pm
Santa Cruz High School Auditorium
415 Walnut Ave, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
Donor – $40; General – $20; Students/Seniors – $15
Free for Friends of Abhinaya
CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS
They are also performing in San Anselmo on June 21 and in San Jose on June 22.
They truly create magic on stage and are not to be missed! I hope you will be...
Thursday, June 12th, 2014
Summer heat infused, we are preparing several exciting opportunities for students and connoisseurs of Odissi Dance alike.
On Wednesday, June 25th, I’m starting to teach monthly Odissi Dance classes in Berkeley. Every Last Wednesday of the month at 6-9pm. These classes will be divided into beginners (first half) and continuing students (full three hours). If you would like to attend the full 3-hour class, contact me to register. If you wish to attend only the first part you may register here.
July 15-19: Shakti Bhakti Ensemble will present a new show Ocean of Bliss as part of the Santa Cruz Fringe Festival.
And what I’m...
You are invited!
Wednesday, May 28th, 2014
You are invited to join our 2014 production – Lotus Moon, this Saturday, May 31st at the Louden Nelson Auditorium downtown Santa Cruz. Click here for tickets. There are two show times to choose from: 2 pm and 7 pm.
Shakti Bhakti Ensemble performs at festivals and events in Santa Cruz county and beyond, but none could compare with the depth of creativity we are able to express in our own show. As Lotus Moon story comes to life, and the dancers develop intimate connection to the dance and to each other, I witness magic.
I hope you can join us at this unique opportunity to be touched, inspired, and entertained!
See you on May 31st....