Dancing in the streets
Thursday, April 24th, 2014
Shakti Bhakti Ensemble is delighted to celebrate National Dance Week with “Dancing in the Streets” downtown Santa Cruz this Thursday, 4/24, at 6:50 pm at Pacific & Lotus Streets, and at 7:30 pm at Pacific & Church Streets. It’s only a 10 minute set, so if you’re coming, don’t be late or you’ll miss it. Here is the full schedule of events
See you there!
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Wednesday, February 19th, 2014
I’m honored to announce Shakti Bhakti Ensemble’s upcoming production: Lotus Moon showing in Santa Cruz on May 31st.
Due to the popularity of past productions, we decided to offer two show times: 2pm and 7pm.
We are collaborating with Rising International. Proceeds and donations will support Rising International projects in India. Click here to learn more about Rising International
Shakti Bhakti Ensemble presents:
Lotus Moon: A Performance of Classical Indian Dance
Saturday, May 31, 2014
Two show times: 2 pm & 7pm
Louden Nelson Auditorium
301 Center Street, Santa Cruz
Shakti Bhakti’s Lotus Moon is a spellbinding presentation...
Odissi Classes January 2014
Tuesday, January 21st, 2014
I hope 2014 is revealing a bright path for you so far. I started the year with new enthusiasm to sharing Odissi Dance, and I have all sorts of events in the planning.
Here are a few opportunities for new students to join my classes:
Tuesdays, ongoing, 6-7:30 pm: Odissi Dance for beginners (Los Gatos)
Saturday, Jan 25th, 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM: Odissi Dance Workshop – All Levels (Santa Cruz)
TBA: Weekly Odissi Class in Berkeley
I also offer a weekend workshop for continuing students of Odissi Dance on March 8-9 in Santa Cruz. For more details, and to register for any of the above classes contact me here.
A couple of upcoming...
New Year 2014
Friday, December 27th, 2013
If we follow the natural cycle of the seasons, “new year eve” is at winter solstice, when the day is shorter, and light is about to start growing again. In our multi-cultural society New Year is also celebrated at the beginning of autumn, “Rosh Hashana” by the Hebrew people, at the beginning of spring by the Chinese, and at probably all sort of dates by the multitude of lunisolar calendar cultures. Yet, there is something of a contagious energy about the Gregorian New Year which is celebrated by our mass culture, and gets us all in the spirit and feel of “The New Year”. Similarly, I find my self celebrating the “holidays” around...
Wednesday, December 18th, 2013
Haaaaaaa – Xinalani was as magical as the name and image promised – lulled to sleep every night by the rhythmic sound of the ocean waves, surrounded by thick jungle, with ocean view peering at me from every nook and cranny, treated to delicious healthy meals and a private enchanting beach, it was the ideal setting for a dance and yoga retreat.
We started our days with mediation with Cain, followed by gentle yet energizing and awakening Taoflow movement practice, which was the perfect tune-up and prelude to our dance practice after breakfast. In the afternoons we continued with dance and ended with a deep nourishing Taoflow session to harmonize...
Thursday, December 5th, 2013
I’ve been gradually letting the whirls of autumn subside, and introspect. Shift gears toward relaxation, unwinding, and letting the soft winter sun penetrate me gently, deeply. Blazing red, yellow & orange make way to maroon, brown, and gray. It is this time of the year when it gets so very cold (For us in the SF bay area, below freezing at night is reserved for the deep of winter, and is rare, and well, a bit dreadful!). A little break form the cold is what I’m yearning for… being on my way to Mexico, feels very much in order.
This winter months are all about self-care. And this time around, I’m embracing...
The story behind the Xinalani retreat
Thursday, October 24th, 2013
In the past couple years I started a tradition of taking a small group of spiritually minded dance-lovers to a destination resort to immerse ourselves in dance, yoga, Qigong, and healthy natural lifestyle. An opportunity to give ourselves a “tune-up”, strengthen our practice, and revive our body, mind, and spirit.
Earlier this year, as I started to envision what 2013 adventure would look like, Xinalani was recommended to me by a couple of friends who had the fortune to be guests there, and were treated generously by the staff, location, and by the warm ocean breeze… they marveled over the quality and serenity of their experience, from the...
Fridays News – Oct 4th
Friday, October 4th, 2013
Thank you for all the beautiful dancers and enthusiastic audience that joined us last Friday in San Francisco for the Temple Dance Festival. Shakti Bhakti Ensemble was on fire!
Another week has passed. October displays the full spectrum of FALL COLORS. Crisp air and soft light accompany our outs and abouts…
Cain and I are getting ready to take a small group of students with us to Mexico this coming December. We only have a few spots left, and another couple days to hold onto our reserved rooms. If you might be interested to join us, let us know ASAP, since we may not be able to guarantee your room choice after October 7. You...
Temple Dance Festival
Thursday, September 26th, 2013
I hope you are enjoying the crisp autumn air, and the colors of fall deepening with every day, advancing toward winter. It is time to nourish the body with warm food, and warm the soul with the hot dancing…
This Friday, Sept 27, the Nouveau Devadasi™ Fusion Temple Dance is coming to town! Shakti bhakti Ensemble with Jenna Anjali as a guest artist, will perform Odissi Dance at the Friday night performance. 7:30pm at Danzhaus Dance Center, 1275 Connecticut St. San Francisco. For tickets click here. Tickets will be available at the door as well.
As some of you may have seen on the facebook page, we received the demo of Mudras...
Monthly Odissi Workshops
Tuesday, September 10th, 2013
I’m excited to start a new cycle of dancing!
The Hebrew year just started, marking our capacity to renew. Our personal ability to re-cycle our energies and realign our intentions and actions matches the greater cycles of nature and its resilience, enabling it/us to withstand calamities, and re-find harmony in the midst of the greatest chaos.
Next month, in October, I’m starting a new cycle of Odissi Dance classes in Santa Cruz. I also recently started to teach an new group of eager Odissi students in Los Gatos. Later this year, in December, I’m taking a select group of dance and nature enthusiast to one of the most...