Odissi Weekend Intensive

Vasanta PallaviThursday, November 20th, 2014

Join us this weekend, November 22-23, for an Odissi Dance Workshop in Santa Cruz. Learn the charming dance piece Vasanta Pallavi (music file, rhythm and song notes included). This is the first pallavi (“pure dance” choreography) traditionally learned in our lineage of Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra. As a beginner in Odissi dance, you first work hard on developing the basics skills of grounding and centering, proper use of your footwork,  hand gestures, body positions, torso movements etc. It is only when you start learning a choreography that you begin to see how your hard work was not in vain, and your newly acquired skills come together...
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Shakti Bhakti at Santa Cruz Film Festival

Santa Cruz Film FestivalFriday, November 14th, 2014

This Sunday, November 16, 2014, we are honored to collaborate with the producer of the film “Searching for Nepal”. Andrea Farkas, Caitlin Hannah, and Revital Carroll will present a short performance of Odissi Dance before the film screening at the Rio Theatre at noon. Make sure you are not late… as we are planning to start right at noon! This will be the very last USA performance of a dance-full year. Next month we are traveling to Odisha, India, in quest of inspiration and exchange with the birth place of Odissi dance. W will be getting our well quenched with creative juice to ignite a new year of dance creations. Read More →
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Pemako Benefit Show

Pemako FundraiserThursday, November 13th, 2014

This Saturday, Nov 15th at 2pm at PCC in Santa Cruz, Cheryl Thompson and Carmela Woll of Shakti Bhakti Ensemble will present Odissi Dance performance as part of the Pemako Health Initiative Fundraiser. There will be fine wine and hors d’oeuvres served, Classical Indian music, Odissi dance and more. We are honored to contribute our art to the benefit of Pemako Health Initiative, and hope  you will join us in support of this non-profit organization. My dear friend and colleague Chloe Romero had visited Pemako, and is connected with a Buddhist lineage which has a center there. Here is what she writes of that place: “Pemako is considered...
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Dance therapy

Revital Odissi Vasanta PallaviWednesday, 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...
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Santa Cruz Ethnic Dance Festival

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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...
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Bhakti Fest

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$50 OFFERPurchase your tickets now and receive $50 off.PROMO CODE: revital14 REVITAL CAROLL 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...
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Cabrillo Fest | Bhakti Fest | BellyFit Summit Oh My!

Ojai OdissiTuesday, 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...
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Back to (Dance) School

Odissi Class 2Wednesday, 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....
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Ocean of Bliss

Odean of BlissWednesday, 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...
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Orissa Tour 2014

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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,...
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