Excited to announce another Shakti Bhakti performance on 8/8 at 3:15pm as part of the Santa Cruz Church Street Fair. This will be our second year joining the Cabrillo Music Festival as part of the Church Street Fair production.
There will be lots of great dance and music all day long Sat – Sun, August 8-9, and it is FREE to attend. For complete schedule of events click here.
We will have a few special surprises for you this time… lots of drama (on stage) and some new faces too! Come celebrate with us: August 8th on Church street right in front of Civic Center, downtown Santa Cruz. Want to stay in touch with the event’s... Read More...
Odissi Dance with Revital Carroll
July 1-7, 2015, Santa Cruz, CA
Evening and Weekend sessions.
Three tracks to choose from:
• Basics: Open to all. July 4th & 5th Only
• Batu Nrutya: Basics knowledge prerequisite. Admission by application
• Das Avatar: Batu prerequisite. Admission by application
For more details email email@example.com
Early bird price is available until May 15, 2015Read More →
Saturday, May 2, 2015 11:00am – 12:00pm
At Santa Cruz Veterans Memorial Building
A World Dance Showcase featuring Corazon en Flor (Ballet Folklorico from Mexico), John and Nancy Lingemann (Tango from Argentina), Corazon de Americas (Folkloric Dance from Bolivia), Luh Anderawati (folk and court dance from Bali, Indonesia), Shakti Bhakti (Odissi dance from Orissa, India) and Arnaud Loubayi (Congolese dance). Experience the dazzling world of dance and music… and you don’t even need a visa! Click here for TicketsRead More →
Yuva Bharati presents:
Milan – A Kathak and Odissi Festival
By Ten Bay Area Kathak and Odissi Schools (including Shakti Bhakti Ensemble) April 25th, 4-6pm.
For tickets click the Buy Now button on Yuva Bharati home page. Lineup details:Harachandi Malashree (Jyoti Kala Mandir)
Tarana (Shalini Saxena Dance Academy)
Pallavi (Odissi Vilas)
Kahe Ched (Shalini Saxena Dance Academy)
Dasavatar (Guru Shraddha)
Raag Saarang (Tarangini School of Kathak Dance)
Saraswati Stuti and Kathak Recital (California Nupur Dance Academy)
Sargam and Tirvat (Pampa Dance Academy)
Devi Anandmayi (iGurukul Foundation)
Surdas Bhajan (Kathakars School of Dance)
Ragashree... Read More...
Santa Cruz Dance week is here! This Thursday, April 23 downtown Santa Cruz will be filled with hundreds of dancers, and thousands of dance lovers to celebrate dance!
Shakti Bhakti will perform at 6:20pm on stage 1 and as 6:50pm on stage 2. Check out the complete schedule of events
Santa Cruz has a huge world dance community, and deep appreciation for the arts. Dancing in the streets is a testimony to the depth and beauty of our dance community here. We take dance seriously and it is our greatest pleasure to share our passion with you! Come celebrate dance week with us! All performances are free.
Read More →
Dancing with the swirl of spring scents and wild flower color… Shakti Bhakti Ensemble (with myself included) are honored to be invited to perform this Saturday, March 28, at the Santa Cruz Civic, as part of the Civic 75th Anniversary celebration. We are scheduled to go on stage at about 3:30pm. This event is FREE. Please join us!
Present day Odissi Dance is a highly technical and intricate dance form, adhering to the codes of Indian Dance classicality. Much of Odissi roots and essence comes directly from its predecessor, the Mahari dance, or dance of the Devadasis (Temple Dancers) of Jaganath Puri, Odisha, which means Odissi is imbued with... Read More...
Special weekend workshop to put you into Odissi Shape!
March 21-22, 2015 in Santa Cruz
You may attend individual sessions or the entire weekendSat, 10am-1pm: Ten Chauka Steps
Sat, 2-5pm: Ten Tribhangi Steps
Sun, 10am-1pm: Eight Charis (transitional moves)
Sun, 2-5pm: Ten Bramahris (Spins)Advance registration by March 16: $199 entire weekend / $60 per session
After March 16: $250 full weekend / $75 session
Read More →
Introducing new monthly workshop:
Super Saturday – 4th Saturday of the month, 10am – 1pm
Next session is February 28th
10-11am: The Basics: workshopped and varaitions
11am-1pm: Dance items review
West Side Studio, 509-H Swift St, Santa CruzDance students who did not yet learn choreographies are invited to attend 10-11am portion. ( You are welcome to observe the review part).Super Saturday session are $20 in advance or $25 at the door.
Read More →
Dear Friends, Colleagues, and students:
Wishing you a very Happy New Year 2015! May all your dreams and aspiration be fulfilled in due time, and your health, joy and peace will be ever abundant.
After a long delayed journey back from India… – one night in a hotel in Delhi and another two nights in the “Red Phoenix” in Beijing – We had finally landed in California, enjoying the clear crisp air and green hills, and lots and lots of quiet sleep :)! More about our Odisha 2014 tour will be shared soon. Stay tuned.
I’m grateful for an incredibly rich in dance 2014: We produced Lotus Moon, Shakti Bhakti own home... Read More...
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... Read More...