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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Proud to announce – Church Street Fair!

ChurchStreetFairPoster2015_emailWednesday, July 15th, 2015

Hey everyone, 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...
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Summer Intensive 2015

Odissi_Summer_Intensive_2015Wednesday, April 29th, 2015

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 revital@shaktibhakti.com Early bird price is available until May 15, 2015Read More →
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The Magic Carpet – May 2nd

Carmela and Gwendolyn Rajarani doorwaySunday, April 26th, 2015

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 →
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Milan – A Kathak & Odissi Festival

milan_yb_flier_webTuesday, April 21st, 2015

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) Break Sargam and Tirvat (Pampa Dance Academy) Devi Anandmayi (iGurukul Foundation) Surdas Bhajan (Kathakars School of Dance) Ragashree...
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