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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Dancing in the Streets 2015

Shakti Bhakti with Great MorganiMonday, April 20th, 2015

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 →
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Come Celebrate with us!

Santa Cruz CivicWednesday, March 25th, 2015

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...
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Mastering the Basics of Odissi Dance

Mastering the Basics WorkshopMonday, February 16th, 2015

Special weekend workshop to put you into Odissi Shape! March 21-22, 2015 in Santa Cruz You may attend individual sessions or the entire weekend Sat, 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 →
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Super Saturdays

Revital at RajaraniMonday, February 9th, 2015

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 Cruz Dance 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 →
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Happy New Year 2015

shakti bhakti at Rajarani 2014Friday, January 2nd, 2015

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...
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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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