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Dances of the Silk Road with Tara Pandeya and Yi-Chun “Billy” Chang

March 4, 2018 @ 8:00 am - March 9, 2018 @ 5:00 pm

‘The clearest reason for dance is connection! I believe dance can help to heal and express intense emotions, thoughts and spiritual yearnings, which often cannot be fully felt or understood through written or spoken word.’   – Tara Pandeya

Please welcome Yi-Chun “Billy” Chang and Tara Pandeya, 2 world renowned dance specialists of Traditional Asian Dances to Hoa Hele Retreats and Still & Moving Center

This spring,Billy and Tara will lead a 14 hour intensive journey through the dances of the
Far, Middle and Near Eastern traditions.

The complete retreat package includes:

  •  14 hours of classes w guest teachers Yi-Chun “Billy” Chang and Tara Pandeya
  •  4 additional classes delivered by Still & Moving Center faculty: Traditional Hawaiian            Hula, Turkish Belly dance, Yin Yoga and Kobang Meditation.
  •  6 days and 7 nights accommodation at Ala Moana Hotel in beautiful Honolulu
  •  2 fresh and healthy meals per day
  •  2 Hawaiian Cultural outings (see descriptions in separate document)
  •  1 Volunteer “pay if forward” activity with a local Oahu outreach organization

Price:

Full: $3500

Early bird before Jan 14: $3300

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Yi-Chun “Billy” Chang, contemporary performer and choreographer, finds his inspiration in both traditional and modern styles. His work is deeply influenced by martial arts, Chinese traditional opera movement and meditative arts.

Born in Taiwan, Yi-Chun “Billy” Chang received his BFA degree in dance from the prestigious Taipei National University of the Arts (TNUA). Teaching, choreographing and performing for over 15 years in Taiwan and abroad, and as an exchange student at SUNY-Purchase College. After graduating from TNUA and finishing his military service in Taiwan, Billy went on to dance with Cirque Du Soleil as a main character, the God of Fire, in the production, Dralion. Over his performance years with CDS, he continued to freelance, choreograph and direct productions around the world.

Billy is passionate about the arts and enjoys sharing his Asian heritage wherever he goes.

 

 Tara Pandeya creates new choreographic works and teaches to build cross-cultural bridges, to connect with people and to evoke curiosity in others. Tara is a second-generation dancer, teacher and choreographer of eastern and western heritage.  She is an international performing artist who has dedicated the last 18 years of her life to the preservation and promotion of dance from the Central Asian Silk Road. She specializes in dance from the regions of Afghanistan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, East Turkestan, Iran, Kurdistan and Azerbaijan. As the daughter of a professional dancer and arts educator, Tara was exposed to dance and music since infancy; she trained in multiple dance styles including classical South and North Indian, traditional Middle Eastern, Central Asian, modern, tap and ethno-contemporary. Tara is dedicated to taking an in-depth approach to traditional dance.  She has completed dance residencies in Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Uyghur Autonomous Xinjiang, China, Pakistan and India. Tara has conducted anthropological dance research in these regions both through the Tajik Dance Initiative NGO, of which she was a founding member in 2006. Tara has choreographed solo works as well as numerous group pieces as guest choreographer for dance companies including Ballet Afsaneh, The Presidio Performing Arts Foundation, Shahrazad Dance company, Danceversity and the Tajik-based dance company Padida Theater. She has been commissioned for her solo work in Tajikistan by UNESCO in 2016 to create a cross-cultural piece with the National Opera of Tajikistan, as well solo creations for the SF Ethnic Dance Festival in 2010 and 2015. Tara is the recipient of over ten grants for her work, from a 2017 Asian Cultural Council and Rockefeller grant to conduct dance research in Pakistan, to the Next Generation Grant, an Apprenticeship Fellowship from ACTA to transcribe Uzbek drum rhythms for dance, to a Margaret Jenkin's Chime Choreography Fellowship, as the only traditionally trained dance awardee. She was also nominated for ‘best solo artist of the year’ by the Isadora Duncan Dance Awards, given an Individual Artist Grant through the Marin Arts Council, and was also selected as a guest solo artist for two 2010 Creative Work Fund projects for ethno-contemporary dance work. From 2010-2015, Tara played the principle dance role of 'Oceanne' (the goddess of water) in Cirque du Soleil's Dralion, for which she performed 1,500 shows on 5 continents in 170 cities.     In 2017, Tara won at the ‘Audacious Minds Platform’ to have her one-woman dance piece produced in Berlin in October, 2017.    

 Tara Pandeya creates new choreographic works and teaches to build cross-cultural bridges, to connect with people and to evoke curiosity in others.

Tara is a second-generation dancer, teacher and choreographer of eastern and western heritage.  She is an international performing artist who has dedicated the last 18 years of her life to the preservation and promotion of dance from the Central Asian Silk Road. She specializes in dance from the regions of Afghanistan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, East Turkestan, Iran, Kurdistan and Azerbaijan.

As the daughter of a professional dancer and arts educator, Tara was exposed to dance and music since infancy; she trained in multiple dance styles including classical South and North Indian, traditional Middle Eastern, Central Asian, modern, tap and ethno-contemporary. Tara is dedicated to taking an in-depth approach to traditional dance.  She has completed dance residencies in Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Uyghur Autonomous Xinjiang, China, Pakistan and India. Tara has conducted anthropological dance research in these regions both through the Tajik Dance Initiative NGO, of which she was a founding member in 2006. Tara has choreographed solo works as well as numerous group pieces as guest choreographer for dance companies including Ballet Afsaneh, The Presidio Performing Arts Foundation, Shahrazad Dance company, Danceversity and the Tajik-based dance company Padida Theater. She has been commissioned for her solo work in Tajikistan by UNESCO in 2016 to create a cross-cultural piece with the National Opera of Tajikistan, as well solo creations for the SF Ethnic Dance Festival in 2010 and 2015.

Tara is the recipient of over ten grants for her work, from a 2017 Asian Cultural Council and Rockefeller grant to conduct dance research in Pakistan, to the Next Generation Grant, an Apprenticeship Fellowship from ACTA to transcribe Uzbek drum rhythms for dance, to a Margaret Jenkin’s Chime Choreography Fellowship, as the only traditionally trained dance awardee. She was also nominated for ‘best solo artist of the year’ by the Isadora Duncan Dance Awards, given an Individual Artist Grant through the Marin Arts Council, and was also selected as a guest solo artist for two 2010 Creative Work Fund projects for ethno-contemporary dance work.

From 2010-2015, Tara played the principle dance role of ‘Oceanne’ (the goddess of water) in Cirque du Soleil’s Dralion, for which she performed 1,500 shows on 5 continents in 170 cities.

In 2017, Tara won at the ‘Audacious Minds Platform’ to have her one-woman dance piece produced in Berlin in October, 2017.

Training Only Option:

14 hours of classes w guest teachers Yi-Chun “Billy” Chang and Tara Pandeya         

$575 USD

Promotion: if you sign up for the full 14hr training- you receive 50% off Public classes listed below

Public classes:

Monday, March 5            5:30 – 6:45 pm
Wednesday, March 7     7:00 – 8:15 pm

$49/class

 

Public Performance by Tara Pandeya

and Yi Chun “Billy” Chang

Sunday, Mar 4        6-7pm                      

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March 4, 2018 @ 8:00 am
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March 9, 2018 @ 5:00 pm
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