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Bollywood Dance Performance Series with Willow Chang
September 29, 2018 @ 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
6 Saturdays: Sep 29, Oct 6, Oct 13, Oct 20, Oct 27, Nov 3 2018
$89 for series
Important additional dates:
Nov 10 afternoon, Dress rehearsal time with whole cast, TBA
Nov 11 Diwali performance 5-7 pm
Learn Bollywood choreography with Miss Willow! Designed for experienced/continuing dancers to complete an original Bollywood choreography for performance. We’ll cover performance dynamics, facial expression, energy use and elements of Indian dance. We’ll showcase our dance at the November 11th Diwali celebration at Still & Moving Center, as well as at other community performance events. Prerequisite: concurrent attendance in Willow’s on-going Bollywood technique class or teacher permission.
Willow’s students experience grace and joy through movement. Willow is deeply committed to the creative process, learning experience and sacred practice. A life-long dancer, she started dance early, studying hula for 10 years with Kumu Alicia Smith. After living abroad performing in Egypt in a Hawaiian Show (1994), Willow began to study bellydance with her first teacher, Glo Ayson, in Hawai’i. Willow holds a BA in Dance/music minor, (UH, ’02) and has also studied Classical Indian dance, Balinese, Flamenco, Argentine Tango, Ballet and Modern dance. For the past 18 years, she’s focused on Middle Eastern/Northern African dances. She has long been recognized as Hawai‘i’s premier Middle Eastern dance artist, with her emotive and elegant dance, on spot musicality and exceptional costumes of her own design. Willow is respected for her commitment to the innovation of the art of dance, as well as its traditions. She travels annually to study and perform with master teachers, as well as give workshops. She’s always honored to share the beauty of this ever-evolving art.
If you have ever seen Willow spin like a perfectly balanced top for minutes at a time, you recognize her flawless posture that provides the still axis of her rotation. In addition to her training and accomplishment in the dance and music disciplines, Willow has faithfully followed a wealth of yoga practices since age 15. Synthesizing her studies in yoga, biomechanics and dance, Willow’s yoga practice celebrates safe form, cultural hallmarks, fluidity, breath work and mind-body awareness.