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Though the phrase ‘Silk Road’ has a more mythical than historical reference, it connotes some of the mystery, allure and deep nuance in the dances from this part of the world, stretching from India through all the “Stans” (Afghanistan, Tajikistan, East Turkestan, Uzbekistan) through Persia and beyond. As a Fulbright Scholar in Dance with decades of personal experience dancing in these countries, Tara brings you the authentic flavors of dance from each of these regions, while mixing in the spice of her own signature approach. 

Tara draws you along on her fascinating dance journey through the lands of Central Asia in this continually evolving class. Enjoy learning unusual footwork, hand and head gestures that you may never otherwise be exposed to. No matter what other dance styles you may be acquainted with, Tara’s masterful expressivity and precision will seep into and uplift your body and soul.

This class rotates week by week on a 4 spoke cycle, focusing on: 

  • Musical receptivity & creativity for dancers: interpretation of odd & even rhythm patterns
  • Personal expression & commanding space: staccato stops, isolation, body alignment for dance 
  • Strength & rooted movement: nuanced foot & hand execution
  • Fluidity & float: spirals with the spine & dynamic spin sequences.

For months with 5 Wednesdays, you’ll get a Silk Road surprise focus for the last week!

Tara Pandeya

The daughter of a dancer, Tara Pandeya has gained world recognition as a dance performer, teacher and choreographer, as well as a scholar and cultural activist dedicated to the promotion of dance forms from Central Asia. Tara worked as a principal dancer with Cirque du Soleil and is the first westerner to perform with Lola, the National Ensemble of Tajikistan. Tara has performed & created dance programming in over 35 countries. 

She balances her work as a practitioner with theoretical work, conducting dance research through the Rockefeller Foundation & CECArtslink in Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, East Turkestan, Pakistan, India and Russia. Most recently, she has created original dance works for UNESCO, the Bauhaus Festival & at Royal Albert Hall. Tara holds an MA in Dance Anthropology from London’s Roehampton University and is a 2019-20 Fulbright Scholar. Her solo work has been featured on BBC, in the New York Times and in Dance Magazine.

Dancing with Tara, you will also gain an understanding of folklore and cultural traditions through dance gestures, aesthetic theories, musicality and intention. Along with gaining exposure to traditional dance practices through a system of ‘kinetic orality’, you will also learn to analyze your own movement patterns and ways of moving in your unique anatomy.

 

(This class is taking the place of Morning Masala Fitness class)

October 22, 2017 5:30 pm7:30 pm

Enchant your family with this colorful celebration from ancient India, supported by international performances! This event is open to the public and great for families. Only 108 spaces available – please register in advance – the performance is free. You can purchase your food plate of authentic Indian food for $ 10.

Behind Diwali is the adventurous Ramayana epic – complete with brave, noble warriors, a princess, a demon king and the valiant monkey hero: Hanuman. This memorable tale of Prince Rama will unfold through storytelling interspersed by performances from our dance, yoga, martial arts and aerial classes.

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Ayurveda I

More JOY and HAPPINESS? Yes!

Regain BALANCE and live in HARMONY! Discover your unique constitution and how it affects your perception and expression.

Learn simple and effective techniques to increase your vitality with pranayama, meditation and movement. Through food and emotions, learn to incorporate the six tastes, bringing more sweetness to your life.

You will feel recharged and enjoy the positive effect of balance in your body and mind.

No prior Ayurveda or Yoga knowledge is necessary. Open to all seekers.

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Fine tune your mental nature and create the LIFESTYLE that affords you more JOY and HAPPINESS.

Learn to manage your emotions. Develop positive emotions and release those that are negative.

REJUVENATE! Increase your primary vitality and improve your mental clarity with tonic herbs, pranayama breathing exercise, meditation, mantra and movement.

Feel centered and gain clarity about your mental nature. Be ready to create your lifestyle filled with MAGIC, BEAUTY and PURPOSE.

 

Prerequisite Ayurveda I, or prior knowledge of Ayurveda

 

Tuition $ 50.00 each. Extensive handout materials are included

 

An Interactive Workshop presented by international guest Kaveta A Chhibber

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  • Is your home or office plagued by stress?
  • Have you experienced obstacles to personal or professional happiness?
  • Does entering a particular home, office or space give you feelings of apprehension or anxiety? Is it your own space?
  • Do you want to create a life of abundance, prosperity and good health?

If the answer is yes to any or all of these, then this interactive workshop with Journalist/Vaastu instructor Kaveta A. Chhibber is for you.

Kaveta introduces the science and art of Vaastu Shastra, an ancient system that utilizes principles and techniques to create balance, abundance and wellness bringing your energy and space in harmony with that of nature.

Gain valuable knowledge and insights that can help you:

  • Bring harmony to your personal and professional relationships.
  • Prevent blockages to achieving prosperity and happiness.
  • Increase energy and reduce stress.

You will come away from this workshop with a whole new perspective!

 

www.VaastuAlchemy.com | www.KavitaChhibber.com

 

Kaveta A Chhibber is a well-known journalist, instructor /practitioner in energy medicine, Astrology and Vaastu/Fengshui As a highly respected freelance investigative journalist Kaveta has access to celebrities and experts of the highest caliber. Her work is widely quoted in academic books , and linked by Ivy league school libraries. Kaveta has studied and practiced several complementary healing modalities including Pranic healing, Reiki, Vaastu, feng Shui, Astrology, Ayurveda and Yoga. She has always believed that a holistic approach is the key to achieving and sustaining balance and harmony in all aspects of life – physically, mentally and energetically. While she believes that there is no “one size that fits all,” Kaveta integrates these different modalities in her consultations and helps people achieve a state of balance and harmony through space design, optimization of energetic applications, Astrology and healing. Today Kaveta shares her knowledge through workshops, classes and educational seminars globally- both in person and via the internet. Her clientele has given her overwhelmingly positive testimonials on how her assistance has helped them to heal, re-energize and achieve balance in their lives, relationships and overall well-being. Kaveta owns a successful multimedia website www.KavitaChhibber.com that showcases both her journalistic and holistic healing work. The website is accessed by over 120 countries and prominent academicians, subject matter experts and celebrities from different walks of life. Her new website Vaastualchemy.com will be a gathering place for Vaastu and other complementary healing techniques. For detailed testimonials from her clients on a variety of topics, please see: http://www.kavitachhibber.com/main/main.jsp?id=pranic_testimonials

Message from Willow Chang 

Aloha Dancers, Nia movers and Groovers! I want to share an awesome opportunity to be a part of a unique, once in a lifetime event! Read on, and if you’re intrigued, please contact me by Tuesday, March 31st!

International Lions Convention will be held in Honolulu this June. Saturday, June 27th. The festivities will include, but not be limited to parties, events, soirees, meetings and a massive parade on June 27th to march down Kalakaua Avenue. 25-30,000 attendees from around the world are expected!

I have been contacted through event planner Mira Savara, to put together 4 dance teams of 10, each to represent a different region of India – reflected in dance, song and costumes, for the parade, Saturday June 27th, 9am – noon, and later that same night, the same dance at the Ballroom.

I will personally put together the simple choreographies.

Each participant will:

  • learn and practice a dance with me and the team
  • dance in the parade
  • wear a custom costume from India
  • be granted a small stipend for performing

We’ll also have a green room, food, water and possibly validation for parking (working on it!)

I’d love to have 10 (or more) dancers and Nia movers from Still & Moving Center join our great team! The collective love of music, dance and movement, paired with positive energy, is a perfect fit! You’ll be joining my Still & Moving Center Bollywood and Punahou dancers to create our complete team!

Rehearsals will start mid-April, and we’ll have the option to video the dance so self-practice can be employed. I definitely need a COMMITMENT and need to MEASURE the dancers so the outfits can be made in India by deadline!

Please spread the word and get back to me by March 31st. Then, we can plan a sample class and get measurements etc. Its’s: willowchang@hotmail.com

Mahalo and Namaste! This WILL be fun! Learn something new! Make new friends! Blow up your Instagram account!

Aloha,

Willow

Willow with girl friends

Message from Willow Chang 

Saturday, June 27th

Aloha Dancers, Nia movers and Groovers! I want to share an awesome opportunity to be a part of a unique, once in a lifetime event! Read on, and if you’re intrigued, please contact me by Tuesday, March 31st!

International Lions Convention will be held in Honolulu this June. The festivities will include, but not be limited to parties, events, soirees, meetings and a massive parade on June 27th to march down Kalakaua Avenue. 25-30,000 attendees from around the world are expected!

I have been contacted through event planner Mira Savara, to put together 4 dance teams of 10, each to represent a different region of India – reflected in dance, song and costumes, for the parade, Saturday June 27th, 9am – noon, and later that same night, the same dance at the Ballroom.

I will personally put together the simple choreographies.

Each participant will:

  • learn and practice a dance with me and the team
  • dance in the parade
  • wear a custom costume from India
  • be granted a small stipend for performing

We’ll also have a green room, food, water and possibly validation for parking (working on it!)

I’d love to have 10 (or more) dancers and Nia movers from Still & Moving Center join our great team! The collective love of music, dance and movement, paired with positive energy, is a perfect fit! You’ll be joining my Still & Moving Center Bollywood and Punahou dancers to create our complete team!

Rehearsals will start mid-April, and we’ll have the option to video the dance so self-practice can be employed. I definitely need a COMMITMENT and need to MEASURE the dancers so the outfits can be made in India by deadline!

Please spread the word and get back to me by March 31st. Then, we can plan a sample class and get measurements etc. Its’s: willowchang@hotmail.com

Mahalo and Namaste! This WILL be fun! Learn something new! Make new friends! Blow up your Instagram account!

Aloha,

Willow

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This will be a rare opportunity for anyone to see and hear drum masters of Indian tabla and Japanese taiko together in performance. TARANG has traveled extensively in India and abroad Conceived by Abhijit Banerjee, one of the top ranking tabla players of India, TARANG is neo-traditional Indian music wrapped in a Western form with taiko drums! Renowned taiko artist of Oahu, Kenny Endo is at the vanguard of the contemporary usage of traditional taiko drums. Endo has performed the world over in both traditional, classical, and contemporary styles of taiko. Although Endo’s home base is on Oahu and Abhijit Banerjee’s base is in India, the two manage to perform together often on the global stage – but seldom in Honolulu!  Don’t miss this rare opportunity to hear some world class music! Donations Appreciated. Reserving your spot online in advance highly recommended.

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Join us at Still & Moving Center for the Festival of Lights, which is a most beloved time of year that is celebrated all throughout India. It will be a runjini for flyermagical night where we celebrate the victory of light over darkness and wisdom over ignorance.

Witness our Martial Arts teacher portraying the battle scene from the Ramayana. Be moved by a number of dance performances that sing praise to the light. We will also give a preview of the 2016 Cultural Expedition to India that we will spend next year preparing for! We will serve Indian food – donations gratefully accepted. This event is open to the public and great for families.

Diwali marks the beginning of the new year for Indians, and celebrates the victory of Prince Rama in the epic tale, the Ramayana. Because of its exemplary universal message, we will give international performances to reenact parts of the classic Indian epic, which is an adventure tale of romance, action and drama.

We will also give a preview of the 2016 Cultural Expedition to India that we will spend next year to get ready for! We will serve Indian food by donation. This event is open to the public and great for families.

 

at Mouna Farm in Waianae

Saturday & Sunday Nov 2 & 3, 2013

The brightest lights at our Diwali celebration this year will be a big campfire and the myriad stars sparkling in the dark, country sky. This year we celebrate the Indian festival of lights at Mouna Farm Arts and Cultural Village in Waianae Valley. Join us for this magical evening under the stars at Sooriya Kumar’s rustic organic farm on Saturday, November 2 through the morning of Sunday, November 3. We will be camping overnight!

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