Wednesdays 7:30 – 8:30 am (HST) / 10:30 am (PDT) / 7:30 pm (Berlin)

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Started September 2, 2020 * Last class October 26th, 2020

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Though the phrase ‘Silk Road’ has a more mythical than historical reference, it connotes some of the mystery, allure and deep nuance in the dances from this part of the world, stretching from India through all the “Stans” (Afghanistan,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)

with the Still & Moving Center Ohana – Teachers, Students, Family & Friends!

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DONATIONS gladly received to support Ocean Lotus Hawaii Non-Profit that has been working with Oahu’s homeless kids since 2008.

Winter is a time of celebration the world over, with candles and fires burning bright to welcome the return of the sun! Join us for a Merry & Bright showcase of Still & Moving Center classes.

keikihulaKeiki hula dancers will delight. Global dances from India and beyond will inspire wonder. Marvel at the skills of our aerial students and teachers. Lift your body and soul with playful, holiday themed Nia! Experience Laughter Yoga firsthand.

We will conclude our festivities with a group candle lighting ceremony and singing. Everyone is invited to participate. Bring a candle from home to add to our Garden of Light! Afterwards, enjoy hot spiced cider and cookies. We will celebrate the season with lightness of heart and joyful good spirit!

QLHOcean Lotus Hawaii is a 501c3 nonprofit organization that has been working with Oahu’s homeless kids since 2008. OLH’s mission is to help homeless and underprivileged youth (ages 6-18) by providing them with skills and opportunities that lift their spirits and help them succeed for a chance at a better life.

Founded by Nichole Paree DeWald, this charitable group works with over 200 kids from the homeless shelters and tent areas in Kaka’ako and Waianae.

OLH offers weekly after-school activities such as tutoring, career mentoring, art, and ocean sports, including surfing and outrigger canoe paddling

Ocean Lotus Hawaii founder Nichole feels extremely happy to see that most kids in the program have been able to graduate from high school and quickly move on to college or obtain employment. She feels very fortunate to see how these kids blossom into self-sufficient, loving and hard-working adults who contribute to Hawaiian society.

Still & Moving Center will offer its Merry & Bright Holiday as a fundraiser for Ocean Lotus Hawaii this Winter Solstice, December 21st. OLH plans to use the money raised to organize two holiday activities at the end of December:one with our Waianae homeless keiki and one with our Honolulu children. Funds permitting , they will provide Christmas presents for each of these beautiful kids.

 

 

with Runjini Murthy

Mondays, Nov 3 – 17, added class Nov 11 (4 sessions)

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What do you get when you combine intricate footwork, extensive hand gestures, and emotive facial expressions? Bharata Natyam, one of the oldest and most popular classical dance forms of India! In this 4-week series, you will have the opportunity to learn rhythmic foot patterns and how to tell a story using hand and facial expressions. These classes will emphasize technique and form, while also explaining the meaning and context of the movements. This is an series aimed at dancers with prior bharata natyam experience. (Suggested attire: A long tunic top, stretchy pants or leggings, and a thin, long scarf you don”t mind getting sweaty are recommended.)

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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.

 

with Runjini Murthy

Mondays, Oct 6 – 27 (4 sessions)

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Try one of the oldest and most popular classical dance forms of India! In this series, you will learn foundational dance steps, hand gestures, and facial expressions. Classes will emphasize technique and form, while also explaining the meaning and context of the movements. This is an introductory series aimed at beginners, but everyone is welcome! (Suggested attire: A long tunic top and stretchy pants are recommended; shorts and jeans are kindly discouraged.)

with Willow Chang

$85 for 6 classes. ($17 drop in) Continuous attendance preferred

Saturdays, September 20 – Oct 25

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In this progressive series, experience the fun, high-energy and joyous expression of music and dance from Indian cinema. Explore various global and Indian moves, step patterns and mudras (hand gestures). Learn some fun combinations and add a healthy dose of attitude! Fun for all! Be the star of your own musical!

willow-e1333156350997Willow Chang Alléon:.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’s 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 it’s 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.

with Runjini Murthy

Mondays, Sept 8 – 29 (4 sessions)

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Try one of the oldest and most popular classical dance forms of India! In this series, you will learn foundational dance steps, hand gestures, and facial expressions. Classes will emphasize technique and form, while also explaining the meaning and context of the movements. This is an introductory series aimed at beginners, but everyone is welcome! (Suggested attire: A long tunic top and stretchy pants are recommended; shorts and jeans are kindly discouraged.)

with Runjini Murthy

Mondays, Sepy 1 – 29 (5 sessions)

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Try one of the oldest and most popular classical dance forms of India! In this series, you will learn foundational dance steps, hand gestures, and facial expressions. Classes will emphasize technique and form, while also explaining the meaning and context of the movements. This is an introductory series aimed at beginners, but everyone is welcome! (Suggested attire: A long tunic top and stretchy pants are recommended; shorts and jeans are kindly discouraged.)

$85 for 6 classes. ($17 drop in) Continuous attendance preferred

Saturdays,  August 9 – September 13

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In this progressive series, experience the fun, high-energy and joyous expression of music and dance from Indian cinema. Explore various global and Indian moves, step patterns and mudras (hand gestures). Learn some fun combinations and add a healthy dose of attitude! Fun for all! Be the star of your own musical!

willow-e1333156350997Willow Chang Alléon:.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’s 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 it’s 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.


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