Fri, June 12,  3:30-5:30 pm HST / 6:30-8:30 pm PDT / June 13th 6:30-8:30 am GMT+8 (Hong Kong)

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Sun, June 14, 9:30-11:30 am HST / 12:30-2:30 pm PDT / 3:30-5:30 EDT / 8:30-10:30 pm BST

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$39 / per workshop

$29 / per workshop Shoe String option

Learn how to paint a picture with your hands to convey emotions and storytelling as the highlight of your dance piece. In this workshop you will pay special attention to an often-neglected part of the body in dance, the hands! To do so, you will gain experience in traditional training practices of Central Asian dance forms, which traces its roots back thousands of years to the royal courts of the Emirs. Pantomimed folk styles of dance also used hand gestures to reflect daily chores, environment, rites of passage or seasonal occasions. This workshop will enhance your ability to vividly express meaning through your hands, whether on a stage, on the dance floor – in any style of dance – or in your daily life.

You will gain body intelligence through dancing with Tara. Her movement approach emphasizes a foundation in discipline and clean technique balanced with passionate abandon. Through exploring the ‘cartography of the body’, mapping the unique territories of your own body, Tara invites you as a student to unlock both your physical and emotional potential to access fuller dance expression. 

Tara’s in-person workshops can be rigorous and intensive sessions, focusing on technique and performance practices. Online, you as a student are free to adapt Tara’s teaching to your own body’s way of moving and comfort level. 

Dancers of all styles and ability levels are welcome.

 

Tara Pandeya

The daughter of a dancer, Tara Pandeya has gained world renown 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 programing 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.

Wednesdays 10:45 – 11:45 am (HST)

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Starting June 3, 2020

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‘Morning Masala’

‘Masala’ means a mix of hot spices in Hindi. The class exemplifies this word; it is a fun, high energy cardio-based dance fitness class that borrows dance vocabulary from ‘Bhangra’ (Indian folk style) and party dance styles from Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, and Afghanistan. Tara introduces movements to warm up and cool down. The class starts with strengthening exercises, finishes with lengthening stretches and is accompanied by a unique mix of infectious soundtracks from the eastern world.

Join us for an energized morning of dance fitness!

 

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.


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