Hooray for Bollywood: Technique

Thursdays 11:30 am – 12:30 pm 

Saturdays 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

(Starts March 26th, 2020)

**No class July 4th, 2020 for Superclass Event**

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Curious about the buzz with Bollywood dance?

Experience the fun, high-energy and joyous expression of music and dance from Indian cinema. At the heart of this class, we’ll explore various global and Indian moves, step patterns and, mudras (hand gestures). We’ll learn some fun combinations and add a healthy dose of attitude! Fun for all! Come as you are. Be the star of your own musical!

Willow Chang

Willow is 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’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 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.

Miss Willow lives and walks her yoga practice. 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 shares a yoga that celebrates safe form, cultural hallmarks, fluidity, breath work and mind-body awareness. Her students experience grace and joy through movement.

Directions for getting on to the Zoom class:

1. One hour in advance, kindly sign up for your live online class on in MindBody / on our website. Our desk staff will then email you a link to your class on Zoom.

2. Please use the link to sign into Zoom, 5-7 minutes before class, allowing extra time to download the the app if you are new to Zoom.

3. Contact the desk staff at 808.397.7678 for troubleshooting.

Mondays 7:15 – 8:15 pm (HST)

Starting March 23, 2020

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An excellent class for the brand-new to belly dance, in a fun and safe learning environment, as well as for those who have belly dance experience! Increase your awareness of movement, musicality and get your heart rate up, while you discover your feminine power – all through DANCE! This introductory class will offer insights on traditional and contemporary styles, while placing the dance within a musical and cultural context. We’ll focus on muscular isolations, musical interpretation, strength building and flexibility. A full body workout for the spirit, mind and heart!

Returning and continuing students welcome!

Willow Chang

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Willow Chang is 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’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.
Miss Willow lives and walks her yoga practice. 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 shares a yoga that celebrates safe form, cultural hallmarks, fluidity, breath work and mind-body awareness. Her students experience grace and joy through movement.

Directions for getting to the online Zoom class:

1. One hour in advance, kindly sign up for your live online class on in MindBody / on our website. Our desk staff will then email you a link to your class on Zoom.

2. Please use the link to sign into Zoom, 5-7 minutes before class, allowing extra time to download the the app if you are  new to Zoom.

3. Contact the desk staff at 808.397.7678 for troubleshooting.

Sign up now!

 

Mondays 7:45-8:45 pm

Oct 29 and Nov 5

 

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 Chang

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.

 

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6 Saturdays: Sep 29, Oct 6, Oct 13, Oct 20, Oct 27, Nov 3  2018

1:30-2:30 PM

$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 Chang

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.

 

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 7-8:15 pm 

Aug 31, Sep 28, Oct 12

$25

Enhance the magic of your dance with the beauty of the veil, admired for by many cultures over generations. Whether draped on the body or used in dance, the veil’s mystery and intrigue are undeniable! This class is a great intro and refresher for dancers of all disciplines and experience levels. In addition to movement and dance, you’ll be amazed at the upper body and full body workout veil dancing provides. We’ll cover the types and styles of veils, ways of draping the veils, various traveling entrances and veil combinations that will leave you both more aware, confident and inspired. Ms Willow will provide veils, and if you have your own, please feel free to bring it.

 

Willow Chang

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.  

 

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Price: like any regular class.

Keep that holiday joy rolling, amped up with some new dances! Prepare for performance opportunities in the new year!

Experience the fun, high-energy and joyous expression of music and dance from Indian cinema. At the heart of this class, we’ll explore various global and Indian moves, step patterns and, mudras (hand gestures). We’ll learn some fun combinations and add a healthy dose of attitude! Fun for all! Come as you are! Be the star of your own musical!

Watch for Dandhya dance opportunities (kind of like Indian dance version Taiko without the drums!) with Ms Willow on our schedule in the new year!

 

Still & Moving’s dance instructor Willow Chang continues her education within the global community – earlier this month presenting and performing in Cananda’s Bellydance Blossom Festival. Later this month in Tuscany, Italy she’ll serve as assistant to the director at the IUGTE (International University for Global Theatre Experience), an organization she has previous worked with in Austria. She’s thrilled to recharge her batteries and learn new practices, which she plans to share upon her return, this Summer!

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6:00  pm   Processional parade in costume (2 – 4 block walk) starting at & returning to Still & Moving Center

6:30-8:45 pm Fiesta!

Celebrate with us a tradition honored in the Mexico and Latin America. Known as ‘The Day of the Dead’, this annual event pays homage to the deceased and to one’s ancestors, as well as serving as a fiesta for the living. As Hawaii’s oldest Day of the Dead Celebration (14 years and counting), Willow Chang’s Dia De Los Muertos celebration has become a time-honored tradition itself, along with similarly intended celebrations such as Ching Ming/Bai Sain (Chinese) or the O-Bon season (of Japan). Dia De Los Muertos laughs at the scariness of death; people’s feelings of closeness to the dearly departed defy their separation. Bring a photo to place on for the community altar (offrenda), which will be decorated with other traditional elements, such as marigolds, incense, candles and sugared skulls. This year, enjoy the offrendas by special guest artists. Dress as a skeleton, enter our costume contest and join our parade procession starting at Still & Moving Center, touring the Ward/Kakaako area and returning to Still & Moving.

Here, you’ll enjoy a night of guest performances. Past year’s celebrations have featured storytelling, music, dance theater, beatboxing, circus sideshow acts and beyond! Contact Willow Chang if you wish to perform. The health-conscious folks at Still & Moving Center will have delicioso Mexican-themed, non-alcoholic and vegetarian refreshments available for purchase! (We’re trying to keep you on our side of the grave as long as possible!!!)

 

Join returning Swiss dance artist Meissoun, and our own Still & Moving instructor/performer, Willow, for a joyful Spring dance hafla! Hafla is an Arabic word meaning a party or social gathering. In the belly dance world the term hafla is an event where students, professionals, and members of the public come together for the sake of the dance.

Our dance showcase features Oriental Belly Dance, Indian Bollywood, Turkish Belly Dance, American Tribal Belly Dance, Contemporary, Vogue and more, by our hosts and special dance artists, including Murat Demirtas! A feast for the spirit – and not to be missed!

Bio:  Meissoun is Switzerland’s most internationally-known dancer and teacher for Oriental and Bollywood dance. Her experience spans over 20 years of performances, workshops and other events all over Europe and the American continent. As a dancer, Meissoun impresses with her gracefulness, expression and musicality – as a teacher with her clearly structured, well researched and good-humoured classes.

Meissoun lives in Zurich and travels around the globe to dance. MEISSOUN is an Arabic name meaning “she with the grace and the walk of a gazelle.” She started her dance education in 1990 with Layali Römer, then continued with Karin Azaria Siegrist, Nelly Mazloum, Mo Gedawwi, Raqia Hassan, Lilo von Hugo, Tania Cook, Helena Cremona and many other well respected teachers. Meissoun also studies Bharata Natyam (classical Indian dance) with Barbara Dejung as well as Indian folk dances like Bhangra and Dandiya. She has danced and taught Bollywood dance since 2000. Meissoun started performing regularly in 1994 at various events in many various styles of dance.  www.meissoun.ch

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


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