Classes

Get into the studio and dance with Baksana! New classes start 9/10/17

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All classes held at Studio EP : 1847 East Burnside St, Suite 111A. Portland, Oregon

Zil Drills: Sundays 12pm-1pm

Come focus on precision, stamina, musical counting, and short compositions to keep your zil technique strong and sharp!

Baksana Improv Vocabulary: Sundays 1-2pm

We will teach a combination, complete with cymbal pattern and lots of time to drill. Each combination will take 2-3 classes to fully cover. Following through with the full combination is best, and coming consistently will help you build vocabulary efficiently.

If you have ever wanted to “do what we do” here is your chance! In this class we will be teaching our official Baksana combinations. We will be sharing all of the components that make up our “fast” vocabulary – a style of group improvisational dancing based on the ATS© format developed by Carolina Nericcio. This means: students will develop a language of dance and cymbal combinations to perform with others. The movements are choreographed, but the order in which the combinations happen will be composed on the spot! Making every performance unique and exciting and totally adaptable to various songs. This is a wonderful way of dancing with others in a supportive environment where everyone takes a turn “leading” and “following”. It’s fun, hard work, and evolves with you. **You can take this class at your own pace** Beginners are welcome to come dance and learn the basics without the cymbal work and advanced dancers will be challenged with precision, strong technique, and performance level nuances.

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New WORKBOOK! Students will now also have the option to purchase a workbook to accompany them along their Baksana journey that will include pages for detailed notes on the combinations as well as a “sign-off” section for each combination in our vocabulary.  Once their workbooks are complete (with sign-offs from Baksana teachers on all of the current combinations) students will be welcome to audition for our “student group” that will work together to perform at halflas and community events. Perks of working in the student performance group include: being a part of a hard-working and supportive collective, no-cost rehearsal time with lots of tips and guidance from all 3 Baksana core members (Danielle, Bevin, Morgan & Paul), discounts on private lessons, and -of course- performance experience! 

Cost : $15 for drop-in or 8 for $88 (class card link below)
All classes held at Studio EP : 1847 East Burnside St, Suite 111A. Portland, Oregon

Discounted “8 class cards” available for use in any weekly Baksana classes
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We recommend Saroyan Cymbals: http://www.saroyancymbals.com
However, finger cymbals (aka zils) are not 100% required for these classes

Thanks for your interest in dancing with Baksana! Baksana classes are team-taught by the group’s core members Danielle Elizabeth, Morgan Fay and Bevin Victoria with specialty lessons from our musical director Paul Evans. This means you’ll get one, two, or sometimes all of us sharing our collective knowledge on all things Baksana!

Stay up to date on who’s teaching and what we’ll be working on each week by joining our facebook group.

FullSizeRender-2Private in-person and Skype lessons now available in connection with our Cymbal Book! Contact baksanabellydance@gmail.com for info and options that fit your needs.

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