Classes

NEW SERIES AT DATURA August 27th, September 3rd, and September 10th 2019

 

Baksana Datura 2 19

Register Here: https://baksanaatdaturaaug19.eventbrite.com

Join us for another series at Studio Datura. This time we’ll add new cymbal work AND dance a really fun Assaya (cane) choreography to one of our original songs! There will be live drumming in class!

WHEN: August 27th, September 3rd, and September 10th

6:30-7:30pm CYMBALS • Drills for zils that will include various sounds, rhythms & tempos layered on top of movement with options for all levels. Cymbals not required for participation.

7:30-8:30pm ASSAYA • This cane dance is inspired by folkloric dance from the Saiid region of Egypt. A bit modernized and “sass-ified” to be paired with bellydance, you will learn how to hold the cane, spin the cane, frame your movements, and harness some of the proud and playful energy this prop brings. We will have a few canes to borrow, but you can bring your own or simply pick up a dowel from the craft store that is approximately hip height and easy to grasp (not to thick or thin…) Cane not required for participation.

**write to us with any questions: baksanabellydance@gmail.com**
**registration includes the option to sign up for “half-series” if you want to take ONLY the cymbals or ONLY the cane portions of the offering**

WHERE: Studio Datura • 1847 E Burnside St. Portland, Oregon

BRING: Finger cymbals and a cane (we will have *some* items to borrow)

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What are Baksana Classes like?
Baksana classes revolve around core elements of musicality and improvisation. We teach a style of belly dance infused with movements and techniques from various middle eastern and balkan folk dance cultures, while maintaining our personal -contemporary- cultures and training. Baksana classes are typically geared toward intermediate/advanced dancers unless specifically noted as “beginner” though we will always work with any level dancer to get the most out of their learning experience. We begin classes with a warm up, break down and drill key elements, then add complexity, layers, and combinations for students to draw it all together. Come dressed in layers of comfortable clothing, you may desire ballet or soft soled jazz shoes in winter, and bring a water bottle. We can’t wait to dance with you!

Baksana Improv Vocabulary
Our official Baksana signature combinations, complete with cymbal patterns and lots of time to drill! Baksana vocabulary works within a style of group improvisational dancing based on the American Tribal Style (ATS©) format developed by Carolina Nericcio. This means: students will develop a language of dance and cymbal combinations that can be done solo or with a group. The movements are choreographed, but the order in which the combinations happen within a group context are composed on the spot! Every time we dance together is unique, exciting, and totally adaptable to various songs. Everyone takes a turn “leading” and “following”. It’s fun, good physical and mental work, and promotes community. 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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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 instructor 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!

Private 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.