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A rare opportunity to study with Baksana! Join us for this 3 week Tuesday night series at Datura.
April 16, 23, and 30 • 2019
At Studio Datura
6:30-7:30pm Drills and Fundamentals for Baksana Style cymbal work and dance (this class includes LIVE DRUMMING!)
7:30-8:30pm Baksana Opening Choreography (dancers joining us for just this class, please come already warmed up!)
Our folk-fusion belly dance classes focus on big, earthy, & energetic movements paired with interesting finger cymbal patterns. We’ll be sharing some of our core drills and foundational movements for both cymbals and movement vocabulary as well as teaching you one of our signature choreographies. Finger Cymbals are not required for this series, but there are some at the studio to borrow if you get inspired!
This event will be team-taught by all 4 current Baksana members
*Dancers who join us for this series will receive a certificate of completion and be welcome to participate in our summer 2019 busking season. We meet to perform at “Last Thursdays Art Walk” on Alberta Street: June 27th, July 25th, August 29th between 6-8pm.
One more mini-series will be required in early-mid June to be performance/busking ready!
Become our Patron: patreon.com/baksanabellydance
We are SO EXCITED to announce the launch of our Patreon page! Now, from anywhere in the world, you can learn:
- Signature Combos
- Finger Cymbal Technique
- Pro-tips, mini-drills & more info on our creative process
- AND support the creation of new work!
Our monthly membership patrons will receive entertaining “behind-the-scenes” and special performance videos. This is a GREAT way for us to put energy into making content to share world-wide and for you to support us hard-working, artist-mamas! You don’t have to be a bellydancer or want to take classes to contribute to our Patreon. Visit the page today and check out our variety of membership tiers.
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.
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!
Private in-person and Skype lessons now available in connection with our Cymbal Book! Contact email@example.com for info and options that fit your needs.