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New Workshop with Colleena: 4/14/16

Masala: Indian Fusion Technique and Principles

Presenting "Masala", a new workshop with Colleena Shakti that explores key principles, technique, and movement vocabulary for Indian fusion belly dance. Enjoy!

This workshop is a great complement to her latest choreography, "Heer Ranjha" which is part of the current DO Belly Dance Challenge.

Choreography: http://daturaonline.com/heer-ranjha-full-choreography
Challenge: http://daturaonline.com/news/do-bellydancechallenge-4/

 Masala: Indian Fusion Technique and PrinciplesMasala: Indian Fusion Technique and Principles

In this workshop, fundamental principles and technique of shakti style Indian fusion will be explored through complex layered movement phrases that will be broken down and drilled, so that dancers at any level can reap the benefits of carefully refining and strengthening these details. Hip movements, arm patterns, foot patterns and gaze will be combined in 3 sections: Twists & 8s, Pyramids, and Lucknow Maya, then finally strung together to create an ornate dance phrase. Movement concepts from Indian dance, as well as belly dance movements are a part of this Indian fusion dance workshop.

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New Workshop: 2/17/16

Indian Fusion Arm Patterns + Spins: Colleena Shakti

Learn 6 graceful arm patterns and 4 spins from Classical Indian Dance plus a combination with Colleena Shakti's newest workshop "Indian Fusion Arm Patterns + Spins".

Gain elegance, confidence, and precision with these movements for your fusion belly dance expressions!

 Indian Fusion Arm Patterns + SpinsIndian Fusion Arm Patterns & Spins

In this workshop, Colleena will begin with a breakdown of six beautiful arm patterns and variations, a great way to begin to warm up the body and clear the space around you, honing your concentration. Reviewing the most important basic spin from North Indian dance, Colleena will jump from there into traveling, unspotted, and stationary spins. They will be broken down and drilled with arm patterns. Finally, we will drill a dance phrase that features arm patterns and spinning techniques at two speeds. Before beginning, be sure your dancing space has a safe surface for fast flat footed turns.

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Full Choreography Workshop: 1/28/16

"Heer Ranjha": Full original choreography by Colleena Shakti

Presenting the full original choreography, "Heer Ranjha", by Colleena Shakti to the song, "Vishnu Groove" by Solace.

 "Heer Ranjha": Full original choreography by Colleena Shakti"Heer Ranjha": Full Choreography

Inspired by dance poses found in Indian sculpture, paintings, and Classical Dance, this choreography features strong languid postures, precise hand gestures and uniquely Indian movement principles. Drawing from Colleena's dense training background in Classical and folk dances of India, she brings challenging spins, arm patterns, and distinct gaze to the choreography. Interweaving soft transitions that carry the elegance of the Classical Indian aesthetic with punctuated earthy belly dance movement, a balance is found through layering these different movement qualities in this unique Indian Fusion belly dance choreography. Please be sure that you are dancing on a safe surface for fast, flat footed turns.

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New Workshop: 12/5/15

Dadra Kirvani Indian Fusion Combination with Colleena Shakti

Presenting "Dadra Kirvani" a new workshop with Colleena Shakti featuring Indian fusion belly dance phrases in a fresh combination:http://bit.ly/1Tw4BUY

Learn Indian style turns, mudras, postures, fused with belly dance isolations to a hindusthani rhythm. Enjoy!

 Dadra KirvaniDadra Kirvani, Indian Fusion Combination

This Indian fusion belly dance combination is set on a Hindusthani (North Indian) 6 count rhythm called Dadra. It features layers of detail inspired by Classical Indian dance such as mudras, gaze and arm patterns. Concepts from Indian dance bring added layers to already beautiful fusion belly dance isolations and combinations. Find the unique quality of this 6 count rhythm and enjoy the subtle personality shift when familiar movements find a new expression to new music.

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New Workshop: 11/9/15

Nov 9, 2015 10:13:00 AM

New Workshop: 11/9/15

Strenght Training: Plank with Colleena Shakti

Presenting a short but powerful conditioning class with Colleena Shakti: "Strength Training: Plank".

She says, "If I could do one exercise everyday it would be plank pose". From a dancer who is known for her strength, stamina, and grace, that's no small statement. Enjoy this full body conditioning routine!

 Strenght Training: PlankStrength Training: Plank

This short strength training workout elaborates on one of the most effective workout postures, the Plank. It is called plank because the body is long, extended straight and solid as a plank of wood. This exercise is particularly effective because, if done correctly, nearly every muscle in the body is engaged. Listen carefully to the posture set up and keep strong engagement of your muscles, even past your challenge point, as correct, aligned posture will be key to unlocking your strength and growth.

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The Power of Dance

Oct 5, 2015 11:34:18 AM

The Power of Dance

A short documentary about Colleena Shakti by Julianne Reynolds

The Power of Dance

We're happy to share with you a newly released documentary about Datura Online teacher, Colleena Shakti: "The Power of Dance". Directed and produced by Juianne Reynolds, this short film is a window into the work of an American born contemporary fusion artist who has steeped herself in the culture and traditions of India for the past 15 years, studying Odissi and Rajasthani dance and using these art forms to express the transformational potency of dance.

The director describes it as:

"Colleena dedicates her life and dance to the power of her "lineage" and guru. But its even beyond that, for it takes passion to stay on a path that has many challenges for an American living in India, and being a foreigner. This inner calling to know and seek truth has not only changed her life, but changes those that have seen her on stage and have studied with her at the, Shakti School of Dance in Pushkar, India.

This short documentary, shot in India and the US, captures the essence of her mission to teach the importance of lineage, but it also captures the essence of the mystical path of that Colleena walks, in the world, on the stage and at home in India. Her students can only lend the most humble voice to Colleena's hard work as a teacher and dancer, but to Colleena the role she admires the most in her life is that of her being a "student", and staying curious, and striving for something higher."

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New Workshop: 10/1/15

Oct 1, 2015 10:13:00 AM

New Workshop with Colleena Shakti: 10/1/15

Indian Fusion Choreography "Heer Rajnha", pt. 2 with Colleena Shakti

Presenting part 2 of Colleena Shakti's new choreography, "Heer Ranjha".

In part 2 you'll work with challenging spins, complex foot and arm patterns inspired by Indian dance, and concepts from various Indian dances including "Chamak", "Drishti", and "Griva". Belly dance movements such as hip drops and lifts, figure 8's, and soft, fluid transitions will be interwoven throughout this second half of the choreography.

If you'd like to start from the beginning, here's part 1.

 Online Indian Fusion Choreography Heer Rajnha pt. 2 with Colleena Shakti"Heer Rajnha" : Original Indian Fusion Choreography, Part 2

In part two of Colleena's "Heer Ranjha Choreography", you will continue to learn a choreography to the song "Vishnu Groove" by Solace, building on what you have learned in part one. In the second half of this choreography, Colleena will draw from her extensive training background in Classical and folk dances of India to bring you challenging spins, complex foot and arm patterns inspired by Indian dance, and concepts from various Indian dances including "Chamak", "Drishti", and "Griva". Belly dance movements such as hip drops and lifts, figure 8's, and soft, fluid transitions will be interwoven throughout this second half of the choreography. Please be sure that you are dancing on a safe surface for fast, flat footed turns, and make sure to warm up and cool down before and after taking this class. - The name of the class come from a translation of the lyrics, which are part of the epic love tragedy Heer Ranjha by ...

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Two New Workshops: 9/3/15

Sep 3, 2015 10:13:00 AM

Two New Workshops with Colleena Shakti: 9/3/15

Indian Fusion Choreography "Heer Rajnha", pt. 1 with Colleena Shakti

Proudly presenting part 1 of an original choreography with Colleena Shakti, "Heer Rajnha" to the Solace song, "Vishnu Groove".

 Online Indian Fusion Choreography Heer Rajnha with Colleena Shakti"Heer Rajnha" : Original Indian Fusion Choreography, Part 1

In part one of Colleena's "Heer Ranjha", you will begin to learn the first half of a choreography to the song "Vishnu Groove" by Solace. Inspired by dance poses found in Indian sculpture, paintings, and Classical Dance, this part of the choreography features strong languid postures, precise hand gestures, belly dance movements including undulations and mayas, as well as intricate arm patterns. Interweaving soft transitions that carry the elegance of the Classical Indian aesthetic with punctuated earthy belly dance movement, a balance is found through layering these different movement qualities in this unique Indian Fusion Belly Dance choreography. Please be sure that you are dancing on a safe surface for fast, flat footed turns, and make sure to warm up and cool down before and after taking this class. The name of the class come from a translation of the lyrics, which are part of the epic love tragedy Heer Ranjha by Waris Shah written in 1766.

Shakti Style: Indian Fusion Techniques and Nuances

Learn the subtleties of Colleena Shakti's approach to fusing Indian Classical Dance with belly dance in this new workshop, Shatki Style!

 Shakti Style: Fusion Techniques and NuancesShakti Style: Indian Fusion Techniques and Nuances

This workshop covers Classical Indian dance inspired movements, embellishments, and nuances, offering a minute breakdown of ...

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Preview of New Classes: Colleena Shakti

Aug 27, 2015 9:31:00 AM

Colleena Shakti : Preview of New Classes on Datura Online

We're thrilled to share with you this preview of 6 new online classes with Colleena Shakti, coming soon to Datura Online.

Take your training to the next level with hours of new instruction including a new original choreography, "Heer Ranjha", "Shakti Style Technique", "Indian Fusion 'Dadra Kirvani' Combinations", "Indian Fusion Arm Patterns & Spins Workshop", "Indian Fusion Nuances: Class 2", and "Strength Training: Plank Workshop". Only on Datura Online!

Watch this preview video to learn more...

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Musician Spotlight: Sonja Drakulich of Stellamara

Sonja by Evan FraserJoin us in celebrating another musician who is also a dance enthusiast, Sonja Drakulich of Stellamara. Stellamara, of which Sonja is a founder and main vocalist, was featured in Colleena Shakti's debut Datura Online choreography "Lado". Sonja and Stellamara love collaborating with dance artists, and their eccelectic music, with influences from around the world, is a great fit for fusion dancers. Currently based in California, Sonja frequently tours around the world, and in true D.O. fashion we're "bringing her to you"...wherever you are with this short interview.

Photo : Evan Fraser

5 Q's with Sonja Drakulich:

DO: Some listeners might classify this band as "world music"... how do you classify, or describe, yourselves?

SD"World music" is probably the most general genre there is since it includes everyone in the world. I would say our music is: Cinemagraphic / Near Eastern / Balkan / Electro-Acoustic / World-Folk.  It's not the easiest music to describe.

DO: What are some of the genres/cultures that influence Stellamara's unique sound?

SDMost definitely the music of our mentor, Ross Daly. There is such a long list to mention here, yet myself and my primary music partner, Gari Hegedus, have spent the better part of our lives studying the modal music of the Near and Middle East, primarily Turkish and Arabic classical and folk traditions. I also am influenced by Persian and Medieval European styles. My main influence in my vocal styli...

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New Choreography Workshop: 8/15/14

Aug 15, 2014 10:13:00 AM

New Choreography Workshop: 8/15/14

Indian Fusion Choreography with Colleena Shakti

Presenting "Lado", a beautiful original fusion choreography by Colleena Shakti to the Stellamara song "Lado".

This new workshop is bursting with Classical North Indian Spins, expressive movements from contemporary dance, and graceful nuances from Central Asian, Persian, and Classical Indian dance.

This workshop presents a fun challenge for those newer to Indian styles of dance and Colleena has many technique classes to help you with the fundamentals of these movements. You can find all of her technique classes here.

 

 Online Indian Fusion Choreography with Colleena ShaktiOriginal Indian Fusion Choreography: "Lado"

In this workshop students will learn a fusion choreography that draws movement inspiration from Classical Indian, Persian, Central Asian, and Contemporary dance. This choreography includes expansive movements and traveling spins, as well as balancing postures and subtle nuances, making it an engaging composition for the experienced dancer and the new student alike. Suggested attire is a skirt and dancing barefoot is ideal for the North Indian style spins in this choreography. (Be sure the floor surface you are dancing on is appropriate for fast spins, so as not to risk injury.)

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Two New Workshops: 5/16/14

May 16, 2014 10:13:00 AM

Two New Workshops: 5/16/14

Indian Fusion Workshops with Colleena Shakti

Presenting two highly anticipated Indian Fusion workshops from guest teacher Colleena Shakti: "Indian Fusion Combination" and "Indian Fusion Nuances : Mudras, Drishti + Griva".

Learn detailed and graceful technique from Classical Indian dance that fuses wonderfully with belly dance. Enjoy!

 Online Indian Fusion Belly Dance Class with Colleena ShaktiIndian Fusion Combination: "Mohguli Pashtu"

This is a combination that fuses Indian dance and belly dance called "Mohguli Pashto", on a seven count Hindusthani rhythm called "Pashto". In this combination, complicated movements will be broken down and then drilled separately. It features elements from Indian dance including mudras, eye gazes, and arm patterns from classic north Indian dance fused with belly dance vocabulary and strong, accented hip work. Finally the movements will be strung together and repeated on both a slow and fast tempo. Be sure you are warmed up before beginning.


Online Indian Fusion Nuances Dance Class with Colleena Shakti
Indian Fusion Nuances: Mudras, Drishti, Griva

Drawing inspiration from several classical Indian forms, this workshop highlights detailed movements in the eyes, head and hands that help create the rich Indian aesthetic. Carefully chosen hand movements (mudras), eye movements (drishti), and head movements (griva) will be broken down and drilled. Focusing on detailed and graceful movements, this workshop can be done seated in any attire.


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New Workshop: 3/26/14

Mar 26, 2014 10:13:00 AM

New Workshop: 3/26/14

Intermediate Rajasthani Dance with Colleena Shakti

We're thrilled to release this second workshop with Colleena Shakti exploring Rajasthani dance.

In this new workshop she shares more complex and challenging steps, multiple spins, movements, and a combination that embody the joyous spirit of the folk dances she has studied and danced for over a decade. For her Introductions to Rajasthani Dance Workshop go here.

 

 Online Dance Class with Colleena ShaktiIntermediate Rajasthani Dance

This workshop builds on the basic steps of Rajasthani dance and develops a more stylized direction based on Colleena's experience and interpretation of the music. Stylistic movements, four basic spins, and two advanced spins will be broken down and drilled. Finally, all the movements will come together in a fun, fast-paced fusion combination set to Rajasthani music. Suggested attire is a large spinning skirt and dancing barefoot is ideal for stomping out the foot pattern.

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Introduction to Rajasthani Dance

Feb 26, 2014 6:31:00 AM

Introduction to Rajasthani Dance

On the occasion of releasing Colleena Shakti's new workshop, Introduction to Rajasthani Folk Dance, we also would like to share a short documentary filmed by Devansh Jhaveri in Rajasthan in 2013. This short film features Colleena dancing with her friends and mentors from a Khalbelia tribe in Rajasthan, India. She has been dancing, studying, living with them on and off since 2001.

Enjoy this vibrant glimpse of Rajasthani Khalbelia folk dance.

More about Khalbelia 'Gypsy' Dance from Colleena's website:

"From the desert region of India, Rajasthan, comes the snake charming dance of the Khalbelia 'Gypsies'. Wild and sensuous, the skilled dancers accentuate subtle, snake-like movements. As they dance, they fall into rapid spins, whirling their large black skirts adorned with ribbons of color. Dancers are accompanied by percussion and a wind instrument called the ‘poongi’, also known as the ‘snake charming flute’. In recent history the Sapera dancers were hired by great kings and maharajas to perform their dances outside of their own village communities. The Khalbelia are semi-nomadic, many living in loosely assembled shelters made of brush on the outskirts of towns. Due to their low status in the caste system, they are thought of as outcasts, often associated with squatters and thieves. The Khalbelia live much like they have for centuries." 

Colleena teaches many movements and steps in her new online workshop, as well as gives a brief discussion on the c...

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Presenting Colleena Shakti

Feb 22, 2014 9:31:00 AM

Colleena Shakti : New Guest Teacher at Datura Online

It is with great excitement that we present to you the first two workshops from our new guest teacher, Colleena Shakti!

North Indian Classical Spins + Arms with Colleena Shakti

In her North Indian Classical Spins + Arms workshop, she presents precise, powerful, and graceful spins and arm movement drawn from her study of Kathak and other Indian dance forms. http://daturaonline.com/classical-north-indian-turns-and-spins

Khatak Spins and North Indian ArmsNorth Indian Classical Spins + Arms

Controlled, precise spins are the goal of this workshop and relevant for the beginner, as well as the advanced dancer. We will begin with a grounding Vinyasa Krama Yoga routine and establish arm patterns with a Kathak classical dance inspired drill. Spinning techniques from North Indian classical dance will lead the way into short spin combinations on an eleven count Hindustani rhythm. An endurance spinning drill is also included to practice spinning for greater durations. Be ready to push through to the next level no matter where you are with your dance. Suggested attire is a large spinning skirt and dancing barefoot is ideal for this class. Be sure the floor surface you are dancing on is appropriate for fast spins so as not to risk injury.

Introduction to Rajasthani Dance with Colleena Shakti

From over a decade of living with the Khalbelia nomads and her studies of other Rajasthani folk dances, Colleena shares an Introduction to Rajasthani Dance filled with steps, turns and the joy of this movement. http://daturaonline.com/introduction-to-rajasthani-dance

Introductions to Rajasthani DanceIntroduction to Rajasthani Dance...

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