Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Drum, Drills & Improv Skills

Photo by J. Reece
When: Tuesdays, 6:45PM - 7:45PM
(New session begins 01/10/2016)

Where: Bright Star World Dance
108 High Street, 3rd Floor
Portland, Maine

Drum, Drills & Improv skills continues in 2017!

How does one become comfortable performing to live music?

The best way is to do it as much as possible! This weekly one hour class focuses on belly dance technique and form but with a twist, every class includes 1 - 3 musicians playing live music, including rhythm, melody and drum solo improvisation!

This on-going class will provide students with the opportunity to increase their dance technique and endurance as well as gaining a comfort level dancing to live music.  Intended for dancers with at least two sessions of belly dance under their hip scarves, each class includes a warm-up, drills, improvisation session and cool down - all to LIVE music.

Bring comfortable clothes that allow for a range of movement, you may want to dress in layers as we will sweat, sweat, sweat!  A water bottle and yoga mat are also recommended.  

Cost**:  

Drop in: $20
Five class card: $80 (1 free class)
Ten class card: $150 (2 free classes)

**Why does this class cost more than Joie’s regular classes?  Without the musicians to play the music for us this class would not be possible.  The extra class fee is to help compensate them for their time and effort in providing us with this wonderful opportunity.



Drum, Drills & Improv Skills

Friday, December 23, 2016

February 4th, Burlington VT - The Other Side of Dance

Date: February 4, 2107 - 11:00 - 12:30

Location: Swan Dojo, 19 Church Street, Burlington, VT

I am delighted to present one of my favorite workshops, Deep Improvisation, co-taught with musician Stephen Carpenter.  This is our first time bringing this workshop to Vermont.  I hope you will join us in this exploration of the connection between movement and the deep self.  

Deep Improvisation


Improvisational dance can be a tool not only for performance, but also for exploring our deeper self and connecting with our subconscious.  Cultivating this connection can aid dancers in bringing greater emotional depth and conscious voice to their dance, and build a bridge between the intentions of the mind and the movement of the body.  


Using guided physical meditation and improvisational exercises we will transform our dance into deep emotional expression in the moment. Students will explore rhythmic physical storytelling as well as energetic and emotional projection.  How to use utilize these techniques in one’s dance practice and in performance will also be covered in the workshop so that students may continue to explore.  


The workshop is conducted to live improvisational music provided by musician Stephen Carpenter.  


In order to facilitate free exploration we seek to create a safe space for all types of dancers to explore creative expression.  Classes are open to students who have at least one session of dance classes or have a basic understanding of dance movement.


Students should dress in a manner suitable for a wide range of movement.  A notebook and water bottle may also prove useful.

Cost:  $50 single workshop/$45 if co-registering for Shamanic Embodiment with Pia Louise Capaldi 

Shamanic Embodiment:

Focusing on internal exploration and external expression, attendees will learn to develop a new understanding of their individual creative energy and process. This experience will inspire its participants to explore their own creative language through guided shamanic journey and dream state, as well as carefully selected movement and dance exercises tailored to promote healthy energetic creative practices. In a supportive atmosphere, attendees will tactfully learn how to connect with spirit guides and tap into their own abundant energy reservoir in order to radiate a harmonious, energetic and abundant presence.

Cost:  $40 single workshop/$35 if co-registering for Deep Improvisation with Joie Grandbois


To register please visit the workshop page HERE.

Monday, July 18, 2016

Drum, Drills & Improv Skills

Photo by J. Reece
When: September 6th - December 6th
Tuesdays, 6:45PM - 7:45PM

Where: Bright Star World Dance
108 High Street, 3rd Floor
Portland, Maine




How does one become comfortable performing to live music?

The best way is to do it as much as possible! This weekly one hour class focuses on belly dance technique and form but with a twist, every class includes 1 - 3 musicians playing live music, including rhythm, melody and drum solo improvisation!

This on-going class will provide students with the opportunity to increase their dance technique and endurance as well as gaining a comfort level dancing to live music.  Intended for dancers with at least two sessions of belly dance under their hip scarves, each class includes a warm-up, drills, improvisation session and cool down.   

Students will also be provided information on the music and rhythms played in class.  

Bring comfortable clothes that allow for a range of movement, you may want to dress in layers as we will sweat, sweat, sweat!  A water bottle and yoga mat are also recommended.  

Cost**:  

Drop in: $20
Five class card: $80 (1 free class)
Ten class card: $150 (2 free classes)

**Why does this class cost more than Joie’s regular classes?  Without the musicians to play the music for us this class would not be possible.  The extra class fee is to help compensate them for their time and effort in providing us with this wonderful opportunity.



Drum, Drills & Improv Skills

Form & Flow: Theatrical Belly Dance Troupe Preparation Session

When: Thursdays, 5:30 - 6:30PM, August 11th - September 1st (4 classes)

Where: Bright Star World Dance
108 High Street, 3rd Floor
Portland, Maine

Cost: $50 for the full session (no drop-in)

This four week session will prepare students for participation in a newly forming theatrical bellydance student troupe.  Each class in the session will focus on a different aspect of theatrical dance:

August 11: Emotive movement
August 18: Character creation
August 25: Choreography
September 1: Improvisation

This class is open to intermediate to advanced belly dance students who are interested in joining the new theatrical belly dance troupe led by Joie Grandbois.  Students who participate in the full session will be eligible to join the troupe forming in September.  

Each class includes a warm-up with drills, theatrical dance exercises and cool down. You will want to wear comfortable clothing that allows for freedom of movement. You may also want to bring a notebook and a water bottle.

Student Troupe Information

Fall session: September 8th - December 1st, 5:30 - 6:30pm (no class on Thanksgiving)

Are you looking for opportunities to perform, have fun and engage in some creative collaboration?  

The troupe will bring together students who wish to continue to polish their performance technique, expand their theatrical skills and take advantage of performance opportunities in the area.  Students who join will be expected to attend classes/rehearsals regularly.  This is a teaching troupe; students will be provided ongoing dance instruction and critique as well as working on choreographies intended for future performances.  

Performances are rooted in the dance technique and style of belly dance, but will include storytelling, emotive movement and creative improvisation.  Performances may include live or recorded music.  

Bring comfortable clothing that allows for a range of movement.  A water bottle, notebook and yoga mat are also recommended.  

Troupe cost: $120/full session (no drop-in) - payment plans available

Students will be sent an invoice after receiving approval to join.


Form & Flow: Theatrical Dance Troupe Prep Class

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Live Music Theatrical Belly Dance Performance Class

"I think it is in collaboration that the nature of art is revealed." - Steve Lacy

Date: June 9 - July 21
Time: 6:45 - 7:45PM
Location: Bright Star World Dance
108 High Street, 3rd floor
Portland, ME
Cost:   $75 (full session)


An exciting opportunity to explore collaborative choreography and improvisation to live music!

This seven week class series will focus on creating a group belly dance performance piece for presentation at a performance in July in Portland, Maine. Through the use of belly dance and theatrical exercises, students will learn to co-create choreography, increase their comfort level with improvisation and gain experiential knowledge of live music performance.  Each class will be accompanied by live music.

Students must have taken at least one class session of belly dance before registering for this class.  Students should be able to attend at least six of the seven classes and must be available for the performance on Wednesday, July 27, 6:00 - 8:00pm

The class size is limited to ten dancers. This is a full session series, no drop-ins please.  Due the limitation on class size, pre-registration is strongly encouraged!

What to bring:

Comfortable clothing that allows for a freedom of movement, a notebook & pen, water bottle and a desire to collaborate.  If you wish to wear dance shoes please make sure they have only been used indoors.

What is Theatrical Belly Dance?

Theatrical belly dance blends the emotion, drama and storytelling of the theater with the beautifully passionate and expressive art of belly dance. By connecting emotion with movement through a combination of dance drills and improvisational theater exercises the dancer discovers, and learns to express, their creative voice.



Performance Class (Summer 2016)

Monday, March 28, 2016

Spring Theatrical Belly Dance - with Live Music!



Date:  Thursdays, April 14 - May 12 (10 classes)
           7:30 pm - 8:30 pm   
         
Location:  Bright Star World Dance
                   108 High Street, 3rd Floor
                   Portland, ME

Cost:  $60 Full session /$12 drop in.

Theatrical belly dance blends the emotion, drama and storytelling of the theater with the beautifully passionate and expressive art of belly dance. By connecting emotion with movement through a combination of dance drills and improvisational theater exercises the dancer discovers, and learns to express, their creative voice.

Each class includes work with foundational belly dance movements and improvisational theater exercises. This class will include live music provided by Stephen Carpenter​!

Each individual brings their own history and personal story to the dance. In recognition of this I seek to create a safe space for students to explore, and step beyond, the current boundaries of their dance.
All genders are welcome.

NOTE:   The classes are open to beginner and intermediate belly dance students who have attended at least one session of belly dance classes. Students will need to dress in comfortable clothing that allows a wide freedom of movement.



Theatrical Belly Dance - Spring 2016

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Spoken Word: Don't Take It Personally

This poem was inspired by an email I received a few years ago in which the sender proceeded to include a detailed list of what they perceived to be my many and varied flaws (and I'm not going to say that this individual was totally wrong - they were rather pinpoint accurate on a few). At the end of this rather long, and quite personal, email, they chose to close with the words, "I hope you don't take this personally..."

Out of this a poem was born.

Thank you to Daniel Merrill for the recording and mastering. And to all my fellow SASFA15 shipmates who attended the coffeehouse at which it was first publicly presented.