Thursday, June 8, 2017

Heretica: Exploring the boundaries of movement

When: Thursdays, 5:30 - 6:30PM, July 20th to August 24th (Six Weeks)

Where:  Bright Star World Dance
               108 High Street3rd Floor
               Portland, ME 

Cost: $60 Advanced Registration/$75 Day Of (full session only – no drop-ins)

Drawing from a variety of contemporary dance styles as well as authentic movement and deep improvisation this class is a six week movement exploration.  Students who attend the six week program have the option to join the fall session of Heretica, an exploratory dance performance student troupe.

Utilizing techniques such as guided physical meditation, silent improvisation, group rhythmic exploration and theatrical movement, students will learn to create physical expressions of emotion and foster a seamless connection between mind and body; thought and action.  The class is conducted to live music.

Each class includes a warm-up with drills, theatrical dance exercises and cool down.  Optional out of class exercises that will help students build their movement practice at home will also be offered.

Students of all movement backgrounds are welcome to join the class.  Students should have a solid foundation in their particular movement style.  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. 

In order to facilitate free exploration we seek to create a safe space for all types of dancers and movement artists to explore creative expression.  The class is open to all genders and movement forms.



Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Practical Zils!


Time: July 11th to August 1st, 6:45 – 7:45PM

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

Cost: Full Session $45 Advance/ $55 First Class (no drop-ins)


…I’m never sure if I’m doing it right.  I swear I practice but when I get to class it seems I’m playing something totally different from what the teacher is playing.

…I can play the zils just fine, but as soon as I move I get all mixed up.

...OMG!  My zils are too loud! (my neighbors complain and it scares my cat)

The biggest obstacle to learning the zils is finding a way to practice on a consistent basis, and there are so many things that can prevent that!  This four-week special session addresses the issues that get in the way of practice by providing you with practical techniques that will build your skill and nurture your zil confidence.

Zil technique will be covered in class as well as…

  •             Exercises to build rhythmic skill
  •        How to use a metronome app for practicing at home
  •        A few tricks that will aid in zilling while actually dancing!
  •        Warmup exercises to strengthen your hands and fingers.
  •        Games that make learning zils fun!
  •        And of course, how to practice quietly!

Students will be provided with access to short online videos of warm-up exercises and practice patterns for learning at home. 

This class will meet weekly over four weeks and is open to all levels of zil players – yes, even total beginners.  Students must provide their own zils.  Links for ordering and guidance on purchasing are available upon request.


Live music accompaniment will be provided by drummer Stephen Carpenter. 


Monday, June 5, 2017

Why Was My Performance Video Removed From YouTube?

Date:  July 6th, 5:30 – 7:00pm

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

Cost: $10 in advance (closed)/$15 at the door (register below)

It is a common problem.  You have a video recording of a performance you are proud of.  You post the video to YouTube or Facebook, only to have it removed for a copyright violation a few hours later.  Yet a dancer who performed at the same show posted her video and it has had no issues at all.

What happened?

This workshop for dancers and other performers will help answer questions such as…

·       What are music rights and why are they important?

·       What is the difference between private use, public performance and using a piece of music in a video?

·       Why are some videos allowed to remain on YouTube and why are others taken down?

·       Is there a way to find out in advance how YouTube may treat a video?

·                  ·       How to navigate the YouTube copyright dispute process.

The workshop will include real world examples and a demonstration of how to use YouTube’s music database.  Students are encouraged to bring a piece of music they are considering performing to. 
  
A question and answer period will follow the presentation.


Note:  The information presented in this workshop is an overview only and is in no way intended to replace the legal advice that could be obtained by engaging the services of an attorney. 

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