DANCE & MUSIC CLASSES
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Traditional Dances of Hungary and Transylvania
Hungary has a rich inventory of traditional music that is respected well beyond its own borders. The dances are varied and are taught to a large public of all ages during workshops or live music dance evenings (tanchaz), which is another Hungarian tradition.
Hungarian dances - Children from 8 years
The group has dancers of all levels, a rich array of cultural backgrounds and differents ages. Pannonia is active in the cultural life of the Geneva area and regularly performs at festivals, shows or parties and organizes “táncház” or “dance-houses” : dance evenings with demonstrations and teaching.
With Levon Chatikyan
This wind instrument of Armenian origin consists of a cylindrical body and a double reed. There are 8 finger holes on the duduk’s front and two thumbholes on its back. A piece of reed acts as sound and air regulator. The duduk is a simple instrument but one that produces a unique sound.
Japanese percussion: Taiko (from 8 years)
With Remi Clemente
The drums are made of cow skin and heavy, hard carved wood. They’re played with thick sticks and the impact is impressive. Training on the drums follows, as closely as possible, in the style of my Japanese teacher, Tamada-san: warm-up, strike exercises and then pieces.
Azerbaïdjan and Caucasian dances
With Mariya Khan-Khoskaya and Abdullah Ibrahimov
These dances belong to several distinct categories: work dances, ritual dances, military dances and women's traditional dances. Attention is drawn to the upper part of the body: the head, the movements of the arms and hands, as well as the dancer's facial expression.
Flamenco Dance for Children and Adolescents
With Michelle Gagnaux
Classes offer insight into flamenco through rhythm and movement. They are based on warm-ups, feet techniques and arm movements, as well as rhythmic exercises using palmas and other percussion mediums. Linked steps are also taught at a level adapted to the children
Circle Dances and Folk Dances
With Regula Büchler
Folk dances include mazurka, waltz, polka, Breton circles, branles, bourrées, rondeau and mixers. The circle dances incorporate the traditions of Greece, Serbia, Bulgaria and Israel as well as more contemporary choreographies. These dances allow for an even greater knowledge of steps and more varied movements.
Kathak (North Indian Classical Dance)
With Priscilla Gauri and Astrid
Kathak classes begin with learning and practicing foot rhythms (tatkar), as well as the vocabulary of synchronised body movements, then diverse choreographies, rhythmic sequences, as well as invocations to the hindu gods (Bandana).
Mridangam classes: South Indian percussion
With Venkatasubramanian Pasupathy and Sivasuthan Sivarajiyer
The mridangam is a classical double drum from South India. Used to accompany songs, instruments and dance, it is made form a single piece of hollow wood, though it may have originally been made of clay.
With Reinaldo “Flecha” Delgado
The dances of Cuban Rumba are rich in variety: Columbia is considered to be a very ancient type of rumba, which developed from the rhythms of Abakua rituals, Xambu is a rumba with a slow tempo, Guaguanco is a dance of courtship and a game of seduction.
Viviana sees Oriental dance as a unifying force in its traditional form, because it touches upon one’s deepest being. The dance remains both sacred and feminine for her. She recognises the therapeutic powers of dance and it is with this in mind that she transmits her knowledge.
The Tammorra and Tamburello - South Italy
With Salvatore Meccio and Massimo Laguardia
Like almost all percussion instruments, the tammorra and tamburello are social instruments. Whether in private or group lessons, the aim is to teach students to play these drums in a group situation, in keeping with the way that they are played in Southern Italy.
With Rajshree Suresh
Bharat Natyam is the most ancient style of traditional dance in India. It is a difficult and complex dance, in which each movement of the body (abhinaya) and each hand gesture (mudra) holds symbolic meaning. What appears to be so fluid, graceful and easy demands lengthy training and daily practice.
Hindustani Music : Santur, sitar or tablas
With Paul Grant
Paul Grant is a musician and teacher who has spent more than 35 years dedicated to the study of Eastern music. He is known for his mastery of the santoor in a variety of classical repertoires, including Indian, Persian, Afghan and Kashmiri. In addition to being proficient on the tabla and sitar, he has restored and made several instruments in his existential quest for perfect sound!
Anatolia's popular music
by Ozan Cagdas
The traditions of the ashik, the Anatolian bards whose names mean 'in love', go back to the Middle Ages. Today, this tradition is maintained by professional musicians, poets and performers who accompany their songs with various long-necked lutes: saz, divan, cura, selpe
by Etienne Mayerat
Classes aim to pass on flamenco’s different forms, particularly those of the guitar. This includes studying the rhythmic and harmonic aspects of the principal styles (palos), as well as their cultural context. Flamenco guitar technique offers many possibilities on the guitar, whether in a group or solo.