DANCE CLASSES

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Salsa and Columbian dances

 

With Milena Cardona

new The aim of this class is to learn to free up your body to the sounds of tropical music

Traditional Dances of Hungary and Transylvania

 

With Pannonia

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.

Greek Dance

 

With Pantelis Vervatidis

Pantelis taught for several years at the l’Association Hellénique de Genève, at the Ateliers d’ethnomusicologie and the Communauté Hellénique de Genève. He continues to give classes at C.H.E.F in Geneva.

Pizzica Pizzica, Tammurriate, Calabrese, Siciliane - South Italian

 

With Katia Romano

This monthly workshop will teach you the many differents percussions and dances from South Italy.

Gypsy dances

 

With Pat la Gadji

 This is an intense dance with a pronounced feminine character, which calls on participants to dare to stomp their feet, to frown, to shake the shoulders, twirl their skirts, sway their hips and express what pleases us.

Bulgarian Folk Dances

 

Vanya Semkova

The specific rhythms including asymmetrical measures (5/8, 7/8. 9/8, etc.) and the variety of melodies and dances appeal to the diverse audience.

Persian Dance

 

With Sepideh Nayemi

The aims of this course include discovering and developing natural grace, learning to express yourself freely in movement and enjoying dancing to the subtle rhythms and melodies of traditional Persian music.

Flamenco Dance

 

With Ana La China

Flamenco is a very structured art form that involves footwork, arm movements and synchronisation.

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.

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.

Kalbelya Dance from Rajasthan / Bollywood dances

 

With Maya Quiminal

This 2 classes focuses on two dances: One is dedicated to the gypsy dances :  Kalbelya of Rajasthan and  Roman Havasi  of Turkey and the other to Bollywood dances.

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). Workshop on 21st May

Kalarippayatt

 

With Heidi Rasmussen

Kalarippayatt is, according to legend, the ancestor of martial arts. It is anchored in Kathakali training and is practiced in theatre schools throughout Southern India.

Traditional Arab Dance

 

With Nadia Makhlouf

During classes, you will be introduced to different forms of dance: classical, popular, sacred etc, as well as to different traditional rhythms and music. Classes are regularly accompanied by musicians.

Afro-Cuban Dance

 

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.

Oriental Dance

 

With Vivian'Adaya

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.

African Dances

 

With Aminata Traoré “Bata”

Lesson starts with rhythmical warm ups, followed by the actual class. Lesson finish with stretching to the voice of Bata and the djembefola playing of Madou and Zac.

Afro-brazilian dance

 

With Luanda Mori

These classes are for those who wish to experiment with a particular approach to dance inspired by Afro-Brazilian culture, in all its symbolic richness and dynamism.

Capoeira Angola

 

With Mestre Braga

Capoeira is a game of movements that retell this part of Brazilian history through physical expression and song, which is accompanied by the famous musical arc known as the berimbau.

Balinese Dance

 

With Sinah Ni Nyoman Tordjman

By teaching the basic techniques and movements of these graceful dances, Sinah Tordjman opens up an incredibly rich cultural and artistic universe for discovery. She is a renowned artist who is passionate about the transmission of this unique patrimony.

Bharat Natyam

 

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.

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