Magpie’s Nest

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Change to Winter Class Schedule

Change to Winter Class Schedule

posted on March 19, 2017 by Vanessa
in: Magpie's Nest, Seraka Studios

After discussing with the class(es). I’ve decided to amend the scheduled for the remainder of the winter session, effective today 19 March 2017.

  • Level 1 Studies – good to go as scheduled. No changes
  • Fundamentals – good to finish with our last class tonight.
  • Remaining Spotlight/Combo classes will be cancelled, so that instead of 10-weeks, it was only 5-weeks. This class will not be held tonight.
  • DrillZilla will be modified to a one-hour class from 7:15-8:15pm starting next week (26 Mar), open to Levels 1+.

An email will be sent to students who’ve paid up front for classes to discuss refunds & shifting payments.

 

If you’re in the market for finger cymbals allow me to suggest the following:

  1. “Arabesque” in brass by Saroyan (smaller, lighter, less expensive)
  2. “Small Grecian” in brass by Saroyan (smaller, lighter, less expensive)
  3. “Afghani” in brass, or silver, or bronze by Saroyan (medium size, slightly heavier, moderate price)
  4. “Ghawazee” in bronze by Saroyan (medium size, heavier, higher price)
  5. “Al Taj” in brass by Saroyan (huge, heavy, expensive, cymbal-of-my-dreams)

 

Cheers!

Vanessa

Reminder – No Class Feb 12

posted on February 11, 2017 by Vanessa
in: Magpie's Nest, Seraka Studios

Gentle reminder, per our regular schedule for the semester, that there is no class on Sunday, February 12.

As this was taken into account before classes were scheduled for the semester, it does not affect your registration or length of session.

For detailed dates & class times please check the Classes Page.

See you next week!

Vanessa

AQUEOUS – Tickets Selling Quickly!

AQUEOUS – Tickets Selling Quickly!

posted on November 10, 2016 by Vanessa
in: Magpie's Nest, Performances, Seraka Studios

If you’re making plans to see AQUEOUS on Sunday, you should grab your tickets while they’re still available in advance! It saves you $5 off the ticket price – but online sales & advance sales end on Saturday November 12.

Read more about the show here: www.seraka.com/aqueous

Read about how we created the show here: Aqueous – The Director’s Cut (Blog Post)

Join the Facebook event here: www.facebook.com/events/195508344219411

Ticket will, of course, be available at the door for $20.

Aqueous – The Director’s Cut

Aqueous – The Director’s Cut

posted on October 10, 2016 by Vanessa
in: Events, In The Studio, Magpie's Nest, Performances

We are so excited to finally release the details about our latest endeavour – AQUEOUS. For details about the production, please visit www.seraka.com/aqueous or join the Facebook Event.

I don’t want to write about what the show is, but instead want to share some insight into how the show is developing. This show has been an absolute 180 from our usual productions in so many ways.

The first difference with AQUEOUS is that we’re incorporating an overarching thematic structure; one inspired by the ocean, waves, liquids, the ebb and flow of tides, and the marvellous mythology of sirens.  We started brain storming the show with a concept, then we chose the music and merged the songs into one continuous soundscape which has a clear introduction, build, climax, and resolution. This has allowed us to breathe some continuity into the pieces to create a full-length work of art, instead of stringing pieces together and forcing them to fit, after-the-fact (which is a more common practise when designing our sets).

Secondly, we’ve taken a new approach to how we disperse choreography. We usually pick a song, then merge our ideas and hash things out in the studio together, creating the piece collectively, then dance the piece we’ve created. This process for AQUEOUS is different in that we are distributing the music selections among the 5 of us, each taking ownership of the generation of movement for that piece. For each piece, one of us is working as the choreographer, then as the director, melding our ideas onto the dancers for that piece. We are stepping back from the performance of it, allowing the piece to grow and adapt to the dancers, and enjoying our ideas unfold before us instead of on us. Some of the other pieces include a mixture of structured improvisation, and choreography developed in our usual way.

The third, and most fundamental difference is that we’re not alone. We’ve enlisted a cast comprised of ourselves as well as 11 belly dancers from the greater St. John’s area. As opposed to arranging a lineup of independent pieces from each group or dancer, we’ve merged all dancers into one group and have choreographed onto the group as a whole, to work together as one unit, to create a merged, collaborative work.

I sincerely hope that you are as please to see the work as we are to present it. We’re all hearts in, and hope it brings you on at least some of the journey it’s brought us on along the way.

 

– Vanessa

Reminder – No Classes Mar 27 & Apr 3

Reminder – No Classes Mar 27 & Apr 3

posted on March 20, 2016 by Vanessa
in: Performances, Seraka Studios

Vanessa, Karen & Susan are travelling to Toronto to be part of The Lavish Project 2016 – an artist in residency program directed by Audra Simmons & Heather Labonté of The Dark Side Studio.  Working five 10-hour studio days with 12 dancers from across Canada to prepare and create pieces for “harmony/discord” on Sat Apr 2 at ROUND venue in Kensington Market.

Since we’re not in province, make sense that classes will be cancelled. The final classes for this session are: Mar 20, Apr 10, Apr 17 & Apr 24. See you at The Dance Centre!

Workshops with Audra Simmons!

Workshops with Audra Simmons!

posted on April 8, 2015 by Vanessa
in: Magpie's Nest

The lovely Audra Simmons is coming to St. John’s June 12-14, 2015 to teach and share her world of dance Excitement!

Find the event “Workshops with Audra in St. John’s” on Facebook, and get more information, and register on Audra’s Website here.

All workshops are taking place at The Dance Centre (Coaker’s Meadow Plaza, 286 Torbay Rd, St. John’s NL). Pricing and registration is available on Audra’s website.

If you’re unfamiliar with Audra, have a peek at this video.
 

 
 


Build the Foundation: Drills and Combinations
Saturday June 13 @ 2:00-5:00 pm (Open to Everyone)

Work on your foundation with stationary and moving drills using the basic foundational elements of belly dance. Develop your hip, chest, abdominal, arm, hand and feet movements and pathways as we examine, refine and revisit basic shapes and patterns.

Then we’ll bump up a notch and start to complicate the foundation, with variations and layers, and optional finger cymbal patterns, and traveling. And possibly to push you gently over the edge, we’ll put some of the pieces together into drilling combinations, again starting slow and simple and seeing how much we can add before it falls apart.

Prepare to work hard, sweat, and laugh as you build your dance foundation.

Please bring water and finger cymbals.

 


Interior Design: Dancing choreography
Sunday June 14 @ 2:00-5:00 pm (Open to Everyone)

Develop the expression, emotion and fluidity, with three hours of pure movement bliss as we study two sections of original choreography by Audra. We’ll transfer the focus away from the technical, and work with creating shape & line, breath and weight as we develop these dances.

Learn the details behind the movements, and the use of unusual shapes and awkward positions to portray and convey emotion through dance.

Prepare to work hard, think outside the usual belly dance box, and to let go and DANCE!

 


For Basic Black Certified Dancers
Friday June 12 @ 5:00-9:00 pm
Saturday June 13 @ 10:00 am to 1:00 pm

We’ll be reviewing the Basic Black material, drilling in stationary and traveling ways, doing a finger cymbal review and spending some time on the material we skimmed over during the intensive (dance drilling, combinations, and dance notation).

I’ll also have some ideas about preparing for the Lavender Intensive (scheduled for Tuesday September 15 through Sunday September 20, 2015 at the Arts and Culture Center, daily from 10 am to 6 pm) so that you can be as ready for it as possible!

New Winter Classes!

New Winter Classes!

posted on December 19, 2014 by Vanessa
in: Magpie's Nest, Seraka Studios

Just in time for Christmas! We’re releasing our new schedule of classes for the new year. We’ve got great series in Creativity and Choreography, your time-favourite Technique classes, and FOUR excellent workshops! These will take place at The Dance Centre (286 Torbay Rd).

Register by emailing classes@seraka.com. Any classes with less than 4 participants will have to be cancelled, so register early. read full post →

Call for Submissions (Synthesis 2015)

Call for Submissions (Synthesis 2015)

posted on November 12, 2014 by Vanessa
in: Events, Magpie's Nest, Opportunities

Well now. It’s time for another show, don’t you think!? BUT in order to have a show, we need dancers, so here’s your official Call for Submissions.

Synthesis is a small, little artistic show that we produce each year, giving us all that chance to display our new creative and artistic sides, and offering an opportunity for new dancers to try their hips on the stage. We’re running into our 3rd Synthesis and we’d like to invite you to submit a piece for the show! read full post →

Call For Submissions – Caravanserai: Vaudeville

Call For Submissions – Caravanserai: Vaudeville

posted on June 2, 2014 by Vanessa
in: Magpie's Nest

Seraka is putting out a call for submissions to any performance artists in the St. John’s area who wish to collaborate on a themed show, “A Night at the Caravanserai: Vaudeville” to be held on the evening of Saturday, September 13 at The Rockhouse. read full post →

Summer Session Planning Survey!

Summer Session Planning Survey!

posted on April 22, 2014 by Vanessa
in: Magpie's Nest, Seraka Studios

It’s that time of year again when we want your input to make your classes even better. If you could  take a few minutes out of your schedule today and fill out this short survey it would be greatly appreciated. Tell us, what classes are you thinking about taking? What’s your schedule like? What types of classes do you want? What do you want to work on?  Tell us and we’ll make it happen as best we can. Click the link below to take the survey:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/N3MZ8X3

If you fill out your name and contact information you could win a FREE 60-min private lesson with Vanessa (anytime between June and August).

 

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