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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).

 

Call for Submissions

Call for Submissions

posted on December 12, 2013 by Vanessa
in: Opportunities, Performances

We’re a little late to the game with this post, but it’s better late than never! We’re producing another petite artistic show inspired by the roarin’ 20s.

Synthesis: Speakeasy will be held on Saturday, February 1 at Cox & Palmer Second Space (in the LSPU Hall). Show starts 8:00pm and will run about 60-90 minutes, with a mixer to follow. read full post →

Costume Swap & Sale 2.0

Costume Swap & Sale 2.0

posted on September 5, 2013 by Vanessa
in: Events

Getting ready for Caravanserai: Silk Road? Do you have dance costume pieces or jewellery that you don’t use or wear? Do you make your own belly dance adornments? Are you a new dancers and have a lack of costume pieces for your belly dance wardrobe? Are you a senior dancer who wants to update your wardrobe? Are you a dancer who just wants to offload the overwhelming amount of shiny things in your life (well, down to a more manageable level)? read full post →

In The Studio, Hard at Work

In The Studio, Hard at Work

posted on July 18, 2013 by Vanessa
in: In The Studio, Updates

Performance and event requests are coming in left, right and centre – we’re so excited to be so involved in the community this summer. We’ve got everything in the mix from staged shows, to fundraisers, to weddings, and cultural festivals. WE ARE SO EXCITED! read full post →

Call For Submissions for “Night at the Caravanserai: Silk Road”

Call For Submissions for “Night at the Caravanserai: Silk Road”

posted on July 6, 2013 by Vanessa
in: Opportunities, Performances

Seraka is putting 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: Silk Road” to be held on the evening of Saturday, October 5th; venue and details are yet to be finalized. The show will be an evening of bellydance, accented with international acts, theatrical displays, culture, musicians and other mysterious acts, all with the theme of the travels along the Silk Road. read full post →

Synthesis Volunteer Call

Synthesis Volunteer Call

posted on June 12, 2013 by Vanessa
in: Events, Opportunities

Ladies & Gentlemen! We’re looking for some volunteers to help out at our upcoming Synthesis show on Sat. June 22 (6-9pm) read full post →

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