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Seasons of Dance Master Series

More than a collection of lessons, Seasons of Dance Workshops offer a communal learning experience centered around choreography from diverse dance traditions. Participants will immerse in elemental movements, creative dance sequences and dynamic choreography: gaining along the way insights into the role of movement in holistic wellbeing.

Celebrate Autumn! Hawaiian Dance Workshop

Saturday, September 23rd | 3:00pm – 5:00pm

Club Members: $30
Non-Club Members: $35

Limited spaces. Advanced registration required via email by 9/20 to [email protected].

About the Workshop
As Fall approaches and the earth’s energy shifts towards restoration, so too do we begin to crave repose and time for reflection. This September, we mark this season with the Celebrate Autumn! Hawaiian Dance Workshop: an intensive that draws upon the Hula to align body and spirit with the restorative energies of our environment and amplify our sense of wellbeing.

Hawaiian Dance Workshop is a skills-based, choreography intensive focused on mind/body alignment and coordination. Aligning and expressing environmental connection is at the heart of traditional Hawaiian dance, so it’s little wonder that the Hula moves dancers and audience so deeply! The workshop will take participants beyond the scope of usual classroom practice, to explore uniquely authentic Hawaiian communication with the environment through the Hula. Plus, there will be plenty of opportunity to align with the season as we learn a beautiful, easy-to-follow Hula. Participants will come away with a useful new tool that deepens their dance experience and provides greater access to the restorative benefits of Hawaiian dance.

The Content
• The Dunham Barre: Where Dancers are Made
• Coordination: Where the Hands Go, the Eyes Follow
• Kaona: Finding Meaning in Hawaiian Song

About the Instructor
Lisa Saunders is a performer, choreographer and multicultural dance educator whose formal instruction began more than 60 years ago. As though drawn to answer some inexplicable call, Lisa spent most of her formative years on the dance floor speaking the pure language of movement. Her earliest influence outside of dance was her father whose passion for storytelling, family histories and accounts of his ancestors’ lives and times paved the way for what would become a lifelong journey. The importance of keeping one’s history entwined with Lisa love of dance and the two took root together. Lisa became intrigued with traditional dance forms where peoples’ own unique story is centered. In the decades to follow, Lisa pursued studies in the field of ethnomusicology and dance. She holds an MA in Ethnic Dance from Jesus’ Name University, conducted field research and immersion studies in Ghanaian Dance (Professor C.K. Ladzekpo, U.C. Berkeley), Afro-Brazilian Dance (Jose Lorenzo, Ballet Folclorico da Bahia) and Polynesian dance (Kumu Hula George Naope, University Hawai’i).

Her career includes service as the co-founding member/principal performer with Berkeley’s African Music and Dance Ensemble and San Francisco’s Batucaje! Brazilian Dance Troupe. Today, Lisa is the founding executive director of Ethnic Arts Institute International—a 501©3 organization which provides multicultural arts learning experiences to K-12 and postsecondary learners and is Founder/Artistic Director of Hula Manu O’o Polynesian Dance Ensemble: where she presents cultural preservation dance works and seminars to dance professionals in partnership with UNESCO Counseil de Danse International.

Her greatest joy continues to be those magical moments in dance when culture-keeping and storytelling converge.

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