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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.

Limited spaces. Register via email at: [email protected]

BRAZILIAN DANCE MASTER CLASS
Sunday, February 25th
3:00 to 5:00pm

It’s Carnaval season and The Brazilian Dance Masterclass Workshop is back by popular demand. This month, The Club welcomes back one of it’s signature technique & choreography intensives to restore and strengthen bio-energy.

This workshop takes participants beyond routine dance studio practice, to experience a deepened (and uniquely Brazilian) approach to Release & Restoration. Release & Restoration is at the heart of all things Carnaval and Brazilians are masters of this concept in their national dance—the Samba!

Workshop Content:
• The Dunham Barre: Drop & Recover
• Samba Shimmy: The Joy of Release
• Musicality: The Mind/Body Connection

Join us just in time for Carnaval Brazil this February as we learn a fun, easy-to-do Samba routine.

AFROBEAT MASTER CLASS
Sunday, March 24th
3:00 to 5:00pm

For Spring, the Club welcomes back one of its signature technique & choreography intensives to restore and strengthen bio-energy.

This workshop takes participants beyond routine dance studio practice, to experience a deepened (and uniquely African) approach to Vitality & Renewal. Regeneration and youthful energy are at the heart of Springtime observations and African traditions celebrate this concept in music & dance!

Workshop Content:
• The Dunham Barre: Isolation Technique
• Dynamic Stretch
• Choreography: The West African Way of Remembering What’s Next

You’ll come away with a useful new tool that fosters growth and provides greater access to the rejuvenating quality of African dance.

HAWAIIAN MASTER CLASS
Sunday, April 27th
3:00 to 5:00pm

It’s Makahiki season and The Hawaiian Dance Masterclass Workshop is back by popular demand. This month, The Club welcomes back one of its signature technique & choreography intensives to nourish and replenish bio-energy.

This workshop takes participants beyond routine dance studio practice, to experience a deepened (and uniquely Hawaiian) approach to Nurture & Replenishment. The Hawaiian Makahiki season is a time for deep nourish & regeneration and hula connects us to that dynamic energy.

Workshop Content:
• The Graham Technique
• Hā: Hawaiian Breathwork
• Chant & Mele: Hawaiian music and the Mind/Body Connection

Join us this April to experience the connection between Hawaiian dance and deep, bioenergetic nourishment!

About the Instructor

lisa saunders
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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