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Rhythms of Punjab---Berkeley, August 2012 ( 4 Sessions)
Thursday, August 9, 2012 at 7:30 PM
DHOLRHYTHMS DANCE COMPANY PRESENTS:
RHYTHMS OF PUNJAB
Monthly Dance Workshop
June Session (August 9th - August 30th)
Thursdays (08/09, 08/16, 08/23, 08/30)
The Works Studio
2566 Telegraph Ave. (at Parker)
There is plenty of street parking avialable at this time
Advanced Signup--$40 ($10/session)
*PLEASE NOTE: To get the $10/session fee, you must pay for all the sessions either online with a credit card, or in the first class with a check or cash. You can also pay for the workshop one session at a time, drop-in fee of $13/session.
HAVE YOU EVER WANTED TO JUMP UP AND JOIN A WEDDING DANCE SCENE IN A BOLLYWOOD MOVIE?
If you have ever wanted to join the colorful, vibrant, and energetic dance numbers at wedding scenes in Bollywood flicks, or the bouncing joyful circles at Punjabi receptions, or perform at family, friendly gatherings, or just learn an indian inspired dance routine for fun, then come join Dholrhythms inspired
fun monthly dance workshops, "Rhythms of Punjab".
Workshop will share the energy of the beautiful punjabi folk dance of Bhangra through fun energetic choroegraphy. The workshop teaches a choreographed Bhangra dance routine over the course of one month. Generally the first two classes, we learn the steps and then the last two classes, we practice them. Through the workshop you will get the music and a video of the routine as you learn it so you can practice at home.
At the end of the session, we record a video for fun of the whole class doing the routine one final time together and share it with you and with our online communities. If you are not comfortable being in the video, you can choose to skip it. You will still get a video of the final routine.
Berkeley workshops begin on the first Thursday of each month and end on the 4th Thursday.
Workshop will be taught by Vicki Virk, creative director of Dholrhythms Dance Company and Non Stop Bhangra monthly at Public Works.
WHAT TO WEAR: Any comfortable workout type clothing and dance friendly shoes
What is Bhangra?-- one of the happiest and most exuberant forms of movements that originated in the Punjab region of North India. Traditionally performed at harvest season in the villages of Punjab, Bhangra is now known as a folk dance that is done all over India during family celebrations and festive occasions. If you have ever gone to an Indian wedding and witnessed people bouncing joyfully in circles, shrugging their shoulders, and laughing endlessly, you have experienced Bhangra. In Bollywood movies, its often shared during scenes reflecting such colorful family celebrations.
Check out a video of types of choreography taught in this workshop
When & Where
Dholrhythms Dance Company
"Independent Artist Award for Making a Global Impact"
-Independent Artists Week, SF
"Top 5 Punjabi's making waves across the World"
"One of 250 Things to do in SF Before you die"
“One of Most Inspiring in Decade in Music: 10yrs on Bay Area Dance Floor”
-San Francisco Guardian
Non Stop Bhangra voted as "Best Dance Party in San Francisco"
Dholrhythms Dance Company is dedicated to promoting the artistic and cultural heritage of India through the beautiful Bhangra and Giddha folk dances of Punjab, India. Dholrhythms hosts classes, workshops, and presents performances and events that celebrate these folk dances .
Co-founders Vicki Virk and Suman Raj envisioned Dholrhythms as a way to share their love of community, culture, and dance while inviting diversity and unity. Since its inception in 2003, Dholrhythms has grown into a boundless and unique platform for people of diverse backgrounds to come together, express themselves, and dance in a non-competitive and positive environment.
The eclectic group of women who dance with Dholrhythms Dance Company have become one of the most talked about groups in the San Francisco Bay Area creating a demand for this dance. Led by co-founder Vicki Virk's punjabi heritage, the Dance Company highlights the ancestral and ethnic roots of the Punjabi dance forms while pushing boundaries with contemporary influences. The result is a fresh and exciting dance full of joy, energy, and passion.
Dholrhythms Dance Company also co-founded, hosts and headlines at the legendary monthly night Non Stop Bhangra in San Francisco.
In addition to hosting and headlining at the Non Stop Bhangra events, Dholrhythms Dance Company has been featured on exceptional stages and platforms such as:
TEDxSF: ALIVE-Maximum Living as a Human
Stern Grove Festival
Michael Franti’s Power To the Peaceful Festival
War Memorial Opera House-Goldman Environmental Award Ceremony
The Palace of Fine Arts, San Francisco
Yerba Buena Center For the Arts, San Francisco