Category Archives: INTERNATIONAL DANCE FESTIVAL-SILICON VALLEY

The Lively Foundation presents The International Dance Festival@Silicon Valley, July 31-Aug.7, 2016. NEW: Festival Activities include M-F Tech & Rep Workshops, best for Interm-Adv dancers ages 15 to adults. 2016 is the 5th Anniversary of IDF@SV. To celebrate IDF@SV will feature performances with repertory created for the Festival Dancers. Auditions required for Festival Dancers. Festival Concert always includes performances by acclaimed guest artist/teachers. NEW workshop: Choreo-cubator© make your own dance, show it in Showcase performance, 8/5. Dancers in M-F workshops perform in the Festival Concert with the acclaimed professionals. Scholarships available. Full Day of Dance©, 8/16: Open Master Classes, mixed levels, best for ages 15 – any adult age. Pilates mat, Classical Chinese Dance, Contemp technique, Tap, Dunham, Line Dances, Salsa. FESTIVAL CONCERT: 8/7. Concert is appropriate for all ages. ALL CLASSES & EVENTS at the Mtn. View Masonic Center, 890 Church St. Mountain View, CA 94041

REGISTER NOW FOR WWW.2.0

Time to register for Choreo-cubator© and Winter Full Day of Dance©. It’s simple: send an email to livelyfoundation@sbcglobal.net, let us know what programs you want to do, Choreo-cubator©, the Winter Full Day of Dance©, BOTH of them or one. Give us your name, email address, phone #, the name and contact information of someone we would contact if we cannot reach you or if there is an emergency. For Winter Full Day of Dance© also let us know which classes you want to take. Here’s a hint: it is only $10 per class if you take all five. An exceptional deal!!!!! Take all five: more fun, more dance, less money. Check out the listing below for more details of the classes. PLEASE NOTE:  IF YOU WANT TO DO THE CHOREO-CUBATOR© BUT THINK YOU WILL MISS THE FIRST SESSION, YOU CAN STILL ATTEND. DON’T MISS THIS GREAT OPPORTUNITY.

Wonderful Winter Workshop: WWW. 2.0 Begins Soon!

Join the dance! The second Wonderful Winter Workshop (www.2.0) offers you opportunities to dance. Learn something new, dance styles that you love, make your own dance. Shake El Nino out of your spine and remember that dance can be fun! There are TWO parts to www.2.0; participate in one or both. Bring your dancer buddies and friends who never dance. It’s time to dance!

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The Choreo-cubator© Invites You to Make a Dance & Dance It!                      Polish a work in progress or start something new. Then, perform it. ALL styles welcome. Explore. Experiment. Exchange supportive feedback with other explorers. There are four working sessions: 6-7:15 p.m., Feb. 4, Feb. 11, Feb. 23, Feb. 25. Your Showcase performance is 6:-7:15 p.m., Feb. 28. All working sessions & the Showcase performance will be at the Mountain View Masonic Center, 890 Church Street, downtown Mountain View. Fee includes working sessions and performance: $60.00.

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Winter Full Day of Dance©                                                     Sunday, Feb. 28, five wonderful classes. The first one starts at 11:30 a.m. The last one ends at 5:30 p.m. Take one, all, or any number in between. There is a 15 minute break between each class. Classes include: Contemporary, Leslie Friedman; Tap, Audreyanne Covarrubias; Pilates mat, Amity Johnson; Etta’s Line Dances, Etta Walton; Improvisation, Leslie Friedman. All classes are mixed levels. That means they all will welcome pros & beginners. Ages mid-teens to any adult age. Location: Mountain View Masonic Center, 890 Church Street, downtown Mountain View, 94041. Cost per class reduces with each added class: $20 for a single class – $50 for all five.  

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The Choreo-cubator© and Winter Full Day of Dance© are parts of the Wonderful Winter Workshop, www.2.0, presented by the International Dance Festival@Silicon Valley, a project of the not-for-profit organization, The Lively Foundation. FOR MORE INFORMATION & TO REGISTER: CONTACT livelyfoundation@sbcglobal.net    Photos: top, L to Rt: Audreyanne Covarrubias will teach Tap, 2/28; Leslie Friedman (L) and Amity Johnson work on a new dance, IDF@SV; middle: Etta Walton will teach Etta’s Line Dances set to great Country/Western music; bottom: Amity Johnson will teach Pilates mat.

Indian Dance: Timeless Traditions at Triton Museum, Santa Clara, California

 

IndianFlyer  Sangam Arts and the Cultural Commission of the City of Santa Clara are presenting a program of five types of classical Indian dance at the Triton Museum, 1505 Warburton, 7:30 p.m., January 8, 2016. This is a wonderful opportunity to see the beauty and variety of Indian cultures as embodied in the dances. If you have seen or studied Kathak, for example, here is your opportunity to enjoy Kuchipudi. Already know about Bharatanatyam? Come watch Manipuri! Admission is FREE to see outstanding exponents of these powerful and beautiful dances. The artists and their arts are Antara Bhardwaj, Kathak; Chandreyee Mukherjee, Manipuri; Guru Shradha, Odissi; Madhuri Kishore School, Kuchipudi; Navia Dance Academy, Bharatanatyam. Contact timelesstraditions.eventbrite.com to reserve your tickets. These tickets will go quickly; reserve soon. Congratulations to Sangam Arts for organizing this production. It is a great introduction to Indian classical dances and also an opportunity for those who study or perform one of the art forms to expand their appreciation of other forms.

Bharatanatyam Ballet Premieres Nov. 14 & 15: Shilpa Torvi’s New Work

Shilpa Torvi presented her choreography in the IDF@SV Festival Concert, Aug. 16, 2015, and also in the Showcase performance for the IDF Choreo-cubator© artists. Now it is only a week until the world premiere of her major new work, La Bayadere. There are two performances, both at 4 p.m., at the Jackson Theater, Ohlone College, Fremont, CA. Ms Torvi found an exciting, creative approach to combining elements of Western classical ballet and Indian classical Bharatanatyam dance. She bases her work on La Bayadere, a French ballet which is about an Indian temple dancer. In her choreographic experiments this summer, she also explored using the stage space in ways more associated with Western classical dance. Bharatanatyam can be very linear. Its positions derive from sculptures on the walls of ancient temples. Western classical dance makes more use of the depth of the stage space. Ms Torvi has experimented with space. It’s an exciting way to open up the visualization of a story that is jumping through space across continents and through time from ancient India to Nineteenth Century Europe to the present. The flyer pictured below has ticket information for what promises to be a wonderful dance experience.

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Beijing Opera Star in San Jose, October 17

Beijing OperaAnn Woo, Director of the International Performing Arts Center, 6148 Bollinger Road, San Jose, invites the public to a unique arts event, October 17, 9:30 a.m. Madam Pei Yu Wang of Beijing will lead a seminar/demonstration of Beijing Opera. She will bring a troupe of seven to demonstrate the elaborate make up, singing, and acting of this 400 year old art form. Ms Woo explains that the Beijing Opera was actually created from diverse regional theatrical traditions and includes choruses, recitatives, martial arts, acrobatics and magic. It made “a very entertaining performance to the common folks as well as to the royal families.” In earlier centuries, the performers toured distant cities. As they could not afford to carry sets, props and costumes, they had to develop ways to convey their stories through expressive movements, singing and facial expressions. Developed long before electricity, the art required that the performers learned how to be heard without any amplification except their own voices. The program will be bilingual, English/Chinese and is free of charge. There is parking available near the International Arts Center’s entrance.

IDF@SV IS “AWESOME!” – DANCERS’ COMMENTS

LF Angel hi-resINTERNATIONAL DANCE FESTIVAL@SILICON VALLEY, 2015 began just two months ago. It was a whirlwind of dance, energy, creativity. Comments keep coming in from participants about how much they loved their experiences. The word most often, and most appropriately, used is AWESOME, awesome teachers, awesome dancers, awesome new friends. Here are just two sent to Dr. Leslie Friedman, founder and director of IDF@SV.

Amity Johnson“Boy, did I have fun taking those classes!  I am glad you offered Pilates because I have always wanted to try it, and I just loved it—and Amity is awesome! What a wonderful, fun experience and I just adore all the people I’ve met at the festival this year and last…Thank you from the bottom of my heart for making all this possible. Love & admire you to pieces!”     C

Ann Woo 12“Leslie, Thank you so much for the wonderful forum to present dance to the Silicon Valley!  Loved the teachers, classes – (yours was awesome!) and beautiful environment you created!  Great to see Ann Woo again too!  Much appreciated, Leianne

COME DANCE WITH US! it really is that wonderful.

Pictures: top to bottom: Artist/teachers Leslie Friedman, Contemporary Dance & Choreo-cubator©; Amity Johnson, Pilates; Ann Woo, Classical Chinese Dance.

 

IDF@SV DANCER SHILPA TORVI PREMIERES NEW WORK

The International Dance Festival@Silicon Valley loves to follow the work of its artists. Shilpa Torvi participated in the Choreo-cubator© this summer; two of her group works were presented in the Festival Concert and she also presented work in the Choreo-cubator© showcase. That makes the upcoming premiere of her major new work all the more exciting. Shilpa discovered a wonderful vehicle for her desire to expand the movement horizons of Bharatanatyam. The heroine of the ballet La Bayadere is an Indian temple dancer. What a perfect opportunity for Shilpa’s creative explorations: using the elegance and narrative power of Bharatnatyam within the enchanting tale of a dancer’s passions. Original music for the Ballet in Bharatanatyam is by Australian Satyajeet Samant. Choreographic Support was contributed by Pratima Shah. The new La Bayadere should become a classic. Be there for an extraordinary experience. Nov. 14 & 15, Jackson Theater, Ohlone College, Fremont, CA. For tickets & information: www.dikshaadanceacademy.comaarohi

FABULOUS FESTIVAL 2015 HUGE SUCCESS

Where did the time go?! The International Dance Festival@Silicon Valley 2015 was an amazing joy ride of dance energy. The dancers put their hearts into learning new choreography and creating new dances. Three performances: the Festival Preview Salsa, the Choreo-cubator© Showcase, and the crowning glory of the Festival Concert. Seven Master Classes on the Full Day of Dance© and intensive workshops through the week in Choreography, Classical Chinese, Contemporary, Dunham, and Salsa. Every day was packed with discoveries, beauty, experiences to treasure.IMG_0655IMG_0614

Pix: Audreyanne Covarrubias, Artist/Master Tapper teaching; Lucy Gubbins, Brooke Rankins, Myu Campbell, Shilpa Torvi, Aarohi Torvi; participants & audience Choreo Showcase; Polish Folk Circle with Master Teacher Christina Smolen, Julie Van Gelder, Nandini Surendranathan, Etta Walton; Julie Van Gelder, Nandini Surendranathan, Etta Walton practice the tap flap step; Artist/Teacher Etta Walton prepares for her Line Dance class.

 

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IDF@SV FESTIVAL CONCERT TODAY!

The International Dance Festival@Silicon Valley presents the FESTIVAL CONCERT, today, Aug. 16, 3 p.m. It is at the Mountain View Masonic Center, 890 Church St., corner of Church & Franklin, in Mountain View, CA, 94041. Don’t miss the beauty and fun of this concert! Dance styles include: Bharatanatyam, choreographed by Shilpa Torvi; Classical Chinese ribbon dance, choreographed by Ann Woo; Contemporary dance, choreographed by Leslie Friedman; Salsa, choreographed by Leanne Rinelli; Tap choreographed by Audreyanne Covarrubias. Tickets: $15 general/$10 for over 65 or under 10 years of age. $25 sponsor ticket receives preferred seating and includes a $10, tax deductible donation to The Lively Foundation, the not for profit presenter of IDF@SV. Don’t miss this great event!

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GAVINA COFFEE TASTING & CUBAN SALSA DEMO: FREE!

Don’t miss this! It’s one of the most fun events of the summer. The Festival Preview Day for the International Dance Festival@Silicon Valley, August 9, Mountain View Masonic Center, 890 Church Street, Mountain View. The program:

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4 p.m. FREE GAVINA COFFEE TASTING! Aromatic & delicious. Do not miss this chance to learn about great coffee and find out why Gavina has been favored by coffee connoisseurs for 4 generations. Gavina Vice President, Lois Coburn, will be there to offer great tasting samples.

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1:30 – 2:45 Cuban Salsa class taught by Leanne Rinelli, no partner or previous experience needed   12   – 1:15  Dunham Technique/Afro-Haitian class taught by Leslie Arbogast for beginners- pros     Cost: 1 class for $12.50; both for $20.00  CLASS NOT REQUIRED TO ENJOY THE COFFEE TASTING OR TO WATCH THE SALSA PERFORMANCE!!! See you tomorrow!!!