ANN WOO: ARTIST, COMMUNITY LEADER

With great sadness, The Lively Foundation announces the passing of Ann Woo. Ms Woo was a participant and supporter of the International Dance Festival@Silicon Valley. She taught a week long (M2F©) workshop and a class on Full Day of Dance© in Classical Chinese Dance, IDF@SV 2015. In addition, she choreographed a premiere work for her dancers to perform in the 2015 Festival Concert. It is a shock to realize she has been taken from us.

It was a special delight to offer her teaching Classical Chinese dance to both adults and young dancers, age 12 and up. She was an exceptional person in so many ways. She was the Founder and Director of CPAA, Chinese Performing Arts of America. She earned a Master’s Degree in Electrical Engineering and was a successful business woman in Silicon Valley. She has an incredible 9 patents to her name. When she studied EE at UC, Berkeley, she was the only woman out of 120 students!

Ms Woo turned her energies to advancing the understanding of Chinese culture through the arts, especially dance. She received many awards. she was the Co-Founder of the Asian Heritage Council, Chair of Arts & Culture for the Cupertino-Hsinchu Sister Cities Association, Executive Director of the Chinese Folk Dance Association in San Francisco. Her company has performed in major theaters in San Jose and San Francisco, and she has been profiled by SPARK on KQED-TV.

Ann Woo (2nd from left) with some of her students at IDF@SV, 2015. Usha Srinivasan, far right.

Chinese Classical Dance has a very special way of moving that makes the dancer seem to glide through the air, just above the floor. Ann determined that her IDF@SV students would learn that and the beautiful manipulations of props, enormously long silk scarves or fans, which is an integral part of the dances.

A personal note: I met Ann Woo through Usha Srinivasan, Founder & Director of Sangam Arts. Ann and I met and immediately hit it off. We shared personal and artistic values. Then, I learned that another friend, Leianne Lamb, had taken Chinese Folk Dance classes from Ann. So, although we saw each other far too seldom, there was a feeling of the net of community holding us together. When I saw her at her Center, she had beautiful roses from her garden on her desk. She loved her roses. She invited me to present my dance, Face to Face, a  quartet, on her Gala Spring Festival. It was an honor to be part of this exceptional program which included music and dance of several different Chinese cultures. I admired her immensely hard work in establishing her Center and her dedication to expanding understanding through sharing culture. This is a very great loss.

Dance! Shine! Have a Great Time!

So many wonderful events in I’DF@SV 2017. You don’t want to miss it, and we don’t want to miss you. Come to the Full Day of Dance©, enjoy Tap, Contemporary, Pilates, Line Dances, and Mexican Folclorico classes. The flyer with all the Full Day details is right there at the top of this paragraph. You will enjoy every minute. It’s your time to try something new. Absolutely devoted to ballet? Try Elisabeth Kindler-Abali’s contemporary class. Lissi was trained in Germany in both ballet and contemporary techniques.  It is extremely rare now for a ballet company not to have contemporary works in its repertory. You will learn more about your body, find your center, acquire expressive ways to move. Ready for something rhythmic and colorful? We’ve got it! Tap, Lines, Folclorico. Click on the flyers to see them full size.

Pilates mat class will get you ready for all the other classes. You will find your strength without any strain. Your mind will lead your muscles. You breathe more deeply, stand taller, you will feel GREAT.

“Put the Heart Back in Your Art!©” That’s been my slogan for a long time.

When you come to Full Day of Dance©, be sure to stick around for the FREE COFFEE TASTING, 1;30-2:30 p.m. It’s sponsored by DON FRANCISCO COFFEE. Take time to get to know the other participants and talk with the artist/teachers. We’ll pour Organic coffees by Don Francisco. Relax and then rev up for the afternoon classes: Line Dances with Etta Walton and Mexican Folclorico with Arturo Magaña. I’m excited just writing about them!

Perhaps you are a devotee of Bharatanatyam, a serious, classical dance form of India. Remember that laughter is part of the sacred stories behind the dances. Try the Physical Comedy workshop. You will discover new ways to move and find humor inside & out. Walk into walls! Fall down funny! Slap and be slapped! So much to learn and enjoy with Megan Ivey, professional clown trained by Ringling Bros.

LAUGH AND THE WORLD LAUGHS WITH YOU

International Dance Festival@Silicon Valley offers you time to do what you love and also try something new. SEE YOU THERE!!!  Questions? Call The Lively Foundation at 650/969-4110.  Pictures: top, Flyer with details of Full Day of Dance©; Don Francisco gourmet coffees logo; flyer with details of the Physical Comedy workshop.

 

Choreography Competition: NEW Deadline

The International Dance Festival@Silicon Valley announces a new deadline to receive submissions. Send your dvd or youtube so that it is received in Mountain View no later than May 27 (changed from May 20 due to change in travel plans of 2 judges). Send your dvd to The Lively Foundation, Attn. Leslie Friedman, 550 Mountain View Ave/Mountain View, CA 94041. If you send your work by youtube, please remember to send us an additional email to let us know you are sending something. Otherwise, we might think it is spam. Email address: livelyfoundation@sbcglobal.net     Mail your $25 entry fee to the Mountain View address above. ALL kinds of dance, traditional and contemporary, are welcome.

Arturo Magaña will perform on the Festival Concert, July 1st, 3 p.m. Mountain View Masonic Center, 890 Church St., Mountain View

Include your name, street address, email address, name of dance, names & number of dancers, length of dance, name of music or other sound accompaniment. Let us know if the work has been performed before, where, and when. Let us know if you plan to perform it again in Summer, 2017, in the Bay Area. Choreographers (actors, jugglers, mimes, writers–any artist for whom movement is a central element in the work) must be adults (over 18). For more questions, please contact The Lively Foundation at livelyfoundation@sbcglobal.net  AWARDS: 1st place winner performs on the Festival Concert, July 1, 3 p.m. with the acclaimed artists of the Festival. 2nd & 3rd place winners perform on the Showcase Performance which features new work created in IDF@SV’s Choreo-cubator©. Both performances are ticketed and open to the public. Honoraria for winners.

REGISTER NOW: International Dance Festival@Silicon Valley

IT’S TIME! Early Bird deadline is May 20. If you register on or before May 20, you will save from 10%-20% on class fees. HERE’S HOW TO REGISTER WHETHER YOU ARE ABLE TO BE AN EARLY BIRD or REGISTER LATER. Send a check made out to The Lively Foundation to The Lively Foundation, 550 Mountain View Avenue, Mountain View, CA 94041-1941 Attention: Leslie Friedman

Enclose a note listing the classes/workshops/performances for which you are paying. Include your name, street address, email address, best phone number. If you have questions for which you have not found answers in the posts on this blog, contact Lively at livelyfoundation@sbcglobal.net     All events take place at the Mountain View Masonic Center, 890 Church Street, Mountain View, CA 94041. Concert tickets and entrance to workshops/classes will be available at the door as available.

Schedule and prices for all the IDF@SV 2017 classes & events:

CHOREO-CUBATOR@ meets 6:00-7:30 p.m. June 20, 22, 23, 27, 29, 30. Showcase Performance for works created by participants is June 30, 6:30 p.m. Fee: $90 Early Bird; $108 after 5/20

FULL DAY OF DANCE© June 24. Classes run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Doors open at 9:30. Class schedule: 10 a.m. Tap (Audreyanne Delgado-Covarrubias), 11:15 a.m. Contemporary (Elisabeth Kindler-Abali); 12:30 p.m. Pilates mat (Amity Johnson); 2:45-3:45 Electric Line Dances (Etta Walton); 4:00-5:00 p.m. Mexican Folklorico (Arturo Magaña) Price per class reduces with each added class. EARLY BIRD: Single class$20, 2 classes $36, 3 classes $48, 4 classes $56, 5 classes $60. REGULAR PRICE: Single $25, 2 classes $40, 3 classes $54, 4 classes $64, 5 classes $70.

Arturo MagañaAudreyanne Delgado-Covarrubias

FREE COFFEE TASTING EVENT June 24, 1:30-2:30 p.m. Thanks to Don Francisco’s Coffee which is providing its fine coffee for this special event. Great time to meet other dancers, relax, and enjoy great coffee.

PHYSICAL COMEDY WORKSHOP meets 2:00-4:00 p.m. June 25. Workshop is led by Ringling Bros. trained professional clown, Megan Ivey. Fall down! Walk into walls! Have a great time. Fee: $30, bring a pal, Boy Scout, complete stranger and the second person pays $15. Great discount for you both.

Megan Ivey

CONTEMPORARY DANCE, Technique & Repertory taught by Elisabeth Kindler-Abali, visiting artist from Berlin, Germany, will teach her dynamic technique and excerpts from her choreography. Classes meet 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. June 26, 27, & 30. Don’t miss the opportunity to work with this international artist. She returns to Berlin soon after the Festival Concert. Fees: $75 Early Bird/$85 after May 20.

Elisabeth Kindler-Abali

PERFORMANCES:  Showcase Performance, 6:30 p.m., June 30, tix: $10  This performance features ALL new work, improvisations, experiments. Includes select performances from winners of the Choreography Competition.

FESTIVAL CONCERT, 3 p.m. July 1, tix general admission $20; srs. over 65 and children 10 and younger $12. Sponsor tickets $30 gives you reserved best seats and tax deductible donation. Program will include PREMIERE performances by Audreyanne Covarrubias, Elisabeth Kindler-Abali, Megan Ivey, Arturo Magaña & Ensamble Folclorico Colibri, Etta Walton leading her amazing Line Dances, plus a performance of the winner of the Choreography Competition.

Etta Walton

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Mexican Folklorico Dance Joins in Full Day of Dance©!!!

Wonderful news for Full Day of Dance!© Arturo Magaña will teach Mexican Folklorico dance on Full Day of Dance©, June 24. He and his group will perform on the Festival Concert, July 1. Arturo is the Artistic Director of the Ensamble Folclorico Colibri. He also is the Dance teacher at Lincoln High School, San Jose. He is truly a master of the Folklorico dance. It is a great opportunity to watch him and his outstanding group AND to experience the Folklorico dance in his open master class.

Arturo Magana

More details: FULL DAY OF DANCE© June 24, classes run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. with short breaks between classes. All are mixed levels and enjoyed by advanced or beginning dancers. This is a tribute to the excellence of our artist/teachers. All classes last one hour. EARLY BIRD discount available up to May 20. Price per class reduces with each added class. Early Bird: single class/$20; all five classes/$60. You may take any number of classes. Please remember to register! Send your check to The Lively Foundation/ 550 Mountain View Avenue/ Mountain View, CA 94041 Include the check made out to The Lively Foundation, your name, which classes you plan to take, your email address, and your US mail street address. Full Day of Dance© classes include Tap Dance, Pilates mat, Line Dances, Contemporary Dance, Mexican Folklorico.

FESTIVAL CONCERT is July1, 3 p.m. The program includes premiere work by all of the artist/teachers. This is an EXTRAORDINARY opportunity to see these fabulous artists on one program and to see what new work they have created. Tickets: $20 general/$12 over 65 and 10 years old & younger. Patron ticket: $30 (includes tax deductible charitable donation). Discounts available for groups. Tickets include complimentary refreshments.

All events/classes at the Mountain View Masonic Center, 890 Church Street, Mountain View, CA, 94041. For more information, contact livelyfoundation@sbcglobal.net

FULL DAY OF DANCE©: June 24, IDF@SV 2017

Here’s the Full Day of Dance© for the International Dance Festival@Silicon Valley 2017.
As in previous seasons, IDF@SV brings you the BEST artists who are also GREAT teachers.
Back to back, open Master Classes; each is one hour long; all are mixed levels.
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. There is a short time out between classes.
FREE coffee tasting & treats during the mid-day break.
Tap—taught by Audreyanne Delgado-Covarrubias, a great tapper & great tap teacher
Pilates mat–taught by Amity Johnson, she looks like TinkerBell but your abs will know you were there with her
Contemporary—taught by Elisabeth Kindler-Abali, visiting artist from Berlin, Germany, dynamic, thrilling technique and repertory
Electric Line Dances—Etta Walton, adorable, so much fun–I always do this one
Mexican Folklorico—first time we’ve offered it, taught by Arturo Magana, Artistic Director of Grupo Folklorico Colibri, this will be amazing and beautiful.
(Please note: order of classes may change; check this blog to be sure of class times)
PRICE PER CLASS reduces with each added class. Early Bird (paid on or before May 20) fees:
single class $20, 2 classes for $36, 3 for $48, 4 for $56, all 6 for $60
After May 20 it’s $25 single/$70 for all 5
To pay, please send a check made out to The Lively Foundation to The Lively Foundation/550 Mountain View Avenue/Mountain View, CA 94041-1941
Attn: Leslie Friedman
MOST FUN AND BEST DEAL:  TAKE THEM ALL!
for information, please contact livelyfoundation@sbcglobal.net
The first Full Day of Dance© was presented at the first International Dance Festival@Silicon Valley. We had instant proof that it was a great idea: so many large companies have copied it!
Accept no substitutes! Come on June 24 and remember that dancing can make you happy all over.

CHOREOGRAPHY COMPETITION at IDF@SV 2017

INTERNATIONAL DANCE FESTIVAL@SILICON VALLEY invites choreographers to submit a work in ANY dance form. Dances should be no more than 8 minutes long. Choreographers must be adults ( 18 years & up & up). Deadline for submissions is May 20. $25 entrance fee.

BE SURE TO SEND US AN EMAIL OR CALL TO LET US KNOW YOU ARE SENDING AN ENTRY. THIS IS SO THAT IF WE RECEIVE, FOR EXAMPLE, A YOUTUBE FROM YOU WE WILL KNOW IT IS AN ENTRY FROM YOU AND NOT SPAM. livelyfoundation@sbcglobal.com OR 650-969-4110

With your submission please include information about yourself: name, street address, email address, phone number, how long have you presented your work in public? what style do you work in? Name of dance, music (if any) for dance. Number of dancers. Ages of dancers (preference will be given to adults, 18 years old & up. Younger dancers will NOT be eliminated). Has this dance been presented in public performance before? Do you intend to perform it in the Bay Area on dates close to IDF@SV (preference for dances which will not be seen on other concert dates near dates of the Festival a preference, NOT an automatic out.

AWARDS: 1st prize winner will perform on the Festival Concert program with acclaimed artists, July 1, 3 p.m. 2nd & 3rd prize winners will perform in Showcase Performance, June 30, 6 p.m. These performances are in Mountain View and both are open to the public. 1st, 2nd, & 3rd place winners are offered free time & space to rehearse and will receive cash honoraria.

ELISABETH KINDLER-ABALI, visiting artist from Berlin, premieres “Letters Like Feathers,” by Leslie Friedman, IDF@SV Festival Concert, 2016

Please send your DVD or youtube to The Lively Foundation/550 Mountain View Avenue/Mountain View, CA 94041-1941   OR   email to livelyfoundation@sbcglobal.net    Submit the dance you intend to perform.

Entrance fee check made to The Lively Foundation and mailed to The Lively Foundation/550 Mountain View Avenue/Mountain View, CA 94041-1941 PLEASE email us to let us know that you are sending your dance through email or US mail so that we will not think your video is a spam. THANKS!

???Questions???please email The Lively Foundation.

IDF@SV 2017 Workshop News! SAVE THE DATES!

Fantastic news! Workshops for IDF@SV announced: Save the Dates! Elisabeth Kindler-Abali, Visiting Artist from Berlin, Germany, will teach Contemporary Technique & Repertory for interm – adv/professional dancers, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m., June 26, 27, & 30, in addition to a 60 minute, mixed level class during the Full Day of Dance©, June 24. Don’t miss the opportunity to work with her; she will return to Berlin shortly after premiering her new work in the Festival Concert, July 1.

Elisabeth Kindler-Abali bows after performing US premier of her work BUTTERFLY at IDF@SV Festival Concert, 2016.

Megan Ivey, professional clown trained by world famous Ringling Bros., offers her PHYSICAL COMEDY workshop for adults and young people 10 years old and over, 2:00 – 4:00 p.m., Sunday, June 25. This is more fun than you can imagine, and you will learn skills that enrich your life: Learn how to walk into walls! Fall down funny! Slap and be slapped! (Come with a pal, child, complete stranger; second person in for half price.) No joke. This class is essential for ALL performers Shakespeareans, method actors, serious contemporary dancers, tappers. Laugh and the world laughs with you; cry and you cry alone. Get comfortable onstage & in your body.

Megan Ivey

CHOREO-CUBATOR© is your opportunity to work in improvisation and to develop new choreography or polish a work in progress. It offers space & time & supportive atmosphere. Choreo-Cubator© meets June 20, 22, 23, 27, 29, 30 from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. Participants perform their work for the public in the Showcase Performance, Friday, June 30. Performance not required. ALL types of dance are welcome.

Lively Foundation Artistic Director Leslie Friedman

International Dance Festival@Silicon Valley Announces 2017 Dates

The Lively Foundation is proud to announce plans for the 2017 season of the International Dance Festival@Silicon Valley. This summer, IDF moves to June 19-July 1.

The opening week is devoted to the Choreo-Cubator© workshop, meeting 6/20, 6/22, 6/23, 6/27, 6/29, 6/30. The Showcase Performance will be on June 30.

The Full Day of Dance© will be on June 24

Physical Comedy workshop will meet June 25.

The Festival Concert will take place on Sunday, July 1.

ElisBowButter   Lively welcomes Elisabeth Kindler-Abali, German contemporary dance artist who was our Visiting Artist, summer, 2016. She will teach contemporary dance and also premiere a new work. In this picture she is taking bows after performing her dance, “Butterfly.” Ms Kindler-Abali will return to Berlin after the Festival.

Continue to watch this blog for more program details!

FESTIVAL CONCERT: Celebrate IDF@SV’s 5th Anniversary

Dance Concert 2016FIFTH ANNIVERSARY FESTIVAL CONCERT! Sunday, August 14, 5:00-6:30 p.m. at the Mountain View Masonic Center, 890 Church Street, Mountain View. Acclaimed professional dancers; Premiere works. Performers & Choreographers include Antara Bhardwaj, Kathak; Audreyanne Covarrubias & Megan Ivey, Tap & Physical Comedy; Leslie Friedman, Contemporary; Navia Natarajan, Bharatanatyam; Etta Walton, Etta’s Electric Line Dances plus Special Guests and The Festival Dancers. FREE REFRESHMENTS. EXPERIENCE THE EXCITEMENT!

TICKETS: General Admission $20; over 65 & 10 years & younger $12; Sponsor $30. Sponsor tickets receive preferred seating, tax deduction, recognition in program. Discounted group tickets available.

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