International Dance Festival-Silicon Valley offers an amazing array of dance artists who will perform and teach in Season III, August 11-17, 2014, at the Masonic Center, Mountain View, CA. Mon-Fri Workshop artists include Leslie Arbogast (San Diego,CA/East St. Louis, IL) teaching Katherine Dunham; Leanne Rinelli (Buffalo, NY) teaching Salsa; Leslie Friedman (San Francisco) teaching Contemporary. Each workshop, open to interm-adv. dancers, will teach technique and repertory which dancers may perform in the Festival Concert, Sun., Aug., 17. Full Day of Dance©, Aug. 16, open master classes for all–adv. dancers and non-dancers–offers Pilates mat taught by Amity Johnson, Tap taught by Audreyanne Covarrubias, Salsa taught by L. Rinelli, Dunham taught by L. Arbogast, Contemporary taught by L.Friedman, Electric Lines taught by Etta Walton, Manipuri taught by Dr. Sohini Ray. ALL OF THE TEACHING ARTISTS plus the FESTIVAL DANCERS will perform in the FESTIVAL CONCERT. Don’t miss these wonderful opportunities. For dancers: learn more, stretch your technique, acquire new skills, work with world-renown artists, meet other dancers. For dance lovers: take a class, try something new, get to know dance artists. For the whole community: learn more about dance, expand your appreciation of dance arts. Let the Festival begin! For registration information, watch this blog. Scholarships available.pictures: top: Leanne Rinelli, L to R, top to bottom: Sohini Ray, Leanne Rinelli teaching at Festival 2012, Etta Walton, Leslie Friedman, Leslie Arbogast, Audreyanne Covarrubias, Amity Johnson.
The Lively Foundation is proud to announce that Dr. Sohini Ray will teach Manipuri dance in the International Dance Festival-Silicon Valley, Season 3. Dr. Ray is internationally recognized as a leading dancer/teacher/performer of Manipuri, one of the classical dance forms of India. Dr. Ray is a Lecturer at Santa Monica College, in southern California. She performs and teaches in India and in the US and received many awards for her accomplishments in Manipuri dance. She will teach an open master class as part of the Full Day of Dance©, Saturday, August 16, and also perform in the Festival Concert, in Mountain View, on August 17. Manipuri dance originates in the far northeast of India, in the Himalayas. Dr. Ray says that there, “dance is an integral part of life” and that “Manipuri is one of the few dance forms of India where the temple tradition is still alive.” Manipuri is rarely seen or taught in the US. IDF-SV is thrilled to offer this great experience to all dancers and all who are interested in dance. Follow this Livelyblog to get more information about Dr. Ray and all the extraordinary artists who will offer their training to Festival dancers this summer. Picture of Dr. Sohini Ray.
It’s going to be a hot summer at The International Dance Festival-Silicon Valley! The Lively Foundation is thrilled to announce that LEANNE RINELLI, the hugely popular dancer/choreographer who taught in our first season, is returning to teach Salsa dancing this summer. Leanne will teach during the Mon-Friday workshop and offer an open master class as part of the Full Day of Dance©. She will teach her M-F workshop class a dance to perform in the Festival Concert. Dancers in her workshop will learn the exciting varieties of footwork in Salsa. The dance they learn will be a Salsa circle dance. The rhythm! The music! Can’t sit still thinking of it. The International Dance Festival-Silicon Valley, Season 3, will be August 11-17, 2014, in Mountain View, CA. Intermediate – Advanced dancers, age 18 and older, are invited to participate in the Monday-Friday workshop which includes classes in Dunham dancing, taught by Leslie Arbogast; Salsa, taught by Leanne Rinelli; and Contemporary plus Improv/Composition, taught by Leslie Friedman. Dancers in the M-F workshops may dance in the Festival Concert on the program with acclaimed professionals, including their teaching artists. The Full Day of Dance© on Saturday, Aug. 16, will include classes in Pilates, Tap, Contemporary, Dunham, Salsa, Manipuri Dance, and Etta Walton’s Electric Slide & other lines. Don’t miss this Festival! It is a unique and powerful resource for dancers who want to tune their technique and learn more about dancing. picture: Leanne Rinelli teaching, IDF-SV, 2012, and in performance. See more pictures of the Festival artists at facebook/The Lively Foundation and Facebook/International Dance Festival-Silicon Valley.
Wonderful news! Leslie Arbogast, an internationally recognized expert at teaching and performing Dunham dance will be a lead teacher at this summer’s Festival. She will teach Dunham technique and repertory to participants in the M-F workshops, teach an open master class at the Full Day of Dance© and also perform in the Festival Concert. We are thrilled to have her and Dunham dance as part of the Festival. “Dunham Technique is a fusion of Ballet, Modern, and cultural dances associated with the African Diaspora, created by dancer, choreographer, anthropologist, and humanitarian Katherine Dunham. Considered a “way of life”, Dunham Technique is not only dance, but also a theoretical and philosophical model that may be applied to all aspects of a dancer’s life,” wrote Ms Arbogast. Ms Arbogast studied in East St. Louis with master Dunham dancers and performed internationally. She has been a guest instructor of Dunham, Afro-Haitian, and Samba in Muscat, Oman, and Serra Grande, Brazil. She taught Dunham technique at the City Studio Dance Center, Dance Anthropology at the St. Louis Juvenile Detention Center, and Dance Therapy for those recovering from mental illness at the Independence Center, in St. Louis, for 8 years. She now lives and dances in San Diego where she is pursuing a graduate certificate in Native American Studies. We are thrilled to have her join in the Festival! Don’t miss this opportunity; the International Dance Festival-Silicon Valley, 8/11-17, Mountain View, CA.