International Festival@Silicon Valley’s 10th Anniversary!

              The International Dance Festival@Silicon Valley
                            Celebrates Its 10th Anniversary
The Lively Foundation is proud to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of the International Dance Festival@Silicon Valley. This season the Festival’s Full Day of Dance© will take place on Saturday, November 13. All Full Day of Dance© classes will be offered over Zoom and will be free. See list of classes and schedules below. To register go to: https://forms.gle/dAd5DKho8sgFgPn8A
 
In addition to the Full Day of Dance© there will be classes offered during the preceding week days. For example, 30 minute Pilates mat classes will be led by Audreyanne Delgado Covarrubias, 9 a.m. Pacific time, Monday – Friday. Weekday classes will be offered on a Pay-What-You-Can basis, suggested amount is $5 – $15 per 30 minute class.
(L to R) Etta Walton, Audreyanne Delgado Covarrubias,
Starting in 2012, the Festival has offered classes in an amazingly wide variety: African, Afro-Haitian, Ballet, Bharatanatyam, Classical Chinese, Contemporary, Kathak, Korean, Line Dances, Manipuri, Mexican Folclorico, Salsa, Samba, Tango, Tap, Waltz, and even more styles. Participants learn from accomplished professionals and also see them perform. Winners
of the Choreography Competition present premiere works on Festival Concerts.
Artistic Director and Founder of the Festival, Dr. Leslie Friedman says, “Do what you love and try something new! A ballerina might discover she loves Tap. A ballroom dancer will find the Pilates mat to be just what he needs. Beginners get to fall in love with dance. Professionals in one style get to be beginners in something new to them. It helps to remember that dance can be fun.”

Lively Foundation Artistic Director Leslie Friedman

 The International Dance Festival@Silicon Valley’s innovations were ground breaking and have been adopted by other companies: presenting learning experiences in multiple forms, for participants of mixed levels of dance training (or no training), chances for participants to perform, and the exciting opportunity for the whole community to gain understanding and appreciation of dance by watching fine artists in concert.
Artist-teachers will include Etta Walton, Line Dances; Annie Wilson, Jazz; Megan Ivey Rohrbacher, Physical Comedy; Audreyanne Delgado Covarrubias, Tap, Pilates mat. These artists have performed and taught in previous Festivals and all have devoted followers.
Full Day of Dance©
Pilates mat,              9:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m.
Jazz                          10:15 a.m.-11:15 a.m.
Physical Comedy  12:30 p.m.-  1:30 p.m.
Tap                           1:45 p.m.-   2:45 p.m.
Line Dances             3:00 p.m.-  4:00 p.m.
Full Week of Dance© mini-classes
Pilates mat    MTWThF    9:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. Nov. 8-12
Line Dances  MWF           2:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Nov. 8, 10, 12
Repertory:     TThF           4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Nov. 9, 11, 12
“Dances for Small Spaces
All Full Day of Dance classes are free, but we do request that you register.
All Full Week of Dance classes request registration and are on a pay-what-you-can basis. Suggested amount is $5 -$15.
TO REGISTER PLEASE GO TO:   https://forms.gle/dAd5DKho8sgFgPn8A
For further details please watch http://www.livelyfoundation.org/wordpress/?p=3586

Shambhavi Dandekar: Online Classes!

Shambhavi Dandekar, the brilliant and beautiful Kathak exponent and founder of SISK school announces that SISK has begun a  Distance Learning Program in Kathak. The program began just three weeks ago. This is an amazing opportunity for dancers who wish to learn Kathak. It opens access to dancer and guru Shambhavi Dandekar’s knowledge and technique to those who wish to learn no matter where they are. Currently, the program is for beginners.

Shambhavi Dandekar

Here are some of the details about the Distance Learning Program in Kathak. (1) Every video class will be taught by world renowned Kathak exponent, Shambhavi Dandekar. (2) Students will learn one class per week at any time convenient to them. (3) Students will experience Gurukul style one-on-one learning. (4) SISK Distance Learning Program will offer a “Nuance Class” every other month to practice with Shambhavi Tai and adjust nuances. (5) Kathak certifications will be available from time to time. (6) This is an ongoing course. Students will graduate to the next level every two years.

FOR A DISTANCE LEARNING PROGRAM Q & A SESSION: https://youtu.be/7ShFE3Ox3Rg

SISK sends this message: This is your chance to learn this beautiful dance art form from any corner of the world. The Distance Learning Program brings the Guru-Shishya together by overcoming the physical distance and time barrier.”

Shambhavi Dandekar looks forward to hearing from you! For more information kathakshambhavi@gmail.com

FULL DAY OF DANCE© RETURNS!!!

The Full Day of Dance© a unique, wonderful feature of the International Dance Festival@Silicon Valley will be back this August 8 & 9. Classes will be offered over Zoom.  ALL CLASSES ARE FREE! This is too good to be true, but it really is true. Lively offers an array of artist-teachers who are gifted dance artists who also excel in the art of teaching. PLEASE NOTE: (1)  Teachers will perform at the end of their class. You will want to sign up for the class to see the performance. (2) Classes are free, however you need to register to get the sign in code. Here are the artist teachers of Full Day of Dance© 2020:

Chrystal Bella Chen & Oscar Adrian Rodriguez are champion ballroom dancers. They will teach ballroom dance on Sunday afternoon, August 9. At the end of the class THEY WILL PERFORM!! You do not have to have a partner to learn the dance steps. No worries, you will enjoy it all!! The music is great, and Chrystal Bella and Oscar will help you improve what you already know or quickly learn what is new to you.

Audreyanne Delgado Covarrubias will teach Tap Dance on Saturday, August 8, and Pilates mat on Sunday August 9. Audreyanne is a MASTER of TAP. Do not miss the chance to learn and dance with her. She is an excellent and attentive teacher. After her class, watch AUDREYANNE PERFORM! You will wonder how she taps when it looks like her feet never touch the ground!!

Shambhavi Dandekar, Founder and Director of SISK in India and California will teach Kathak on August 8th. Kathak is a classical dance of India. All levels are welcome, beginners and experienced artists. Kathak tells stories with rhythmic feet, swirling turns, expressive arms. This is a GREAT opportunity to take a master class from one of the foremost Kathak artists. If you are a beginner, remember you will be at home! No need to be shy or worry about missing a step. This is your chance! Try it! By the way, Kathak and Tap can make a great combination. After her class, see SHAMBHAVI DANDEKAR in PERFORMANCE!

She’s back! Megan Ivey Rohrbacher teaches Physical Comedy on Sunday afternoon, August 9th. Last seen, she was given a going away party after a wonderful workshop she led at IDF@SV, 2018. Immediately after the cake and hugs, Megan went to Hawaii to get married. Now, all the way from Hawaii she will join in Full Day of Dance©.  And MEGAN PERFORMS AFTER HER CLASS!

Etta Walton!! Etta will lead her fantastic LIne Dances class on Saturday, August 8. Etta’s class is fun for everyone, even the person writing this post who is also the person facing the back wall while everyone else faces the front. Great dancing for everyone. Terrific music–western and soul and pop–and ETTA WILL PERFORM AFTER THE CLASS.

Annie Wilson has got that JAZZ! She taught and performed in the 2018 Festival, and we are happy she’s back! She will teach Jazz dance on August 8th. All levels welcome. Get ready for Jazz. At the end of the class ANNIE WILL PERFORM!

PLEASE NOTE:  ALL THE CLASSES ARE FREE, BUT YOU STILL NEED TO REGISTER. AFTER YOU REGISTER AND A FEW DAYS BEFORE THE CLASSES, YOU WILL RECEIVE SIGN IN INFORMATION.  FOR REGISTRATION INFORMATION AND SCHEDULE DETAILS WATCH THIS LIVELYBLOG!

Lively Foundation Creates Community: Embarcadero Publishing

This article appeared in Our Neighborhoods: Mountain View and Los Altos, December, 2019, a magazine published by the Embarcadero Publishing Co., which publishes the Mountain View Voice, Palo Alto Weekly, Menlo-Atherton Almanac newspapers. Lively thanks Embarcadero Publishing for recognizing The Lively Foundation as a leader in creating community and selecting us to represent our community.

The first thing Leslie Friedman notices when she enters a room is the floor. Wooden? Concrete? Tiled? Her dancer’s eye is always looking for good floors for dancing. She is also always searching  for ways her work can serve the community. She brings people together to dance, to enjoy dance, to learn about our many cultures, and about each other. Her dance succeeds at building community.
As an internationally touring performer, choreographer, and artistic director of the nonprofit Lively Foundation that operates in Old Mountain View, her deep passion for life and her art energizes her choreography and performances. She is first American dancer or artist of any kind to perform with joint sponsorship of the US State Department and host countries around the world. These “firsts” include performances in Moscow and Leningrad/St. Petersburg, Russia; Beijing, Shenyang, and Shanghai, China; Barcelona and Madrid, Spain; Warsaw, Lodz, Krakow, Poznan, Poland; New Delhi, Bengaluru (Bangalore), Kolkata (Calcutta), Chennai (Madras), India; Bucharest, Romania; Cairo and Alexandria, Egypt; Tunis, Tunisia, and more. Her performances in these cities plus London, Tokyo, Toronto, Seoul, were all given ovations and invitations to return.
She stirs up artistic presence on the Peninsula by inviting renowned dancers to teach and  perform in the annual International Dance Festival@Silicon Valley that she hosts in Mountain View.

Artistic Director, Leslie Friedman
First launched in 2012, the week long festival seeks to create performance opportunities for professional dance artists, offers intensive training for dancers and dance students, and invites the whole community to experience dance in professional performance. “Some audience members would be dance lovers, for some it would be their first time watching, for all we hope to give them the excitement and beauty of dance,” says Leslie. The Festival also attracts adults aged 15 and up to classes in a wide variety of dances and  exposes them to the new choreography created by the teaching artists.  Performances and classes include traditional dances from many cultures flourishing in the Bay Area: Irish set dancing, Salsa, Polish folk dance, Mexican Folclorico, Afro-Haitian, several kinds of classical Indian dances, classical Chinese dance. These are in addition to Ballet, Tap, Line Dances, Contemporary, Jazz, and Ballroom dances.

Crystal Bella Chen and Oscar Adrian Rodriguez perform Ballroom dance in the International Dance Festival@Silicon Valley, 2019

“There is a rich variety of movement styles available for our open Master Classes on the Festival’s Full Day of Dance©,” says Leslie, “We encourage everyone to do what they love and also try something new.” All the classes are mixed levels. That includes beginners and pros.
“A ballerina will have an opportunity to learn Afro-Haitian Dance and love it as a beginner in the class. A complete beginner might have a wonderful time in Line dances or find a gift for Tap,” Friedman explains. “Professional dancers can showcase their work here. It gives them new audiences, a chance  to demonstrate and develop their art.”
Through the IDF@SV, Friedman said she hopes to bring the diversity of arts of different origins while involving the community in dance. She also believes it is possible and important that everyone finds a way to move that they enjoy enough to keep doing.
“Move whatever moves, wiggle whatever wiggles,” she said. “If my work inspires someone to keep moving, wow!”
]ennifer Urmson, a mother of two boys, was happy to endorse the way Leslie Friedman and The Lively Foundation build community. She started taking Friedman’s weekly ballet classes when a friend invited her two years ago. “I had not been dancing for a very long time, and I was nervous about the idea of doing ballet as an adult,” Urmson said, adding that as a child, she was told ballet was for bodies of a certain shape. “But Leslie is wonderful as a teacher, very open and supportive. I was really pleased that after a couple of lessons, I felt myself getting stronger and improving my balance.”
Within Jennifer’s class there was a woman in her early 20s, other moms, and retirees. A few of them were organize activities for their dance class friends outside class, such as going together to attend a ballet performance at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts.
Urmson said whether you attend several classes or take part in a single workshop at the Festival, The Lively Foundation seems to have a way of connecting people.
“Months after the dance Festival, you’ll hear people exchanging highlights from the event when they run into one another around town,” she said. “Even if it’s just one class, you see a different side of people. You feel you know them better.” For more information about the International Dance Festival@Silicon Valley, contact livelyfoundation@sbcglobal.net
­—Esther Young, 2019; photo of Leslie Friedman demonstrating a movement for Julie Van Gelder, private student and Festival participant, by Magali Gauthier

NEW TICKET SERVICE: GO FOR IT!

The Lively Foundation is HAPPY to work with Brown Paper Tickets for the Tickets to the Festival Concert, Sunday, May 19, 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. This is the best way to get tickets for the best show anywhere. Use this link:

festivalconcert.brownpapertickets.com

You can use your credit card. BPT will give you information and tickets. This is going to be great improvement in Lively’s ability to serve our audience!

Chrystal Bella Chen & Oscar Adrian Rodriguez will dance the Samba at the Festival Concert & lead a master class in Waltz & Cha Cha on Full Day of Dance©!! Could not be better than that! Join the Dance!

GREAT DANCES, GREAT DANCERS! PICTURES! IDF@SV2019

The performers and choreographers in the Festival Concert, Awardees of the Choreography Competition, the Festival Artists leading open Master Classes and performing in the Festival Concert all add up to a great variety in every category but one: EXCELLENCE! You will not find the equal of our artists anywhere. Nope, not anywhere. Take a look: Festival Artists include Audreyanne Delgado Covarrubias, Tap Dancer extraordinaire! Her inventive choreography and rhythmic skills leaves every audience applauding for more. She will perform in the Festival Concert and lead two Master Classes: Tap and Pilates Mat. Etta Walton invites the audience to join her in her Electric Line Dances, and they all jump up to join in. She makes everyone smile. She performs in the Festival Concert and leads the fabulous Line Dance Master Class. Awardees of the 2019 Choreography Competition: Sierra Don, contemporary dance based on Irish legends; Jyothi Lakkaraju, new choreography for the classical Indian dance style Kuchipudi; Alyssa Mitchel, contemporary dance about interpersonal relationships; Peri Trono, contemporary dance about (maybe) inter-species relationships; Ryeonhwa Yeo new choreography in Korean dance. If you love dance, if you are curious about dance, if you are busy watching paint dry, you truly cannot miss the beauty, the inspiration, the fun of IDF@SV, 2019. FULL DAY OF DANCE©, Saturday, May 18, classes from 10 a.m. – 4:45 p.m. FESTIVAL CONCERT, Sunday, May 19, 3 p.m. All events at the Mountain View Masonic Center, 890 Church St., Mountain View, CA 94041. Contact livelyfoundation@sbcglobal.net with any questions!

Pictures: Top row, (L to R) Audreyanne Delgado Covarrubias, Etta Walton; next row, (L to R) Ryeonhwa Yeo, Sierra Don; next row (L to R) Meena & Anjali Vemuri dance Kuchipudi by Jyothi Lakkaraju, Alyssa Mitchel; above: choreography by Peri Trono (Sierra Don photo by Andy Mogg)

IDF@SV 2019: Register & Buy Tickets NOW!

LESS THAN A MONTH AWAY: THE Great Dance Experience, The International Dance Festival@Silicon Valley, 2019!  ALL EVENTS take place at 890 Church St., Mtn. View. REGISTER for Full Day of Dance© classes:  Make your choice, one or any number of classes. Price per class reduces with each added class. You may pay in cash at the door. OR You may use a credit card at the door. OR Send us a check made out to The Lively Foundation and mail it to The Lively Foundation, 550 Mountain View Avenue, Mountain View, CA 94041-1941 OR use the PayPal offered on the landing page of this site. Go to livelyfoundation.org Scroll down the landing page to see “Donate.” Click on that. It takes you to PayPal. PLEASE send an email  to livelyfoundation@sbcglobal.net  to tell us your name and which classes you have chosen to take. Full Day prices are: $25 single class, $40 for 2 classes; $54 for 3 classes; $64 for 4 classes; $70 for 5 classes. Scholarship aide is available; you must email livelyfoundation@sbcglobal.net  in advance to apply.  BUY TICKETS for the Festival Concert: General Admission: $20; over 65 or under 10 years of age $12; Groups of 5 or more $12 each; Groups of SRS. or children $10 each. Mail your check to The Lively Foundation to The Lively Foundation, 550 Mountain View Avenue, Mountain View, CA 94041-1941 OR use the PayPal connection on our landing page. Scroll down the page to DONATE. That connects you to PayPal. PLEASE send an email to livelyfoundation@sbcglobal.net to tell us who you are, how many tickets you have bought so that we have your name/s at the ticket desk.

FULL DAY OF DANCE© CLASS SCHEDULE NOW!!

The Full Day of Dance© is the BEST way to do something you love and try something new. Five classes: all open to mixed levels, each one hour long, fifteen minute break between each class. You may take one or any number of classes. BEST DEAL & MOST FUN: TAKE THEM ALL!Audreyanne Delgado Covarrubias: extraordinary Tap artist teaches Tap on Full Day of Dance© Saturday, May 19, 1:15 – 2:15 p.m.

Here is the schedule for Full Day of Dance© 2019. Doors open at 9:30 a.m.

10:00 a.m. – 11:00    Ballet ( mixed levels, no pointe work, all adults welcome, ages 15 & up & up) 11:15 a.m. – 12:15    Pilates mat (please bring a mat or towel, good for Pilates fans & newcomers

Etta Walton leads the audience in her Electric Line Dances. Take her amazing class, Saturday, May 18, 2:30-3:30

1:15 – 2:15 p.m.       Tap (If you have tap shoes, that’s great; if not, wear shoes that will stay on.) 2:30 – 3:30 p.m.       Etta’s Electric Lines (This is a wonderful class for all ages and all dance levels) 3:45 – 4:45 p.m.       Ballroom (Waltz & Cha Cha; no partner? no problem. Partners are provided).

REGISTER NOW & receive Early Bird rates. EB rates end one month before the event. Class costs: Price per class reduces with each added class. Early Bird registration: $20 single,$36 for 2; $48 for 3; $56 for 4; $60 for all five; Regular registration: $25 single; $40 for 2; $54 for 3; $64 for 4; $70 for all five. Please send a check made out to The Lively Foundation to: The Lively Foundation, 550 Mountain View Ave, Mountain View, CA 94041-1941  OR  pay at the door (no Early Bird at the door) OR go to the landing page of this blog (livelyfoundation.org), scroll down until you see the DONATE sign. Click on that and follow directions for using PayPal. PLEASE IF you pay through PayPal notify us through email that you are doing that and which classes you want to take. THANK YOU! See you on March 18 for a great day of dance!

Contact livelyfoundation@sbcglobal.net with any questions.

International Dance Festival@Silicon Valley, 2019:HERE WE GO!

The Lively Foundation is excited to announce the dates and events of International Dance Festival@Silicon Valley, 2019. OUR 8TH SEASON! This year, IDF@SV takes place in May. The Full Day of Dance© will be on Saturday, May 18. First class begins at 10 a.m. Last class ends at 5 p.m. The Festival Concert will be on Sunday, May 19, 3 p.m. ALL EVENTS take place at the Mountain View Masonic Center, 890 Church Street, Mountain View, CA 94041. There is free parking on the street around the Center and in the parking lot behind the building. It is also an easy walk from CalTrain.

FULL DAY OF DANCE© You may take any number of classes, but for the BEST DEAL & THE MOST FUN: TAKE THEM ALL! Ballroom (Cha Cha and Waltz), Ballet, Etta’s Electric Line Dances, Pilates mat, Tap. The best teachers anywhere, all of them are established, acclaimed artists in their own movement styles and all of them are devoted teachers. No partner for Ballroom? No problem; partners will be provided by the teachers. Each class is one hour long, open to mixed levels of training or dance experience, best for participants age 14 and older. Any age adult is welcome. Class costs: Price per class reduces with each added class. Early Bird registration: $20 single,$36 for 2; $48 for 3; $56 for 4; $60 for all five; Regular registration: $25 single; $40 for 2; $54 for 3; $64 for 4; $70 for all five.

Audreyanne Delgado Covarrubias teaching Tap

FESTIVAL CONCERT The Festival artists perform and choreograph new works special for this concert. Premieres by Audreyanne Delagado Covarrubias, Kris Mola, Leslie Friedman. The Awardees of the annual Choreography Competition present their award winning works. This is a Very Special Event for dance lovers and those who are interested in getting to know dance in the intimate, summer stock style setting of the Festival Concert. The dances will range from Contemporary to Traditional, international dance forms; Ballroom to Hip Hop. It is not to be missed! Tickets are $20 general admission; $12 for over 65 or under 10. Sponsor Tickets: $35 or more by your choice (reserved best seat and tax deductible donation). Group ticket discounts are available. Please contact The Lively Foundation for group information.

Taylor Florez & Casandra Armenta thrilled the audiences with their Hip Hop at IDF@SV, 2018 and return to the Festival Concert, May 19, 2019

FESTIVE FESTIVAL DINNER! Join artists and audience members at a fun, delicious dinner after the show. We will meet at Amici’s Pizzeria which is about a block and a half from the Masonic Center. Dinner plus the show: $40.

TO REGISTER AND BUY TICKETS: email livelyfoundation@sbcglobal.net  If you are registering for classes tell us which classes, and if you are buying tickets, tell us how many and which type of ticket. Please mail us a check made out to The Lively Foundation and mail it to The Lively Foundation/550 Mountain View Avenue/Mountain View, CA 94041-1828   OR if you need to use a credit card please go to the landing page of this blog, scroll down the page until you see the PayPal logo, click on it and follow directions. PLEASE let us know what classes you are registering for and how many and which kind of ticket. It is absolutely necessary for you to email us this information or, when you appear for class or performance, we will have no idea that you paid or paid for what. OR you may pay at the door.

THANK YOU!