Classes

SUNDAY
9:30am – 11:00am – Sunday Morning Dance
with Meshi Chavez & Winky Wheeler
$15 – $10 sliding scale, cash or check
The first thirty minutes of our time together is dedicated to solo exploration. After a brief silence our focus begins to shift. We expand our sense of self and begin to engage in the space around and beyond our bodies. This includes the four walls, the objects and the other dances happening now. We activate the so called ‘empty space’ between us. We engage through this active space and access the sense of The Mystery that is alive there. By nurturing it we deepen our connections. Here on the edge the known and unknown world the possibilities arise. We slip through time and space into a dance that unites us. http://www.ecstaticdancers.com/

Every 3rd Sunday – 4:30pm – 6:30pm – Book Club (make, dance, talk)
with Ruth Nelson
The low cost of studio rental (around $20- $30 total) will be split evenly by all participants  – NO ONE is turned away for lack of funds.

Book Club is a monthly meeting opportunity open to all who are interested in dance making and cultivating a community around seeing, discussing and/or making dance. Each month there will be a given prompt to get your mind moving. Use the prompt however it may aid you in your creative process. Then we meet, show, and give feedback.

Even if you have nothing to show this time you are welcome to participate! The more the merrier. The low cost of studio rental (around $20-30 total) will be split evenly by all participants (no one is turned away for lack of funds). Book Club is meant to be all inclusive, a chance to share and see current work by local artists, oh yes… and to talk about it. This is a safe space to offer and receive critical feedback.
https://www.facebook.com/events/175186836240494/

MONDAY
(NO CLASSES IN THE SUMMER) 9:30am – 11:00am – Dance with Tere Mathern
Drop-in $15; 5-class card for $65 (good through December)
In this class, we will be researching and working on finding freedom in movement with focus and clarity, building body space awareness while maintaining inner sensation,  feeling presence in all limbs as we move and finding soft joints as well as length in our bones.
teremathern@gmail.com

6:30pm – 9:30pm – Taiko
with Michelle Fujii & Toru Watanabe of UNIT SOUZOU
6:30 pm – 7:30 pm Taiko Roots – BEG (must take one intro to taiko class for entry)
7:40 pm – 8:40 pm Drills & Skills – INT & ADV
8:45 pm – 9:30 pm Performance & Songs – ADV unlimited monthly only
Learn more at http://www.unitsouzou.com/

TUESDAY
6:00pm – 7:15pm – Inclusive Arts Vibes
with Kathy Coleman
Inclusive Arts Vibe is a program of the Disability Art and Culture Project. Dancers perform at an annual Spring (May) Disability Pride Art and Culture Festival.
www.dacphome.org

7:30pm – 9:00pm – Capoiera
with Pedro Cruz
Capoeira is a Brazilian martial art that dynamically blends an array of kicks, sweeps and acrobatics by setting them to traditional Brazilian rhythms and songs. It is simultaneously a martial art, a dance, a game, and a ritual. Having survived since its inception by African slaves who were brought to Brazil hundreds of years ago, Capoeira flourished in Bahia, Brazil during the early 20th century and continues to thrive and evolve today in the 21st century. Students are not only educated in methods of attack and evasion but also become familiar with the music, customs, philosophy and language of Capoeira. The result being not only a total body workout but immersion in a 100% Brazilian art form.
www.oregoncapoeiraraca.com/

WEDNESDAY
7:00pm – 10:00pm  -Argentine Tango Classes
with Robert Hauk
Robert’s teaching emphasizes the communication between partners that is at the heart of traditional close embrace tango. Tango is an improvised dance and in order to dance well dancers need to be able to ‘hear’ through their body. This requires attention to the foundations of good posture and movement that has benefits beyond the dance floor. http://roberthauktango.com/

6:15pm – 8:30pm  – Belly Dance Classes
with Ruby Beh
Ruby’s classes help you learn foundational steps and isolations, basic finger cymbal patterns, veil, cultural tidbits and rhythm identification. All levels are welcome, however this session is geared towards those with little to no bellydance experience. Visit http://www.bigfunbellydance.com/weekly-belly-dance-classes-portland for more information!

THURSDAY
Every Other Week – 7:45pm – 9:45pm – PDX Puppet Collective Lab
We encourage participants to kick in a few bucks to help us pay for the space $3-$5.
We would never turn you away for lack of funds so don’t let that be a reason for not participating.
PDX Puppet Collective is a group of Puppeteers that meet twice a month for two hours to practice their skills in puppetry. Remember to be barefoot, wear socks or soft sole dance shoes that have never walked outdoors.
pdxpuppetcollective@gmail.com

SATURDAY
11:30am – 12:45pm- Intro To South Indian Classical Dance
with Subashini Ganesan
Ongoing, Drop-ins Welcome
$18 Drop-In | $65 (Month-long fees)
Ever been curious about Bharathanatyam – one of the Classical dance forms from India? Come discover the beauty, challenges, and athletic rigor of this story-telling dance form that incorporates facial and hand gestures with rhythmic footwork. This intro class explores basic adavu (basic steps) posture, alignment, and stamina. (Suitable for complete beginners). subashinig@gmail.com

(NO CLASSES JULY & AUGUST) 10:00am – 11:30pm – Modern Dance Class
with Gregg Bielemeier

Drop in $15 | 10 classes card $130
This class explores a unique and idiosyncratic style of movement that is the product of strong technique, experimentation and a sense of humor. Class begins with a standing warm-up that incorporates breath, release and ease in the joints as well as strength, line and form. With an understanding and application of these elements, along with weight and direction, the result is one of whole-bodied dancing where the student is capable of executing simple to elaborate, loose-limbed, space-consuming movement.

11:30am – 1:30pm – Belly Dance with Cassiopeia Bellydance
Regular pricing $15 drop in, 5 class card $60; Student/55+ $12 drop in, 5 class card $50
Advanced Bellydance. Ongoing – Join at any time. Please bring zills, veil and cane to class. I’ve been teaching in the Portland/Vancouver area for over 12yrs. Good times await! Be prepared to be challenged.
http://cassiopeiabellydance.weebly.com/