Saturdays, 12:30-1:30pm HST
Limited series of classes October 9 to December 18, 2021
Prerequisite: Teacher approval & regular attendance at Hooray for Bollywood, Saturdays 10:45-11:45 am
Join fellow Bollywood dancers to learn step-by-step choreography with the skilled guidance of one of Hawaii’s premiere Bollywood teachers: Willow Chang. Experience the high-spirited and joyous expression of music and dance from India’s ‘Bollywood’ cinema scene!
Sharpen your showmanship skills, or jump into the performance mode, for a debut appearance! Willow loves dedicated, enthusiastic beginners in her choreography, as well as seasoned dancers.
Even if you attend choreography class, you don’t need to feel pressured to perform. Willow’s simply bringing you the option to challenge yourself and delight your friends and family by dancing at this year’s annual Diwali Festival Celebration at Still & Moving Center, hopefully in-person.
Students must attend Technique class at least once a week and get teacher approval to attend Choreography class. [See this video of last year’s Diwali Celebration]
Dancers from the Fall 2021 Choreography class will have the opportunity to perform at Still & Moving Center’s Diwali Festival of Lights Nov 7, 2021 and Merry & Bright, Dec 19, 2021, as per the instructor. Regular attendance in classes will be required to participate as a performer.
Willow is committed to the creative process, learning experience and sacred practice. A life-long dancer, she started dance early, studying hula for 10 years with Kumu Alicia Smith. After living abroad performing in Egypt in a Hawaiian Show (1994), Willow began to study bellydance with her first teacher, Glo Ayson, in Hawai’i. Willow holds a BA in Dance/music minor, (UH, ’02) and has also studied Classical Indian dance, Balinese, Flamenco, Argentine Tango, Ballet and Modern dance. For the past 18 years, she’s focused on Middle Eastern/Northern African dances. She’s recognized as Hawai‘i’s premier Middle Eastern Dance artist, with her emotive and elegant dance, on spot musicality and exceptional costumes of her own design. Willow is respected for her commitment to the innovation of the art of dance, as well as its traditions. She travels annually to study and perform with master teachers, as well as give workshops. She’s always honored to share the beauty of this ever evolving art.
Miss Willow lives and walks her yoga practice. If you have ever seen Willow spin like a perfectly balanced top for minutes at a time, you recognize her flawless posture that provides the still axis of her rotation. In addition to her training and accomplishment in the dance and music disciplines, Willow has faithfully followed a wealth of yoga practices since age 15. Synthesizing her studies in yoga, biomechanics and dance, Willow shares a yoga that celebrates safe form, cultural hallmarks, fluidity, breath work and mind-body awareness. Her students experience grace and joy through movement.
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