Dances from the East Workshop at Endicott College
09/04/2013BEVERLY– Come travel around the world in two hours and learn intricate rhythms and unusual body isolates in “Dances from the East!” In this workshop, you will first practice some traditional Kandyan dance from Sri Lanka, which originated as a ritual to appease local deities. Next, you will learn some Egyptian and Turkish belly dancing, whose fluid undulations evolved to train women for childbirth. Both traditions share a common ancestor in classical Indian dance. You will leave having a great taste of these ancient traditions and new ideas about how to move your body! This workshop is open to Endicott students and to the public, and will be held Friday, September 20, 2013 from 4:00-6:00 PM at Endicott College’s Manninen Center for the Arts, 376 Hale Street, Beverly in Tia’s Theater. Tickets are $5 for general admission and the public is invited to attend.
Instructor Christina Ackley, artistic director of Belly Beat Dance Company in Cambridge, MA, will be teaching the Belly Dance portion of this workshop. Her main focus is the movement vocabulary which comprises Middle Eastern Dance, especially the highly specific muscular isolations. Sometimes she uses that as a starting point and a way to blend her classical dance knowledge with her knowledge of belly dance.
Instructor Mariah Steele, adjunct professor at Endicott College will be teaching the Sri Lankan portion of the workshop. She will be teaching Kandyan dance which is the dance form of Sri Lanka where she studied the culture of dance for three months in 2005.
Tickets are $5 for general admission, and free for ECID holders. Tickets can be reserved at www.endicott.edu/centerforthearts or by leaving a message at the box office at (978) 998-7700. For more information about the show or the Walter J. Manninen Center for the Arts, please contact Becca Kenneally, Performing Arts Chair, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (978) 232-2397; or you can visit the Endicott College Center for the Arts webpage at www.endicott.edu/centerforthearts.