Classes

Find rhythm, groundedness, and flow with dance classes at Ananya Dance Theatre's Shawngram Institute for Performance & Social Justice.

Hybrid In-Person & On-Line Classes

Wednesday Water Dances
Wednesdays 9:30-11:00am CT with Kealoha Ferreira
A weekly dedication to the vitality and life force of Water. In class we will offer breath, dance, meditation, story, song, and reflection. Each class will take shape a little differently, staying responsive to the ongoing movements protecting the value and longevity of water world-wide. Facilitated by Kealoha Ferreira, an Ananya Dance Theatre Artist, Wednesday Water Dances will begin with grounding movement, flow into dedicated time for personal practice/research/reflection, and close with collective sharing. All who are committed to deepening their relationship with water are welcome to participate.

Advanced Yorchhā
Fridays 6:00-7:00pm CT with Kealoha Ferreira
Dive into the nuance and complexity of Yorchhā. Advanced Yorchhā is designed to challenge and hone experienced movers through strength training, technique refinement, and intricate choreography. Previous Yorchhā* experience is encouraged.

*Yorchhā is Ananya Dance Theatre’s trade-marked contemporary technique that intersects principles of vinyasa yoga, classical Indian dance form Odishi (from the eastern Indian state of Odisha) and martial art form Chhau (also from Odisha).

Intro to Yorchhā
Saturdays 9:00-10:00am CT with Parisha Rajbhandari
Envision justice through rhythmic footwork, flowing torso, and sustained breath in Intro to Yorchhā*. Each class begins with a warm-up followed by foundational Yorchhā exercises and a fun choreographed phrase.

Yoga: Aligning With Land
Sundays 3:00-4:00pm CT with Kealoha Ferreira
From Tadasana (mountain pose), the first asana in Surya Namaskar (sun salutation) A, we connect our feet to the ground and shift our internal landscape to find equity with the land that sustains us. Our practices of relationality and reciprocity are also building blocks for sustainable and regenerative body practices. This Vinyasa class introduces and deepens the fundamentals of structural and energetic alignment in Yoga while moving towards right-relationship between place and community. All are welcome to participate. Variations and modifications will be provided for multiple access points in each class. Mats and blocks are encouraged with limited supplies available at the Institute.

Body Watani will be returning in July and August! 7/5 – 8/30

Tuesdays 10-11:30am CT with Noelle Awadallah

Body Watani (watani means homeland in Arabic) is both an improvisational movement practice and an emerging contemporary dance form developed by Leila and Noelle Awadallah, two Palestinian American dancers. The practice is a container with soft edges where improvisational research guides practitioners into their personal ‘body watani’ through spending time with ancestries, contemplating our complex relations to land/water/home, and activating embodied memories into one’s own dancing. Body Watani also manifests as a contemporary form with roots in dances of Arabic / **SWANA / Mediterranean lands through specific movement techniques, music of the region, and cultural/political content to engage with that deepens our relation to Body Watani’s context.

**SWANA: South West Asia North Africa

 

Students attending in-person classes must provide proof of Covid-19 vaccination and must wear face masks during class. No exceptions.

Contact Kealoha for an online class link, kealoha.ferreira@ananyadancetheatre.org, and with questions about accessibility.

 

Classes are operated on a pay what you can basis.

We suggest that participants pay $15.00 per class, but please donʻt let financial limitations stop you from participating! Another way to contribute is by sharing information about the classes on your social media or inviting people in your orbit to take classes with you!

 
Please use the paypal portal below to pay for classes.

 
For liability purposes, please read through our participation waiver. Do not hesitate to ask questions or ask for variations on the movement we do in class. Our priority is to dance together joyfully, safely, and to the fullest of everybody’s abilities that day.
 
Liability Disclaimer:
By participating in these virtual classes, you agree that Ananya Dance Theatre is not responsible for, and you hereby waive all claims for loss, injury, or illness to person or property relating to your participation in dance classes and other activities sponsored by Ananya Dance Theatre.

 

This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

 

 

 

 

 

Ananya Dance Theatre | Shawngram Institute for Performance & Social Justice

Mailing Address: P. O. Box 2427, Minneapolis, MN 55402-0427

Street Address: 1197 University Avenue West, Saint Paul, MN 55104