Kalidasi’s dance is the expression of the individual soul who seeks to reach a bliss-permeated state. By honoring the Spirit that moves through all things, Kali dances in what she refers to as “Bliss-Permeated” or “Anandamayi” belly dance. Kali’s dance is influenced by her many years of study in tribal fusion bellydance, Shakespearean theatre, Horton technique of Modern dance, and the classical Indian dances of Odissi, Bharatnatyam, and Kathak; interweaving them together to create a dynamic and evocative performance style. She currently studies Odissi under her master teachers Colleena Shakti and Sudhansu Puhan in Pushkar, Rajasthan and locally with Mouli Pal of Boston, MA and for the last six years was a principal member of Boston-based Vadalna Tribal Dance Company, directed by Naraya Ligouri. In 2012 she had the honor of performing Odissi at the Pushkar Temple Dance Festival, in Pushkar India, produced annually by the Shakti School of Dance. She has had the honor of training extensively with renowned teachers Rachel Brice, Zoe Jakes, Ashley Lopez, Colleena Shakti, Mardi Love, and Miriam Peretz. She continues to teach and perform nationally and is passionate about teaching the transformative and healing powers of dance. Kalidasi is a Usui Reiki Master, Shamanic & Plant Spirit Medicine Practitioner, and is a graduate of the Eugene O’Neill’s National Theatre Institute (NTI). She holds a B.A. in Theatre and Women’s Studies from Wheaton College, MA, and works in Academic Affairs at Harvard Divinity School.https://www.facebook.com/KalidasiBlissPermeatedBellyDance/
In this workshop we will explore how the human body can act as a living prayer and channel for Universal energy, as we combine the natural movements of Bellydance with the devotional stylizations of Classical Indian Temple Dance. For over a thousand years in India, Temple Dance was seen as the highest offering one could give to the Divine. It represented the total union of spiritual practice: the gods themselves danced to maintain the order of the Cosmos, and through dance humans sought to understand and emulate the forces of Nature and the Universe.
Beyond just a fusion dance class, this workshop explores how movements already incorporated within Bellydance, when combined with Indian dance, naturally provide a powerful way to clear stagnation within the body as it tunes the dancer into his or her inner healer. Through a rigorous classical dance warm-up followed by a series of moving meditations, drills, and combinations we will explore how activated intention in our practice can harmonize our physical being and turn the dancer into a channel for the Divine. Includes a brief talk on “ethical fusion” in dance.