An improvisation workshop for dancers of all levels to explore dance as a language of the artist’s self and nourishment for the body. Using themes of elements, transition, change, and planetary shifts, we will explore movement in its formal sculptural elements as well as using meditation, group-work, and solo journeying (dancers will not be asked to dance in front of an audience) to get in contact with the movement body that each of us carry. Our work will be developing the mental focus of the dancer firmly planted in the two realms of physical and non-physical. A great workshop for fire circle preparation, or just for a chance to tune into one’s essence of the land we gather upon. INTENSIVE-$45 Friday 4-5:50pm
Sera Solstice is an international Bellydance Artist, based in New York City, known for creating the East Coast Tribal bellydance style, characterized by Lunar and Solar movement categories, which use extensive full-body movement, intense multi-layer hipwork within pop’n lock elements, tied together by deep emotive power and story-telling flow. Sera is the founder and director of Solstice Studio: a Bellydance
Studio in New York City, with over 300 active participants using Bellydance as a means for building self-empowerment, expression, and creativity. Sera is director and
choreographer of the dance troupe Solstice Ensemble, and The Solstice Project, as well as two student companies, the Lunar and Solar tribes. Sera has produced and directed dozens of dance events in New York, in the theater and in night clubs.
Sera has created 5 full-length instructional DVDs on East Coast
Tribal Bellydance, (produced by World Dance New York) including 1) East Coast Tribal, 2) Foundations of Bellydance 3) Solar Bellydance 4) Lunar Bellydance, 5) Goddess Dance: Prenatal Bellydance and Meditation. And is featured in the DVD series: Gothic Bellydance: Revelations and Fantasy Bellydance: Mystery.
Sera’s Choreography has been described as “complex, content-rich, sublime, haunting, psychedelic, technically superb, at the forefront of evolution of bellydance as an artform. Sera is frequently a featured dancer with bands: Raquy and the Cavemen,
Djinn, Copal, Beatbox Guitar, and the Rhythm Shamans. Sera is fed artistically from underground electronic music culture. Sera has a passion for electronic music, but also enjoys earthy, acoustic elements
Sera seeks to open the doorway between non-physical self, and the
physical self via movement. She seeks to expand consciousness through
movement, and to use dance as a method for inward journey, creating a
marriage between the physical and non-physical. Sera has chosen
Bellydance as her primary medium for movement because it is the most
inward dance she has discovered. Sera believes that some movements of
Bellydance open a doorway to an ancient lineage of women and wisdom,
whereby a dancer may connect if she is dancing in a trance-state.
Sera has danced her way through two pregnancies (and other
life-changing circumstances) with support from this spiritual lineage,
and believes that her choreographies draw forth from this same source.
Sera has participated in American Fire Circle culture for nearly 2
decades and has bellydanced her way through countless rituals and
all-night drum-circles, and therein has developed her dance as a
sacred movement form. In 2005, Sera was invited to
India to teach movement as a form of healing and empowerment for young
women who had been rescued from sexual abuse and other oppressive circumstances.
Sera was a full-time Sculptor upon discovery of Bellydance, and has transferred from her medium of clay and metal into the body moving through space. Although she challenges dancers to find deeper expression in their movements, Sera is known for her hard-driving, highly technical classes. She believes one must first
master their tool-set before putting it to use. Sera is a former core
member of 3 internationally acclaimed dance companies: Bellyqueen, The
Silk Road Dance Company, and Raqs Sahara. Sera’s foundation of
technique, form, and discipline was by means of her formal
apprenticeship with Rachel Kay Brookmire (of DC’s Sahara Dance) Rachel Kay Brookmire.