KSW Hosts Balinese Dance Workshop

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February 16, 2013, 3:00- 7:00 PM
February 17, 2013, 1:00 – 7:00 PM

ARC Studios & Gallery
1246 Folsom @ 8th St.
San Francisco, CA 94103

Tuition: $75 (includes cost of materials)
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Learn to incorporate traditional Southeast Asian dance moves from the island of Bali into your contemporary routine.

In this high-energy workshop, consecrated temple dancer Ni Wayan Ekarini, will guide you through basic and intermediate dance steps from the island of Bali, Indonesia. More than aesthetics, Eka will demonstrate how Balinese dance emanates from a culture and attitude that incorporates art and ritual with daily life. Using our bodies, we will first ground ourselves to gain deeper awareness of the spiritual energies within and around us. Then, we’ll learn how to make a traditional flower offering made from everyday materials. From there, we’ll go through basic exercises, experiment explore the use of artistic masks, and choreograph a short routine that will be performed for a live audience.

NI WAYAN EKARINI began to study dance at age seven with her grandmother, Ni Ketut Reneng, one of Bali’s most famous dancers. She also studied with Ibu Jero Puspawati, Bapak Nyoman Djayus Sst, I Gusti Ayu Raka Astuti, I Gusti Putu Oka Nik, and many others. She is a consecrated temple dancer and has performed throughout the islands of Indonesia and in Holland’s prestigious art institutions, including the Tropen Museum, the Volkenkunde, and the Rijksmuseum. Since arriving in the United States, she has performed throughout Northern and Southern California, and has been nominated twice for the Asian Heritage Awards. She has taught numerous workshops at universities and community centers. She is a graduate of the California Institute for Integral Studies.

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