Saturday, January 25
An evening of freestyle exercises that will allow you to reconnect with your passion and love for dance.
This dance workshop is unlike any other. Instead of teaching you choreography in a specific style I am spending 2 hours working on YOUR freestyling.
I believe that we never get enough time in class to explore our freestyles, and some of us don’t dance anywhere except class. That’s why I created this workshop. It is designed to help dancers get into their body and stay out of their head while freestyling.
As dancers and as humans we get stuck in our heads about what we are doing (whether in life or in movement), we judge ourselves, compare ourselves to others and get caught up planning for the future instead of enjoying the present. This workshop helps promote a sense of trust in ourselves again. Faith that every step we take is the correct one. 7 exercises to push you to stay present, follow your curiosity and continue to take risks with your movement. And by making time for this practice regularly my hope is that it translates to your daily lives as well.
This workshop is open to every level of dancer. It will be a supportive space. No bad vibes.
Come in what you train in (socks, runners, heels, barefoot etc), but I do suggest that you take off your shoes and connect to the floor with your feet at least for one exercise.
Here’s what Samaza Murava, singer and musician, had to say about out last Freestyle Workshop:
“My first freestyle workshop lead by Shaka was an incredible experience, to say the least. It was amazing to be able to strip dance down to its original origins, free-flowing movement. I haven’t seen a workshop like this offered in the city so I feel very grateful to have been able to take part in this. What I like the most is that we weren’t modelling our movements after any specific style or genre it was really about getting more in touch with yourself and how you personally connect to music. How music makes YOU feel and breaking down the barriers to between you and your fullest expression. I left the class feeling a sense of confidence and acceptance of myself, feeling more secure in my movement and my expression overall. It taught me that confidence is always within grasp, and sometimes it just takes getting out of your mind and into your body to feel it.”