Thursday, September 28, 2017

Heretica: Creating with the Muse (Registration)

Registration is now open for the second fall session of Heretica Movement Exploration: Creating with the Muse.

When: Tuesdays, 6:45-7:45pm
Six Week session
October 24 - November 28
Bright Star World Dance, Portland, Maine

Cost: $60 per full session (no drop-in)/$75 day of (full session only, no dropins)

Inspiration: Creating with the Muse

Drawing from a variety of contemporary dance styles as well as authentic movement and deep improvisation, Heretica is deep exploration of movement. Creating with the Muse guides students through the process of moving a performance piece from concept to creation.

Heretica utilizes techniques such as guided physical meditation, silent improvisation, group rhythmic exploration and theatrical movement, to aid students in creating physical expressions of emotion through movement and foster a seamless connection between mind and body; thought and action. Students will use these movement concepts to create a choreography or a directed improvisation .  The class is conducted to live music.

Each class includes a warm-up with drills, theatrical dance exercises and cool down. Optional out of class exercises that will help students build their movement practice at home will also be offered.

You will want to wear comfortable clothing that allows for freedom of movement. You may also want to bring a notebook and a water bottle.

Students of all movement backgrounds are welcome to join the class. Students should have a solid foundation in their particular movement/dance style.

In order to facilitate free exploration we seek to create a safe space for all types of dancers and movement artists to explore creative expression. The class is open to all genders and movement forms. Students should have a solid foundation in their particular movement/dance form.

Heretica Class Session

Workshop: Live Music & Improvisation (belly dance)

Dates:  October 21, November 18, December 16
Time:  10:30 – 12:00
Location:  Bright Star World Dance (Portland, ME)

Prerequisite:  1 session of belly dance classes

Cost: Drop in: $20

Preregistration:  Single Class $15/All three sessions: $40

A fun monthly 90-minute belly dance class focused on live music and improvisation.  Each session focuses on belly dance technique with 1 - 3 musicians playing live music, including rhythm, melody and drum solo improvisation!

This monthly mini-workshop will provide students with the opportunity to increase their dance technique and endurance as well as gaining a comfort level dancing to live music. Intended for dancers who have taken at least one session of belly dance, each class includes a warm-up, drills, extended improvisation session and cool down.

Students will also be provided information on the music and rhythms played in class.

Bring comfortable clothes that allow for a range of movement, you may want to dress in layers as we will sweat, sweat, sweat! A water bottle and yoga mat are also recommended. 

Class Registration

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Webinar: How to Host a Pagan Coffee Talk - November 15

Date: November 15, 2017

Time: 7:00PM

If done well, a Pagan coffee talk or other casual networking event is a great way for folks in your local Pagan community to connect in a safe and welcoming environment. 

But how do you go about creating such an event? 
What if you have no experience with event planning at all? 
And how does one make an event safe and welcoming?

This FREE one hour webinar will cover:

  • How much time is needed to plan a coffee talk?
  • Deciding the event structure
  • Finding a location
  • Spreading the word
  • Covering your costs
  • Getting the assistance you need to run the event
  • and of course, how to make your event welcoming

Preregistration is required. If you can't attend live that evening, a recording of the event will be shared with all registrants. You may register here:

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