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Ethnic Dance at Ashkenaz Presents Hālau Makana
Jul
29
7:00 PM19:00

Ethnic Dance at Ashkenaz Presents Hālau Makana

Doors open at 6:30 pm / Show 7:00 pm

Tickets are: Adults - $12 Advanced / $15 Day of Show

Kids - $8 Advanced / $10 Day of Show

$35 for a Family of 4

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Hālau Makana is the resident Polynesian Performing Arts Company of Island Hawaiian Studios in Alameda. We have shared our Hawaiian, Tahitian and Maori culture at many Bay Area Festivals, Corporate Functions, Community Gatherings and Private Events for 20+ years.

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Ethnic Dance at Ashkenaz Presents Chhandam School of Kathak
Aug
26
7:00 PM19:00

Ethnic Dance at Ashkenaz Presents Chhandam School of Kathak

Doors at 6:30 pm; Show at 7:00 pm

Tickets are $12 Advance / $15 Day of Show

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Today we focus on the classical Kathak dance tradition of North India, presented The Chhandam School of Kathak. The school is the educational arm of the world-famous Chitresh Das Dance Company, and features both professional and student dancers in costume. The class academy is dedicated to deep cultural education through the Kathak tradition. Founded in Northern California in 1980, it is the largest classical Indian dance institution in North America. In addition, it has major affiliate centers run by Pandit Das’ disciples in India, Boston, Los Angeles and Toronto. 

Chhandam emphasizes Chitresh Das’ renowned holistic pedagogy and formalized curriculum for Kathak that has influenced dancers and artists worldwide. Students of all ages undergo extensive training in technique, rhythmical math (taal), improvisation, storytelling, classical Indian music, Indian history, philosophy, and etiquette. Through this training, students develop discipline, awareness, focus, respect, character, and overall life training. 

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Ethnic Dance at Ashkenaz Presents Te Mana O Te Ra
Oct
28
7:00 PM19:00

Ethnic Dance at Ashkenaz Presents Te Mana O Te Ra

Doors at 6:30 pm / Performance at 7:00 pm

Tickets are $12 Advanced / $15 Day of Show
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Established in 1997, Te Mana O Te Ra has a mission to share and teach the genres of Tahiti, perpetuating culture in the most authentic way possible and educating not only themselves but many people worldwide. Members of this company have competed far and wide, performed in dance festivals, local activities, and at Golden State Warriors and SF Giants games. The name means “energy of the sun.” for the force that provides for us, gives us life, strength and unity—to be family.

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Ethnic Dance at Ashkenaz Presents Harsanari
Nov
25
7:00 PM19:00

Ethnic Dance at Ashkenaz Presents Harsanari

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Doors at 6:30pm, Performance at 7pm
$12 Advance/$15 Day of Show
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Harsanari is a San Francisco-based company founded in 1995 to teach and perform Indonesian dance and to educate the American public about Indonesian dance and culture.

Since 1997, under the leadership of Michael Ogi, Harsanari has specialized in dances from Sunda, West Java, Indonesia. From classical masked dances and dramas that enact the great Hindu epics the Mahabharata and the Ramayana to the contemporary folk dance forms that incorporate martial arts movements, Sundanese dance is rich and complex. It shows the influence of the many groups that have traded and settled in the area over the centuries, but remains uniquely distinctive, with its dynamic syncopated drumming patterns, quick wrist flicks, sensual hip movements, and fast shoulder and torso isolations.

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Ethnic Dance at Ashkenaz Presents Naina Shastri
Jul
8
7:00 PM19:00

Ethnic Dance at Ashkenaz Presents Naina Shastri

Doors at 6:30 pm; Show at 7:00 pm

Tickets are $12 Advance /
$15 Day of Show

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Madanika - Story of the Stone Girls: 
It is based on the poems written by the post independence literary exponent from Karnataka, one of the Southern States of India, Shri D V Gundappa or DVG as he is most popularly known there! DVG, was inspired by the stone carvings of dancing damsels in the Temples of Belur and Halebidu. He then composed a poem on each of them, describing their beauty. These poems are collectively titled "Antahapura Geethegalu" or "Songs from the Inner Chambers"!
The temples of Belur and Halebidu were built during the reign of Emperor Vishnuvardhana, of the Hoysala Dynasty around the 11th and 12th Century. The Emperor's main queen, Rani Shantala is supposed to have commissioned the building of these temples. She was herself an amazing dancer, musician and mathematician! The temples of Belur and Halebidu are UNESCO protected heritage sites and are a marvel of architecture and engineering!

Mrs. Naina Shastri, Artistic Director of Ushajali School of Dance, Instructor of Bharatanatyam at the Mahea Uchiyama Center for International Dance, has been learning this art form since she was 8yrs old. She had her initial training under the guidance of Guru Vidwan Shri K Rama Murthy Rao of Mysore, India. She has a "Vidwat" degree in Bharatanatyam, from the Karnataka State Secondary Board of Education and is a Certified Teacher with the Akhila Bharatiya Gandharva MahaVidyalaya, Mumbai. She has been a RAW resident artist at SAFEhouse for the Arts, SF and Artist-in-residence at the Oakland Asian Cultural Center, Oakland. Currently, she serves as a Member of the San Ramon City's Arts Advisory Council. She is the founder of Namaha Foundation for the Arts, A Tri Valley Based Arts organization and co founder of Kalasangha-East Bay Artists Exchange.
Students of Ushanjali regularly perform at various Community and City organized events. The school was one of the groups that performed in this year's San Francisco International Arts Festival, SFIAF 2018.
Website: www.ushanjali.com

 

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Ethnic Dance at Ashkenaz Presents Tezkatlipoka Aztec Dance and Drum
Jun
24
7:00 PM19:00

Ethnic Dance at Ashkenaz Presents Tezkatlipoka Aztec Dance and Drum

Doors at 6:30 pm; Show at 7:00 pm

Tickets are $12 Advance / $15 at the Door

 

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Tezkatlipoka’s mission is to share and promote indigenous Meso American culture through Aztec dance and drumming. Tezkatlipoka strives to maintain a high level of integrity in both teaching and presenting Aztec dancing and drumming that is true to form so that it can be preserved in all its beauty and strength for future generations to come. The group’s philosophy centers on preserving the sacred traditions left behind by our ancestors while sharing and exchanging cultural knowledge as a way to foster a sense of unity between all peoples of the Earth.

 

 

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