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Open Drills & Lux Study with Heather Labonté

Heather Labonté teaches at Hot Pot Studios, Sacramento

 

Open Drills
It’s all about Drilling and Momentum.

1) Drilling – to deconstruct the technique of a movement for repetition and investigation, with an emphasis on precision and disciplined movement.
2) Momentum– the application of significant physical effort and load to that technique to expand the full range of available movement vocabulary.

Our focus will be less on drilling movement for performance, rather honing in on exercises that test and improve the integrity of our technique from every possible angle. All of which is to say some of this is going to look and feel weird.

Lux Study
Movement studies are different from drills and combinations in the sense that they give us a framework to practice several skills in balance with each other, and we can build on them. Learn and explore the possibilities of the Lux Study – a movement study that focuses on building strength and articulation in challenging fluid footwork transitions and level changes in combination with cleanly isolated torso technique.

About the Instructor

Heather Labonté’s twenty-two year dance adventure spans belly dance, jazz funk, and contemporary, among others. Known for her compelling emotional command of audiences, extensive technical knowledge, and fondness for rule-breaking, Heather loves to make, teach, and perform dances that push the boundaries of what her dance is and can be.

She teaches regularly in Toronto, where she also performs as a soloist, with special appearances across North America and Europe, including Tribal Momentum (Montreal, QC), The Massive Spectacular (Las Vegas, US), Tribal Revolution (Chicago, US), and Infusion Emporium (Wolverhampton, UK), among others.

Currently, Heather studies at City Dance Corps and Underground Dance Centre, in addition to her travels for further dance education. She trained for nine years at The Dark Side Studio, under the artistic direction of Audra Simmons. She taught there for seven years, was a principal dancer with Lavish and co-choreographed more than a dozen company pieces as well as three full-length shows in that time. Previously, she studied and performed with Kittiwake Dance Theatre (2002-2004), and Judy Knee Dance Studio (1998-2002) in St. John’s, Newfoundland.

An avid collaborator, Heather works frequently with Canadian and international choreographers and performers to create new an innovative work. Recent projects have included co-choreographed work with Maddie Bolek, Inga Petermann, Cult of Yes, Jules Downum and Lacy Maselle.

Heather holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Memorial University of Newfoundland in History and Political Science. In her spare time (i.e. Monday to Friday, 9-5) she is a PR girl.Heather Labonté
@heatherlabonte
(416) 700-6763

 

ATS© with Kristine ADAMS

Kristine ADAMS teaches at Hot Pot Studios, Sacramento

“Threads: A couture dance symposium. The purpose of this class is to take what you know, refine where needed, and learn to make a cohesive framework that provides dancers the freedom to create in their own voice.

Threads focuses on the rules and flow of ATS©, transitions, musicality, technique, creative thinking, stage presence, storytelling, and community in unison. This class is for advanced dancers and ambitious beginners.”

 

Foundations with Jay Siren

Foundations class with Jay Siren @ HotPot Studios, Sacramento

18+
$10 drop in (cash only)
Hot Pot Studios (1614 K St – Street Parking)

This class is focused on whipping you into performer’s shape while strengthening your foundation of rhythm, projection and connection to your body for translation to stage. It is 100% A-okay (and expected) for you to listen to your body and take things at your own pace while still engaging and having fun with the group. The choreography portion of this class will change each week, exploring different styles and elements of burlesque performance while building an overarching catalog of movement you will be able to master and grow from with time.

Current, future and non-performers are welcome – this is an all level class (primarily beginning/intermediate), meant to be both physically and mentally challenging, so students of all backgrounds walk away feeling the sizzle!

BRING:
– Yoga mat
– Towel
– Water bottle
– An open mind
– Willingness to werk!

WEAR:
Comfortable clothing that does not limit your mobility (yoga pants or booty shorts, tank top or sports bra, etc).

Sneakers (for warm up) or bare feet preferred – you can bring a pair of sturdy or dance heels you are comfortable moving in for choreography if you want!

ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR
Jay Siren has been an event producer, emcee and burlesque performer for over a decade. Founding the troupe the Sizzling Sirens Burlesque Experience in 2008, she has performed and curated entertainment for stages from Sacramento to Las Vegas and beyond. In general, Jay believes that if you dream it you can do it in burlesque! Creating space for students to explore their sensuality, personality and energy through the lens of burlesque entertainment has become one of the most fulfilling aspects of her career, and she looks forward to bringing that same ethic to Hot Pot Studios every Tuesday night!
Learn more about Jay’s current projects at www.thesirenevents.com

NOTE: Due to the sensual nature of this style of performance, non-participant observers are strictly prohibited, to ensure the most comfortable and encouraging space for burlesque exploration possible. Any human 18+ that arrives with an open mind and willingness to let loose and SIZZLE is welcome to attend!

Sword Intensive with Belladonna at Hot Pot Studios

Sword Intensive with Belladonna at HotPot Studios

Enter the world of Belladonna’s unique, ground breaking and well respected sword training. Dancers will be introduced to Belladonna’s theories, the history of sword dancing, body conditioning and the introductory Bohemian Blade vocabulary of movements. Saturday night features the Sea of Swords Hafla and Sunday offers optional certification testing. Spend a fun and informative weekend delving into the the only comprehensive belly dance sword training of it’s kind.

Friday 7pm-9pm, Saturday 10am-5pm, Hafla Saturday night 7pm-10pm, Sunday 11am-3pm.

11.5 hours of instruction at $245.00. Certification test available for an additional fee on Sunday after 3pm.

Intro to Brazilian Samba @HotPot Studios, Sacramento

Brazilian Samba Dance workshop @ HotPot Studios, Sacramento

 

Intro to Brazilian Samba with Johanna Xenobia
Kick your inner showgirl into high gear and embrace your WOW factor with moves straight from Rio!  Energetic and sassy, get flirty and fierce as you learn signature Samba Syndicate combinations all set to the powerful drums of Brazil. There ain’t no rest for the wicked here; Samba is all about fast footwork and integrated torso isolations that builds muscle and stamina. Uplifting and positive, you can’t help but laugh and smile your way across the dance floor. Strut like a peacock then hit the ground running like the  fast and the furious bad-ass you already are.  Joy and adrenaline rise as we sass and sweat in synchronized harmony… we Samba!
Open to all levels, dance experience a plus, all you need is willingness to try!

Sherri Wheatley in Sacramento!!!

Sherri Wheatley teaches at Hot Pot Studios, Sacramento

The Vamp”: Burlesque/Jazz Age Inspired Fusion:
Saturday, August 11 – 3pm to 5pm
Set to the engaging melody of Duke Ellington’s ‘Black and Tan Fantasy,’ this workshop features a vampy and coquettish choreography inspired by the roaring 20’s jazz age and burlesque performers from the 40’s and 50’s. We will specifically focus on carriage and efficiently moving through space while projecting as much personality as possible. This dance is specifically designed to bring out the theatrical aspects of performance. The music is also perfectly arranged to focus on musicality. Part of the choreography, for example, is set to the bold horns in the music and part of it connects to the metronome like back beat of the music. Imagine if Mae West, Theda Bara and Rita Hayworth’s character from “Gilda” had a love child who became a star member of the Ziegfeld Follies and you get the idea of what this piece is going for.

Accentuate.
Sunday, August 12 – 10am to 12pm
The ins and outs of faster paced tribal fusion bellydance: Isolations, posture, extension and building choreography: learn the fundamentals of faster paced tribal fusion bellydance. Strong emphasis is placed on developing a correct posture, muscle conditioning and flexibility training. Sharp articulation emphasizing movement and rhythm. We will drill twists, locks, drops, squares, omis and shimmies working to develop the muscles in the lower abs and pelvic area to create crisp, strong hip articulation. We will then take it a step further and move on to drilling these movements within different planes of space, such as level changes and experimenting with variations on the left and right sides of the body. Special emphasis placed on drop turns and drop twists. Students will learn how to create combinations and link them into short choreographies. The goal is to give students the tools to more effectively help link movements together to create their own combinations and to ultimately create a very complete performance. We will also discuss the elements of good stage presence and methods to creating a very strong performance persona.

Sherri Wheatley in Sacramento!!!

Sherri Wheatley teaches at Hot Pot Studios, Sacramento

The Vamp”: Burlesque/Jazz Age Inspired Fusion:
Saturday, August 11 – 3pm to 5pm
Set to the engaging melody of Duke Ellington’s ‘Black and Tan Fantasy,’ this workshop features a vampy and coquettish choreography inspired by the roaring 20’s jazz age and burlesque performers from the 40’s and 50’s. We will specifically focus on carriage and efficiently moving through space while projecting as much personality as possible. This dance is specifically designed to bring out the theatrical aspects of performance. The music is also perfectly arranged to focus on musicality. Part of the choreography, for example, is set to the bold horns in the music and part of it connects to the metronome like back beat of the music. Imagine if Mae West, Theda Bara and Rita Hayworth’s character from “Gilda” had a love child who became a star member of the Ziegfeld Follies and you get the idea of what this piece is going for.

Accentuate.
Sunday, August 12 – 10am to 12pm
The ins and outs of faster paced tribal fusion bellydance: Isolations, posture, extension and building choreography: learn the fundamentals of faster paced tribal fusion bellydance. Strong emphasis is placed on developing a correct posture, muscle conditioning and flexibility training. Sharp articulation emphasizing movement and rhythm. We will drill twists, locks, drops, squares, omis and shimmies working to develop the muscles in the lower abs and pelvic area to create crisp, strong hip articulation. We will then take it a step further and move on to drilling these movements within different planes of space, such as level changes and experimenting with variations on the left and right sides of the body. Special emphasis placed on drop turns and drop twists. Students will learn how to create combinations and link them into short choreographies. The goal is to give students the tools to more effectively help link movements together to create their own combinations and to ultimately create a very complete performance. We will also discuss the elements of good stage presence and methods to creating a very strong performance persona.

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Unmata ITS Level 3

Sarah
Instructor: Sarah

WHAT IS UNMATA ITS?
ITS stands for Improvisational Tribal Style. This style of dance is a non verbal form of communication where groups can dance together using a specific vocabulary of movements communicating the timing and variations of the vocabulary. We like to compare Improvisational Tribal Style (ITS) to a language. When learning a new language, you have to learn the root words before forming a sentence.  Because of the similarity in learning UNMATA ITS to learning a new language, we recommend that students complete the UNMATA ITS Level 1 vocabulary before taking other levels of UNMATA ITS classes at Hot Pot Studios. For more details, check out the official ITS website.

WHAT SHOULD I WEAR? Wear something you can move and be comfortable in. We will dance the whole hour, so be prepared to sweat. Common gear is yoga pants, tank tops or sports bras. For your feet: barefoot, socks or dance shoes. Hot Pot has a hard wood floor, so no street shoes please.

WHERE SHOULD I PARK? Parking around the studio is metered and goes till 10pm. There are also garages within walking distance of the studio. You do not want to park in the lot behind the studio, as this is private parking and you will be towed.

If you have any other questions, feel free to contact us.

Learn Tuvan style throat singing with Enrique Ugalde @ hot pot Studios, sacramento

Learn Tuvan style throat singing with Enrique Ugalde with Enrique Ugalde at Hot Pot Studios, Sacramento

Join us for this Khöömei workshop instructed by the most highly decorated Throat Singer outside of Tuva, Enrique Ugalde.
The workshop will take place from 2-4pm on July 8th. It will be held at Hot Pot Studios 1614 K St, Sacramento, CA 95814.
There is a $40 fee for the workshop.

We will learn the three main styles of Tuvan style throat singing: Kargyraa, Khöömei and Sygyt, their cultural and animistic contexts and application in traditional Tuvan folk music.
Enrique Ugalde has over ten years of teaching experience and has sang Tuvan style throat singing (Khöoömei) since 1998. Inspired by a live performance of Throat Singing Masters, Huun Huur Tu, he has gone on to tour the world with his own project Soriah and has traveled to the Central Asian Republic of Tuva nine times to perform, collaborate and compete as a Khöömeigie.
He won 3rd place in the 2008 Throat Singing Symposium in Tuva, the highest ranking of any non Tuvan in history.
He also won best foreigner at the 2008 Ustuu-Khuree Festival in Chadanaa Tuva.
In 2014, he won 2nd place in the Tuvan Nation Kargyraa Competition and in 2016, was recognized as the “Great Innovator of the Art of Tuvan Throat Singing”.

There is a limit of twenty students for this workshop.

ALL SKILL LEVELS ARE WELCOME!
***25% OFF FOR EACH REFERRAL! SO BRING FOUR FRIENDS AND PARTICIPATE FOR FREE!!

PRIVATE LESSONS ALSO AVAILABLE…

IF YOU’RE INTERESTED, PLEASE SEND YOUR INQUIRY IN A PERSONAL MESSAGE TO ENRIQUE UGALDE at soriah23@gmail.com.

WILD CARD! with ZOE JAKES @ Hot Pot Studios, Sacramento

Zoe Jakes dance workshop @ Hot Pot Studios, sacramento

Zoe Jakes at Hot Pot Studios August 23rd 12pm-4pm
$60 before August 1st and $70 at the door.
Paypal Zoe directly to hold your space at zoejakesdance@gmail.com

WILD CARD! 
In this workshop we will start with a long warm up,pulling from Zoe’s extensive knowledge of strengthening and flexibility exercises. Then the wild car part…Zoe’s favorite dance drills to get us sweaty and happy…and finally, a Zoe style combo just for you made on the spot. It’s magic!