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Open Drills & Lux Study with Heather Labonté @ HotPot Studios - Loft 1
Feb 23 @ 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm

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
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Sword Intensive with Belladonna at Hot Pot Studios @ HotPot Studios - Loft 1
Mar 15 @ 7:00 pm – Mar 17 @ 3:00 pm

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.