Dance Workshops

Breton dances and body perception workshops

Breton sung dances

Breton sung dances, the most ancient forms of dances in chain and round in Brittany (and, by extension, in France and western Europe), are created by singing during their execution. The singing and the repeated patterns can vary slightly regionally but they are in essence the same.
The workshops propose a study of Vannetais-Gallo and southern Brittany singing and dancing repertory.

BR I
Dances will be taught and we will practice them a few time until they’re more familiar; we can then focus on the proper stressed rhythm and singing patterns (no real need to learn the lyrics because we will focus on learning the dances).
You can download the workshop’s songs lyrics here.
BR II
Using the same song repertory covered in BR I, we will try to get more people to lead the dance as well as change leaders; we will work in groups and try to improve the leading/following skills.
(Those who want to test leading should know the songs, those who just want to dance can come too).

 

Body perception

Rotations, pirouette and spinning, either alone, in a group or in a couple are the essential movements in most dance’s styles. Folk dance has lots of occasions to spin.
Spinning can be exhilarating, but also quite difficult if you don’t have a base on how to use your body when doing it.
This workshop will center around the spinning possibilities of the human body and how to make it easier, smoother and much more funnier.

Vincent Michaud

Vincent Michaud
Vincent Michaud

Vincent Michaud is a breton-scottish dancer who studied classical ballet with Francine Lancelot for several baroque projects and, at the same time, he engaged in folk dances.
He always tried to connect folk with historical and contemporary dances to create a mix of styles capable of matching tradition and individual expressivity.

 

Old liscio workshop

“Filuzzi” is the word used in Bologna and in its province to address a peculiar style of playing and dancing the “liscio” (central Europe traditional dances, like Waltz, Mazurka and Polka), in which some steps and figures coming from ancient countryside dances (the “bâl spécc”) are still present. This is a peculiarity that many other liscio dances in Italy have lost – as some of them are standardized or have been created in dance schools.

Workshop given by Carlo Pelagalli and Celeste Geromella

 


Dances for the school and the entertainment workshop

Silvia Spicca
Silvia Spicca

Through popular dances it is possible to deepen the knowledge and the value of diversity by supporting intercultural education: dancing together hand in hand breaks barriers, encourages interactions, thanks to the respect of the patterns coming from different countries, and improves the musical and rythmic knowledge; differents styles devolp interpretation.
Dancing in school is a complete project, so we offer a workshop dedicated to teachers, educators, entertainers and whoever wants to learn simple dances not only suitable for children but also to entertainment for adults.
The workshop will offer traditional and educational dances inspired by tradition and it will be given suggestions to spred them.

Silvia Spicca

She started to study classical ballet at 6 years old; then, after the artistic high school diploma, she moved to Florence at the Tuscany’s Ballet School and started a specialization in traditional and popular dances.
In 2000 she moved to Reggio Emilia and started an apprenticeship for teaching popular dances, following Cristina Casarini (Jan Knoppers method – National Academy of Rotterdam – Holland).
In the following years, she taught at Terra di Danza and Balliamo sul Mondo, giving intercultural workshops in nursery and primary schools and evening courses for adults.
She became dancer and choreographer of these associations, always attending workshops and refresher courses with main folk dancing representatives.
Now she lives in Bologne, where she teaches at the Irish Dancing Academy Gens d’Ys in Milan, which supports courses for adults and children even in Emilia-Romagna.

 

Hatha Yoga

God Shiva, in one of his representations, is Nataraja, the master of dance who squashes “ignorance” under his feet. At the same time he is the perfect yogi, immersed in neverending blessing and samadhi.

Hata yoga starts from the lowest level, the absolute perception of our phisical, “gross” body, a basic starting point in dance, to lead the pupils up to the superconsciousness stages.

Salvo Angelico

Salvo

Salvo Angelico approached yoga very early in his life and began his learning in the well known “Yoga Academy” in Rome. While deepening his knowledge in hata yoga he also studied tantric yoga and kashmir shivaism. After several years of deep practice, he got a teacher diploma in India at the Yoga Vidya Gurukulamî Ashram held by Swami Ananda Saraswati.