We so often dance with ourselves in mind, tediously perfecting our technique and focusing on our toes, extension, and port de bras. Since it is the time of year for giving, particularly with the havoc Sandy has recently wrought on our area, what better to do then dance selflessly in honor of hurricane victims?
We will dance together at Ballet Blast, a modern-inspired ballet class taught by Christina Ilisije. Amanda Turner, ballet dancer turned yogi and ayurvedic practitioner, will start us off with a brief seminar and guided meditation focusing on heart-centered intentions to get us out of our own judgements and minds and place our thoughts on things greater and more purposeful. Damien Bassman will be there on drums to continue to propel our minds and bodies through space as we pirouette, battement, and jeté!
There is a $15 minimum donation for those taking the dance class. You can pay in advance online, or cash only at the door. Everyone is welcome to come join in the meditation or watch class and make a donation of your choice.
Donations will be gladly accepted even if you cannot attend the event. All profits will be donated to Sandy relief efforts.
Most importantly please spread the word to other dancers who would like to participate in this mindful class, and non-dancers alike who want to support dancing selflessly for a worthy cause. Invite your friends, help spread the word, and let's make an impact!
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Living-Dance is an ongoing blog following the thoughts and experiences of Christina Ilisije as she navigates the industry and performs around the world with Parsons Dance. These reflections manifest physically in Ballet Blast, a modern-inspired ballet class open for dancers who wish to focus on uninhibited performance, fearless risk-taking, and full potential of movement.
Ballet barré readily incorporates a freely moving torso while simultaneously coordinating and articulating our lower limbs with acute precision. Center work consists of expansive movements, melding modern release swing of the limbs and extreme spiraling of the torso with balletic finesse and suppleness through series of sailing pirouettes and boundless jumps.