WHAT: Learn a brand new dramatic Tribal Fusion-style choreography, full of surprising shapes and carefully controlled isolations. We will work on mixing the textures of the movement, ranging from smooth to staccato, while also playing with unusual timing and pauses. Intermediate to Advanced level.
WHEN: Thursdays 6.00-7.30pm, April 19, 26, May 3, 17, 24
COST: $125, $100 monthly pass student
Bellyqueen School, 440 Lafayette St, New York, NY 10003
April 19, Studio 4C on the 4th Floor
April 26 and May 3, Studio 4G on the 4th Floor
May 17 and 24, Whitebox on the 3rd Floor
WHO: Irina Akulenko is a New York City-based performer, teacher and choreographer with a burning passion for arts of all genres. Although she discovered Middle Eastern dance purely by chance, her interest in expression started at an early age and was channeled into ballet training, in addition to piano and voice lessons as well as drawing. Since 2001, Irina explored Egyptian Cabaret and American Tribal style belly dance, Flamenco and Classical Indian dances (focusing mainly on Odissi) and now enjoys fusing these styles as well as everything in between. Today, Irina performs on various New York stages and tours nationally and internationally as a soloist and as member of various stellar projects. She released three instructional DVDs with World Dance New York and has two instructional series of videos with the popular website “Howcast.com”. Furthermore, she holds a Bachelors degree in Political Science, and has a strong interest in women’s issues and visual arts. www.DanceIrina.com
Photo by Jerry Bezdikian.