LARA MCINTOSH believes that anyone who moves is already a dancer. She has danced all her life. As a performer, teacher, and choreographer,
Lara explores rhythm, spirit, craft, and community to unlock the movement potential in others. An active member of the Seattle drum-and-dance communities for many years, her Afro-infused dance style is inspired by travels to Brazil and Mali, West Africa. “Wassa” is the Bambara name Lara received during one of her visits to Mali. It means “one who acts for joy and fulfillment.” Her curiosity about movement and cultures, combined with a deep love for music, are lifelong muses. She offers residencies in local schools and intensive retreat-style workshops internationally. (Photo by Michael Harthorne)
MARLA SIMMS started her love affair with the human body and it’s magic from the inside out. She experienced the boldness and explosive energy of a gymnast in her youth.
During her teens and beyond, she discovered qualities of movement under the loving and eclectic watch of teachers and choreographers. She then turned to the focus of exploration of other’s bodies through the study and practice of massage. She has been a massage practitioner and massage educator for 20 years. For Marla, the body continues to be a venue of art, joy, and discovery.
Included in this 7-day sweet island style retreat are: daily dance intensives, 3 delicious buffet daily meals and use of Kalani’s grounds, Olympic size pool, sauna and 2 hot tubs. Registration requires $250 deposit. Final payments are due February 15, 2012.
Non-dancing companions are welcome based on available space at Kalani. There is a $50 admin fee for non dancers.
Please call Kalani's Guest Services at 800-800-6886 to book airport shuttles. $65 for individual ride and $45 shared.
Fees per person:
9 - Ocean Cottage
8 - Ocean Loft
7 - Tropical Cottage
6 - Tropical Loft
5 - Tree House Room
4 - Bungalow Room
3 - Lodge Room (private bath)
2 - Lodge Room (shared bath)
1 - Campsite
*** Airfare, car rental and incidental ground travel expenses are not included in the price of this retreat. If you decide to arrive early or stay longer, you will need to make your own lodging arrangements at the place of your choice.
*For island residents or vacationers wishing to attend the daily dance intensive without Kalani residence or meals, drop-in rates per class and weekly options are available as space allows. Pre-registration is strongly suggested for this option--which also includes a Kalani day pass with each class/series purchased. Lodging and meal options at Kalani may be purchased separately through Kalani.
Kalani Honua Retreat Center: Kalani means Harmony of Heaven and Earth and is located on 19 coastal acres of tropical beauty on the SE coast of Hawaii. Dramatic lava cliffs provide a haven for sunbathers, stargazers, whale watchers and those seeking a deep connection with the earth and sea.
Other offerings at Kalani at additional cost include:
Hawaiian and Thai massage, Yoga, Bodywork, Watsu (water-based bodywork) and Hawaiiana/Hula Classes.
For more info on Kalani: www.kalani.com
HPDC offers your teen a unique summer dance experience, receiving intensive dance training while enjoying the beauty and majesty of Hawaii.
Our curriculum: ballet, jazz, modern, ballroom, aerial and hula. With a performance at the end.
We explore volcanology, astronomy, and the land and culture of Hawaii.
About the Facilitator(s)
Katya Surrence began studying ballet at the age of five with Mahri Coshever. Later adding jazz, tap, voice, acting and ballroom, with Pierre Dulaine (Mad Hot Ballroom and Take The Lead) and Yvonne Marceau. to her training. She performed in regional ballet companies, in several musicals and films, in revues in dinner theaters and casinos. on cruise ships and with American Ballroom Theatre. She has taught in California, the Bahamas, Japan, Guam and New Jersey and New York. Recently she choreographed a national commercial for DISNEY with four of her students. Katya believes that proper technique is important but must be combined with the joy of movement as well.
On the Big Island of Hawaii, we will honor the Goddess and doing so, honor ourselves. Shakti Sunfire, Marni Sclaroff and Marla Leigh will facilitate this week of wonder, of community, of discovery and of deep honoring as we sync up; strong spirit, strong body, strong mind, to the pulse of the feminine heart.
About the Facilitator(s)
Shakti Sunfire is a vibrant and passionate teacher of hoop dance and yoga. Now a resident of San Francisco, she draws on her own experiences and her heavy participation in the community to encourage unfettered self-expression centered in the heart. Her message is one of radical self acceptance. She teaches and performs internationally. www.shaktisunfire.com
Marni Sclaroff is an artist, bellydancer, and yogini. She teaches Anusara Inspired yoga as an act of service to the creative and ecstatic unfolding of the Universe. She holds a Masters Degree in Art Education which informs her yoga practice and teaching on many levels. She has appeared on the cover of Yoga Journal magazine, and her poetry is being published in the new book, "The Poetry of Yoga". She lives and teaches in San Francisco. www.yogaanahata.com
Marla Leigh Goldstein is one of the few leading female specialists in the ancient Middle Eastern frame drum. She carries the gift of being an inspiring, energetic and patient teacher who offers drumming workshops and retreats worldwide. She also accompanies many artists in the West Coast Kirtan and World Music scene, leads her own ensemble, ³RHYTHMJUJU², and performs a unique solo show. Her music has been featured on the movies "Bold Native" and "The Cellist", as well as on Hala Khouri's "Yoga for Stress Relief" DVD. Marla has released an instructional DVD, Time Zone² and designed her own signature series frame drum with Cooperman Drum Company, and is currently working on her debut album, ³Rhythms in Peace". www.marlaleigh.com
Fees include workshop, meals, accommodations, and use of Kalani's facilities including pool, hot tub and sauna. Also includes group yoga classes, hoop classes, drumming classes, dance parties, vision board materials and more.
$600 non-refundable deposit due by November 1st and remainder due by December 1st
LAST MINUTE SPECIAL: PAY THE CAMPING RATE OF $1175 AND STAY IN A LODGE ROOM WITH A SHARED BATH!
We invite you to drink in some fun this winter! Join us for a new, dynamic collaboration where Melina’s Seasonal Vinyasa Ayurvedic insights, Chiara’s core-awakening style of yoga, and Lara’s Afro-infused Wassa Dance (Afro-infused blend of elemental movement) come together to nourish your body, lift your spirits, and shake your bootie to kick off the winter season.
About the Facilitator(s)
Chiara is a licensed massage therapist, practicing since 1983, teaches Anatomy for Yoga Teacher Trainings, and is certified w/Ana Forrest and Shari Friedrichsen. Chiara cultivates balance, awareness of center, and stillness within movement.
Melina has been exploring yoga and nutrition for over 16 years. She is the author of the Art of Sequencing, and produced, Yoga for the Seasons DVD. Robert Svoboda, Scott Blossom, and Sarah Powers continue to influence her practice.
Lara is a teacher, choreographer and performer whose curiosity and deep love of music, movement and culture are the muses for her life work. Lara explores rhythm, spirit, craft and community to unlock movement potential and inspire the dancer in each person.
During these dates we have 3 exciting and different programs for learning and developing belly dance techniques and enjoyment. PART 1 Belly Dance with two world class belly dance celebrities; Fahtiem and Delilah and drum classes with Erik Brown. Both are very seasoned and dedicated teachers who love this art and how it empowers our lives. Open to all levels. PLUS an Instructors program with Delilah will run concurrently. Seriously ALL LEVELS ARE WELCOME. Must see details on her web site.
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(www.delilahs-belly-dance-retreat.com) because the prices change closer to date. We have perks for EARLY BIRDs!
Participants ages 16 and up from "absolute" beginners to advanced level aerialists will experience 5 days of aerial training including Aerial Tissue, Static Trapeze and Lyra. The retreat will include Tricks and Moves, Doubles Work, Choreography and Low Flying aerial dance. Participants will end their week in a final day of Performance. Hosted by Kalani Oceanside Retreat on the Big Island of Hawaii.
About the Facilitator(s)
Tresa Honaker: Tresa Honaker’s aerial studies include Hollywood Aerial Arts, Cirque LA, Aloft, San Francisco Circus School and Trapeze Arts. Tresa is one of the founding members of The Movement Alliance and Founder and Artistic Director of AirAligned aerial dance group and AirAligned Academy. Tresa directs and performs throughout the United States for Corporate, Private and Commercial events.
Joe Simms: In 2002 Joe Simms joined The Movement Alliance. Joe is now a principal performer and soloist with AirAligned. Joe has a background in Martial Arts with a black belt in Tae Kwon Do and Jujitsu. Master classes include; Velocity in Seattle Washington, Conduit Dance Company in Portland Oregon, The Edge in Los Angeles, aerial intensives with Ingrid Hoffman L.A. and Isadora Duncan Dance Company. Currently Joe is owner of Pilates Body in Nevada City. Working as a body worker, aerial and Pilates Instructor.
Wailana Simcock: Since 2001, he has taught aerial dance, modern dance, yoga, Hawaiian studies and language classes at Kalani Honua in Kalapana where he currently lives. He has choreographed for the Puna Men’s Chorus, Stargate Theater, Samadhi Hawai‘i and has created solo and group works. In January 2011, Wailana founded his own performing arts group Wai Company with mission to inspire and educate dance theater me nā mea Hawaiʽi through classes and performances. He is also the Artistic and Project Director of the annual Kalani Performing Arts Festival.
DURING THE DAY, diverse and beautiful attractions beckon you to explore: dramatic waterfalls, black sand beaches, lava deserts, and lush tropical rainforests evocative of the 'old' South Seas are just some of the wonders. Here, uncommon beauty is commonplace. You can set out to watch dolphins play, snorkel calm-water tide pools alive with colorful fish, or dip into warm springs.
About the Facilitator(s)
BARE NECESSITIES, a fine quartet renowned for its unique presentation of English Country Dance music, consists of Earl Gaddis and Mary Lea (violin and viola), Peter Barnes (flute and whistles), and Jacqueline Schwab (piano). Performing music from the 17th through 21st centuries, they have played for concerts, festivals, workshops, balls and dance camps across the United States and in Canada, Scotland, England and beyond. In the course of concertizing and dance playing, they have become increasingly free in their improvisatory explorations of these beautiful melodies. The resulting sound is that of both chamber and folk music, yet extraordinary inventive and playful with its interweaving of harmonies and countermelodies.
As a group, Bare Necessities has recorded more than a baker's dozen CD's to date. Individually, Peter, Jacqueline, Mary and Earl are well-known and well-traveled musicians within the Contra and Scottish dance communities.
Scott Higgs began dancing in college, and started teaching soon thereafter (when the knowledgeable dancers graduated !). For 25 years he has traveled the country (25 states and 6 foreign countries) calling for contras and English country dances. Dancers characterize Scott’s contras as “high-energy” and “swingy.” His English dance programs span the spectrum from exuberant to elegant. Scott has composed dozens of dances, and served as President of the Germantown Country Dancers. His first booklet of dance compositions, Early One Morning, appeared in the last century (!). Dances from that collection have been performed across the U.S. and Europe, and reprinted in anthologies in the U.S. and the U.K. In recent years, Scott has led weeklong workshops at Pinewoods, Buffalo Gap, Mendocino, Ashokan, and Mainewoods Camps. From 2004-2006, CDSS hired Scott to design and lead special intensive courses for English Dance Leaders. In 2007 and 2008, Scott was Program Director for English American Week at Pinewoods. Scott’s latest enthusiasm: Renegade Morris, now entering its sixth season of high-energy dancing.
Joanna Reiner has taught English dance, Scottish dance and longsword for over a decade. Nationally supported for her clear, supportive, spirited calling, Joanna's calling has taken her from Amherst to Ann Harbor, from NEFFA to NOMAD, including several Pinewoods sessions. She co-leads Germantown Country Dance's English country demonstration team, is an avid dance gypsy, and in her spare time, works to support her dance habit.
George Marshall, originator and producer of Tropical Dance Vacation, is a full-time musician, caller and dance teacher, touring nationally year-round. His specialty is teaching and calling the New England-style contra dances he has collected throughout the country. George is renowned for his knack of matching music to dance and for smooth, concise teaching and presentation.
Join Joti in an amazing week of healing and nourishing your mind, body, and soul in Paradise.
• Design lifestyle changes through breathing techniques for stress, illness, and balance.
• Try Fusion Yoga
• Have an amazing adventure of fun, frolic, and relaxation
About the Facilitator(s)
tada drastuh svarupe avasthanam
The seer abides in their true nature when the fluctuations or judgments of the mind or consciousness are stilled the radiance of the soul shines through like the sun bursting through the clouds and the true nature is revealed as unconditional love and gratitude for things being exactly how they are.
Under the mentorship of Richard Koob, Guru Terra Singh, and Joel Stirling, Joti (www.jotifitness.com) began a paradigm shift almost a decade ago. Now Joti is sharing the Aloha around the world in the form of music, dance, acting, fitness private and group training, yoga, yoga nutritional therapy, meditation as medicine, food as medicine, wellness coaching, nurturing and being nurtured.
Joti received an Advanced Yoga Degree from the Australian Yoga Academy based in Iyengar and Hatha Yoga, has been certified
through AFAA and ACE as a private & group trainer, BOSU Master Taininer, Balast Ball, Kettle Bell, Pilates Mat, Aquafit, Kickboxing, New York City Ballet Workout, TRX, Smart Bell, Cycling, Cardio Ball, and more.
Nationally and Internationally, Joti has been sought after as a fitness expert for over a decade promoting new fitness modes and information on ABC, Morning show, KRON 4, CBS, and PBS Networks as well as Shape Magazine, Men’s Health, GQ, SF Chronicle, SF Magazine, SF Bay Club Magazine, Athletic Club Magazine, GSC Newsletter, online, and radio. As a performer you may have seen Joti in Milk, Mission St Rhapsody, as Bernardo in the 50th Anniversary performance of West Side Story, in the new series in Australia of Winners and Losers, commercials internationally or heard him on itunes. Joti means light. It is about reflecting the light of you.
The price for offsite/tuition only (no meals or lodging) is $700. This rate includes a Kalani pool pass for the week.
If you are traveling from the mainland U.S., there has been amazing fares from Oakland, San Francisco, and Phoenix you can fly to Hilo for a little more or fly to Honolulu and transfer to Hilo Airport arrange for a shuttle through the Kalani. If you are travelling from Australia www.jetstar.com.au to Honolulu then transfer to Hilo Airport arrange for a shuttle through the Kalani.
Brazil born, dancer and Yogi Andrea Torres is the Founder and Director of Hawaii’s only Aerial Company SAMADHI HAWAII. Andrea is the original aerialist/acrobatas Hina, the moon goddess, in the acclaimed 'Ulalena production at the Maui Theatre in Lahaina by ARRA Montreal. Torres' is a recipient of the Choreography Award by the State Foundation on Culture and the Arts. Heraerial work has appeared with Iona Contemporary Dance Theatre, Tau Dance Theatre, Sonny Ching's Halau Na Mamo o Pu'uanahulu in Hawaii and Japan, I ka Wa Kahiko-Haleakala Productions, Honua'ula Luau at Maui Marriott Wailea, Nohelani Cipryano “Nostalgic Hawaii” Show at Hale Koa Hotel, Art Spree at TCM, Bank of Hawaii’s family Sunday at The Art Academy, Live from the Lawn at Hawaii State Art Museum, Youth Fair at The State Capitol, Na Hoku Hano Hano Awards, Raiatea Helm at The Hawaii Theatre and in collaboration with Hawaiian Musician Makana and Grammy nominee Jeff Peterson.
Jackie Pualani Johnson
Jackie Pualani Johnson is a tenured professor of Drama and Chair of the Performing Arts Department at the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo (UHH) since June of l979. While at the UHH, she has developed and taught courses in: Introduction to Theatre; Beginning and Advanced Acting; Acting Troupe; Directing; Stage Makeup; Costuming; Lyric Theatre; Oral Interpretation of Literature, and Survey of Dramatic Literature. She has also been the Program Coordinator for the Arts, Nā Pua No'eau, Center for Gifted and Talented Native Hawaiian Children and has been nominated for Ke Kūkui Mālamalama Education Award, Office of Hawaiian Affairs, Spring 2000. She was the first Recipient of Faculty Community Service Award in 1996, from Hung Wo and Elizabeth Lau Ching Foundation for outstanding service among UH System faculty. She has been featured in national Humanities magazine article, entitled, Dreaming of a Nation Within a Nation, March 1995. Ms. Johnson was an invited attendee at President Clinton’s White House for ceremony honoring recipients of the National Arts and Humanities Awards in September of 1994, on behalf of the Hawai‘i Council for the Humanities. She was also awarded in UHH Chancellor's Lecture Series, Performer/Lecturer, A Woman's Influence: Hawai‘i Nei in 1990. Ms. Johnson has received scholarships for; Hoʽokupu: An Offering of Literature by native Hawaiian Women; as Co-editor for Book Review of Victoria Nālani Kneubuhl’s collection, Hawai‘i Nei: Island Plays, The Contemporary Pacific, a journal of the University of Hawai‘i Press; Professor Vilisoni Hereniko’s play, Fine Dancing; and for the Afterword to the publication of Pacific playwright John Alexander Kneubuhl’s trilogy of plays, Think of a Garden. She received her M.A. degree in Theater from the University of Colorado, 1978. Ms. Johnson has also taken classes in Hawaiian language and culture at the University of Hawaii at Hilo from 1982-1999.
Kaʽenaalohakauʽikaukehakeha Hopkins, Hula
Kaʻenaalohaokauʻikaukehakeha Aoe Hopkins, from as far back as she can remember, grew up around hula as her father and mother both danced for Nā Kumu Hula Robert Uluwehi Cazimero of Hālau Nā Kamalei and Leināʻala Heine Kalama of Nā Pualei o Likolehua. At the early age of 5 and a half, Kaʻena formally started her hula training with Hālau O Nā Maoli Pua, under the direction of Kumu Hula, Alicia K. Smith & her daughter, Piʻilaniwahine Smith. As a performing arts student at Kamehameha, she was a dancer in the yearly hōʻike program all four years. She was also a member of Hawaiian Ensemble (hula) & Concert Glee Club (singing) her sophomore, junior and senior years, where she was the alakaʻi or line captain for both groups her senior year. Kaʻena was fortunate to travel to Waikoloa, Aotearoa, Tahiti and Rapa Nui as a student while at Kamehameha Schools.
In 1998, Kaʻena started dancing hula for her father, Karl “Veto” Kamaluikauakokohaʻaheoināpali Baker and Michael Nālanakilaʻekolu Casupang, Nā Kumu Hula of Hālau I Ka Wēkiu. She will soon begin training in a special class that will culminate in a traditional graduation or ʻūniki ceremony in 2013. As a member of Hālau I Kā Wēkiu, Kaʻena has travelled to Japan & the East Coast where she had the honor of performing at the prestigious dance venue, Jacobʻs Pillow in Massachusetts. She has danced in the Merrie Monarch Festival since 2001, and in 2006 she was chosen to represent her hālau in the Miss Aloha Hula competition, where she was 3rd runner up & the winner of the ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi or Hawaiian language award for excellence.
Kaʻena moved to Hilo in 2003 to go to University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo where she is soon to get her B.A in Hawaiian Language and a minor in Anthropology. She is currently a Special Education Assistant at Ka ʻUmeke Kāʻeo, a charter school in Keaukaha.
Brett Fouvargue, Sound Design & Technical Production
Brett has produced sound design for such local artists as ‘Ekolu, O-shen, Jon Yamasato, Keahiwai, Lāhaina Grown, and Starr Kalahiki. He has also worked with the acclaimed show on Maui, ‘Ulalena as their sound engineer for 9 years. Following ‘Ulalena, he was sound engineer Waikiki Nei in O ‘ahu, ‘Ulalena’s sister show.
Wailana Simcock, Aerial Dance, Modern Dance
Born in Angeles City, Philippines to a Filipina mother and Kiwi father, he was raised on O'ahu from age five. His multi-cultural identity and immigrant status has critically influenced his dance and art. In 1995, he became principal dancer for the award winning modern dance company Pearl Ubungen Dancers and Musicians (PUDM) of San Francisco, traveling with them to New York, Minnesota, Wisconsin and the Philippines. While in the San Francisco Bay Area, he had the opportunity to work and study with such innovators as: Steamroller, Kunstoff, Terry Sendgraff, Kathleen Hermesdorf, Joe Goode, and Barbra Dilley of Naropa University. Through his full time work with PUDM, he also became Artist Teacher in the San Francisco Unified School District teaching creative movement to children and later for the Hawaii Public School System upon his return in 2000. He then joined and performed with Iona Dance Theater, Tau Dance Theater and the pre-eminent aerial dance troupe, Samadhi Hawai‘i. Wailana graduated from the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo in 2006 with a Liberal Arts degree he penned, “Culture and Performance in Contemporary Hawai’i”--bridging Hawaiian Studies with the Performing Arts. In June of 2007, he joined the ground breaking production of ‘Ulalena by ARRA Montreal in Lāhaina, Maui. In 2008, he was part of the original cast of Waikiki Nei, the sister show to 'Ulalena. Through his studies, he has been using the Hawaiian language exclusively to teach creative movement. He has taught at the Hawaiian Immersion Ka ‘Umeke Kāʽeo and now at Nāwahīokalaniʽopuʽu. Since 2001, he has taught aerial dance, modern dance, yoga, Hawaiian studies and language classes at Kalani Honua in Kalapana where he currently lives. He has choreographed for the Puna Men’s Chorus, Stargate Theater, Samadhi Hawai‘i and has created solo and group works. In January 2011, Wailana founded his own performing arts group Wai Company with mission to inspire and educate dance theater me nā mea Hawaiʽi through classes and performances. He is also the Artistic and Project Director of the annual Kalani Performing Arts Festival.
Rates for the Puna Music Festival are Kalani Experience rates. Fee includes classes, meals, lodging, cultural excursions and Festival activities. Come for entire 14 days (13 nights) and receive free airport shuttles.