Blog: More on Dancing in Bali 2014

Blog: More on Dancing in Bali 2014

Dance in paradise with those who will share the techniques and beauty of classical Balinese dance forms.  Immerse yourself in the culture and traditions that spawned the dances that are performed for the gods in temple ceremonies throughout the island.  Gain personal insights into world religion and its expression in the arts.    Immerse yourself in the study of Balinese dance with an emphasis on mastering the thrilling techniques of classical Legong dance taught in its natural setting by world-class teachers.  Receive utmost care in training and the highest quality experience at the hands of these master teachers who are also practitioners.  Culminate the trip at the opening day event of the world-famous Bali Arts Festival in Denpasar, where you will see perfected the dances from all over the island and the techniques you have learned performed in front of you with the utmost grace and skill by gifted dancers who represent the best each village has to offer. It is heavenly.  It will no doubt be one of the highlights of the Bali Study Tour 2014.   Spend hours watching some of the most exquisite dance forms in the world by seasoned performers as well as younger ones who have also mastered the detailed fine points of the art.  Marvel at how costumes are wrapped around the dancer, how makeup is added, and how the final touches appear through the fresh tropical flowers that dance as part of the ornate headdresses and elaborate costumes.  See for yourself how dance is still integrated, as it has been for centuries, into numerous ceremonial customs and temple events and how special dance is on... read more
Blog:  Bali Synchronicity

Blog: Bali Synchronicity

“Symposium on Performing Arts of Southeast Asia” Featured Adjacent to Our Bali Study Tour Dance Education Blog:  “BALINESE SYNCHRONICITY” By Brenda Pugh McCutchen Dance Curriculum Designs LLC December 16, 2013   Time is said to be the enemy of the dancer: there are so few prime years to perform.  Therefore, it is good to periodically search out the uncommon dance experiences that shift our gears and thrust us, reinvigorated, into new directions.  As we mark off another year, perhaps we long to explore new worlds of dance that are completely out of the ordinary so as to shake off some of our habitual patterns. We look for dance that is profoundly enriching as well as the kind that stretches our world view of dance.  It is time to get serious about venturing into magical forms of dance with hypnotically entrancing movements and spell-binding music —the kind of dance whose ancient roots are deeply embedded in its culture. Those are the reinvigorating kind.   If you are ready to fly off to worlds unknown for something like this, here are two suggestions.   One is the “Study Tour of Dance in Bali” which Dr. Veronica Yockey and I lead from May 27-June 13, 2014.   The other is the performing arts symposium which Dr. Marcia Lloyd asks that I tell you about.  (Dr. Lloyd1, professor emeritus from Idaho State University, teaches dance education and dance for children at the University of Malaysia.  She is also a valuable link to Southeast Asian dance community.)  She and I believe this symposium will be stimulating.  We also believe it to be a... read more
Blog: 30 Reasons to Dance in Bali

Blog: 30 Reasons to Dance in Bali

“30 REASONS TO DANCE IN BALI” May 27-June 13, 2014 By Brenda Pugh McCutchen Dance Curriculum Designs LLC January 1, 2014 30 Reasons to Dance in Bali:   Learn new dance forms from an exotic culture. Attend authentic dance performances every day. Take classes daily with seasoned artists and performers. Immerse yourself in Balinese culture, arts, community, values, and traditions. Visit dancers and artists in settings where they live and work. Absorb the glorious sounds of gamelan music. Take dance classes in outdoor bales of family compounds and in lovely surroundings. Stay in small local hotels that overlook green vistas and sculpted rice terraces. Explore the highest temple on the island of Bali where there are no tourists. Dress in Balinese batiks and temple clothing for special occasions. Learn to perform dances from the traditional Balinese repertory in an authentic setting. Learn how to wear the exotic dance regalia of the Balinese dance forms you learn, and dance in beautiful fabrics and accessories. Eat authentic Balinese cuisine every day. Learn to cook Balinese specialty dishes in our traditional cooking classes. Weave traditional bamboo offerings and decorate them with flower petals. Take lessons in related art forms that deepen your artistic experience in Bali. Visit the Agung Rai Museum of Art in Ubud to get an overview of the visual arts in Bali. Attend the opening day of the acclaimed “2014 Bali Arts Festival.” Visit the Neka Museum to appreciate the three main painting styles of central Bali. Walk through the sculpted rice terraces to grasp the intricate way water is shared throughout the island. Take in the mask... read more

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