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Traditional Dances of Hungary and Transylvania
Hungary has a rich inventory of traditional music that is respected well beyond its own borders. The dances are varied and are taught to a large public of all ages during workshops or live music dance evenings (tanchaz), which is another Hungarian tradition.
Azerbaïdjan and Caucasian dances
With Mariya Khan-Khoskaya and Abdullah Ibrahimov
These dances belong to several distinct categories: work dances, ritual dances, military dances and women's traditional dances. Attention is drawn to the upper part of the body: the head, the movements of the arms and hands, as well as the dancer's facial expression.
Circle Dances and Folk Dances
With Regula Büchler
Folk dances include mazurka, waltz, polka, Breton circles, branles, bourrées, rondeau and mixers. The circle dances incorporate the traditions of Greece, Serbia, Bulgaria and Israel as well as more contemporary choreographies. These dances allow for an even greater knowledge of steps and more varied movements.
Kathak (North Indian Classical Dance)
With Priscilla Gauri and Astrid
Kathak classes begin with learning and practicing foot rhythms (tatkar), as well as the vocabulary of synchronised body movements, then diverse choreographies, rhythmic sequences, as well as invocations to the hindu gods (Bandana).
With Reinaldo “Flecha” Delgado
The dances of Cuban Rumba are rich in variety: Columbia is considered to be a very ancient type of rumba, which developed from the rhythms of Abakua rituals, Xambu is a rumba with a slow tempo, Guaguanco is a dance of courtship and a game of seduction.
Viviana sees Oriental dance as a unifying force in its traditional form, because it touches upon one’s deepest being. The dance remains both sacred and feminine for her. She recognises the therapeutic powers of dance and it is with this in mind that she transmits her knowledge.
With Rajshree Suresh
Bharat Natyam is the most ancient style of traditional dance in India. It is a difficult and complex dance, in which each movement of the body (abhinaya) and each hand gesture (mudra) holds symbolic meaning. What appears to be so fluid, graceful and easy demands lengthy training and daily practice.