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Class Descriptions

When & Where: Victoria Schedule | Cowichan Valley/Shawnigan Lake Schedule
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West African

African Dance is not just movement for movements' sake but the embodiment of poetry, history, community and transformation.

Introduction to West African Dance

Immerse yourself in the rhythms and traditions of West Africa. Bare feet and comfortable clothing are the only pre-requisites! Live Percussion.

Intermediate West African Dance

Continuing students will be able to progress at a faster pace. Higher jumps! Faster pulses! Live Percussion.

West African Dance — All Levels

"I am touched by Africa. She lives through my spirited self. She has spoken to me. I move into myself by being myself."
Everyone welcome! Live Percussion.

8-12 year olds Kids' West African / Jazz Dance

Jump, shimmy, turn and swing in an exciting new West African and Jazz rhythm and dance class! Some live percussion to accompany the dancing.

Baby & Me West African Dance

Immerse baby and you in the rhythms of West Africa. All levels are welcome. Wear comfortable clothes and a sling, wrap, snuggly or backpack to carry baby.

West African Drumming (Djembe)

Join MoonDance drummers for traditional West African rhythm and technique. Experience the benefits of hand drumming: increased clarity and focus, community building, joy and release.

Doundoun Dance Class

Love making music AND moving to it? In this class you don't have to choose. Play rhythms on the West African bass drum (doundoun) with sticks, while simultaneously carrying out dance moves! Even if you've never drummed or danced before, Mohamed makes it easy to follow. Treat yourself to a challenging new experience!

West African Dance with Aboubacar

Come laugh, dance, and drum in this lively class while enjoying a traditional cultural experience.


Other Classes

Afro-Colombian

Join Danny Mosquera for an exploration of contemporary Afro-Colombian dance. Danny's fast-paced, lively style will keep a smile on your face!

Asana Dance — Beginner/Intermediate

Find freedom of movement through strength and release. Using yoga as the foundation for an exploration of music and movement, the class builds on the body's natural abilities. No previous experience required.

Ballet for Teens and Adults

This class is for beginners and also for those who have had a bit of dance. Ballet has been 400 years in the making and the calmness and rightness of its 'barre' bringing alignment and gentle foot and body training, the poetry and grace of its adagio time in the centre, the 'dance love' enjoyment of the step section and the sheer power and exhilaration of the jumps are the elements of a ballet class.

Bellyfit Fusion Fitness

Bellydance, W. African, Bhangra, Yoga & Pilates in one seamless fitness class w/GREAT MUSIC.

Big Play

The class engages ideas and methods of presentation, is multidisciplinary, and grounded in movement. Ideas for this session are around mythical monsters, poetry and space. Instructor: Chris O'Connor

Contact Improvisation

Contact Improvisation is a structured form of movement improvisation that emphasizes the role of touch between bodies through weight sharing and weight transfer. This class provides a chance to explore the wonders of gravity and flow through body contact in a safe and playful environment. See poster

Conversational French

Learn the basics of conversing in French in a fun, creative & supportive environment.

Composition/Performance Art

Watch out! Kids have a lot to say and this class will provide strategies for those ideas to evolve into engaging performance pieces. Chris will be the ringleader for this fun and exciting class that will draw on elements such as movement, text and new technologies.

Creative Dance for Kids

Creative Dance for Kids

Kids discover the basics of rhythm and dance in a fun and high-energy class. Includes story, song, poetry, role play, improvisation and percussion. Influenced by jazz, African and Latin movements. Classes for 3-11 olds.

Dance as Healing for Mind and Body

This is a class that focuses on alignment and core to bring all parts of the body into the proper balance, relieving the stresses that occur when something is 'out of whack'. At the same time the serenity, the joy and then the sheer fun of dance are integral in the class for body and soul heal each other, bring freedom of body, peace of mind and 'joie de vivre'. The class uses music from many genres and countries.

Dance for Dancers and Dance Teachers

Dancers not only love to dance, they Have to dance—for their love of life and for their sense of who they are. This class will be shared by various teachers to give a great dance class of various styles to those who must (for the state of their happiness) ...dance.

Dance Theatre for Teens

This class gives a general dance training (elements of modern, ballet and jazz) to set things going. Non verbal theatre elements will be introduced in a variety of ways. In addition a musical theatre piece will be taught to bring the elements of stage and performance to the class. A fun alive class!

Hip Hop

Fun, funky choreography is the foundation of this class. Includes "clean" age-appropriate music, and opportunities for collaborative choreography.

Inner Wisdom Yoga

Through an in-depth exploration of single asanas, come to see the power and meaning of yoga: UNITY. Class includes warm-up, deep exploration of a yoga "pose" (asana), including journaling and time for reflection, and a final meditation.

Please note:
Lynn is not a certified yoga instructor. She has been practicing yoga all her life. (Her Mom is a yogini, and Lynn grew up doing yoga in the living room, and occasionally attending classes with her Mom. As an adult she has always had a regular practice and studied with many fabulous instructors.) She feels that her extensive dance knowledge and teaching experience allow her to effectively and safely offer this class.
This method of journaling yoga has been a transformative and deepening experience for Lynn, and she is looking forward to sharing this.
For local certified instructors, please see two of Lynn's favourites: Nicola Cusi and Robin Massey.

Introduction to Flamenco Dance

Experience the magic of Spanish Romany (gypsy) tradition through the artful movements of flamenco dance. Learn 4- and 12- count rhythm structures, hand-clapping (palmas), footwork and upper-body styling. Character shoes (preferable) or bare feet.

Introduction to North African Dance

The traditional dances of Morocco, Tunisia, and upper Egypt offer an ancient method for developing co-ordination and strengthening core muscles, while integrating posture and balance. Classes include deep stretches. Taught by a professional dancer with forty years experience.

Latin Dance

Details coming soon.

Meditation

This is not a meditation class or workshop, but rather a space for you to gather in community to meditate and share your bliss and peace. It has been noted that people find it easier to meditate in a group, and with the structure of the time set aside for that. Our actual time meditating will be approximately 1/2 hour. You do not need to sit on the floor: you can sit on a chair, or lie down, or have a moving meditation. There are no "rules" that need be adhered to! This is time for you to deepen to connect to the Source.

Modern Dance with guest teacher Jung-Ah Chung

Jung-Ah teaches a centre class that has challenging choreography, physicality, focus awareness, combinations across floor, stretching and most importantly charged with a love of dance and full of energy. The class is intended to build the foundations of technique in combinations that provide an exploration of movement and a sense of dance. The class will combine her own movement vocabulary as well.

Sacred Rhythm Stretch & Strength

This class meets the physical and the spiritual aspects of Self by deepening an internal connection to the sacred flow. Designed to cultivate strength in both your body and mind while increasing overall well-being. Groove to beats from around the world as you cultivate flexibility of body & spirit. Take time out for you in this relaxed and positive class.

Tot & Me Creative Dance and Creative Dance for 3-5 yr olds

Lori teaches conceptually ensuring that young children are gaining an appreciation and love of movement. A new dance concept is explored each week and children improvise to explore this new idea under Lori's guidance. The warm-up includes the BrainDance (copyright Anne Green Gilbert), which is a valuable support to healthy brain development in young children. Lori has taught extensively in daycares in the Victoria area.

18-36 months:
Your toddler will gain a love of dancing together with family! They will learn the basics of the BrainDance warm-up and begin exploring dance concepts in simple forms. We will follow the childrens' lead as we explore their ideas of time,space and energy.

3-5 year-olds:
Your child will expand their love of dance by engaging in exciting dance improvisations where they play with time, force and energy. An encouraging class to discover what they can do when they are invited to explore their ideas! We will bring visual art and rhythm into the dance class. Your children will be designing their own dances!

Tot & Me Dance

Explore rhythmic play and creative dance with your child in a fun and relaxed atmosphere! Includes song, story, percussion, and role play. For children aged 1 to 3 years with a caregiver participating.

Yin Stretch

An hour to focus on feeling and emphasis on easing. The practice of Yin Yoga in which asanas (postures) are held for sustained periods of time to encourage practitioners to explore possibilities, cultivate compassion and refine awareness.

Yoga Shimmy

Yoga Shimmy is a fun fusion of Hatha Yoga and introductory to beginner levels of Middle Eastern Dance (aka Belly Dance). This blend is provided to introduce you to the basics of belly dance while enjoying the benefits of a connected body, mind and spirit that yoga provides (not to mention more flexible muscles!). Our casual format takes us through a gentle yoga warm up and stretch, fun belly dance movements and choreographies followed by a yummy yoga cool down and guided relaxation. Classes are open to all levels and no prior experience in either yoga, dance or bellydance is required! Bring a yoga mat, blanket and water if you've got 'em!

Classes are ongoing so please feel free to email Robin at at any time to join in the fun.


Private lessons are also available (in Drumming, Stretch & Strength, West African, and Ballet). Workshops are available in any of these disciplines.

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