April’s Workshop ! ! !
Hey lovely GODS!!
Hope You Are All Having Happy Sunny Sunny Sunny Days!!
Thanks to those gods who made it to Jahrobics GODS in March! We moved to the dub and got hot in prep for the sun coming out! If you feel the need to sweat out the hangover again, anyone, we do it every other Sunday downstairs in Sleazy’s at 2pm! Next one is 28th April!
Coming up for you in April…
Traditional Indian Dance taught by Pooja Priolkar!
She has this to say about the workshop:
Along with body movements and footwork, Bharatanatyam dance involves facial expressions, eye movements, neck movements, head movements and hand gestures.
It is advisable to wear some stretchable or loose clothes as you will have to sit, bend or lift your legs during the course of the dance.
You may also carry pen and notepad if you wish to note down the unique names of all the steps, movements and hand gestures.
on the Saturday 27th April
at the CCA in the theatre space.
you can check it out here:
We hope many of you are able to make it and we see you on the 27th!
Much love from your GODS admin team
Julia, Romany and Ashanti
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March’s Workshop ! ! !
Hello lovely GODS MEMBERS! ! !
Hope you are all moving around lots to stay warm in this crazy spring time snow! jeez Scotland!…..WHERES THE SUN AT ???
A MASSIVE THANK YOU TO DOMINIKA AND JOHN FOR AN AMAZING TANGO WORKSHOP AND A BEAUTIFUL PERFORMANCE!
So…. next up…we have a slightly different kind of workshop happening… but still equally great and equally packed with booming dancing energy!!!
This months workshop will be…….. JAH ROBICS! !! yes aye!!!
Its been a while and to celebrate its return..we wanna make it macca! So hopefully we will see lots of you down there!!!!
Jah Robics is a rootical workout inna da live dub session… big tunes played by Joshua! AKA..Spiritual Fingers…. dance led by Ashanti, Julia and Romany!!!
NEW MOVES….NEW TUNES….BIG MOVES…..AND BIG BIG TUNES…… ! ! ! ITS GONNA BE MIGHTY HOT!… WEAR YOUR SHORTS!!!
when and where???
* SUNDAY 31ST*
@ 2PM - 3PM
@ NICE N SLEAZYS’ ON SAUCHIHALL STREET!!!!!
AND ITS TOTALLY FREE ! ! ! YAY!!!!!!
ONE LOVE ALL
SEE YOU SOON! ! !
R + A + J X X X X X
February’s Workshop ! ! !
Hello GODS Peoples!!!
Firstly we wanna say a massive thank you to Filomenna and Jayne for their Taranta workshop in January!!! It was a wonderful day packed with things to take away with you, it was great to learn the steps of an old tradition and to explore both the trance and healing element of this dance form! So a big warm thanks to them. And a big thanks to all of you for coming down too….it was so busy!!! And really nice to see some new faces!
Hope yous is all fly…. ? we r comin’ at you with some more exciting G.O.D.S news….. ! !
So……next up……we have ….
Argentinian Tango…..! ! !
Led by Dominika and John.
Sunday 24th Feburary
2.30pm - 4pm
@ Kinning Park Complex
on 40 Cornwall street…. easiest way to get there is the tube to ‘Kinning Park’ stop…and its just there! Big red brick building.
Argentine Tango is an improvised dance which originated in Buenos Aires in mid to late 19th century. Not to be mistaken for ballroom Tango, which is very different! It’s a dance where two people connect and become one…, a form of ‘dialog’/partnership, where you build trust in one another to make it work well and to be enjoyable. We teach authentic Argentine Tango with classic steps - simple, yet elegant, with a friendly approach, which in turn has created a warm atmosphere! They say - anyone who can walk, can do tango at any age, any time…. can’t dance, won’t dance - all welcome!!!
P.S - Argentine Tango has recently started being used as a marital therapy! (apparently cheaper than divorce lawyer’s fees!)
For anyone who is really keen to learn Tango on a weekly basis, Dominika and John currently teach in Glasgow University Union on a Sundays from 7pm until 8pm, both students and non students welcome.
Please wear comfortable clothes and shoes, not boots or trainers if you have them!!!
See you all there we hope!
J + A+ R
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January’s G.O.D.S ! ! ! + Happy 2013 ! ! !
Hello lovely GODS peoples!
HAPPY NEW YEAR TO YOU ALL! …. We made it….2013 ! ! !….. the world didn’t end! YUS! !!!!!
We hope that the festive period was wonderful and joyous for you all! We are very happy to be back and to be beginning the new year with more wonderful dancing…especially in January….with cold bones and big belly’s…we all need to do some moving!
Next up…we have another incredibly exciting event ……… January’s workshop is …..
Taranta Dance led by Filomenna and Jayne
Saturday 26th January
11 AM - 2 PM
CCA 5 , Glasgow!
All ages welcome and free for all.
“The dance tradition called Taranta (or Pizzica ) originated in the region of Salento (Puglia) but has deep and ancient roots in Ancient Greece ( of which the South of Italy was a part) with ramifications farther a field in the Mediterranean Cultures and especially the Arab Africa.
This dance was used as a ‘cure’ for different forms of unhappiness and emotional distress. Those afflicted by these where said to have been bitten by a poisonous spider (Tarantula) and therefore needed to be treated by way of dancing to rhythms and sounds appropriate to the type of spider they had been bitten by, so that the poison could be expelled through their movements, heat and emotional release. Alongside this, a folk, community dance tradition has developed which these days, is danced in festivals, parties and community events in many different styles throughout all the Southern regions of Italy.
We will also introduce the healing tradition that is rooted in the dance by exploring some aspects of it through a shamanic perspective. Shamanism is one of the most ancient traditions known to mankind. It’s roots are found all over the world and are based in the idea that everything has a ‘life energy’ including animals, trees, rivers and mountains, and that as we dance through life we share our worlds as caretakers for the planet. The healing aspects of Shamanism share some of the ancient roots of the Taranta and you will be guided to ‘journey’ with the drum to relax, restore and re balance after experiencing the world of the Taranta dance.
In our workshop we will learn the basic steps of this vibrant folk dance-to-the-drum in the style of Salento and create a circle dance ‘party’ to ignite and reawaken our vital and creative energy.
Please wear comfortable clothing and shoes, the floor in the CCA is nice though so barefoot is definetly an option.
Also if you have a scarf that you really like, or a piece of fabric that resembles a scarf or a shawl that is your favourite colour or something…then please bring it along to the workshop! If you have lots of scarves, perhaps you could bring a few, just in case others don’t have one. Also, no worries if you don’t have any…. We will bring lots ! ! !
That’s all folks…we hope to see lots of you there… its going to be wonderful!
much love always from your gods team,
Romany, Julia and Ashanti!!!
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First up…many many thanks to the few of you that made it out in the snow last Sunday night to celebrate our first birthday and AGM…It was lovely!!!
NEXT UP ! ! ! :
LAST WORKSHOP OF 2012!!!….
THIS COULD BE THE LAST ONE EVER…!!///??WHO KNOWS IF 2013 WILL EVER APPEAR……ooohhhhhh
……..its real cold outside….our bones are cold……SO we got to keep on moving…….!!!………. you got to keep on moving!!!
WE PRESENT…….. :
Tai Chi Chuan Workshop & Screening, led by Malcolm Pollock.
Saturday 22 December
2:00pm!!! @ the CCA
All happening in the CCA’s big Gallery Space! ( pretty exciting!)
FREE AS ALWAYS! ! !
This workshop came about through the recent exhibition, What We Have Done, What We Are About To Do, which explored the Third Eye Centre’s archive. It will cover developments in Ian Cameron’s teachings since his Tai Chi Chuan seminars in the Third Eye Centre in 1977. Malcolm Pollock, Ian Cameron’s student, will lead an open workshop in the same space, which is now the CCA’s large gallery. The workshop will be documented and the footage will be stored alongside the original documentation of Ian’s classes. A Tai Chi Chuan workshop 35 years on: to close the circle, so to speak. The original footage will be screened in the CCA gallery as part of the event.
Although this workshop is free, you can book your place via the CCA to ensure that your in!!
We hope to see lots of you there..its a REAL special one..!!!
Please be on time!
And please wear loose and comfy clothing!
And Much Much Love to you all…wishing you all a very happy jolly festive season….eat lots, dance lots and see you ALL real soon!!!!! ITS BEEN AN AMAZING YEAR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! T H A N K Y O U A L L ! ! !
P.S- Next Jah Robics Sessions are:
This Saturday (8th) 2pm, downstairs at Nice n Sleazys!!!
And then the following Saturday (15th) 2 pm, downstairs at Nice N Sleazys!!!
NEW MOVES….NEW TUNES….GET DOWN!!! AND GET VIBES!!!
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AGM+ First Birthday Party!!!
U R 1!
SO U ARE HAVING A PARTY!
The celebrations will happen at Kinning Park Complex
this sunday! at 7 PM till 9PM.
There will be
- photos from the years dancing!
- food! bring something to share if you can
- music! bring a song if you wanna, we got a big PA!
- dancing! bring a move if you got one
- chatting, us asking what you like, what you don’t like… much chance to appraise gods, bring suggestions if you have any!
- ritual welcoming of Ashanti!!!! you can’t bring one! there is only one ashanti!
- speechez! bring a speech if you got one!
This night is really important to GODS and how we continue together, please come if you can! Your contribution is essential to this community and really super welcome.
Please let us know if you are coming or are not coming, and any dietary requirements and desires you have!
Julia Ashanti and Romany
Hello all you lovely GODS…..! ! !
First up…we wanna say a huge huge thanks to Siobhan and Suzie for last months hula hooping skills workshop ….everyone had a lot a lot of fun and we reckon there’s gonna be hula hoops requested on many peoples Christmas lists this year !!! ……You better be ready Santa!!!
Next up…we are continuing to support the wonderful activities of this incredible duo and are inviting you all to join us for a G.O.D.S day out to the Rollerstop Disco! This Sunday(18th) at Kelvin Hall, 4 - 6PM!
We will pay your entry fee!!! …… AMAZING!!!
All you got to do is reply to this email as soon as you can (by thursday morning please!) … saying that YES you want to come and then tell us YOUR SHOE SIZE!.….
EASY PEASY SKATING SQUEAZY ! ! !
That’s all folks… its short and incredibly sweet ! ! ! …
Hope to hear from ALL OF YOU soon….
Romany, Julia….and …….
(OMG - She has joined us…!!! The mighty Ashanti is now an official member of the GODS commitee….please, everyone give her a huge round of applause and lots of welcoming love!))…we couldn’t be happier!
W E L C O M E A S H …….
W E’ V E A L L B E E N W A I T I N G ! ! !
HELLO BEAUTIFUL GODS!
hi wonderful bodies! It’s been too long since we moved together!
Firstly, we want to offer the fattest thank you to Ashanti Sharda Harris for her incredible generosity leading us on a wonderful day at Wiston Lodge in September. I am still feeding off the book she made us and the thoughts I had that day and really appreciated Ash’s amazing ability to share what she knows in a really playful, whilst caring way. THANK YOU !!
Next time - this time!!!
We invite you to hula hoop with us! and Suzie and Siobhan from Rollerstop!
It will be a bit like this but warmer!
As ever, this will be for total beginners, and as ever, we encourage you to come if you feel scared but want to try it!!
10:30AM! - 12.30pm - it’s early (ish) please try to be ontime
Sunday 28th October —- that’s this sunday!
Partick Burgh Hall
9 Burgh Hall Street
Not far from Partick SPT/train station.
R.S.V.P. for this one please as we have limited numbers in the hall…
Just message us back letting us know you wan come.
Romany and I have been in Spain recently, dancing! and we tried this for the first time.. We are pretty terrible at it!
Romany is still in Spain, so sadly (for us) she’ll miss this one but I will be there, I hope to see you all there…!!!
Julia and Romany
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Hello Gods ! ! !
First up…wanna say a huge huge thanks to Monica and Jer for August’s Contact Improv workshop…….It made what could have been scary, feel very easy. Monica is a great teacher who provided us with the ideal amount of guidance and freedom at the same time. And Jer had great sensibilities towards the room full of dancers….. jumping and running in extremes/ slow fast/hard/soft is incredibley invigorating! Many thanks!
And secondly Happy summer to you all ! AND most importantly HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO Y’ALL ! !
Yep, that’s right..its Glasgow Open Dance School’s first birthday - this September! We are all officially ONE YEAR OLD ! ! ! …….. wahooooooo! Congratulations to you ALL! We are going to have to celebrate!……details of this will be coming at you real soon!
BUT….Next up, we have a very exciting event … September’s workshop will be lead by Ashanti Harris! And it is also G.O.D.S’s first official field trip!
“Earth Dances and Movement Rituals” , Sunday 16th! 10 AM ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
Here are some words from Ashanti about the event……
The workshop I am devising is a combination of Anne Halprins’s ‘Movement Ritual’s’ and instructions from ‘Body, Space, Image - Notes towards improvisation and performance’ by the dancer Miranda Tufnell and the performance artist and researcher Chris Crickmay.
The sections taken from Anne Halprin’s ‘Movement Ritual’s’ will make us more aware of our kinaesthetic senses through activating and isolating our senses in general.
The sections taken from ‘Body,Space,Image’ will be a combination of working individually and collectively to create different movements and dances that respond to an instruction or score. We will make our own scores and then share them and then find ways to move together.
This is not a dance class or even a workshop, more like an experience. An invitation for people to come and move together in a beautiful place that is filled with it’s own movements, that can shape ours. We will be tall like the trees, we will breath with the wind and we will grow upwards into the sky.
Sunday 16th September!
We will travel to Wiston Lodge (www.wistonlodge.co.uk) which is in South Lanarkshire, near a town called Biggar. We are hiring a bus that will pick everyone up from central Glasgow early Sunday morning at 10am. The bus will take us all to Wiston, (roughly an hours drive) where the workshop will take place…rain or shine, we will move with the elements ! ! !
Because we are hiring a vehicle, places to this event are unfortunately limited…so if you are up for it…and we hope lots of you are! Then please RSVP to us ASAP! We imagine this event will take up a large part of the day, we will be back in Glasgow by 5pm the very latest. Its gonna be EPIC!
Once we have an idea of how many of you are joining us…we will email with a definite pick up time and location!
And please do get in touch with us if you have any questions at all……
We hope to see lots of you in a few weeks!
…. details of G.O.D.S FIRST BIRTHDAY PARTY EXTRAVAGANZA BASH WILL FOLLOW VERY SOON ! ! !
MUCH LOVE TO YOU ALL
Romany and Julia x x x x x x x
Sat 4th August G.O.D.S Workshop ! ! !
Happy summer to ya’ll!
First up, we wanna say a massive thank you to the sufi dervishes who joined us from Holland last month to lead us through 3 hours of spiritual whirling and music ! We felt incredibly lucky to experience this and hope that all of you who came had a wonderful time too ! ! !
Next up…we have Monica and Jer teaching ……
’Dance, music and Improvisation’
CCA (upstairs in CCA5)
1- 4 PM!
Here are some words from Monica about the workshop…..
This dance workshop is open to everyone interested in exploring ones own creativity in movement. During this session, we would like to offer a journey though the essence and the variety of movement in space with the music; the shapes, rhythms and emotions that unfold spontaneously. We will use various movement techniques and performing practices including contact improvisation and different Compositional approaches including; Viewpoints and VPRS cycles (Lawrence Halprin).
Same as always……
everything is free, everyone is welcome,comfortable in your attire and please try to arrive on time….!!!
MUCH MUCH MUCH LOVE
R + J
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