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2014: THE NETHERLANDS
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SUMMER DANCE INTENSIVE @ STUDIO ANNA MORA

Studio Anna Mora invited Sara to teach in July 2014, during a special program called ‘Summer Dance Intensive’. The intensive workshop featured a series of dance classes by several teachers. Sara’s class was built up with a first hour of technique and a second hour of improvisation.

 

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BODY BEFORE EMOTION @ DE THEATERSCHOOL

 

 

 

 

In cooperation with film director Fedor Sendak. Workshop for film actors. See: www.filmacting-workshop.com

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2013: BULGARIA

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NOV- DEC:

BODY BEFORE EMOTION @ DERIDA DANCE CENTER

Together with film director Fedor Sendak Sara developed a new workshop for film actors: BODY BEFORE EMOTION. (see also the website: www.filmacting-workshop.com )

The workshop promotes a physical approach towards film acting and provides an acting laboratory with a focus on a physicality and practice. Participants will work together and improve several skills that support acting for film. They will work on: body awareness, internalizing the lines of a dialogue, ‘doing’ instead of ‘showing’, building layers of meaning, adjusting to time schedule of film set, working with the limitations of movement for the camera. The tutors have background and education in teaching dance, movement and filmmaking.

DERIDA Dance Centeris the first centre for contemporary dance and training center in Bulgaria. It offers contemporary and classical training courses. It is considered a residence of the people of art and theory, approaching the contemporary performing arts. The centre also gives the opportunity for organizing workshops, carrying out presentations, commencing debates. The biggest studio is 140 square meters and has technical and spatial capacity for showcasing works and to accept audiance of 50-70 people.

Check their website here: http://www.derida-dance.com/qs/en

 

MAY/OCT

FLAVA HOUSE: TWO WORKSHOPS

Sara initiated two workshops of contemporary dance at Flava House, Sofia Bulgaria. The first workshop dealt with Contemporary Dance Techniques. The second workshop was composed of two parts: 1) the dance technique class and 2) the improvisation and composition class.  Together with the participants Sara created a short dance presentation with the material of the classes and the students performed it on the last day for the audience.

More information on Flava House: https://bg-bg.facebook.com/flavahousebg

 

2012: COLOMBIA

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Six days of workshop in Tunja

From the 30 of July to the 4 of august 2012 Sara Alba went to Tunja, the capital of Boyacá (a province near Bogotá) where she gave a contemporary dance workshop to a new group. The initiative came from the dancer and teacher Mariana Cadena, the director at Colectivo La Caracola. Around 15 persons with different backgrounds participated during a six day long intensive contemporary dance workshop. The students formed a remarkably heterogeneous group of literature students, theatre performers and musicians. Some of them had dance experience, others had never tried contemporary dance before. This workshop, supported by Fundacion Cultural Hibrido, turned into a great and touching experience for Sara and the participants, featuring technical classes, improvisation and composition exercises. After the workshop poems students wrote poems inspired by the classes!

Location for the workshop:
Claustro de Santa Clara la Real (a charming old colonial building).

Poster design: Fundacion Cultural Hibrido / Colectivo La Caracola
Photo poster: Fedor Sendak (73602.com)
Photo’s of the workshop made by one of the participants.

 

 

 

 

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Workshop in Bucaramanga

Colombia-based dancer Jenny Angulo invited Sara to give a contemporary dance workshop in Bucaramanga. Below you will find the pictures from that event…
Location: ProGym Studio, Bucaramanga (Santander). Date: July 12th 2011
Photography: Fedor Sendak.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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2011: TURKEY

Sara’s Workshop @ Çatı Dans (Turkey)

In June Sara gave a contemporary dance workshop in Istanbul (Turkey) at Çati Dans. Below you wil find some information about this unique place for contemporary dance + a link to the photo’s made during the workshop.

Çatı Dance Studio is an important location for contemporary dance in Istanbul. This kind of studio is still quiet rare in Turkey. Çatı Dans is the result of years of hard work on the part of a small group of dance artists who have chosen to freelance and is in the process of becoming an official freelance contemporary dance artists association. A great achievement in Turkey where governement policies usually focus on more traditional dance (which is also great). At Çatı Dans Sara was fortunate to give a workshop. A place full of wonderful, warm and enthousiastic people!

Website Çatı Dans Studio: www.catidans.org

Check the photo album of the workshop: Çatı Dans
photo by Fedor Sendak (www.73602.com)

see also the article in by by Elif Isikozlu in Ballet Dance Magazine:
http://www.ballet-dance.com/200409/articles/ContemporaryDanceinIstanbul.html.

 

2011: COLOMBIA

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Teaching at Escuela Efa Danza

Location: EFA danza. Escuela de Formación Artística
Address: Cra 18 No 50 – 48 Bogotá, Colombia.
Tel: 349 33 59  Web: Efadanza Blogspot

BOGOTÁ – New courses have started at Escuela Efa Danza.

“My class is a mixture of modern and contemporary dance techniques, including: Floor work , Release Technique and Cunningham (curves of the back). During the class we will work on the weight of the body, the muscle tone, the continuity of the movement and the projection of the body in the space using the breathing. With the technique of Contemporary Dance the dancer develops like in ballet technique different skills as the rhythm, the elasticity, the flexibility,  the coordination, the body awarness and the interpretation of the movement, among others.” – Sara Alba.

Teaching at Politécnico Grancolombiano University, Bogotá.

BOGOTÁ – Sara started her new course at the Politécnico Grancolombiano University in Bogotá, Colombia. Below you find a video with Sara and her students plus some words by the marvelous Marybel Acavedo.

CONTEMPORARY DANCE COURSE 2011
The Contemporary Dance course by Sara Alba is focused at a type of corporal expression that is not based on the technique of classic ballet. Instead it is a class of dance in which one can explore to express, through dance, an idea, a feeling, an emotion. The class will be based on the Release technique, Cunningham and the mixture of diverse styles that will develop motoric abilities, artistic expression and creativity of the students.

More info (in spanish): www.poligran.edu.co

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2010: THAILAND

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Sangdao Performing Arts School

CHIANG MAI – november 2010 – Sara has been working as a guest teacher for some time at the nice up-to-date dance school in Chiang Mai, Thailand: Sangdao Performing Arts School. Sangdao Performing Arts School (S.P.A.S.) is a merge between two well-known dace schools in Thailand: Aree Dance Arts Chiang Mai/Bangkok and Pornpimol-Sophatai Dance School from Bangkok. S.P.A.S.’s directors are Ms. Sophatai Kanthatham and teh Dutch Mr. Glenn van der Hoff (Artistic Director).

All dance studios are professional equipped including sprung dance floors and teak-wooden bars.

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School for Life Workshop (Thailand)

DOI SAKET – Sara gave a 4 day workshop to a group of teenage girls in Thailand. It took place at the School for Life, a project to support kids from vulnarable backgrounds with education and improve their future possibilities.

About the School
School for Life Chiang Mai is located in the mountains of Doi Saket in northern Thailand. It provides a home and education to children in difficult circumstances. 120 such children have found a new home here and many more would like to come from around Thailand. The School for Life creates jobs for local people, providing employment in farming, civil works or child care activities.

Teaching at School for Life Thailand

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Workshop Report
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(translated from german , from the report written by Anne Messemer)
“For four days the School for Life transformed into an lively training camp for contemporary dance. Colombian dance teacher Sara Alba came to the school to introduce 25 pupils between 15-16 years to a different kind of dance. Her professionalism as a dance teacher combined with her latina temperament was an intriging mix that worked out very well. The first day Sara explains: „Contemporary Dance is not ballet, and it is not Hip Hop neither. It is like an art and sport on the dance floor!“

Immediately after she starts the first warm up. The stretch exercises that follow, the cooperation and confidence games, first dance movement figures and he Spanish music arouse the interest of the girls quickly. The change between relaxation and tension, dropping and catching confronts some girls with a hesitation at first. They seem to need to overcome some little obsticals to start to express themselves and their cultural habits and emotions in the dance. After two days we watch astonished how magnificently the adaptation of the most different movements works out for the girls.  We see clearly how sensitive they have become to the rhythm of the latin music too. Sara suggests to make the choreography into a small performance, and this idea seems to please the girls. The last day all pupils and teacher come together to see the 10 minute performance of what they have been woking on. The audience is impressed and repsonses with much laughter and applause.”

 

 

Teaching at On Pointe, Chiang Mai (Thailand)

CHIANG MAI – With dedicated assistance of Prangvalai Cooper Sara introduced her mix of modern en contemporary styles in a two day workshop at On Pointe Studio in Chiang Mai, Northern Thailand.

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About On Pointe
On Pointe Studio was founded by Prangvalai Cooper, who was the first dancer from Chiang Mai to pass the Royal Academy of Dance’s Advanced Ballet Examination. She has more than 15 years experience teaching ballet and other styles of dance. In addition to the regular schedule of classes, all students at On Pointe Studio have the opportunity to participate in internationally certified ballet examinations. In 2009, our Dance Company had the honor of performing for former US President Jimmy Carter, the Thai Minster of Tourism, and many others. What a great experience for our students! website: www.onpointeballet.com

 

Art Relief Workshop with kids at ABC Stratton

THAILAND – Sara gave a workshop at Stratton ABC Foundation close to Chiang Mai. The organisation takes care of several children living in a home at Chompoo, Saraphi in Chiang Mai, Northern Thailand. The workshop was organised by Art Relief International.

The Workshop:
Monday afternoon after school the children of Stratton House had a special treat with the arrival of Sara, an Art Relief International volunteer, from Colombia, who came to hold a workshop on movement and dance. In fact she came along with many other volunteers who helped with warm up games for the kids. “I can tell you that all the kids loved the session. Everyone joined in in the end, even our boy Tai, who was very reluctant at first, but couldn’t resist it when he saw how much fun it was.” writes John on the organisation website. “When all was done I got a stream of  “Daddy! Sanook mahk mahk!” (=Daddy, this is a lot of fun!)Im hoping that this will be just the first of many such classes. Thank you very much Sara, from everyone here at Stratton House.” Sanook mahk mahk! (a lot of fun!)

About Art Relief
Art Relief International aims to inspire change the lifes of vulnarable people through visual arts, dance, music and drama. The Chiang Mai department has created and implemented several workshops for the local community.  Chiang Mai is Thailand’s second most important city after Bangkok, with a population of approximately one million people anda hive of activity all year round. Artists, musicians, and talented designers alike flock to Chiang Mai for the city’s internationally renowned festivals, art shows, craft fairs, and popular walking streets. Art Relief’s projects are carefully created to fit the needs of specific focus groups. Whether working with refugees from Burma, single mothers, or children at the local orphanage, the projects aim to affect positive change in people’s lives.

website: www.artrelief.net