Coach Leslie is not just one of SANCA’s amazing coaches, she also teaches bellydancing classes and performs in Sirens of Serpentine (bellydance) and Pyrosutra (dancing with fire). Leslie is currently on a dance sabbatical, participating in a two-month intensive dance training program in Odissi classical dance, Vinyasa and Kabelia (Gypsy) in Pushkar.
Shakti School of Dance is a center for the study and practice of traditional Indian dances, yoga and their intrinsic philosophies.
Housed in the Vaishnav temple of Lord Rang Nath Venu Gopal, in the holy town of Pushkar, Rajasthan, India, the school ambiance is a contemplative devotional atmosphere. It is a place where artistic and spiritual inquiry is nurtured and reinforced by structured study.
Students from all over the world come to experience Rajasthani folk arts and culture through, classes, lecture demonstrations and performances. The diverse curriculum offers students a chance to drop into Colleena’s unique Indian Fusion Belly dance classes or learn from a local Kalbelia ‘Gypsy’ – Rajasthani folk dance.
The school’s main focus is to promote and preserve Odissi classical Indian dance of the Kelu Charan Mohapatra lineage. Imparting rich authenticity through the traditional classroom setup, Odissi students delve into a rigorous training system of Indian classical dance technique, supplemented with deeper studies in Indian aesthetic theory, Vinyasa Krama Yoga and related cultural and philosophical studies.