For those of you who haven’t yet heard – our beloved teacher and mentor Colleena is now based in London, so keep your eyes peeled for more opportunities to train from her at:

We look forward to seeing you at future FireWater events!!


ABOUT COLLEENA SHAKTI: Colleena Shakti_FireWater London5

Colleena Shakti is a dancer of great subtlety and depth. She has dedicated her life to dance ever since moving to India in  2001 to undergo intensive training in Odissi Classical Indian dance, as well as to research and document Rajasthani folk dances, music and jewelry traditions. She has had the great fortune to study under some of India’s greatest masters for more than a decade, and continues to dig deeper in the philosophies and practices, which ties Indian dance to the path of Yoga.

Colleena is committed to honoring her dance lineages and preserving traditional and quickly disappearing art forms of India, yet still manages to balance her work with innovation and self-expression through her approach in Fusion Belly Dance. Many who seek her instruction find a gentle bridging of Eastern and Western thought in the structured dance training and reflective philosophical teachings.

She lives most of the year in Rajasthan, India where she has founded Shakti School of Dance in the historical Rang Nath temple complex in the holy town of Pushkar, while in summer months she tours, performing and teaching worldwide. Annually, she presents the Pushkar Temple Dance Festival, a classical music and dance festival in the Temple which houses her school.

Over the past decade, she has been living closely with a tribe of Kalbelia ‘Gypsies’ and has witnessed many stages of evolution within their nomadic culture. It took years for her to observe the details and accents of their dance form, because it is constantly evolving. Colleena Shakti_FireWater London4She travels India performing at village fairs, in Rajasthan’s great palaces and at prestigious arts festivals with her Rajasthani Langa Musicians and ‘Gypsy’ dancers. In 2007 she was honored by the Vice President and current President of India (Pratiba Patil) for her work with Rajashtani folk arts after a performance with her musicians in Amravarti. Recently, she has taken up the study of yet another classical dance – Kathak, and her innovative Rajasthani style has become celebrated by public and royal circuits in North India.

Drawing from her in-depth study of Indian artistic tradition, classical Odissi and Kathak, Rajasthani folk and tribal dance forms, her strong background in belly dance and the rigor of her practice as a dedicated dancer, yogi, teacher and performer, Colleena offers students a rich and holistic workshop curriculum.

One of Colleena’s recent collaborations include: ‘Pranam in White’ (showcasing interfaith and multinational collaborations of dances from India and Central Asia) which was awarded the Zellarbach grant and staged in the Bay area with Miriam Peretz, Aliah Najmabadi and live music by Stellamara. Follow the link for a snippet of this:

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