Music and dance are two interrelated concepts that are harmonized with humans at a very young age. All along the courses, the children, who all have an innate physical expression, are taught the fundamentals of Music and Dance, that is movement, rhythm and melody, and they are encouraged to develop skills related with these aspects. Courses are presented in a context of musical play, based, among others, on the music education approach of E. J. Dalcroze and C. Orff.
The elements that form a course are mainly singing, use of percussion instruments, movement and flow techniques, body-percussion, and, above all, the self-expression that targets to develop the child as a physical, mental and spiritual entity.
Classical dance forms the basis of any meaningful dance education. As the most structured genre of dance, it relies on the development and cultivation of elements such as harmony, musicality, discipline, power, complete control of movements, proper posture and body alignment. The course combines techniques from the two basic classical ballet systems, English (RAD) and Russian (Vaganova).
The approach of the dance through a deeper knowledge of the body and its particularities, through the expansion and development of perception and personality, the sense of space and time, the use of different dynamics and qualities, the shifting of weight through breathing, expressiveness and imagination. Based on Release, Limon and Graham techniques, but also on influences from every modern kinetic expression, the physical daily movement, the energy management and the free flow are organized in a kind of movement and dance that has revolutionized all rigorously structured systems and released the body and the creativity of the dancers all around the world. The course also evolves through the Contact Improvisation technique, which brings the body in contact with space and other bodies. Contact is built through trust, the exploration of body boundaries, the coordination and the different uses of our weight, in search of a dialogue and endless forms of kinetic coexistence.
It is recognized as the first codified modern dance technique. It was created by Martha Graham in America at the beginning of the 20th century, with the aim of expressing intense situations and emotions inherent in human nature, such as passion, rage, ecstasy, and pain. It is based on natural movements of the human body and the constant alternation of contraction and release, in perfect combination with inhalation and exhalation. The class includes floor, center, and movement exercises in the space, through which the participants move, giving entity to all three dimensions. With intense and sharp movements, with depth and interiority, the dancers manage to strengthen and discipline their bodies and at the same time gain freedom of expression through the form and structure of movement in relation to space and music. Bounciness, explosiveness, tortuosity as well as energy flow, and elasticity are some of the elements assimilated and developed during the classes.
The course focuses on the nurturing of inner dance and how classical ballet dancers can free their body and expression, incorporating choreographies from the international repertoire of classical and neoclassical ballet.
This course is addressed to intermediate or advanced level students.
It is a unique “kinetic” concept based on the combination of contemporary with Greek traditional and folklore dance. Such a combination creates new kinds of movements made along with the sound of some special traditional songs. The elements taken from the traditional dance are the basic steps, the movement relationship of a duet, the idea of the circle, and straight lines with various directions in space, by experimenting also with the rhythm, and the music from traditional instruments, namely the drum, the clarinet, and the lyre. All the above combined with contemporary torso movement form the basis of this kinetic research.
Getting acquainted with acrobatic movement is done by learning the basic techniques of balance, handstands, swing and flight. With a special training for strengthening, stretching and movement combinations, we allow the exploration of body boundaries and get in touch with the qualities and dynamics of acrobatics. The form of movement, both on and above the ground, will emerge as a function of intention rather than as a demonstration of technique, thus giving the opportunity to the body to discover and interact with the ground and instruments (aerial rope, trapeze, aerial hoop). By creating conditions of safety, trust and cooperation, it is possible to overturn and move the center of gravity of the body, enhancing the sense of perception in unprecedented and transcendent positions. The main objective of the course is to overcome the fear that can be caused by the overturning of gravity and to create a common space where everything can happen.
A physical expression, with origins in the art of circus, is calling us to escape from our usual connection to the ground and immerse ourselves into the floating feeling of aerial silks. We activate and re-imagine our body limits through a combination of exercises on strengthening, flexibility and balance. In a safe environment, working with each body’s capabilities we will learn how to balance a few meters above the ground. A constant quest of aerial creativity, while we discover ways to flow from static poses to controlled drops.
It is an art born in the streets of New York in the late 70s, by African-American teenagers, and was in parallel developed in music, dance and graffiti. Improvisation and personal style are the key components in all of the Hip Hop dance styles we come across in this course, such as Popping, Locking and House.
It is a free technique of making music through the exclusive use of the body. It has its roots in the primitive tribes of the world and its basis is the connection of rhythm and percussion with physical movement.
The four limbs of the body are tuned and reproduce sound with rhythmic “beats” on the body and on the floor, which become our percussions.
It works in groups and complementary since each composition is based on the members of the group and the patterns that each of them reproduces.
The physical expression through voice, singing, murmur, lullaby, shout. The polyphonic singing fulfils the human need to share, communicate and connect so to reach a well rounded outcome of Harmony and empathy. It is a full body participation, the voice as a tool is being enhanced by movement. This workshop studies the Vocal principles and practices on polyphonic, multi-vocal compositions derived from a journey among desert Bedouins, Mongolian mountain shepherds, all through tribes of southern Africa and the women of Epirus. Each tradition colours the melody and technique that is being used while the ability of miming glottal stops and sounds develops. Eventually the voice is tuned by experience in a vocal assemblage. Always with respect for singing and multicultural wealth.
Yoga means union. It is a never-ending path that through physical and mental practice manages to get us to the present.
YogaWorks: The YogaWorks system incorporates Vinyasa flow and alignments, combined with attentive Asanas sequencing so that students acquire the fundamental knowledge they need to listen to their body with dexterity, integrity, and safety, while at the same time they honour their uniqueness.
With props: During the practice of yoga with props, we study the Asanas observing in detail our body as a whole and seeking to gain awareness of the dynamics created within it, even when it appears still.
The props will support us where and when we need them, according to our needs as different and unique bodies.
A program of exercise that through an emphasis on breathing and conscious movement manages to increase muscle stamina and strength, to improve muscle flexibility and flexibility of joints, to relax muscle tension, and furthermore it achieves a more functional and ergonomic movement. As a result, the body gets rid of useless stresses and any pain they cause, gets better posture and responds more effectively to the daily life demands. In the Props course, the goals of somatic fitness are achieved by using foam rollers or fitness balls. The instability they offer is a constant challenge for the body, which is called upon to activate and control many muscles at the same time. It thus develops mobility, balance, strength and neuromuscular joints. Exercises on the foam roller also provide muscle relaxation. At the advanced level, the elastic band (Thera band), whose resistance increases the intensity of the strengthening exercises and promotes further flexibility in stretching exercises, is also used.
Physical re-training course designed to improve body mobility and functionality. With the Feldenkrais method, we first retrain the musculoskeletal body structure that is necessary for a functional movement and at a second level we stabilize aiming to strengthening. It benefits those suffering from neuromuscular and chronic pain and those who wish to expand their movement skills. It is suitable for all ages and requires no previous experience.
The age of 6-7 years is the period of all discoveries. The course introduces children to dance through play and is based on a story through which the basic principles of dance are approached. Children learn to relate to music and space, recognize different body parts and enhance their imagination through the joy and pleasure of dance.
It is a dance form with roots in the African-American jazz music and the tap dance. The course incorporates elements of modern dance techniques to strengthen the body’s core, study rhythm and precision, as well as movement isolation. In addition, the course aims to the complete harmony of movement with music, as well as to the dance with theatricality, emphasizing on expressiveness and the personal style. It includes exercises and choreographies that combine elements of modern dance and musicals.
Zumba is a fairly recent type of movement that combines dance with gymnastics. The rhythms are often Latin but not only. The course teaches, among others, the basic steps of merengue, salsa, reggaeton, cumbia, bachata, bhangra, cha cha as well as steps of African dances.
The class is aimed at women and men over 50 who have never taken a dance or fitness class and want to be gently introduced to these rhythms.