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Renuka Gupta and Middle Eastern Dance headline September danceXchange

The September 20th edition of the popular dance showcase, danceXchange, will feature Renuka Gupta, a renown performer of grace and skill, who weaves dance styles from North Africa, the Middle East and East India.  A welcomed guest of danceXchange, Gupta states that her dances are inspired by the inward journey through meditation. She continues, “[I] view dance and music as sacred arts that have the power to enlighten and heal both the artist and the audience.”

Renuka Gupta June 2008Renuka is a dancer, choreographer, performer, instructor, troupe director, and businesswoman.  She connected with the world of dance after graduating college, seeking a rigorous fitness routine that provided a creative outlet.  She found the Middle Eastern dance classes both challenging in building strength and endurance as well as exploring feminine grace.

Renuka has performed throughout Southern California since 1993 as both a soloist and with various dance ensembles at festivals, restaurants, and dance concerts. Her recent projects include directing the Sabrina Lawrence Praise Dance Troupe and performing dance ceremonies for community celebrations.

Renuka Gupta red veilRenuka Gupta describes her most recent dance involvement: “For the past three years, I have choreographed dances for the Sabrina Lawrence Praise Dance Team.  These dance projects have revolved around events to bless, honor and celebrate new beginnings.  New beginnings bring about transformation.  The dance and dancers helped to create sacred space and share in the joy of new creation.”

danceXchange is co-produced by Temecula Presents and Dance Theatre Collective of Southern California, to serve the dance community and the the cultural needs of the Inland Empire.  It is presented every third Tuesday of every month in a unique setting that is up-close and personal, with the audience just a few feet from the performers.

The September 20th danceXchange will also feature local dance artists who wish to share the stage and their present their original creative work with this friendly and supportive audience.  Dancers wishing to perform or present at this (or future dates) danceXchange should contact us at danceXchange.temecula@gmail.com.

The evening is entertaining, eclectic and inspiring!  Come on by–Let’s Dance!

Tuesday, September 20th @ 7:00PM

Old Town Temecula Community Theater/The Merc

Tickets:  $5.00 – www.TemeculaTheater.org (or at the door)

Family Friendly – Culturally Expansive!

April 19 danceXchange

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7:00PM
@The Merc

Join us for a beautiful and eclectic evening of dance on

Tuesday, April 19th at Old Town Temecula Community Theater.


The April 19th danceXchange Dancers include:

Rebecca Mishler
And All That Jazz! Performing Arts Center & Amber Welte
Joseph Lister
Alexandra Thomsen
Kylie Canales

and

More…


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It is sure to be a lovely evening of dance in Temecula…just as it is EVERY third Tuesday, at Old Town Temecula Community Theater.

Tickets are just $5.00 and may be purchased at the box office before the performance or online at http://www.TemeculaTheater.org.

Dancers wishing to present original dance works are welcome to participate, by contacting us at danceXchange.temecula@gmail.com. There is a short tech rehearsal before the performance. Contact us to be placed on the program. All styles of dance are welcome…The more, the dancier!

Let’s Dance!
danceXchange: Tuesday, April 19th, 7:00PM

Tickets: $5.00

Performance: Old Town Temecula Community Theater/The Merc

danceXchange is a co-production of Temecula Presents and
Dance Theatre Collective of Southern California

Thank you for supporting the Arts, Artists, and Dance of the Inland Empire!

Join us for the Front & Main Dance Festival edition of danceXchange, on stage, with Special Guest IsadoraNOW, under the direction Elyssa Dru Rosenberg!

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Majesty Dancers

Aisha

Vicious Circle Dance

Jasmine and Kalila

Amanda Rose Shind

Amanda Ankele

Jet Dagdag

…and more…

 

7:00PM

$5 at the door, or FREE with a Festival Pass!

WELCOME KENNETH WALKER DANCE PROJECT

and

HU-MANDALA

Join us for a beautiful and eclectic evening of dance on Tuesday, December 15th at Old Town Temecula Community Theater! danceXchange begins at 7:00PM in the Merc; but come early and join us for danceXperience at 6:00PM in the Dance Studio!


 

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The entire community (12-years and up) is encouraged to join us for a free movement experience (no dance training required or needed). We will gather in the OTTCT Dance Studio and create a human mandala (Hu-Mandala), which is a pattern of concentric circles, moving together. Dancing without leaders or followers, feeling connected to the circle, we move as one! It is a lovely way to gather in community and share the dance.

danceXperience: 6:00 – 6:50 PM (Dance Studio) FREE.
Facilitated by: Lori Craig Torok


 

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The much-loved and long-running series which celebrates dance, in all its forms, welcomes the LA’s Kenneth Walker Dance Project to Temecula, as our special guest artist on Tuesday, December 15th in the OTTCT Merc.

Kenneth Walker Dance Project celebrates is 10th year of bringing Contemporary Ballet to life in the Los Angeles area. KWDP grew out of the time when Kenneth, a dancer with the former Ballet Pacifica at the time, and a few of his colleagues created a show to perform at a festival. The success of this project spawned a collaboration that was brought home to the community in which Kenneth was born. KWDP’s first dancers volunteered their talents and time to grow the organization into an exciting collaborative rather than a traditional company. Kenneth invites the thoughts and ideas of his dancers when creating new works and offers dancers the opportunity to find their own voice within the work. The sheer breadth and style of contemporary ballet this company performances is lauded and by fans every time they take the stage.

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Photo courtesy of Kenneth Walker Dance Project

The company presents annual concerts and has appeared at festivals throughout LA, including the Pasadena Dance Festival, Los Angeles Dance Invitational, Mix Match Festival, Palm Desert Choreography Under the Stars, Dance! Now at the Miles Playhouse in Santa Monica, MADBAD Festival in the San Francisco Bay Area, AAPHERD Southeast Conference in Virginia, Central Coast Summerfest in Monterey, California, American Dance Guild’s annual showcase in New York, Golden West College Professional Dance Invitational, and twice at Piccolo Spoleto Festival in Charleston, SC.

The December 15th danceXchange performance include works by:

Majesty Dancers

Jestoni Dagdag

Amanda & Barbara Ankele

Raks el Najoum

Taylor Thomas, from Dunamix Dance Project

Amanda Rose Shind & Avocado Dance Theatre

and

Glenda Morales & Heels in Motion

It is sure to be a lovely evening of dance in Temecula…just as it is EVERY third Tuesday, at Old Town Temecula Community Theater.

Tickets are just $5.00 and may be purchased at the box office before the performance or online at http://www.TemeculaTheater.org.

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Photo Courtesy of Kenneth Walker Dance Project

Dancers wishing to present original dance works are welcome to participate, by contacting us at danceXchange.temecula@gmail.com. There is a required tech rehearsal before the performance. Contact us to be placed on the program. All styles of dance are welcome!

Let’s Dance!
danceXchange: Tuesday, December 15th, 7:00PM

Tickets: $5.00

Performance: Old Town Temecula Community Theater/The Merc

danceXchange is a co-production of Temecula Presents and
Dance Theatre Collective of Southern California

Performing in the intimate warmth of the Merc, this month’s danceXchange–Tuesday, November 17th at 7:00 PM–will be an exciting and eclectic collection of dance artists from Southern California.  Our special guest artists are from Navarasa Dance Theatre; coming to us from Los Angeles, this company is based in both the US and in India.

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Photo Courtesy of Navarasa Dance Theater

Navarasa Dance Theater (www.navarasa.org) has been creating, performing and teaching art that engages and inspires diverse communities and audience members for more than 15 years. Co-directed by Dr. Aparna Sindhoor (founder), Anil Natyaveda and SM Raju, Navarasa is a pioneering South Asian American Contemporary Dance Theater company based in the U.S. and India. Navarasa has a wide repertoire of classical and contemporary works inspired by Bharatanatyam and folk dance forms, martial arts (Kalarippayattu), diverse theater and music traditions, aerial dance, yoga and storytelling. Navarasa has toured in North America, Asia and Europe. Navarasa offer classes in Bharatanatyam, Kalari ppayattu martial arts, Yoga and contemporary dance in Los Angeles, Boston and online. Navarasa’s free training program, Dance For Everyone, is bringing dance to more than 150 students in India and the U.S.

Founder and artistic director Dr. Aparna Sindhoor trained in the Mysore style of Bharatanatyam for more than fifteen years with legendary teacher, Dr. K. Venkatalakshamma (Mysore palace dancer), as well as yoga, martial arts, contemporary, aerial dance, music and theater for over two decades. She has a PhD in Dance, Cultural and Women’s Studies from Boston University. Co-Director Anil Natyaveda is a choreographer, dancer, teacher and martial artist trained in classical, contemporary and aerial dance forms from renowned teachers. He has studied the South Indian martial art Kalari ppayattu for more than 30 years and is one its leading exponents. He has been touring as a professional dancer since 1991. Together they have created over 15 full length dance theater productions. Navarasa Dance Theater has performing arts training schools in USA and India.  Their ongoing teaching programs include Dance for Everyone, which offers scholarships and free dance training for children.

Local dance artists performing this month include Vicious Circle Dance, Rebecca Mishler, Raks Anwar Dance, and the Community Improvisation Class with Aaron Shaw and Kristin Brown.

Tickets are just $5.00 and may be purchased at the box office before the performance or online at http://www.TemeculaTheater.org.

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Photo Courtesy of Navarasa Dance Theater

Dancers wishing to present original dance works are welcome to participate, by contacting us at danceXchange.temecula@gmail.com. There is a required tech rehearsal before the performance.  Contact us to be placed on the program. All styles of dance are welcome!

Let’s Dance!

danceXchange: Tuesday, November 17th, 7:00PM

Tickets:  $5.00

Performance:  Old Town Temecula Community Theater/The Merc

danceXchange is a co-production of Temecula Presents and Dance Theatre Collective of Southern California

In yet another incarnation of the long-standing program, danceXchange, Dance Theatre Collective of Southern California and Temecula Presents will provide local dancers and audiences with the opportunity to experience dance from multiple sides of the creative process.  This month’s showcase will feature performances, mini-classes, improvisational explorations, and creativity-squared!  For just $5.00, dancers (12 – 112 years) and audience members will experience dance, dance, and more dance!

OPEN TO ALL LEVELS OF DANCE; NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY!

This month, we are performing in the Old Town Temecula Community Theater, Dance Studio!

Doors open at 6:30pm/danceXchange officially begins at 7:00pm — Come early to join our Veil Dance, or come a the usual time, to see the finished product!


6:30 – 7:15pm  Veil PlayShop with Renuka Gupta

VEIL PLAYSHOP

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It’s a veil. It’s a wrap. It’s a cape. Join in the fun. Learn different ways to dance with a veil. Use your imagination and create a duet with a veil. It’s playtime!

Come join in an Introduction to veil dancing. Learn how to select a veil. Learn different ways to hold a veil plus veil wraps. Learn how to use the veil for a grand entrance. Come learn short dance combinations.

Experience the ethereal beauty and ecstatic freedom of dancing in the flow and folds of a veil. Take flight with a veil.  Learn how to love your veil and move smoothly without a fuss.  The veil can be your new best friend.

Create gorgeous and mysterious dance performances with exquisite veil technique. In this workshop we will explore the use of veils to add mystery and drama. Create imagery using the fluid or lighter than air quality of the fabric. Make use of different lines and angles.

Learn how frame your figure with a veil, create “turbans” and “butterflies” and dance with the veil as an extension of yourself.

How do you get a veil? Purchase light fabric such as chiffon, organza, tissue lame (44″ wide) that has a “float” or airy quality at a local store. The average veil length is two to three yards long depending on the dancer’s height and preference.

Veils available for workshop use or bring your favorite piece of fabric.

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TAP YOUR TROUBLES AWAY! (bring tap shoes, or any hard-soled shoes for this 20-minute mini-class)

THINKING OUTSIDE THE BOX: IMPROVISE YOUR WAY TO CREATIVE PROBLEM-SOLVING

Also included on the danceXchange program — top-notch performances by:

Majesty Dancers

Barbara “Aisha” Mena

Community Improvisation Class

Aaron Shaw

Kristin Brown

and others!

What a beautiful evening of dance, all for just $5.00!  Wine and refreshments are available for purchase, at the concessions stand.

Let’s Dance!


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Old Town Temecula Community Theater

Dance Studio

Tuesday, October 20th – 7:00 – 9:00PM (6:30 Veil Playshop, start)

$5.00, all seats/participants

MariadanceXchange returns to its roots, as it fills the intimate space of the Merc with exuberant dance and rich interactions on Tuesday, September 15th. As an open forum for dance artists, danceXchange celebrates original work of all styles on the third Tuesday of every month, with friendly audiences and community support. This long-running dance program is co-produced by Temecula Presents and Dance Theatre Collective of Southern California.

Also ‘returning,’ is the first guest artist to ever grace the danceXchange stage, when it was first re-named and launched in July of 2012, Ms. Maria Tomillo Colomo.

María Tomillo Colomo was born in Valladolid (Spain). As a Spanish Dancer, Maria earned her degree at the Royal Professional Dance Conservatory “Mariemma” in Madrid after she completed her academic dance background at the Dance School of Valladolid. The school was also founded by Mariemma, one of the most famous and prestigious Spanish Dance dancers of the 20th Century. She has also a Bachelor degree in Art History and a Master in Dance of the XV and XVI Centuries (magna cum laude) at the University of Valladolid.
At the Dance School of Valladolid, Maria is the founder and manager of a dance company for people with special needs – http://www.companiadyd.blogspot.com , @CompaniaDyD. The company began in 2001 and is where her energy, passion, and love in dance lies the most. The DyD Company is a foundational member of the Arts and Disability National Federation. In addition to her company responsibilities she works at the Dance School of Valladolid as a Spanish Dance teacher and ballet for children and beginners adults.

Always active and interested on dance, Maria also worked as an ancient dance dancer and physical trainer in a variety of Ancient Dance Companies in Spain including Merito et Tempore (2003-2006), Il Gentil Lauro (2006-2010) and Sección Aurea (2010-2012) in which ones dance is always related with music, drama, poetry and even gastronomy and others arts of those centuries.
Maria has studied different approaches to dance disciplines and performing arts in Modern Dance, Commedia Dell’ Arte, Drama and Corporal Expression in Spain, Italy and United States with several well-known professionals.

Maria has also volunteered at Malashock’s dance special needs program in San Diego. This summer, in her spare time she enjoys classes with the Avocado Dance Company in Temecula and also with Jean Isaacs’ San Diego Dance Theater.

At Tuesday’s danceXchange, Maria will share her beautiful dance with local audiences, and in classic danceXchange form, will speak about her work and Spanish dance forms. Audience members will be able, encouraged, to ask questions and to interact with Ms. Tomillo Colomo, which makes danceXchange a unique opportunity for both audiences and artists.

Other artists sharing the stage include the community improvisation class–under the direction of Aaron Shaw (taught at And All That Jazz!), Kylie Canales, Joseph Lister, and Kylie Kruger. There will also be opportunities for the audience to participate in an improvisational exploration!

Let’s Dance…Ole!


danceXchange
at the Merc!
Old Town Temecula Community Theater
Tuesday, September 15th
7:00PM
Admission $5.00
http://www.TemeculaTheater.org
danceXchange is a co-production of
Dance Theatre Collective of Southern California
and
Temecula Presents

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