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ODISSI INDIAN CLASSICAL DANCE
with TENLEY WALLACE
Synergize your Body-Mind-Energy
Develop your Strength-Agility-Grace
~ Classes in Bend with Tenley Wallace ~
Odissi Indian Classical Dance is highly sensual and fluid along with strong and detailed. We literally unite within our bodies Feminine and Masculine Principles.
Odissi originated in one of India’s epicenters for Yoginis and Temple Dance, so Odissi is deeply rooted in Yogic Tradition. Classes focus on these principles of physical and energetic alignment, breath, sharpening our mental capacity, and other elements at the foundation of this dance.
Each class includes yoga, dance conditioning, and introductory Odissi practices including mudra (hand gestures) and padha (language of the feet). When appropriate, there will be discussion on the Herstory of Temple Dance and Yoginis.
Come ready to move & activate your Shakti!
Women & Men welcome of all ages.
Odissi Group Classes will resume when there is a group of 3 or more ready for 5 week series so you can make progress and experience the practice feeding and shaping you.
Available by Request: Private 1-on-1 or Group Instruction, Ritual, Performance, Herstorical Talks & Teachings
Contact me regarding any of the above, or if you wish to be informed of upcoming shows.
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Enjoy this lovely video, sharing Odissi’s essence from one of the world’s premier dancers and teachers…Sujata Mohapatra.
Odissi’s Abbreviated HERstory, by Tenley Wallace
Odissi Indian Classical Dance is the daughter to a very ancient system of Temple Dance from India’s East Coast state of Orissa. For 1000’s of years, society looked upon and entrusted Temple Dancers as the embodiment of fertility, abundance, sensuality, and the life-giving energy called Shakti. They were advanced Yoginis, and intensively trained Dancers, starting at a very young age. Their life was single focused on their training and Ritual Dance duties. They were literally married to the God, thus were Wives of the God, and appropriately had their own Matriarchal caste at the highest level of society, next to the Deity.
After India got independence from England in 1947, a great cultural revolution began. Odissi was a result of this renaissance, with a few dedicated men piecing together the remains of a nearly forgotten Temple Dance tradition and practice.
Ancient Temple Dance included rhythm of the feet with bells, and Odissi has continued this tradition. Feet and bells act as musical instruments. Yet also, since Temple Dancers were the ambassadors of Shakti to society, they also learned various methods to cultivate and channel Shakti.
Feet slapping earth and stone of ancient Temples calls forth the bountiful and powerful Shakti of the earth, directly into the Dancer’s body, igniting the physical, energetic, spiritual system, and beyond. Hand gestures, called mudras, are sourced from this Shakti, as are the facial expressions, and this dance in general.
Come to class to learn more of this fascinating and nearly forgotten tradition.
It is with great delight, honor, and devotion to bring this powerful practice and art to Bend.
In Devotion, Tenley