FROM TEMPLE TO STAGE
Yoga, dance, meditation, and mudras come together in this vibrant art form to empower you to shine from your core.
This workshop is open for everybody! All genders, ages, and levels of fitness are welcome. Revital will introduce elements of this graceful dance form in an accessible and playful way to make you glow like a Goddess!
Odissi dance originated in the temples of Odisha, India over 2000 years ago. Dance was traditionally practiced as a sacred ritual to ignite transformation in the dancer and audience. Considered both a classical and devotional dance form, Odissi is graceful and sensuous, expressive and sophisticated. Odissi exquisitely portrays the beauty of the sacred feminine, and reflects the ancient spiritual motifs of India’s great tantric temples.
Odissi has undergone major transformations throughout the centuries. In recent times, it has made a quantum leap from the temples and courts of India to the stages and theaters of the world. In its modern incarnation, Odissi Dance is highly technical, featuring rhythmical footwork, intricate hand gestures, and captivating expressions.
Amid the changes and evolution of Odissi, the Dance has preserved its devotional roots and maintained its spiritual depth. To witness a performance of Odissi Dance is to enter the place where heaven and earth touch, where sensuality and spirituality are one in the depths of the human heart.
Revital Carrolll is an internationally acclaimed performer and teacher of Classical Indian Dance. She is the founder of Shakti Bhakti School of Dance, author of Mudras of India and the Mudras of Indian Dance Card Deck, and creator of three instructional DVDs: Temple Goddess Workout, Odissi Dance Foundations, and Odissi Dance Spins and Choreography. She studied traditional Odissi Dance in Odisha, India with some of the most eminent dance gurus on the subcontinent. Revital draws her inspiration from the elements of nature, the wisdom of her own body, and the rich spiritual heritage of India. She lives in Northern California, and offers Odissi Dance workshops and performances worldwide.
“Revital is the perfect teacher for students looking for a mind-body-spirit connection in their exercise experience. I took Odissi Dance and yoga classes with her for about 2 years and loved the balance of flexibility, strength training, endurance, discipline, graceful movement, self-awareness, and spiritual centeredness woven into her sessions. Class with Revital is sure to make you look, and feel like a goddess.”
Hilary Marshall, Graduate student in Physical Therapy, Phoenix, AZ