In this series, you will be introduced to a unique and original style of belly dance as it is infused with the delicate yet powerful characteristics of Indian folk/classical dance, and Flamenco inspired movement. We will explore a variety of combinations set to the lively tempo “tangos,” a popular flamenco rhythm. We will focus on typical postures, earthy hip movements, hand gestures, dynamic spins, and rhythmic foot work. Bring a full skirt, if you like.
8 week session for $125
With Sonia Ochoa
Thursdays 8:30-10:00 PM
February 1, to March 22, 2018
Drop-in $20 rate for this specialty class.
Los Angeles native Sonia Ochoa has become one of the most sought after dance instructors and performers today.
Her ever expanding curiosity and passion for dance led her to tour with companies of various genres, featuring her as a lead dancer and contributing choreographer, most notably with the world-renowned Bellydance Superstars, putting her on the map as one of the top performers in the belly dance scene. In recent years, Sonia has shifted her focus by devoting much of her time and energy toward a more concentrated and deeper practice, broadening her dance repertoire.
After acquiring a solid foundation in classical ballet, she became well-versed in a host of dance forms such as Polynesian, Latin, Middle-Eastern, Persian, and contemporary, equipping her with an extensive versatility and influencing the development of her own unique style. Of Mexican descent, she looked to further explore her roots through music and dance by joining Los Angeles-based Ballet Folklórico del Pacífico, now known as Pacífico Dance Co. Sonia also visits India yearly to fully immerse herself in classical Indian dance studies under the guidance of top Odissi teachers such as Sujata Mohapatra and Colleena Shakti. She also spends several months a year training in flamenco and classical spanish dance with L.A.’s Roberto Amaral, as well as Madrid’s top instructors including La Truco, Concha Jareño, Antonio Reyes Maya, and Carmela Greco.
Sonia recently added Vinyasa Krama Yoga to her repertoire, studying under the tutelage of Guru Srivatsa Ramaswami, a direct descendent of Sri T. Krishnamacharya. A serious yoga student, she integrates and promotes regular practice as a method of conditioning and preparing the dancer’s body and mind.