by Michael Ogi
Learn some of the basic movements of Sundanese dance
from West Java, Indonesia. Classes are fun, challenging, and a great
way to develop coordination while learning a beautiful and fascinating
dance form with a rich cultural history.
From classical masked dances and dramas that enact the great Hindu
epics the Mahabharata and the Ramayana to the folk dance forms that
incorporate martial arts movements, Sundanese dance is rich and complex.
It shows the influence of the many groups that have traded and settled
in the area over the centuries, and is characterized by dynamic syncopated
rhythms, quick wrist flicks, sensual hip movements, and fast shoulder
and torso isolations.
In this class, you will learn some of the basic male and female folk
dance movements, and incorporate them into a simple dance.
Michael Ogi is the director of Harsanari, a San Francisco-based
Indonesian dance company formed in 1997. He has performed with Harsanari
numerous Bay Area venues, including the San Francisco Asian Art Museum,
Indonesian Day festivals, and the San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival.
For more information on Harsanari, or classes, visit www.harsanari.com or send an e-mail to Michael at email@example.com