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raks kheperu

a movement immersive
delicate . primal . evocative

Raks Kheperu

Raks is Dance .. Khepera is Creation

ZaRa a graceful international performer, teacher, visionary

- restoring ancient Women's Dance 

If you are chosen to the Path of Majestic flows, perceptive winding patterns guided by wisdoms

then the vibrational geometries of Dance will find you.

  

Collaborating with musical inspirations from

North Africa & Indian Temple Dance

 ​This intimate offering is evocative, hypnotic and will take you on a journey of music and movement

ZaRa is available for artistic projects,

performance collaborations, festivals,

retreats and workshop bookings

RAKS KHEPERU MASTERCLASS WITH ZARA

Embrace the Spirit of Khepri

 

Raks Kheperu

 

Infused with the spiritual theme of Khepri, the Egyptian diety of creation, renewal, and eternal life, this dance intensive invites you to embark on a journey of transformation and discovery.

 

Pop up Masterclass with ZARA - Workshop Overview

 

Experience the connection between music and motion, much like Khepri's journey across the sky.

 

Part I: The Essence of Raks Dance

History and Cultural Significance: Discover the roots of Raks dance, tracing its journey of ancient Egypt & vibrant cultural exchanges with north Indian dance. Embrace the symbolism of Khepri, the rising sun god, as you learn about the cycles of creation and renewal.

Core Techniques: Refine your placement of foot patterns, correct walking & weight transitions, coordination of expressive eye and hand hand movements, feminine bellydance hip isolations, shimmies, and undulations. Learn the fundamental movements that are the backbone of both Raks Baladi & Sharki, embodying the spirit of rebirth and transformation.

 

Part II:The Essence of Indian Odissi Temple Dance

History and Cultural Significance: The dance form of Odissi is one of the worlds oldest dances and the oldest surviving devotional temple dances of India and we will explore it through Devi infused movement

Core Techniques: Learn graceful lines and the poses of the Devi - the goddess. Apply synchronised expressive eye and hand mudras that tell story and evoke emotion. Dance a devotional artpiece/pranam that fuses traditional temple dance , with slow sensual, serpentine undulations of bellydance

 

This INTENSIVE MASTERCLASS guided by ZaRa - a visionary, professional dance artist, devadasi yogini 

INTERMEDIATE DANCERS - Enhance your skills and deepen your understanding of traditional techniques in raks and ancient temple dance Refine your technique, explore ageless feminine movement, and gain emotive insights.

BEGINNERS -Develop a confident, strong foundation of clear technique, foot placement, balance and coordination, aswell as emotional feeling.

image credits - Stay Nice Music, Facet Creative,Ismeen El Ashiry, NEXT SHOT PHOTOGRAPHY

goddess white mudra
Red Rose

Dance of devi

DANCE OF DEVI is a gathering of divine devotional dance. Devi is the embodiment of primality, the wild feminine and masculine in a dance embrace….she is the grace and joy of the temple. In this feminine gathering we learn the great artistry of ‘Shakti’

- in the form of divine devotional dance.

 

Drawing inspiration from elements of traditional Classical Indian Odissi Devadasi Dance from the ancient Shakti/Shiva temples of Orissa in India and Raks Kheperu. Initiated Devadasi ZaRa will guide you through the graceful elements of this pure dance art. Patiently showing you the beauty of precision, and feeling ‘Bhavana’ in temple dance form.


This dance gathering is a disciplined practice session of pure art tradition. Requiring a meditative focus by each dancer to learn the delicate art of Bhakti (Devotional)
Dance.
All dancers are welcome from beginners to advanced - as the lines and techniques of dance
will be outlined and taught. And we learn through progression and repetition to refine each
movement. This dance immersive is crafted to sculpture your dance, you become an emotive moving
sculpture of the temple goddess - Maha Shakti.

 

An overview of the session is
- blessing Bhumi PRANAM prayer gesture to Shakti/Shiva
- warm up exercises
- Indian Classical Odissi dance lines and dance techniques
- emotional expression, mudras - hand gestures and eye movement

 

This Workshop entails, the use of a graceful, strong body in relation to mind -body connection dance and emotive expression. By the initiatory process of warm up exercises that are unique to the art forms of Kalari, Odissi and other classical Indian dance forms.

 

Aswell as the progression of self awareness with the precise movements of eyes, hand mudras, neck movements, spinal articulations, hip rotations and postures (such as horse stance/chouka//tribangi & karanas of classical dance), foot placement and use of entire foot architecture in movement and dance, balance/coordination and the complexities of Abhinaya - the emotive expression through the face and body language of the 9 rasas such as love, anger, sadness, disgust, awe etc.


This ancient art form is relevant to the community as it gives participants an opportunity to re-conceptualize what dance movement. And to use this codified pure art form to bring about a re-configuration of the mind-body capacities and abilities to emote with heartfelt expression and reverence.
- the story of the Maha Devi - the great goddess

Upcoming Events

  • Tantric Hatha YTT + Odissi Dance July 2024
    Tantric Hatha YTT + Odissi Dance July 2024
    Sun, 07 July
    Ko Pha Ngan
    07 July 2024, 2:00 pm – 28 July 2024, 10:00 am
    Ko Pha Ngan, Ko Pha Ngan, Ko Pha-ngan District, Surat Thani 84280, Thailand
    07 July 2024, 2:00 pm – 28 July 2024, 10:00 am
    Ko Pha Ngan, Ko Pha Ngan, Ko Pha-ngan District, Surat Thani 84280, Thailand
    Yoga, devotion, dance and transformation
  • Raks Kheperu MASTERCLASS SUNSHINE COAST
    Raks Kheperu MASTERCLASS SUNSHINE COAST
    Wed, 24 July
    Dance, Art etc
    24 July 2024, 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm
    Dance, Art etc, 120 Currie St, Nambour QLD 4560, Australia
    24 July 2024, 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm
    Dance, Art etc, 120 Currie St, Nambour QLD 4560, Australia
    This INTENSIVE MASTERCLASS guided by ZaRa - a visionary, professional dance artist, devadasi yogini on tour through Sunshine Coast. Embrace the Spirit of Khepri Raks Kheperu Infused with the spiritual theme of Khepri, the Egyptian diety of creation, renewal, and eternal life.
  • SEMA TAWI (Kemetic Afrikan Yogas) SYDNEY
    SEMA TAWI (Kemetic Afrikan Yogas) SYDNEY
    Sat, 27 July
    Temple of Mastery
    27 July 2024, 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
    Temple of Mastery, Unit 97/2 The Crescent, Kingsgrove NSW 2208, Australia
    27 July 2024, 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
    Temple of Mastery, Unit 97/2 The Crescent, Kingsgrove NSW 2208, Australia
    Sema Tawi - African Yoga by Roots Yoga Life is an Ancient African science, evolving human experience, a journey of free flowing body movements with intention. Encapsulated in a cosmic dance involving the principles of Neter/Nature.
  • 200hour Koh Phangan YTT August 2024
    200hour Koh Phangan YTT August 2024
    Sun, 04 Aug
    Ko Pha Ngan
    04 Aug 2024, 2:00 pm – 25 Aug 2024, 10:00 am
    Ko Pha Ngan, Ko Pha Ngan, Ko Pha-ngan District, Surat Thani 84280, Thailand
    04 Aug 2024, 2:00 pm – 25 Aug 2024, 10:00 am
    Ko Pha Ngan, Ko Pha Ngan, Ko Pha-ngan District, Surat Thani 84280, Thailand
  • 300hr Koh Phangan Advanced YTT- Aug 2024
    300hr Koh Phangan Advanced YTT- Aug 2024
    Sun, 04 Aug
    Ko Pha Ngan
    04 Aug 2024, 2:00 pm – 01 Sept 2024, 10:00 am
    Ko Pha Ngan, Ko Pha Ngan, Ko Pha-ngan District, Surat Thani 84280, Thailand
    04 Aug 2024, 2:00 pm – 01 Sept 2024, 10:00 am
    Ko Pha Ngan, Ko Pha Ngan, Ko Pha-ngan District, Surat Thani 84280, Thailand
  • 200hour Koh Phangan YTT SEPT 2024
    200hour Koh Phangan YTT SEPT 2024
    Sun, 01 Sept
    Ko Pha Ngan
    01 Sept 2024, 2:00 pm – 22 Sept 2024, 10:00 am
    Ko Pha Ngan, Ko Pha Ngan, Ko Pha-ngan District, Surat Thani 84280, Thailand
    01 Sept 2024, 2:00 pm – 22 Sept 2024, 10:00 am
    Ko Pha Ngan, Ko Pha Ngan, Ko Pha-ngan District, Surat Thani 84280, Thailand
  • Tantric Hatha YTT + Odissi Dance Sept 2024
    Tantric Hatha YTT + Odissi Dance Sept 2024
    Sun, 01 Sept
    Ko Pha Ngan
    01 Sept 2024, 2:00 pm – 22 Sept 2024, 10:00 am
    Ko Pha Ngan, Ko Pha Ngan, Ko Pha-ngan District, Surat Thani 84280, Thailand
    01 Sept 2024, 2:00 pm – 22 Sept 2024, 10:00 am
    Ko Pha Ngan, Ko Pha Ngan, Ko Pha-ngan District, Surat Thani 84280, Thailand
    Yoga, devotion, dance and transformation
  • Certified 200hr YTT - Australian East Coast
    Certified 200hr YTT - Australian East Coast
    Sun, 03 Nov
    Halfway Creek
    03 Nov 2024, 8:00 am – 24 Nov 2024, 5:00 pm
    Halfway Creek, Halfway Creek NSW 2460, Australia
    03 Nov 2024, 8:00 am – 24 Nov 2024, 5:00 pm
    Halfway Creek, Halfway Creek NSW 2460, Australia
    Join us for an Experiential Yoga Teacher Training for the SEEKERS & Scientists MYSTICS & warriors ARTISTS & YOGIS. This course is designed a a rustic, natural yogic living immersion. Join us for a courageous 2 week intensive, camping by a river & elevating your yogic wisdom!
  • 300hr Koh Phangan Advanced YTT March 2025
    300hr Koh Phangan Advanced YTT March 2025
    Sun, 16 Feb
    Ko Pha Ngan
    16 Feb 2025, 2:00 pm – 16 Mar 2025, 10:00 am
    Ko Pha Ngan, Ko Pha Ngan, Ko Pha-ngan District, Surat Thani 84280, Thailand
    16 Feb 2025, 2:00 pm – 16 Mar 2025, 10:00 am
    Ko Pha Ngan, Ko Pha Ngan, Ko Pha-ngan District, Surat Thani 84280, Thailand
  • 200hour Koh Phangan YTT FEB 2025
    200hour Koh Phangan YTT FEB 2025
    Sun, 16 Feb
    Ko Pha Ngan
    16 Feb 2025, 2:00 pm – 09 Mar 2025, 10:00 am
    Ko Pha Ngan, Ko Pha Ngan, Ko Pha-ngan District, Surat Thani 84280, Thailand
    16 Feb 2025, 2:00 pm – 09 Mar 2025, 10:00 am
    Ko Pha Ngan, Ko Pha Ngan, Ko Pha-ngan District, Surat Thani 84280, Thailand
  • 200hour Koh Phangan YTT MAR 2025
    200hour Koh Phangan YTT MAR 2025
    Sun, 09 Mar
    Ko Pha Ngan
    09 Mar 2025, 2:00 pm – 30 Mar 2025, 10:00 am
    Ko Pha Ngan, Ko Pha Ngan, Ko Pha-ngan District, Surat Thani 84280, Thailand
    09 Mar 2025, 2:00 pm – 30 Mar 2025, 10:00 am
    Ko Pha Ngan, Ko Pha Ngan, Ko Pha-ngan District, Surat Thani 84280, Thailand
  • Tantric Hatha YTT + Odissi Dance March 2025
    Tantric Hatha YTT + Odissi Dance March 2025
    Sun, 09 Mar
    Ko Pha Ngan
    09 Mar 2025, 2:00 pm – 30 Mar 2025, 10:00 am
    Ko Pha Ngan, Ko Pha Ngan, Ko Pha-ngan District, Surat Thani 84280, Thailand
    09 Mar 2025, 2:00 pm – 30 Mar 2025, 10:00 am
    Ko Pha Ngan, Ko Pha Ngan, Ko Pha-ngan District, Surat Thani 84280, Thailand
    Yoga, devotion, dance and transformation
  • 300hr Koh Phangan YTT August 2025
    300hr Koh Phangan YTT August 2025
    Sun, 03 Aug
    Ko Pha Ngan
    03 Aug 2025, 2:00 pm – 31 Aug 2025, 10:00 am
    Ko Pha Ngan, Ko Pha Ngan, Ko Pha-ngan District, Surat Thani 84280, Thailand
    03 Aug 2025, 2:00 pm – 31 Aug 2025, 10:00 am
    Ko Pha Ngan, Ko Pha Ngan, Ko Pha-ngan District, Surat Thani 84280, Thailand
  • 200hour Koh Phangan YTT August 2025
    200hour Koh Phangan YTT August 2025
    Sun, 03 Aug
    Ko Pha Ngan
    03 Aug 2025, 2:00 pm – 24 Aug 2025, 10:00 am
    Ko Pha Ngan, Ko Pha Ngan, Ko Pha-ngan District, Surat Thani 84280, Thailand
    03 Aug 2025, 2:00 pm – 24 Aug 2025, 10:00 am
    Ko Pha Ngan, Ko Pha Ngan, Ko Pha-ngan District, Surat Thani 84280, Thailand
  • Raks Kheperu MASTERCLASS CAIRNS
    Raks Kheperu MASTERCLASS CAIRNS
    Time is TBD
    Cairns
    Time is TBD
    Cairns, Cairns QLD, Australia
    Time is TBD
    Cairns, Cairns QLD, Australia
    A Dance offering / special workshop that is evocative, hypnotic and will take you on a journey of music and movement of North African desert dance - Raks Kheperu Dance of Creation - Wombans Dance of Hips and Belly
  • Sema Tawi Afrikan Yoga Teacher Training
    Sema Tawi Afrikan Yoga Teacher Training
    Time is TBD
    Halfway Creek
    Time is TBD
    Halfway Creek, Halfway Creek NSW 2460, Australia
    Time is TBD
    Halfway Creek, Halfway Creek NSW 2460, Australia
    Join Master Ah Ra for the only Sema Tawi Afrikan Kemetic Yoga Teacher Training offered in Australia.
  • (Currently rescheduled)Sema Tawi Afrikan Yoga Soundbath + Medicine Storyteller
    (Currently rescheduled)Sema Tawi Afrikan Yoga Soundbath + Medicine Storyteller
    Time is TBD
    1st Avoca Beach Scouts
    Time is TBD
    1st Avoca Beach Scouts, 229 Avoca Dr, Avoca Beach NSW 2251, Australia
    Time is TBD
    1st Avoca Beach Scouts, 229 Avoca Dr, Avoca Beach NSW 2251, Australia
    Join Master Ah Ra for a day of cosmological infused ancient African yogas from the Nile valley with live African harp soundbath. Also featuring Nathan Meola - medicinal storyteller, intuitive bodyworker, and master of ceremonies will guide you with story telling.
  • Thailand - Smai Tawi Afrikan Yoga Retreat
    Thailand - Smai Tawi Afrikan Yoga Retreat
    Time is TBD
    Ko Pha Ngan
    Time is TBD
    Ko Pha Ngan, Ko Pha Ngan, Ko Pha-ngan District, Surat Thani 84280, Thailand
    Time is TBD
    Ko Pha Ngan, Ko Pha Ngan, Ko Pha-ngan District, Surat Thani 84280, Thailand
    SMAI TAWI Kemetic African Yoga Tropical Retreat Immerse yourself in Ancient Afrikan Yogas & Cosmology & Plant Based Cuisine
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