Weekend Workshop – Dance with Marie Osande

From: $225.00

Oct 15-17

Come together for a weekend in the dance studio! Enjoy the opportunity to recharge, move, and stretch, while enjoying the beautiful North Mountain landscape through the height of Autumn. During this session, you’ll collaborate with friends to immerse yourself in a world of dance with returning faculty member Maria Osende. This a great chance for anybody who’s been taking classes virtually to get back into the studio! All while adhering to the up-to-date safety guidelines and public health directives. Join us on the North Mountain and stay in our newly renovated farmhouse or glamping cabins for an unforgettable weekend of art, community, and wholesome homemade meals using local ingredients (many right from Ross Creek’s own gardens)!

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During this session, you’ll collaborate with friends to immerse yourself in a world of dance with returning faculty member Maria Osende. This open-level workshop (beginner to beginner-intermediate level dancers) is a great chance for anyone who’s been taking classes virtually to get back into the studio! All while adhering to the up-to-date safety guidelines and public health directives.

​Join us on the North Mountain and stay in our newly renovated farmhouse or glamping cabins for an unforgettable weekend of art, community, and wholesome homemade meals using local ingredients (many right from Ross Creek’s own gardens)!

Please note: This workshop is for your enjoyment and personal development. We are a diverse group with different levels of skills and fitness, and students are welcome to participate to the degree that feels comfortable for them.

If you are unused to wearing ballet shoes, you are welcome to wear a light, padded sneaker, a dance sneaker or a split-sole jazz shoe for rehearsals.

Friday, October 15, 2021

5 pm Arrival and checking in
5.30-6.30pm Meet and greet
6.30pm Dinner
7.30pm Tour of facilities, etc.
Evening Ballet  Movie night, social

Saturday October 16

7.30-8.30 Breakfast
8.30-9am 20 minute walk on Ross Creek trails (optional, weather  permitting)
9.00-9:30 Gentle Ballet-prep warm up
9:30 -11:00 Ballet class
11.00 Mid-morning snack
11:15-12:30pm Rehearsal, creation, repertoire
12:30-1:15pm Lunch
1.15-2.30pm Rehearsal, creation, repertoire
2.30-3.30pm Stretch, yoga, relaxation, foot massage
3.30-4.30pm Coffee, tea, snacks  , walk  or free time
4.30-6.15pm Some of these can overlap. Alignment one-on-one clinic
(15 minute individual time slots with Maria and Marel) followed by
Q&A ballet chat
6:30pm Dinner
7:30pm Social time & bonfire

Sunday, October 17

7.30-8.30am Breakfast
8.30-9am Morning walk on Ross Creek trails (optional, weather  permitting)
9.00-9:30 Gentle Ballet-prep warm up
9:30 -11:00 Ballet class
11.00 Mid-morning snack
11:15-12:30 Rehearsal, creation, repertoire
12:30-1:30 Lunch
1.30-3pm Yamuna Body-Rolling Workshop with Nona Fuller
3pm Coffee, tea, snacks
3.30-4pm packing up
4pm Social or final group walk before dinner (weather permitted, optional)
4.30pm Early dinner  departure

*This is a sample itinerary and may fluctuate/change based on weather conditions and group interests.

ABOUT THE ARTISTS/INSTRUCTORS
Maria Osende 
Maria Osende is an award-winning  dancer, choreographer, teacher, artistic director, and producer based in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Renown for her artistry, her impeccable technique, her creativity, generosity, humour and passion for teaching, Osende is recognized as leading figure in the Canadian dance milieu. 
Her passion for dance splits between ballet, which was the main focus of her professional career in Europe, and flamenco – an art form which she embraced after her ballet career, and which strongly resonates with her Spanish background.  
Maria teaches both dance forms at her school in Halifax as well as online and as a guest teacher. She is super excited to run this special retreat for the first time at the Ross Creek Centre for the Arts, a place very close to her heart, as here is where she first performed in Canada back in 2004, when the centre opened. DANCE Education
Studied ballet in Madrid with Luis Fuente, Zelma Bustillo, Julia Estevez, Jose Granero. 
Highly commended at the Real Conservatorio de Danza de Madrid, a six-year diploma program. 
Fulbright scholarship: attended intermediate an adanced level programs at School of American Ballet in New York, USA (2 years).
Studied flamenco at the Centro de Arte Flamenco Amor de Dios in Madrid, Spain.

Professional DANCE Career 
Maria danced professionally for two years in her late teens with  the Ballet National de España, now known as the “Compañia Nacional de Danza” in her hometown, Madrid, Spain under the Artistic direction of Maria de Avila and then Maya Plisetskaya. She then moved to Berlin, Germany, where she danced with the Berlin Ballet, soon becoming a soloist under the artistic direction of Gert Reinholm and then, Peter Schauffus. The company’s repertoire ranged from classical ballet to contemporary dance. Maria participated in the creation of several new works both in classical, neoclassical and contemporary dance. Amongst others are choreographers G. Balanchine, R. Nureyev, Maurice Béjart, Bill T. Jones, Meg Stuart, Lucinda Childs, José Limón, Hans van Manen, Jiri Kilyan, Nacho Duato and Bill T Jones.
Since 2004 Maria has her own flamenco dance company in Halifax, they produce shows that have toured across Canada. Maria also participates in solo apperances and collaborations.

TEACHING 
Maria started teaching in 2004 and since has taught ballet and flamenco at various schools in Halifax and New Brunswick, such as the Maritime Conservatory of the Performing Arts, Halifax Dance, Maritime Dance Academy, Imperial Theatre Summer School of New Brunswick, Dans Encorps NB, École L’Odyssée, NB, Rosario Flamenco (Vancouver), and at the Centro Profesional de Danza (Madrid). She has also given lectures on flamenco and the creativity process at Dalhousie University, Saint Mary’s University, Nova Scotia Community College and Nova Scotia College of Arts and Design. 

She runs her own dance school “Flamenco and Ballet Dance School Maria Osende” in Halifax since 2005, focused on adult students. 
For more information please visit https://FlamencoSchool.ca

Choreography
Choreography is undoubtedly one of her strengths. She has created several works and productions since 2007 independently and for the Maria Osende Flamenco Co. (MariaOsende.com), as well as various solo and group pieces for ballet and flamenco dancers in frame of recitals and showcases, explorations in dance-theatre and dance fusion. Maria enjoys adapting ballet classics for adult students. She has also been commissioned to create contemporary dance works with “Danza Imposible”, Madrid, Spain and the “Halifax Dance Young Company”.

Marel Eager
After obtaining a BA in Dance from Butler University, Indianapolis in 1973, Marel Eager danced with the Butler Ballet and the Evanston Concert Ballet. Marel began her teaching career at the School of the Minnesota Dance Theatre in 1977 and has taught ballet, pointe and character dance
at Halifax Dance since 1980. She is an Associate with the Society of Russian Ballet and
examined students annually in the Vaganova technique from 1985-2016.
Along with her teaching, Marel served Halifax Dance in many and various administrative and
artistic positions. She was one of the founding faculty members of Dance Nova Scotia’s (DANS)
Summer Dance Camp and has also served four years as a member of the DANS Board of
Directors. She has received the DANS Recognition of Service Award and the Halifax Dance
Award of Distinction.
Marel’s love is teaching ballet to beginning students of all ages – sending them on to discover
the many joys of all forms of dance with a solid foundation in proper alignment and technique.
She has been using a kinesthetic approach to her teaching (based on the work of Irene Dowd)
since the early 1980’s and has continued to expand her knowledge with participation in many
internationally recognized teacher training courses.​

Nonna Fuller
 Nonna Fuller is an experienced (25years+) certified Pilates and Yamuna Body Rolling instructor.
The foundation of her approach to movement focuses on mind-body awareness, skeletal alignment, core strength and directed breathing which leads to overall strength, mobility and body sustainability.

Yamuna Body Rolling is a type of self massage which uses various sizes of inflatable balls to elongate muscles thus freeing restrictions and pain in all parts of the body. Based on anatomy, Yamuna Body Rolling releases muscles from their origin to insertion to create space in tight ares, realign bones/ joints to optimizing range of motion.
After a weekend of ballet workshops your body will thank you for treating it to a Yamuna Body Rolling session.