01/12/2019 @ 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Light Centre Belgravia
9 Eccleston St
Belgravia, London SW1W 9LX

Ishtar is an ancient goddess of fertility, love, war and sexuality. One of the few remained reliefs originates from Mesopotamia from the period 3500 BC. Her accompanying symbols are two lions and the eight-pointed star. She represents the Divine Feminine in all its aspects from the Loving Mother to the Courageous Warrior.

The Star of Ishtar or Star of Inanna is a symbol of the ancient Sumerian goddess Inanna and her East Semitic counterpart Ishtar. Alongside the lion, it was one of Ishtar’s primary symbols. Because Ishtar was associated with the planet Venus, the star is also known as the Star of Venus.

Ishtar Dance is about connecting with our natural rhythm and feeling the movements from within, finding and releasing tension from deep places in the body and celebrating getting in touch with ourselves. We will be looking at how dance movements relate to the chakras, and what that means for every person.

The aim of this workshop is to learn a movement and make it yours, so that your dance will always be authentic. This is why we dance in a circle rather than in front of a mirror. If you are performance oriented you will find that, having a knowledge and feeling of why you are moving in the way you are, will add great purpose and power to your dance when performing.

Ishtar Dance is about getting in touch with the creative aspect of life, so if you wish you can dress it up or down, or wear make up or not, it’s entirely up to you! Just make sure that what you wear is comfortable, you can move in it and please feel free to be as imaginative as you like. I will be wearing leggings, a normal top and a coin belt around my hips, but you could also wear a skirt (I won’t wear a skirt because it will be harder to show you the movements if I do).

We will be dancing in a circle together for some of the time and at other times we will be moving freely around the space to practice and experiment feeling the movements we have learned in our own bodies. Bring a scarf or coin belt (if you have one) to tie round your hips. I will bring some coin belts for you to borrow on the day. The scarf /coin belt is not compulsory, however, having a a scarf/ tassel or -best of all – a coin belt makes shimmying the hips easier as it brings awareness to that area of the body. The sound of the coin belt is also great for clearing the energy field around the body.

This workshop is open to all levels, ages and genders. You will get a great workout and sweat, so please don’t eat just before or if you must, keep it very light.

Just show up and the dance will do the rest!

Alessia Avellino:
I am an artist, Athlete, Dancer and Yoga teacher.
My first degree was in French and Spanish, then I trained in Fine Art.

I started practising yoga in New York back in 2000 whilst on a scholarship after finishing my Fine Art degree in Drawing and Painting at Camberwell College of Arts and have been teaching since 2004. I am trained in Jivamukti Yoga , Kids’ Yoga, Kundalini Yoga for Mastering the Addictive Personality and I’m also a qualified Shamanic Practitioner and IQM (Integrative Quantum Healing) practitioner.

I am a trained bellydance teacher and I work with voiceover and video performance. With my yoga background I began to see how bellydance movements related to the yoga and chakra systems of the body, and began to uncover the spiritual practice beneath the movements. I started teaching dance differently and devised ‘Ishtar Dance’, which breaks down ancient dance movements and places them in a context of healing and empowering both the dancer and the receiver of the dance.

Yoga philosophy and knowledge of the body’s physical and esoteric anatomy such as the chakras and the endocrine system were very helpful in creating Ishtar Dance.

I love working out in the gym, dancing and practising yoga.

I do everything I love, love everything I do and do it all to the max. I love feeling unlimited when it comes to creativity. Actually I love feeling unlimited when it comes to everything and love inspiring people to uncover their potential, to be all they wish to be.

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