Workshops with Lesya Starr – Hands, Arms and Turns * Persian Oriental*

In Workshops on June 9, 2011 by danceumbrella

Location: Tandem Dance and Fitness Studio, 3300 Yonge Street, 4th Floor, Toronto, Ontario

Lesya Starr will be back in Toronto this summer and she’s got an exciting set of workshops to teach! Below are brief descriptions. If you want detailed descriptions and a detailed Bio, email

Hands, Arms and Turns – Friday August 5 6-9pm
– Lesya has developed her own style of hand and arm movements and from her videos you can tell she rocks at turns!
– This workshop is good for all levels Beginner – Advanced/Professional as hands, arms and turns are things that can always be improved, enhanced and enjoyed!

Persian Oriental – Saturday August 6 10am-1pm
– Persian Dance is very compatible with Oriental Dance in that it embellishes arm and hand movement, the use of flowing turns and elongated postures, with a strong awareness of the emotion and energy directing the movement
The elements: Water and Air
In this workshop Lesya will offer some basic technique for Persian Dance (classical style) focusing mainly on posture, angles and fluidity of movement, and the distribution of energy for the sentiments we express. We will then apply this to a contemporary mini-choreography of Persian/Oriental dance fusion.

Gypsy/Oriental Fantasy – Saturday August 6 2-5pm
– ‘The Gypsy as the Wild Woman archetype has magical powers, powers which make her dangerous. She is out-of-control, or at least beyond the control of the patriarchy. She evokes fear, especially in the subconscious where the Wild Woman lurks within us all.’
– celebrate the freedom and power the ‘Gypsy woman’ archetype represents
– (*the word ‘fantasy’ is included here so as to not confuse the original Roma-style dances done by the ethnic group called the Roma with this archtype-inspired fusion of Oriental dance with the Mediterranean ‘zingara’ dance that we will be doing)
– Elements: Fire and Earth
– In this workshop Lesya will take us on a surrealistic dance journey by offering us a choreography to a Gypsy/Oriental fusion song by a Barcelona-based Mediterranean group, called Wesak. It is very fast-paced, spicy and fiery!

Al-Andalus – Sunday August 7 12:30-3:30pm
– Al Andalus is the Arabic name for Andalusia (southern Spain) during the eight hundred years of Moorish and Berber rule in that region (711-1492 AD.).
– The science and culture of the Muslims, Christians and Jews coexisted in peace and liberty during this period. Evidence of the common roots these cultures shared can be found in their music, poetry and other arts. The influence these cultures had, especially those based in Andalucia, transformed Medieval Spain into the best example of the union of European, African and Middle Eastern cultures. It was a time of multicultural acceptance and a great sharing of ideas and art that influenced the rest of Europe.
– Highly educated ‘Qiyan’, slave girls from Seville were expert singers and dancers and they had a significant role in the creation and dissemination of Andalusian music and dance. It is from them that we inherit this style of dance.
– The music for this workshop will be in the Muwashshahat style, where the favourite theme is love. This choreography will be danced with 2 hand scarves.

$65 + HST per workshop in advance
$80 + HST per workshop at the door

Pay $240 + HST in advance or $300 + HST at the door

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(Dancer, choreographer and dance instructor of Oriental Dance and Creative Woman’s Dance)

Lesya began studying Ukrainian dance and creative rhythm gymnastics from ages 4-13 in Toronto, with Marie Prociw. She commenced her studies in Oriental Dance (Belly Dancing/Raks Sharki) in Toronto, Canada when she was 17 with the renowned teacher and dancer Yasmina Ramzy.
She has also participated in workshops with world renown teachers such as Amoura, Ibrahim Farrah, Hadia, Hossam Ramzy y Selena, Farida Fahmy, Mahmoud Reda, Shokry Mohammed, Amir Thaleb, Nur Banu, Zorah (Ibiza), Narjess (Alicante) y Lena (Estocolmo) and Suraya Hilal.

Lesya has given workshops in Budapest, Hungary; Mexico City, Mexico; Toronto and Kitchener, Canada; Belgium (Resodance); Dusseldorf, Germany; Santiago de Compostela, Sant Feliu de Guixols, Barcelona and Mallorca, Spain and she has performed in Canada, Mexico and throughout Europe and the Middle East. She has collaborated with Le Cirque du Soleil (London and France); Ciudades que Danzan (Brazil); since 1992 she has performed with the Catalan singer Rosa Zaragosa and since 1999 with Wesak.
Lesya was a recording artist in the band, ‘ON’ (Warner Bros, Sweden, 1992-1997 – Executive producer, Malcolm McClaren).

For the past 21 years Lesya has been investigating and experimenting with Oriental Dance as a resource of natural feminine expression. This weekend she will share with you some of her favourite dance styles and signature movements.

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