12:00 – 4:00 pm – Saturday & Sunday (pavilion)
Snowflower grew up on the East Shore and has been involved in Starbelly in various ways over the years. This is her second year coordinating the Kids Crafts Pavilion – a role that is lots of fun! She loves working with kids (and has two great ones of her own). This year is a ‘Starbelly Button’ theme. We will be making lots of crafts using buttons … festival crowns, bracelets, parade shakers and even hand crafted buttons to pin on our clothes or backpacks.Please come visit Snowflower and her fun-loving crew at the Kids Craft Pavilion from 12- 4 Saturday and Sunday. They have lots of great projects for kids of all ages!
Sat., July 20 – 10:00 – 11:15 am (pavilion)
Ecstatic Yoga is an uplifting, engaging, modern exercise experience designed to liberate the body, mind, and spirit! Inspired by rave dancing, Kundalini Yoga, and more, this fusion mash-up class will leave you sweaty, energized, joyful, and connected! Be prepared to “shake it up” on and off the mat, work out your arms (not to mention the rest of your body), get creative, and challenge the boundaries of what you thought was possible.
Ecstatic yoga was originally created by Karma Teachers founder, Emerson Lim, as an exciting way to engage homeless youth and meet them where they are. It ntroduced them to the benefits of yoga and breath work while triggering a natural high through the therapeutic elements of dance (such as brain dance and ecstatic dance), while also creating a space that is truly welcoming and incredibly fun at the same time.
Set to the most exciting music of our time, this class is open to everyone, from toddlers to seniors. No experience is necessary.
Sat., July 20 & Sun., July 21 – 9:00-9:30 am (Milky Way family tent area)
As a child Christine was fascinated and curious about moving, dancing and singing her body. She grew up immersed in mainstream Jazz, Tap and Ballet and taught these forms of movement to children and adults alike. It was in this setting in Calgary, AB that Christine first discovered yoga. Upon moving to British Columbia in 2003 Christine immersed herself in yoga, diving deeper into this ancient practice. Noticing how yoga sparked a holistic journey to wellness further inspired her and in January 2011 she made the decision to learn to share this practice with others.
Christine was certified through Gaiatri Yoga and Heart Yoga in May 2012. Christine believes that yoga (and life for that matter), is about playing in the space, finding the balance between strength and flexibility. She loves being upside-down, rightside-up and all spaces in between. Christine resides in Nelson, BC and currently teaches Hatha yoga at The Moving Centre, Mountain Waters Spa, The Loft, and NDCC. Christine is passionate and devoted to the practice of yoga and is continuing to develop her yoga practice through reading and writing about yoga philosophy and bringing it into her day-to-day life.
Children are natural yogis. Through storytelling, art, music, and movement children can discover a deeper connection to themselves and the world around them. Children can come ignite their inner yogi, play, move and sing at Starbelly Jam with Christine.
“luminous beings are we, not this crude matter” -Yoda
Sat., July 20 – 3:45 – 4:45 pm – (Soccer field)
Explore the beauty of circular motion from the inside out – through the art of poi spinning! Poi engage the whole body in new and challenging ways and help develop better coordination, balance, and memory. From simple swoops to complex patterns, you’ll get to sample the basics and beyond. Special focus will be given to musicality and timing, and turning our moves into a dance. Practice poi are available to borrow and/or buy.
Sun., July 21 – 10:00 – 11:15 am (pavilion)
Sat Kaur Khalsa has been practicing and teaching Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan for 19 years. Trained in Toronto, Sat Kaur is a teacher trainer and certified teacher of the Healthy Breast and Beyond Addiction Kundalini Yoga programs. She is passionately committed to support students in achieving their infinite potential through the gifts of these sacred teachings.
Kids Alphabet Hoop Game
Sat., July 20 – 9:30 – 10:00 am (soccer field)
What word starts with the letter B? Butterfly! Let’s hoop like a Butterfly! Let’s hoop our way through the whole alphabet! Mommies and Daddies are welcome to join in!
Hoops Tips ‘n Tricks
Sat., July 20 – 2:45 – 3:30 pm (soccer field)
Sun., July 21 – 2:30 – 3:15 pm (soccer field)
There are so many cool hoop moves, and Cookie travels the world to gather her basket of hoop tricks for her workshops! This workshop focuses on breaking down those AMAZING moves you see modern hoop dancers doing. Sometimes changing the hand grip or direction of the hoop on the body can help us “crack the code” on those fancy hoop moves we all want to learn!
Jen Cookson , (AKA “Cookie”) spun her first hoop on a winter’s night in 2008. That moment changed her life forever! She went on to explore the art of hoop dance, train as an instructor and deeply explore the healing power of hoola hooping through movement meditation, hoop poetry and blogging, and performance, and is now hosting spiritual hoop retreats in the West Kootenays. Cookie has been bringing a mountain of hoops to Starbelly Jam so people of all ages can kick off their shoes and hoop in the sunshine, and just enjoy the sublime music of Starbelly in the gorgeous setting of Crawford Bay, BC.
Hoop dance has evolved into a micro-movement dance form using bigger hoops, making it accessible to most people as a healthy and enjoyable activity. It brings us back to our childhood, and connects us with our inner child. Learning to play again as adults has been linked to relieving stress and anxiety and creating long-term wellness. Cookie has students as young as 3 and she had the opportunity to hoop with a man in his 90s at Starbelly Jam in 2011! She’s happy to assist anyone who wants to learn hooping and will be roaming the grounds all weekend giving free lessons!
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Sat., July 20 – 11:00 – 12:00 pm (workshop tent)
Sergio Santos is from Recife, Penambuco, Brazil. He has been playing capoeira on and off since 1994 with Chapeu de Couro. His teacher was Professor Perna Pesada, who opened his own school in 2006 and is the master at Escola de Capoeira Perna Pesada, which Sérgio is currently part of. After returning from trip to Brazil, Sérgio started leading classes in Nelson in April, 2011. Sérgio integrates all the elements of Capoeira Pernambucana in his on-going capoeira classes; language, history, movement, music, and ritual.
This workshop at Starbelly Festival will focus on movement for beginners and include some information about the history of Capoeira. Get ready to warm-up, stretch and learn some basic capoeira movements and sequences.
Wear pants or shorts and a shirt (no skirts or dresses please!), bring water!!
Experienced Capoeiristas Welcome!
Sat., July 20 – 1:30 – 2:30 pm (workshop tent)
Dancing Freedom invites you to liberate yourself though movement. This is a fun, empowering, and irresistible dance practice. It heals. It reveals. It welcomes. Any person of any age, size, colour or creed can do it. Come join us on Saturday from 1:30 to 2:30 pm at the workshop tent to experience it for yourself! In this workshop, we will embark on a journey through the elements. Wear comfortable clothes and bring water!
Kalibri completed her training as a Dancing Freedom facilitator in 2012 built on foundation of facilitating hatha yoga. She went from being a shy wallflower on the dance floor to experiencing its healing potential in a short time frame. She is a wonderful facilitator who creates a welcoming safe space for others to let go and express themselves.
Sat., July 20 – 12:45-1:30 pm (workshop tent)
The Kiddonauts are an improvised story and song time for kids. Starring Jason, Anthony and Murray they’ll create elaborate children’s adventures complete with accordion, guitar and drama. Show up ready to share your ideas and enjoy a never-to-be-repeated experience.
Sun., July 21 – 11:45 – 12:30 pm – (Soccer field)
Two round shakers connected by a cord, one set of asalatos is held in each hand and used to make and explore all kinds of rhythms. They swing, clack against each other, and create mesmerizing pulse and syncopation. An amazing way to practice both hand coordination and hand separation, they’ll build the synaptic connections in your brain while teaching you the elements of both simple and complex rhythms. Sets of asalatos are available to borrow and/or buy.
Sun., July 21 – 1:30 – 3:30 pm (workshop tent)
Slava Doval is a passionate dance performer and teacher who infuses her globally minded movements with grace and presence while exploring the common thread in dances from around the world. She’s currently busy teaching, creating choreography, artistic direction and costumes for FolkFusion Dance, a holistic dance school for preschoolers, teens and adults in Nelson, BC. Her style is a fusion of old world roots and new times sensibility, blending culture, movement and community to create an expression of joy, presence, discipline and grace. Her unique dance style is an organic blend of her Slovak roots, Contemporary technique, Folklorico, Afro-Latin, Balkan, Bollywood, Cumbia, Urban Street styles and more. She believes dance and music can unite us all in these changing times. Slava has brought her joy of dance this last year to Salmon Arm Roots and Blues and Believe Fest in Whistler as part of The Adham Shaikh Outworld Orkestra, and locally with her students at MarkestFest, The Capitol, UnityFest, Keep the Beat, and Tiny Lights.
The workshop is for ALL AGES and ALL LEVELS “FestiDance” Come join Slava & FolkFusion for a unique and energizing dance experience. This festive class will fuse elements of Urban Street styles with Folky roots, we will move and groove to Balkan Beats, Latin Funk, Bhangra Bop and Afro Pop! Not to be missed. Learn some sweet new moves to take to the dance floor for the Sunday evening head liners.