House of Inanna
"ATS Basics" consists of the standard, simpler steps of ATS (American Tribal Style®), focusing mainly on getting the technique down, with proper posture. There is some attention on transitions and leading, but these aspects of the dance are not generally emphasized. If you have little or no background in ATS, need a refresher, or are a little shy about leading, this class if for you. This class is open to anyone who is interested in learning or practicing ATS.
In "Advanced ATS", we build on the Basics for more complex steps and focus on transitioning between steps, as well as leading. Before you attend this class, please Contact us at "petra.pino @ gmail.com" (take out the spaces!) to discuss your interest.
Monday classes are held in a private studio near 16th and St James, in San José;
Classes are $12 each, or $40 per month. Please bring cash or checks payable to "Petra Pino".
· Please arrive 10-15 minutes
early, and be ready to dance at the start of class.
· If you come in late, that’s fine, just stretch out on your own, then join in. You can pay afterwards.
· Bring your own water.
· Wear a dance skirt and a choli, yoga pants and a slim-fitting shirt, or something similar. It’s OK to dress up for class, but the emphasis of class is on practicing our technique.
Our student troupe is called "Hips Licensed to Kill". Current students who are interested are invited to perform at the "HaflAdira" monthly dance party event at Adira's Dance and Costume on Lincoln Ave in San Jose.
For these performances we are currently concentrating on practicing the following moves:
I dance with an open heart and a dedicated body, and this is how I like to teach. You can expect empathy with whatever your current state of practice is, as well as intensity of practice in our class time together.
Generally speaking, we adhere to FatChance (FCBD® ATS) methodology and teach one slow (or arrhythmic) step and one fast (or rhythmic) step per class, and drill, drill, drill, as this is the best way to acquire the muscle memory needed for good technique. Being a yoga practitioner and teacher, I also bring in yogic asana and concepts on an as-needed basis, as sometimes these can help illuminate and explain a movement, improve your mobility or tone-up your moves.
These can be set up, too. Contact us at "petra.pino @ gmail.com" (take out the spaces!) if you’re interested!
"I love Petra! She is a very, very passionate and understanding teacher. She is a master in her craft. She breaks down each move and will drill on it until you feel comfortable. You will learn a lot in Petra's classes. She is a master at body movements and will pay attention to each student's limits in motion. Petra is fun, funny, honest and really gives you appropriate praise and encouragement. . Oh, did I mention she dances with ease and confidence? Petra is a fabulous dancer and will impart her knowledge freely. She really makes dancing fun and fun to learn layered movements. Her troupe members, Marina, Hiya and Rowan are wonderful and really make you feel comfortable learning ATS. I look forward to each Monday night! Rak on Dancers!" - Zabella
"I am so happy to be back in the ATS saddle and am thankful to have found another South Bay teacher who is so knowledgeable and skilled. I like Petra's teaching methods as she combines a structured, focused class with a giggle now and again. It is all about her passion for dance and having fun and that is communicated by welcoming student's of any and all skill levels. I would highly recommend Petra's class to anyone who wants to sharpen their ATS skills, learn a new method of dance, or wants a fun and exotic workout. She really does have something for everyone. Plus it's so cool to hang out with the ladies of House of Inanna!" - Stephani
"Have you ever taken any kind
of dance class and ended up frustrated, confused, and thinking you can't
dance? Well, you need to take a class from Petra - right away! We always
end up giggling and having so much fun! She breaks down each move into
the smallest detail so as a student you feel at ease and relaxed as
you learn. She's addicted to purple, family, and her students. Petra
portrays a high level of respect and love for ATS and her students,
it shows in her dancing and most of all her warm smile. If you have
ever thought about taking a belly dancing class, please come and join
us. We will welcome you with shimmies!" - Scheherazade
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