Weekend Intensive

Helene Eriksen:

SF Bay Area - Project 3

Weekend #2

>> last chance to join <<

Saturday Nov. 14
Nov. 15, 2015

11am - 6pm, both days

a unique opportunity to study several styles of Eastern dance in depth, with a master teacher, choreographer, and dance ethnologist...

Helene Eriksen

"ANAR means pomegranate and symbolizes the crystalline beauty of collective
traditions, where each kernel (DANA) is unique and luminous, yet together they form a fruit that is celebrated in the Middle East as a symbol of beauty, fertility and culture."  --Helene Eriksen

ANAR DANA - SF Bay Area - Project 3 -- Weekend #2

Experience the Communal Power of Women's Dance!

Helene Eriksen brings her vast and detailed knowledge of Eastern dances and her impeccable professionalism to form a cohesive and supportive Performance Group for presenting authentic and informed Dances of the Orient. Within the Project, members form a tightly-knit community as they learn the dance styles and strive together towards a high-quality performance. Each weekend is like a communal Dance Retreat!

Learn Technique, Choreography, Dance Notation, Music Analysis, Yoga, Staging, Costuming, Stage Make-up, Historical and Cultural backgrounds for the following seven styles of women's dance:

Project 3 will span nine weekends from October 2015 through November 2016,
culminating in a weekend of performances in November 2016.

You can become acquainted with Helene and the Project during this 2nd weekend
-- with no further obligation -- before deciding whether to join the full Project.

***The 2nd weekend is the last chance to join this Project!***



when (Weekend #1):
Saturday Nov. 14 and Sunday Nov. 15

(both days - includes 1 hour lunch break)

Hoover Theater
1635 Park Avenue, San Jose CA 95126

Dance Effects
58 E. Campbell Avenue, Campbell, CA 95008

cost (Weekend #2 only):  $200
NOTE: if
the Project has 10 or more full participants,
the cost is reduced to $185, with refunds issued on Nov. 14

Registration instructions below

for more information about the ANAR DANA Project, please review the FAQ

for more information about Helene Eriksen, please visit www.helene-eriksen.de

for more information about registration and logistics,
please contact Amanda at 408-807-4140 or email ANAR.DANA.SF <at> comcast <dot> net

bring to the workshop:

notebook and pen
potluck lunches to share
yoga mat (and any blocks, straps, or cushions you may want)
comfortable, form-fitting dance clothing
video camera or phone (optional)

Dates for the ANAR DANA SF Bay Area Project 3 will be:
1. October 24-25, 2015
2. November 14-15, 2015
3. February 13-14, 2016
4. February 27-28, 2016
5. April 16-17, 2016
6. May 21-22, 2016
7. June 25-26, 2016
8. October 2-3, 2016
9. November 5-6, 2016
with final rehearsals/recitals on November 11-13, 2016
times are 11am-6pm both days each weekend;
locations are announced prior to each weekend

To receive future information on the ANAR DANA SF Bay Area Project, including upcoming Cultural Evenings associated with the Project,

sign up for Amanda's email list

(select Interest Group = "Helene Eriksen Project")

Helene: Naz Helene Eriksen is a teacher and choreographer of traditional dances of the Balkans and Islamic Orient. She lectures and publishes on dance ethnology and costume studies. In order to do this she has conducted many research projects in Bulgaria, ex-Yugoslavia, Hungary, Romania, Greece, Turkey, Armenia, Georgia, Egypt, the ex-USSR, Tunisia and Morocco as well as with immigrants in Germany, Canada and the USA. She speaks several languages. She is an active member of the Study Group on Ethnochoreology (ICTM/UNESCO). For many years she has been leading dance and culture study tours and now she is the director of her own travel agency Window on the World Voyages.

Helene studied Dance Ethnology at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and was later a doctoral candidate in Folklore, Slavistics and Turcology at the Georg-August University in Göttingen, Germany. In Los Angeles she performed with AVAZ International Dance Theater, Gypsy Dance Company and Jasna Planina Ensemble. After a year at the Folkdance Academy in Plovdiv, Bulgaria she was a guest of the Turkish State Folkdance Ensemble in Ankara. She directed her own ensemble Raqs-e Hilal for several years in Germany and is currently directing her new project, Helene Eriksen's Traditional Dance Theater, in Seattle. As a dancer she is in demand internationally with performances in Germany, Austria, England, Denmark, Sweden, Holland, France, Switzerland, Bulgaria, Croatia, Turkey, Russia, Canada, Norway, the USA, Pakistan, Algeria, Slovenia, and Mexico.


Before registering, please review Registration Policies:

  • Please include an email address with your payment. Amanda will send you an email to verify receipt of your payment and your name will be added to a list at the door. If you don't have an email address or prefer not to supply one, please include your phone number so Amanda can confirm receipt of your payment. Any payments not received before the workshop cannot be verified and cannot be honored as pre-payments.
  • Payments are non-refundable and will be refunded only in the event the workshop is canceled. 
  • Registration is transferable to another student, but you must inform Amanda (preferably by phone) of this arrangement prior to the workshop. 

Payment with personal check or money order...

Please download and fill out the registration form and send with personal check or money order payable to Helene Eriksen to ...

ANAR DANA SF  c/o Amanda Baer
75 Union Avenue #14
Campbell, CA 95008

Please include an email address with your payment. Amanda will send you an email note to verify receipt of your payment. 
If you don't have an email address, please include a
phone number so Amanda may confirm recent of your payment.

Payment with Credit Card...

Please download and fill out the registration form and mail to ...

ANAR DANA SF  c/o Amanda Baer
75 Union Avenue #14
Campbell, CA 95008

For payment, please contact Amanda (at 408-807-4140 or email ANAR.DANA.SF <at> comcast <dot> net) for instructions for credit card payment via PayPal.

Frequently Asked Questions
last updated Oct. 27, 2015
About the 2nd Project Weekend

What will Helene cover during the 2nd Project Weekend?
Helene will present introductory technique and musical analysis for all seven styles chosen for this Project. She will discuss the scope and goals of the Project as a whole, giving an overview of the Project to come.

I can't make it in November, but I am interested in the ANAR DANA SF Bay Area Project. Is it possible to join the Project if I can't attend the 2nd weekend? 
Unfortunately, no. Since we need a minimum number of attendees for the Project to go forward, please be sure to let Amanda know that you want to join the Project -- or fill out and send the Project Contract to Amanda to signify your intent to join the Project.

I can't make both days of the Project Weekend. Can I come just one day and pay less?
Half-weekend payments are not possible; attendees must pay for the whole weekend, regardless if they attend only one day.

Do I have to join the full Project to attend the 2nd Weekend?
No, you can attend just the 2nd Weekend with no further committments.

About the ANAR DANA SF Bay Area Project

How does the ANAR DANA SF Bay Area Project work?
During an Introductory Weekend, Helene provided an extensive and interactive overview of several styles of dances from North Africa, the Middle East, the Balkans, the Caucasus, Iran, Central Asia, and Northern India. At the end of the Intro Weekend, attendees voted and chose the seven styles that will be studied in depth during the Project - one style each from North Africa, the Middle East, the Balkans, Anatolia, the Caucasus, Iran, and Central Asia or Northern India.

Over the course of nine Project Weekends, Helene teaches Technique, Choreography, Dance Notation, Music Analysis, Staging, Costuming, and Stage Make-up for those seven styles (see chosen styles above). Helene will cover all seven styles every weekend throughout the Project -- beginning with technique and musical analysis in the early weekends to choreography, costuming, and stage craft in the later weekends. These Project Weekends run from 11am-6pm on both Saturday and Sunday each time, with 1 hour included for a potluck lunch for members. (The lunches are wonderful times to get to know your fellow Project members.) Each Project day begins with a session of Yoga stretches and poses to prepare the body for the day's work. Project Weekends occur every one to three months - see dates above.

During the course of the nine weekends, Helene also offers Cultural Evenings (Potluck Seminars) to members and the general public to learn about Historical and Cultural backgrounds for the seven regions. These evenings are typically held a member's home.

The Project culminates in a weekend of stage shows to present all that Project Members have learned. Helene will provide most of the authentic costuming for each region style. Under Helene's direction, these are professionally presented events. Ticket sales will cover theater costs and Helene's expenses and honorarium. Members will be asked to help with ticket sales, but there are no quotas.

Ultimately, the ANAR DANA Project forms a cohesive and supportive Performance Group, brought together to learn and present beautiful dances, in authentic costuming, with culturally accurate depictions.

What will be covered during the ANAR DANA SF Bay Area Project?

The specific dances for the ANAR DANA SF Bay Area Project were determined during the Introductory weekend and are listed here. The Project will cover Technique, Choreography, Dance Notation, Yoga, Music Analysis, Staging, Costuming, Stage Make-up, Historical and Cultural backgrounds for all seven styles. At the end of the Project, attendees will present a weekend of performances of what they have learned (and there may be opportunities for additional performances).

How long will the Project last? 
The Project will cover nine weekends, plus a performance weekend, ranging from Oct. 2015 to Nov. 2016 -- dates here.

Will Project weekends always be on Saturday and Sunday?
Each weekend will always cover a full weekend: Saturday and Sunday, 11am-6pm.

Will subsequent weekends also be held at the same locations as the 2nd Weekend?
The Sunday location (in Campbell) is likely to be the same each Project weekend, but the Saturday location will depend on the participant mix. Once we have a group of dedicated participants for the Project, Amanda will look for locations that would work well for everyone, based on our geographic distribution. In a previous Project we had an even split of North and South Bay residents, and so we held Saturday workshops in a North Bay/SF location and Sunday workshops in a South Bay location. Input from participants for finding locations will be much appreciated.

Getting to the workshop locations is a challenge for me. Can you help with transportation?
Yes! Contact Amanda and let her know your location, and we can help you to work out carpooling with other participants. 

Will there be performance opportunities after the Project?
There will definitely be a recital weekend at the end of the Project -- possibly more than one, depending on circumstances. Details will be determined at a later date.

How much will the Project cost?
Each Project weekend will cost $200 per weekend. If at least 10 people join the Project (on full tuition basis), however, payments will be reduced to $185 per weekend. Payments can be made weekend by weekend, and will be due each Project weekend. The recital weekend is free. Attendees can (and should) attend seven Cultural Evenings to learn in depth about cultural aspects of each style studied during the Project; these evenings cost $10 per evening for Project members. (Non-members are also welcome to attend, at $15/person.) Additionally, there may be some costuming costs, depending on the styles chosen for the Project; Helene provides the bulk of costuming, but Project members may need to provide some additional costume pieces, such as shoes and accessories. Finally, members will schedule extra practices outside the Project Weekends, and studio costs will be split among practice-attendees.

I would like to join the Project, but the cost is prohibitive for me at this time. Are there any discount options?
Helene may be able to offer you a work-study opportunity, depending on your skill set. Please contact Helene directly to discuss this option. Please be aware that cost is based on Helene's expenses and income requirements. Effectively, the cost comes to $16.67 per hour of instruction (less, if there are 10 or more participants), which is a very reasonable rate for Master Teachers of Helene's calibre.

If I choose to join the Project, do I have to complete the entire Project?
Project participants sign a Project Contract agreeing to complete and pay for the entire project. If you choose to or have to leave the Project before completion, payment for all remaining weekends is still required, per the Contract. Project payments cover Helene's expenses and income, and she counts on a steady income based on the number of committed attendees -- hence the Project Contract.

What time committment is expected?
Project participants should attend all scheduled Weekend Project dates to the best of their ability, but it is understood that Life or Work will sometimes intervene. Participants who miss a weekend should work with other participants to catch up on the missed material. There will also be informal extra rehearsals with other workshop participants outside the official workshop schedule -- particularly as we begin learning choreography and prepare for the final recitals -- to be decided upon within the Project group.  Participants will not be required to attend these extra practices, but will be encouraged to do so in order not to spend too much time at each official Project weekends re-learning old material. Upon completion of the program, participants will receive a certificate of participation. Participants may have additional performance opportunities, as well.

I may unexpectedly have to miss one or more weekends during the Project. Is that a problem for continuity, and do I have to pay for the missed weekend(s)?
It is ok to miss one or two weekends, but Project participants are still financially responsible for the whole project, and they will need to catch up on missed topics with other Project participants.

If I have to miss a Project weekend, can I transfer/sell my spot to someone else just for that weekend? 
Only for the very first Project weekend. After that, the way we work will not allow transferring to be possible.

Will there be additional expenses for costuming?
There will be some expenses, but Helene will be able to provide most of the costumes needed for performances. Exact details will depend on the styles chosen for the Project, and Helene will provide specific details for the costuming needs during the Project at a later date. Most extra expenses will come from shoes and accessories.

I already know I want to join the Project. Do I have to send money with my registration to secure my spot?
You can sign up for the Project anytime by sending the Project Contract to Amanda, as long as you provide payment for the first weekend no later than Nov. 14.  Please be aware that signing the Project Contract entails a financial and time commitment to attend and pay for the entire Project. 

I may want to study only some of styles the Project will cover. Would it possible to attend just those weekends?
Helene will cover all seven styles every weekend throughout the Project. There is no single weekend covering a single style. Except for the first weekend, Project participants are required to commit to the entire project -- both in attendance and financially. 

this page last updated Oct. 27, 2015