Pgh Hybrid Dance Intensive July 2012

Monday July 9 – Sunday, July 16, 2012

Pittsburgh Hybrid Dance Intensive w/ Olivia Kissel

 “The goal of the intensive is to dig deeper into our form and have meaningful dance experiences together. Dancers work on a project together, challenge themselves, and ultimately present their work to a regional audience. My personal goal with this project is to connect dancers around the world through these basic elements of movement: grace, tempo, space, effort and intention

HYBRID Dance Intensive is an opportunity to challenge yourself~ to dig deeper into the mechanics, the form, and the expressive potential of our timelessly beautiful art form: Belly Dance.   We will use a choreography and evocative piece of music to create a stunning performance in which you, as dancers will move as a family, a nomadic tribe or an entire people – interweave flight, crave and hustle in an astonishing fluidity of action.”  ~ Olivia

Olivia Kissel’s HYBRID Dance Intensive is a 6 day, full-contact dance immersion in which the dancer will train with Olivia Kissel of Zafira Dance Company in a series of workshops that explore the expressive potential of Tango, Jazz, Hip Hop, Flamenco, Contemporary Movement, and Belly Dance.

There will be 15 spots available for this intensive in which Olivia will guide students beyond the execution of the movements through activities that explore the principals of dance.  Studio-time is devoted to technique, composition and expression. HYBRID Dance Intensive participants will get a taste of how Olivia Kissel and Zafira Dance Company fuse various dance styles and evocative music to create unique and powerful performance art.  Intensive participants will witness and take part in the creative process through a series of workshops and performance.  The immersion concludes with a performance of a Hybrid choreography in a gala show, in which participants will share the fruits of their work.

That’s right, we will perform together!

Performances offer a heightened urgency and excitement that delivers opportunities to challenge and express ourselves.  After training and work-shopping Olivia’s choreography, participants will take it to the stage to perform the piece together!

Our goal is to use the choreography as a springboard to develop a shared language and meaningful dance experience in which to express powerful nuanced qualities of movement, with expression and intention.

In this intensive we will:

• learn a choreography

• workshop this choreography for a performance at the end of the Intensive

• work with a basic template to have cohesive costuming

• perform this piece together in two multi-disciplinary shows that include contemporary dance, flamenco, aerialists, and theater troupes.

Homework Alert: you will be required to learn a basic choreography via video before the intensive. The dance itself is a springboard for the work we are going to do together which is nothing short of –turning these mere movements into a bone-chilling dance together.

You will receive a video teaching the basic choreography, and you can contact Olivia with questions before the intensive to make sure that you have learned it before the workshops start.

  • You will need to learn the basic choreography before the event (think of it as scaffolding for working on a building).
  • You will get the choreography video of at least 2 months ahead of the event, so you will have time to learn it.
  • It is important that the dancers come prepared.

Hybrid Choreography workshops held each day:

The choreography will reinterpret some belly dance classics by slowing down, speeding up, taking them apart and turning them inside out! We will dig into the body mechanics necessary to execute movement with clarity, definition and grace. We will also devote time to explore opportunities for personal expression, enabling us to turn these movements into DANCE.

Throughout the intensive we will use this choreography to explore the form, building a heightened sense of grace and balance through strength training exercises playing with time, space and intensity of movement to internalize the dance. We will share ideas for developing the dance and the piece will metamorphosis into something truly unique and different from what you learn in the video. 

 Intensive includes:

  • Technique Training
  • Choreography Development
  • Costuming
  • 2 performances that will be recorded
  • The Pittsburgh Intensive is part of the the Opera Theater of Pittsburgh’s Summer Festival, and Hybrid Participants will have free access to all of the Summerfest performances during the week, and will come as a special guest to the Carmen Performances in which Olivia plays “Fate” in the opera.


Monday July 9 – Sunday, July 16, 2012


Hillman Performing Arts Center at Shadyside Academy campus, and is part of the Opera Theater of Pittsburgh’s Summer Festival


$750 if paid in full, in one payment

$850 if paid in installments:

  • $200: Non-refundable deposit to insure your spot (only 15 spaces available)
  • $350: Payment 1 (due by June 1)
  • $300: Payment 2 (due by July 1)
*Please send payments to:

Room & Board:

  • There is limited Dormitory space on site (2 to a room) for $15/ night and there is food for purchase on site, minutes from the studio and theater.
  • The Pittsburgh Hybrid Dancers are working with me to find Pgh homes that will host visiting dancers (artist-friendly of course).

Tentative Schedule


  • morning session: 9 am – 12 pm
  • lunch: 12 pm – 1:30 pm
  • afternoon session 1:30 pm – 6 pm
  • costume gathering   8pm


  • morning session: 9 am – 12 pm
  • lunch: 12 pm – 1:30 pm
  • afternoon session 1:30 pm – 6 pm
  • Lecture  (Topic/ Speaker TBA)


  • morning session: 9 am – 12 pm
  • lunch: 12 pm – 1:30 pm
  • afternoon session 1:30 pm – 6 pm


  • morning session: 9 am – 12 pm
  • lunch: 12 pm – 1:30 pm
  • afternoon session 1:30 pm – 3 pm
  • independent studio time  3 pm – 5 pm


  • morning session: 9 am – 1 pm
  • lunch: 1 pm – 2 pm
  • Performance Prep  2 -4 pm
  • Pre-Show  Stage Call  5 pm
  • Black Box Performance 6 – 7:30 pm
    • *Hybrid Performance
  • View Festival Performances & Enjoy the festival


  • Pre-Show  Stage Call  5 pm
  • Black Box Performance 6 – 7:30 pm
    • *Hybrid Performance
  • Carmen    8 pm


  • Restorative  yoga & movement workshop: 11 am – 2 pm
  • lunch & reflection: 2 pm – 4 pm


*Feel free to help spread the word. Its funny, in this age of extreme communication, word of mouth becomes even more meaningful. Thanks for your interest!

Dance Like Thunder,


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