Odissi Indian Dance is the oldest known form of temple dance On Earth. It is highly scientific / metaphysical. There is a meaning behind each and every move that evokes divine communion – communication and union. Her body is the temple as the Creator resides within.
This ancient dance tradition can be experienced as a form of (Ayurvedic) psychotherapy for self-realization as the dancer is encouraged to meditate on God and her own divinity. As she dances with all her love, pure body / fire and devotion, she resonates barefoot with mother earth, she purifies the space, where she is physically, emotionally and mentally – she raises consciousness and vibrations for whomsoever sees her.
Indian classical dance represents an ancient way of expressing devotion to The Divine. It is a form of spiritual practice and offering. For children, youth and adults classical dance training positively channels the mind and body, develops balance, courage, confidence and joy for learning and growth into happy, positive and confident self.
Odissi is one of the seven types of Indian Classical Dance, which has been known as world’s oldest Temple Dance danced by Devdasi dancers in temples of India for God only.
Increased self-love, self-care, devotion, commitment, ability to express one’s deepest sentiments and feelings, memory, alertness, strength, flexibility, grace, breath depth, body- mind awareness, balance of left / right halves of body, masculine and feminine, coordination, happiness, JOY from learning dance as a new language, improved posture, muscle tone and memory, alleviation of muscle aches and pains, improved circulation, respect to the body as a sacred space and home to the divine self or soul, connection to the divine and sacred feminine energy, GODDESS, compassionate love for humanity and all creations.
Cultivate, embody and radiate the essence and spirit of DEVOTION, LOVE and JOYFUL SURRENDER to the Divine… all the qualities / energies that are naturally awakened within the heart of every dancer as her personal commitment and understanding of this devotional art form deepens and grows with love.
Sheena is trained in classical ballet, jazz and tap. She studied and practiced these dance styles for 15 years before vinyasa flow yoga, yoga trance dance, free-form dance and movement meditation / yoga therapy came into her life. Sheena is a certified tap and jazz dance teacher since 1999. Currently her focus is on teaching and performing Odissi Dance. She was visiting India annually to train under the guidance, discipline and wisdom of her teachers and is encouraged by them to practice, perform and teach between journeys. For more information about current schedule, classes and workshops please visit: odissidevotionaldance.com
Distilling her extensive yoga training, western dance background, and Indian classical dance experience into techniques for yogic study assists Odissi dance students in achieving a dynamic and graceful life-long practice.
Celebrating and sharing a love for INDIA, Indian Culture, Classical Dance, Yoga and Ayurveda as a Way of Life – for the Health, Happiness and Harmony of all beings.
Thank-you to all the classical Indian dancers, my teachers and all gurus of these ancient dance traditions, thank-you to all that came before me! Thank-you for your inspiration, knowledge, hard work, dedication, discipline, wisdom and loving devotion to your art. Thank-you for showing a way to the embodiment of art as Sadhana.