Spring 2015

Dance Workshops

Footworks Percussive Dance Ensemble

Footworks loves to share material from their 35+ years of learning rhythms from around the world, while getting folks moving and grooving in a festival setting. Their workshop will include some North Carolina-style flatfooting to honor one of their big heroes, Robert Dotson, a NC Heritage Award winner who passed away this year. Hamboning and body percussion will also be taught, so this workshop will get your feet and hands going and show you the fun of percussive dance. Dance Tent, Sun 11am

Native American Dances with Bear Fox

Bear Fox and her sisters will teach you the Alligator Dance and the Round Dance in this workshop open to all ages. The Alligator Dance is a dance taught to them from a nation down south (where alligators live), and is a fun partner dance. The Round Dance is a circle which represents life. As we dance counterclockwise it represents all the good things and happiness in our lives: birth, daytime, sunshine and laughter; when we dance clockwise, it represents the opposite: death, night time, storms and sadness. Come learn these traditional dances and corresponding songs. Dance Tent, Sat 1:45pm

Clogging with the Apple Chill Cloggers

Learn to clog—a form of percussive dance based on local dance styles hundreds of years old! Get your feet flying as the Apple Chill Cloggers teach some easy steps to get you started. No experience necessary: if you can walk, you can clog! Dance Tent, Sat 11am

Zydeco Dance

Jack Wolf teaches dance and produces dance and musical events in the Triangle. He has been producing Dance Gumbo, a fourth Saturday event at Triangle Dance Studio, Durham, for 15 years where he DJs and teaches Swing, Latin, Cajun/Zydeco, Waltz and Improv. He also organizes and teaches Salsa and DJs at the Every Sunday Salsa Social at Triangle Dance Studio. Jack and his dynamic dancing partner, Carol Woodell, will show you how to burn up the dance floor in legitimate Louisiana style!  Dance Tent, Sun 1pm

Swing Dance

This is the easiest dance style for beginners to learn—a great place to start! In this workshop we will teach the basics of East Coast Swing, touching on the basic elements of footwork, connection with your partner and fun dance patterns. This upbeat and judgment-free workshop is designed for all experience levels. Taught by Adam Phillips and Aubrey Griffith-Zill. Join us in the Dance Tent, Fri 8:30pm

Salsa Dancing: ?Rhythm, Expression, Connection

In this workshop you will be introduced to a variety of Latin movements and rhythms. We will warm up by grounding our energy while shifting into the heart & soul of Latin dancing, generating a vibrant and playful environment. We will touch on a variety of Latin Dance Styles such as Merengue, Bachata and Salsa. The focal point of this workshop is SALSA dancing with an emphasis on rhythm, footwork, timing and connection with partner. Taught by Aubrey Griffith-Zill and Adam Phillips. All levels are welcome at this FUN evening class. Cabaret Tent, Fri 10pm

Hoop Dance

Come and experience this revolutionary movement that combines meditation, exercise, grace and play. Hooping is an amazing path for conscious embodiment and creative expression. Taught by Jewels of HoopDrum, the Friday playshop is intended for those who have some experience with the hoop, but if you are struggling with a hoop move or don’t know where to even start, Jewels, Pete and other experienced hoopers will be available on Saturday in front of the hoop vending booth for some one-on-one guidance. Dance Tent, Friday 12:45pm; Hoop Booth by the Meadow Stage, Sat 11am

Family Fusion Dance Workshop

Everyone can learn the basics of social dancing. See description in Children’s Activities. Dance Tent, Fri 11am


Music Workshops

Brazilian Drumming & Chant with Nery & Kenneth of Lanzallamas

This workshop taught by Kenneth Metzker and Nery Arevalo of Lanzallamas, covers rhythms brought to Brazil through the African diaspora. Kenneth has traveled, performed and studied extensively in Brazil over the last ten years, and Nery is a master of hand drums, finding the beat in all the surrounding music of life. Cabaret Tent, Sat 1:45pm

Fiddle Tune X with Billy Strings & Don Julin

Dubbed by The Bluegrass Situation as “the unholy child of Pantera and Tony Rice,” incendiary American roots duo Billy Strings & Don Julin tap into the vein of the earliest bluegrass music on their new album Fiddle Tune X, back when bluegrass was a rough-and-tumble art form pouring out of the Appalachian mountains. Stop by this showcase to meet these bluegrass luminaries and check out the tunes from their new album. Front Porch, Fri 1:30pm

Old-Time Music with Claire Byrne & Joe Kollar

Driftwood’s electrifying performances blend a rock ‘n roll soul with a folk art mind. But like many bands whose playing together comes as second nature, their influences and early band repertoires are steeped in old-time music. Bring your fiddle or banjo if you have one! Front Porch, Fri 4pm

Songwriting with Laurelyn Dosset

Laurelyn Dosset has one of the most sought-after voices in creative collaborations. The writer of songs performed on Levon Helm’s and Carolina Chocolate Drops’ Grammy Award-winning albums, she is the recipient of numerous fellowships and awards. Laurelyn has taught songwriting and singing at the Augusta Heritage Center, as well as at many universities, workshops and festivals. Pick up a few tips from Jim and Laurelyn on the Front Porch, Sat 12:30pm

Fiddle & Banjo with Richie & Rosie

When Richie & Rosie play at Shakori Hills, we like to keep them busy! Over the past four years they have collaborated in various projects and formed the duo after hours of jamming in Stearns’ kitchen, experimenting with traditional and original songs. Stearns is a legendary banjo player and singer, and has led bands including the Horse Flies, and Donna the Buffalo, and currently tours with Natalie Merchant. Newton tours with The Duhks and Louisiana legend Preston Frank. Richie Stearns and Rosie Newton take the fiddle/banjo combination to new levels as they continue to expand the boundaries of traditional music. Bring your fiddle or banjo to pick up a few pointers, or just ?sit and listen. Front Porch, Sat 1:45pm

Get the Blues with John Dee Holeman, Big Ron Hunter & Lakota John

John Dee Holeman
Born in 1929, John Dee Holeman is part of the Piedmont’s rich blues history. He has performed at the National Folk Festival, at Carnegie Hall and was awarded the prestigious National Heritage Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. His skills as a guitarist, singer and buckdancer have carried him far beyond his small town and country roots. John Dee Holeman is the real deal, a much-loved performer and man.

Ron Hunter
Claiming to be the world’s happiest bluesman, Big Ron Hunter owns a voice that gives people chills. It’s the kind of voice that carries warmth and tenderness, a voice that is unmistakably his own and embodies everything that is raw, pure and beautiful about the blues.

Lakota John
John Lakota Locklear, one of Music Maker’s Next Generation Artists, was born in 1997 in Pembroke, North Carolina. A Native American (Lumbee), Lakota John was 7 years old when he started playing harmonica and 9 years old when he picked up his first guitar. He was intrigued by the sound of the slide guitar and wanted to learn to play. About a year and a half later, he bought himself a glass slide, placed it on his pinky finger and has been sliding ever since.

Shakori Hills is honored to present this workshop for your enjoyment and education. Front Porch, Sat 4:30pm

Vocal Harmonies with The Freewheelin’ Mamas

This group of “mamas,” hailing from Asheville, NC knew they had something special the very first time they sang together. Sarah Easterling, Shalene Hill and Christina Chandler share high energy, three part harmonies in songs full of stories and melodic warmth. Stop by and check out their magic on the Front Porch, Sun 12pm

Children’s Music Workshop

Spread Your Musical Wings with the Angel Band Foundation! See description in Children’s Activities. Children under 10 at the Kids Tent, Friday 4pm; ?ages 10+ at The Outpost, Sun 1pm


Movement Workshops


Here’s a printable pdf of the Movement Tent Workshop Schedule…


Tensegrity is the modern version of movements called “magical passes” developed by Indian Shamans who lived in Mexico prior to the Spanish conquest. It is a mix of the terms “tension” and “integrity”—terms which connotate two driving forces of magical passes. Dance Tent, Fri, Sat and Sun 10am

Hatha Curvy Girl Yoga

Whether you have already danced too much or plan on dancing the night away, this is a gentle yoga sequence for sore backs, stiff shoulders and tight hips. Come as you are to loosen and lengthen. Not just for curvy girls! Led by Leslie Cottrell. Movement Tent, Sat 4pm

Kundalini Yoga

Kundalini Yoga is a sacred technology specially designed to identify and awaken our ultimate creative potential as human beings. Using breathing techniques, yoga postures, meditation and music, we will re-energize, re-calibrate and relax more deeply into awareness of ourselves. This class is open to any and all levels of experience. Come give it a try. Led by Saranpreet Kaur. Dance Tent, Fri 9am

Power Yoga

This class, accompanied by drummer John Paul, is all about moving, breathing and being present. All yogis, from first-timers to those with holes worn in their mats, will find something in this flow. You will build heat, strength and community. Led by Leehan Schmitt. Dance Tent, Sat 9am; Movement Tent, Fri 11am

Restorative Yoga

Restorative yoga is an all-encompassing, deep and meditative practice that requires ongoing listening. In this class, you will be guided through a flow that strengthens and re-establishes the connection between body and mind. This immersion into your senses becomes a catalyst for inner communication of your deepest needs and rehabilitates interrupted pathways, re-establishing gateways for DNA activation. Come to these sessions to delve into a deep psychological massage and recover realizations about your own healing process. Led by Raleigh Tubb. Movement Tent, Fri 5pm; Sat 2pm & Sun 11am

Kundalini Yoga & Meditation

Experience the benefits of raising your frequency and connecting with your infinite self! Kundalini Yoga, an ancient technology brought to the West by Yogi Bhajan, combines meditation, mantra, physical exercises and breathing techniques to strengthen your body, mind and spirit. Led by Cintia Lovo from Lanzallamas. Dance Tent, Sun 9am

Praise Be! I’m Alive

In this dynamic movement class, supported by live drumming, you will be guided into a deeply mindful, meditative and embodied state designed to wake up your whole Being. Through stretching, movement and dance, prepare yourself to fully receive the music and community of your Shakori Hills experience. Through movement we heal and grow, remembering our inherent freedom, play and sense of wonder. Come breathe, stretch and open to the light inside your heart! Led Jaime Powell. Movement Tent, Fri, Sat & Sun 1pm

Sacred Earth: Grounding Prana Vinyasa Flow Yoga

Honor the fertile spring soil by digging deep into this earth-based practice. Bhumi (Earth) Namaskar leads us into hip openers, hamstring lengthening, firmly rooted standing postures and arm balancing while centering ourselves in Muladhara (root) Chakra. For Advanced Beginner to Intermediate Advanced experience levels. Led by Katie McDonald Johnson. Movement Tent, Sun 3pm

Thai Yoga Bodywork

This workshop is a gentle and restorative yoga practice combined with the healing modalities of massage, bodywork and Thai massage; expanding and deepening one’s connection to the body, mind and spirit. While the asanas are being held, adjustments and bodywork are integrated into the practice to encourage discovery and awareness for one’s health, healing and well-being. Led by Crystal Hetrick. Movement Tent, Fri 10am & 2pm; Sun 3pm

Dharma Yoga

Dharma yoga warms up the body, brings flexibility to muscles and joints and wakes up the nervous system. Come experience a gentle yet powerful series of stretching, bending, balancing and twisting postures. We’ll conclude with a centering pranayama practice and deep relaxation. Led by Emily Silverman. Movement Tent, Fri 4pm

Movement Exploration & Dance Jam

This workshop is open to movers of all levels who just want to dance! We will approach movement as a dynamic, healing and ever-changing power, using evocative idea and imagery in a safe, non-judgmental environment. You’ll be lead through a warm-up of physical and improvisational exercises and combinations designed to stimulate our bodies, minds and spirits. Led by Jessi Knight. Movement Tent, Sat 3pm

Vinyasa Yoga

All are welcome! Breath is synchronized with movement as a meditation in motion. Starting with gentle asanas, we will transition into a more challenging standing sequence and end with twisting and calming poses – a balanced class with attention to the entire body. Led by musician and yoga instructor Tain Collins. Movement Tent, Fri, Sat & Sun 12pm

Catch the Wave: Beginner Vinyasa Flow Yoga

New to Yoga? Wanting to stick your toe a little deeper into the water? This experience is for you! A gentle introduction into the fundamental elements of Vinyasa Flow Yoga. Absolute beginners, advanced beginners and all practitioners are welcome as we refine the basics of our yoga experience on the mat. Led by Katie McDonald Johnson. Movement Tent, Sat 5pm

Five Animal Frolics Qigong

This is a traditional set of Chinese qigong exercises that have been practiced for the last 1,800 years to cultivate and balance energy. These playful movements are matched to deep, smooth breathing and mimic the crane, bear, monkey, deer and tiger. Enjoy these standing and walking animal sets, designed to improve the health and vitality of body, mind and spirit! Led by Kathleen Cusick, teacher with Magic Tortoise Taijiquan School. Movement Tent, Sat & Sun 10am

Prana Vinyasa Yoga: Awakening Spring!

Align with the natural awakening of spring through rejuvenating, soulful Prana Flow Yoga in the evolutionary style of Shiva Rea. Breath, movement and consciousness unite in mindfully sequenced vinyasa flow yoga; cultivating the embodiment of this potent shift in nature. Ignite the spring fire within and celebrate! For Advanced Beginners to Intermediate Advanced levels. Led by Katie McDonald Johnson. Movement Tent, Fri 3pm

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