All workshops will take place at

Danzmode Productions – 7209 Curragh Ave, Burnaby, BC


Turns, Traveling Steps and Combos

10:00am – 12:00pm

This class will focus on expanding our movement vocabulary, adding variations to the steps we already know and love, and finding a way to incorporate combinations flawlessly into our dancing.
Students and professionals alike will find it to be essential to their continued growth and development as a polished dancer. With Vanessa’s extensive background in ballet and other classic dance genres, she will give you the tools you need to take your dancing to the next level.

Oriental Entrance Piece with Veil

1:00pm – 3:00pm

The entrances we make are the most important thing we can do when making a great first impression — and keeping the audience with you every second of the journey!
Students will be guided through recognizing musical cues as well as utilizing a variety of vocabulary to interpret the different segments of the song.  We will listen to the music, and learn how to identify phrases, repeats, accents, changes, and variations of phrases, as well as knowing when to move and when to stay in place.
As the choreography is set, the dancers will understand WHY the elements are placed where they are.
If there are places for improvisation, the class will be guided to choose the elements which are most appropriate for the musical representation.
A veil will be used at the beginning of piece–please bring a veil to the workshop.

Musical Interpretation and Improvisation Lab

3:30pm – 5:30pm

This class is for everyone! It doesn’t matter how long you’ve been dancing–this special workshop will focus on musicality and improvisation at any level and style preference!
We will work with a variety of different types of songs in a selection of styles to get in touch with the differences and delve deeper into the music, so that our own personal interpretation is the best version of our individual expression.


Take Your Tabla Solo To The Next Level!

10:00am – 12:00pm

This class will offer a rich variety of steps, concepts and combinations–all to revitalize your take on any tabla solo.
Vanessa will give new and fun ideas for accents, angles & attitude! Focusing on hips, chest, abdominal accents, shoulder, head, leg and arm vocabulary and placement — your possibilities will be Endless!

Saiidi: Vanessa Style!

1:00pm – 3:00pm

This fun and informativve class will focus on Saiidi and Folklore-Style technique, steps, and combinations – including options for both with and without the asaya (or cane).
Vanessa will also incorporate some of her signature moves and transitions – and by the end of this class, everyone will have their own take for how to implement these elements into: 1) Folklore sections of Orientale Entrance Pieces, as well as great ideas for: 2) Solo choreo/improvisation and 3) Group Choreography for Saiidi and Folklore.
Saiidi is on e of Vanessa’s favourite topics ever, and she is so excited to share her knowledge with you! Yalla!