We are delighted to announce that Free Spirit is hosting the amazing Paola Blanton for a Masterclass Weekend of Discovery and Delight! Over the first weekend in July (7th and 8th), join us for a weekend of exploration, mischief, play and discovery with this incredible teacher. Paola is a highly-sought after teacher in the fields of bellydance, Balkan, Macedonian, Sacred dance and is one of the world’s foremost exponents of Isadora Duncan Technique – Alchemy through Dance.

Paola will be offering four masterclasses over the weekend and will be our signature performer at the combined Free Spirit and Bellydance Central Winter Show!

  • La Boehme Balkan
  • Lyrical Tribal
  • Water Movement
  • Archetypal Dance Experience : The Wild Woman and the Warrior
Workshops are available separately, or honour yourself and book in for our Winter Warrior Weekend Special! 
All workshops and Entry to the Hafla for $300 for Non-Members and $255 for Members!

Payment plans and manual bookings available : Just email us at FreeSpiritDanceCommunity@gmail.com to arrange!


                       Masterclass Movement with Paola


 Saturday 7 July 10am – 12noon  “La Boheme” 
Balkan Style for Troupes

Kick the weekend off with a high energy spark with some bombastic balkan dance!
Featuring an upbeat celebration of joyous movement and get the blood pumping!
This masterclass will contain a wide array of original combinations for duos and trios – influenced by Turkish, Balkan, Flamenco, and Duncan dance.
Features entrances and exits, circle patterns, lines, concentric circles, skirtwork, and many more creative ideas for soloists and ensembles alike.
2hr workshop / $50 Members / $60 Non-Members

Feel the energy, Feel the earth!

 Saturday 7 July 1pm – 3.30pm
Lyrical Tribal

New techniques for entrance, traveling, pairing, and dancer connection come to tribal dance from lyrical dance and physical theatre. Tribal with a touch of lyrical dance becomes more expressive, allowing the group to tell a story more poetically and with a wider range of artistry. 

Unusual arrangements of bodies in space and the artistic use of negative space are techniques from physical theatre which allow the group to create compelling pictures in space

2.5hr workshop / $55 Members / $65 Non-Members

Feel the Connection!


 Saturday 7 July 6pm  The Winter Warrior Show

Join us for a fabulous evening of dance, presented in partnership with Bellydance Central. Enjoy a full smorgasboard of talented dancers from Free Spirit and Bellydance Central in a relaxed atmosphere and featuring two performances from the powerful Paola!! 
Doors open from 6pm. Dancing from 7pm.
More details to come on this soon.

 Sunday 8th July 9am – 1pm  Archetypal Dance Experience 
The Wild Woman and The Warrior

This is the signature event of the weekend with a four hour exploration of two Goddesses, Artemis and Athena. 

Explore classical archetypes of feminine power through myth, art and ritual embodiment. 

Weave the space, story, soundscape and movement that will open the portals between body, soul and archetype. 

A joyous moving pathway of self-discovery and deep connection to primal sources of inspiration and healing.

Incorporate the power of storytelling, characterisation and Goddess inspiration into your own creations.

4hr workshop / $100 Members / $120 Non-Members

Feel the presence of the Goddess.


 Sunday 8th July 2pm – 4pm  Water Movement

Inspired by the Sea and the fluid properties of water. 

Learn beautiful flowing, fractal arrangements perfect for use with your troupe or Tribal group, or for a more lyrical quality in your solo. 

Fresh, creative combinations show you new ways to use space and to work with the concept of Flow.

2hr workshop / $50 Members / $60 Non-Members

Surrender to the ebb and flow.

 About Paola

Paola is an accomplished oriental style bellydancer and world fusion dance artist.

She is a Master Teacher in Keti-Sharif's original and Advanced A-Z Belly Dance program, a scholar of Isadora Duncan style dance, and an aficionado of Balkan Fusion dance.

Paola brings her background in drama, theatre and the humanities to her teaching style, and her continuing studies and dance repertoire has seen her teaching and presenting at symposiums and dance festivals across the world, including Australia, USA, Canada, Egypt and Macedonia.


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