Capoeira and Breakdance Workshop Series

1003488_10200567793134391_1557510996_n8 Week Workshop Series: Capoeira and Breakdance with Taliesin

Saturdays, 12:00 to 2:00, October 22nd ~ December 17th

We will alternate Breakdance and Capoeira, beginning with Breakdance on October 22nd. There will be no class November 26th for Thanksgiving break. Pre~Registration is highly recommended. Email sobodance@gmail.com to secure your spots or pay online below. Register for the entire 8 week series, a Breakdance Track (4 classes), or a Capoeira Track (4 classes). Drop Ins are welcome but please shoot us an email to let us know you’re coming.


8 Week Series with Taliesin



Capoeira: This workshop is intended as the first in a series, building on the fundamental movements of the art towards a thorough understanding of the unique aesthetics and priorities of Capoeira. Workshop participants can expect a welcoming but challenging practice, a noticeable improvement to their inverted movements, and an introduction to the history and social context of the art. All ages and experience levels are welcome, although participants are encouraged to bring water, comfortable clothing, and a willingness to work outside their comfort zone!

Breakdance: Growing up as a mover in Cleveland, Taliesin performed and occasionally competed as a b-boy. Movement vocabulary will be based on the 90’s-2000’s style breaking focusing on uprock, flavor, and power moves. Starting with various uprock/brooklyn rock exercises, the workshop will continue on to 6-steps and basic floor techniques and freezes. Depending on interest and experience level, we’ll also work on spins, headslides, hollowbacks, 1990’s/2000’s, and hand hops.

GP_MPastinha_DC09_126Taliesin Reid Haugh is a performer, teacher, and student who grew up in Cleveland’s art community. His movement training and experience includes Hawkins style modern dance with YARD under the direction of Bill Wade, Horton technique and ballet through CCDT director Michael Medcalf, Stiltwalking and aerial circus techniques with SAFMOD, Breakdance/hiphop with Ground Effects and the Chosen Few crew, training in nontraditional partnering with members of Pilobolus, and nearly two decades of Afro-Brazilian acrobatics dance and percussion with Capoeira Narahari. Training abroad has included dance education in Athens through UNESCO’s International Dance Counsil, Capoeira with Groupo Besouro in Rio de Janeiro, martial arts training with Lanna Muay Thai in Chiang Mai. He performs regionally with Morrisondance and Pickup-Stix stiltwalkers. Taliesin’s primary movement interests are Capoeira, Breakdance, climbing, nontraditional partnering, cyr wheel, Satchidananda yoga and bicycling.

Hanmi Buddhist Healing and Yoga

BeautyYoga17Sept2016Hanmi Buddhist Healing Service

9:00 AM to 9:50 AM

by donation

Introductory Class: Wisdom Dew Beauty Yoga

10:00 AM to 11:00 AM

suggested tuition offering $21

30% of proceeds will be donated to a local charity

Register by email at sobodance@gmail.com or by phone at (802) 258~7378.

For more information, contact Charlotte Steen at steenc108@gmail.com or (651) 278~0697, or visit https://sites.google.com/site/lotusinthewoods/

CharlotteSteenInstructor, Vajracharya Charlotte M. Steen, 智襌 ZhiChan, is an ordained teacher in the Hanmi Buddhist lineage. She teaches Hanmi Buddhist meditations, offers spiritual healing services and conducts Buddhist prayer services to relieve suffering. She works with health conscious individuals and health professionals who want to meditate daily to transform their lives, to open their awareness, and to heal themselves and others. 

Capoeira Workshop I

GP_MPastinha_DC09_126Break Dance and Capoeira Workshops with Taliesin Haugh

Saturday, September 17th

Capoeira: 12:30 ~ 2:30

Break Dance: 2:45 ~ 4:30, ending with a practice cipher

Early Bird Special!!!

$25 single workshop




$40 for both workshops




Cost at the door: $30 single, $50 for both

Capoeira: This workshop is intended as the first in a series, building on the fundamental movements of the art towards a thorough understanding of the unique aesthetics and priorities of Capoeira. Workshop participants can expect a welcoming but challenging practice, a noticeable improvement to their inverted movements, and an introduction to the history and social context of the art. All ages and experience levels are welcome, although participants are encouraged to bring water, comfortable clothing, and a willingness to work outside their comfort zone!

Breakdance: Growing up as a mover in Cleveland, Taliesin performed and occasionally competed as a b-boy. Movement vocabulary will be based on the 90’s-2000’s style breaking focusing on uprock, flavor, and power moves. Starting with various uprock/brooklyn rock exercises, the workshop will continue on to 6-steps and basic floor techniques and freezes. Depending on interest and experience level, we’ll also work on spins, headslides, hollowbacks, 1990’s/2000’s, and hand hops.

1003488_10200567793134391_1557510996_nTaliesin Reid Haugh is a performer, teacher, and student who grew up in Cleveland’s art community. His movement training and experience includes Hawkins style modern dance with YARD under the direction of Bill Wade, Horton technique and ballet through CCDT director Michael Medcalf, Stiltwalking and aerial circus techniques with SAFMOD, Breakdance/hiphop with Ground Effects and the Chosen Few crew, training in nontraditional partnering with members of Pilobolus, and nearly two decades of Afro-Brazilian acrobatics dance and percussion with Capoeira Narahari. Training abroad has included dance education in Athens through UNESCO’s International Dance Counsil, Capoeira with Groupo Besouro in Rio de Janeiro, martial arts training with Lanna Muay Thai in Chiang Mai. He performs regionally with Morrisondance and Pickup-Stix stiltwalkers. Taliesin’s primary movement interests are Capoeira, Breakdance, climbing, nontraditional partnering, cyr wheel, Satchidananda yoga and bicycling.

Jacqui Workshops 2016

IMG_1927Belly Dance Intensive Weekend with Jacqui Lallita

Saturday, September 10th

Gypsy Dances: 1:00 to 2:30, Spanish Gypsy, Turkish Romani, and skirt dancing for mixed levels.

Belly Brazil: 2:45 to 4:15Samba and Afro-Brazilian Orissa dance fused with belly dance to have hips shaking like never before. Set to an intoxicating mix of Afro-Brazilian drums, samba, and Middle Eastern music.

Sunday, September 11th

Classical Egyptian11:00 to 1:00, Egyptian dance technique and combination, including double veil, for dancers with previous bellydance experience.

Egyptian Choreography by Jacqui: 2:00 to 4:00, Complete Egyptian choreography for dancers with previous bellydance experience.

*film showings, light fare, and chocolate provided during breaks

Single Workshop: $40




Day Pass: $60




Full Weekend: $120




GoldandChocPicJacqui Lallita is an acclaimed belly dance teacher who has taught workshops and performed in Egypt, Turkey, Bali, Costa Rica, Peru, the Virgin Islands, Greece and all across Europe and the US. Her study of Oriental Dance began in Miami at the Mid Eastern Dance Exchange under the tutelage of legendary Tamalyn Dallal, who invited Jacqui to join the faculty of world class teachers. During her years in Miami Jacqui performed with Tamalyn and Belly Dance Superstar Bozenka and was blessed to have been part of Miami’s rich cultural dance scene where the true spirit of sisterhood allowed many rising stars of belly dance to flourish. She traveled to New York City regularly to study with Egyptian master teacher Yousry Sharif and also made four pilgrimages to Egypt to study and perform onstage with full orchestra bands that infused within her a sublime musicality for Arabic rhythms and melodies as well as a deep soul connection to ancient Egyptian temple dance.

Summer Camp 2016

DanceCampBelly Dance/ Hip Hop Performance Intensive:

August 8th ~ 12th  with performances on the 13th and 14th

Teens aged 13 to 18 of all dance levels are welcome in this 1 week hip hop and belly dance intensive led by Toni Nagy and Cyndal Ellis.  The camp will culminate in a public showcase of original works by Cyndal, Toni, and students in the intensive, performed only by students in the intensive. All classes and the show will take place at SoBo Studio, located on the 3rd floor of the Cotton Mill Complex, Brattleboro. Cost is $250 and registration should be made at sobodance@gmail.com or (802) 258~7378 by July 22nd.




Dance Video Filming! Pickup time 5PM on Friday.

Show Sunday the 14th, 2PM, call time 12PM

Daily Schedule August 8th ~12th

*class times are subject to change but pick up and drop off times will remain consistent

10:00am~4:00pm (except 5:00 on Friday)

Technique with Cyndal or Toni (or guest instructor tbd) 10 to 11:30

Repertoire: build student choreography, share work and critique (switch off with costume sewing)  11:30 to 12:30

Lunch: 12:30 to 1:30

Repertoire: build student choreography, share work and critique (switch off with costume sewing)  1:30 to 2:30

Technique with Cyndal or Toni (or guest instructor tbd) 2:30 to 4:00

Free Trial Week and New Spring Session!

Semester Poster, Spring 2016Free Trial Week: April 17th~April 23rd

Spring Session: April 24th~June20th

SoBo offers its’ 2nd biannual Free Trial Week to celebrate spring and say thank you to our community. Sign up for unlimited full length dance, fitness, and fencing classes. Expand your horizons and try out a new dance style or movement discipline. Challenge yourself to a spring break movement marathon. Treat your body and mind to the joy of dance. Check out the full lineup of classes at www.sobodance.com. Email sobodance@gmail.com or call (802) 258~7378 to secure your spot in class.

Goddess Rising: Bellydance Show and Workshops

Goddess Rising Workshops

Saturday, April 23rd at the Vermont Jazz Center (just below SoBo)

Raq-On at Tupelo Ben DeFlorio Photography IMG_4913Goo & Layers with Amity Alize 

Saturday, 1:00 to 2:30. Gooey explains movements that just melt. It’s about connecting, completing, and melting movements. We’ll spend an entire class making you ooze through detailed explanations of muscle versus skeletal movements, weight transitions, and combinations.  Once you’re gooey we’ll add the next “layer” demystify layering technique. Handouts included. (Suitable for: all levels)

Aria MichaelsParticipation Mystique and the Ecstatic: Ritual and Transformation with Aria Michaels Paradise

Saturday, 2:45 to 4:15. As dark fusion belly dancers, we embrace the sacred art of transformation and the mystical, psychic connection between performer and performance. In this workshop we will explore the concept of Participation Mystique, meaning mystical connection between self and other. Through this focus, we learn how to more fully embody, transform, and BECOME the characters in our theatrically based performances. In order to harness this energy, we will explore a holistic trinity of techniques and exercises for body, mind, and spirit. Following this we learn ways of accessing the power of the Ecstatic, it’s connection to Participation Mystique, and ways in which to harness it’s sublime energy during our performances.”

Cost: Pre Reg (before April 16th); $25 for single; $45 for both; At the door: $30 for single; $55 for both

Single Pre Reg




Full Day Pre Reg




Dance ‘n Biscuit Showcase

Dance and BiscuitDance ‘n Biscuit

a dance showcase to delight the senses

Saturday, March 12th 7:30PM

SoBo presents Dance ‘n Biscuit: a showcase of original contemporary dance pieces by local and regional artists. Hang on to your heads in a performance by Zombie Nation and the Trumpet Kids. Contemplate the limitation and freedom of time in a piece by traDANCE Company. Journey through Dark Matter with Cyndal Ellis, Toni Nagy, and Elora Way. Fidget through a dance work about waiting by Erika Klemperer. Other featured artists include Katie Tordonato, Katherine Rose, Heather Meehan, and Jack Kavanagh. Cost is $13 online at sobodance.com or at the door. Reservations can be made at sobodance@gmail.com or (802) 258~7378.




Valentine’s Fundraiser

Sobo-vitara fundraiser poster copyValentine’s Day Fundraiser

Tara Gordon Design Placemats & Greeting Cards

Fund”raising” awareness of Community Organizations & Projects,Patterning the Passion of Place

Tara Gordon creates symmetrical photographic patterns by mirror imaging the intimate  details she captures in the natural world. Find more info at  Tara Gordon Design. She sees the patterns as a lens of alignment, infusing within our décor a growing intimacy in nature for revitalizing the nature of surface design. Standing at the heart of Tara Gordon Design is  VITara (The TGD Mascot) visioning a new Plexis sustaining communities & mirroring our vitality in nature. A symbol of empowerment & transmutation, The Sunplexis Dahlia Pattern represents the heart of Tara Gordon Design enhancing the visibility of & nourishing the nature of organizations & programs aligned with the TGD vision.

We have the great fortune here in the heart of southern VT to model the first VITara Fundraiser: “Valentines; Patterning the Passion of Place”, serving as a natural launching ground from which Tara has made her home base for the past 11 years while raising her 2 children.  “This Celebrates community connections, the heart of relationships, sources of vitality for which I’m hearing the community calling out for more opportunities to grow participation in”

How it works/Process

30% of sale proceeds feed SoBo’s scholarship fund

– Purchase Sunplexis Valentine’s Greeting Cards directly on the TGD website Tara Gordon Design using SoBo’s coupon code sobofund2016.

– for Pre-Sales of Placemats : simply spread the word, take orders, fill out the printed order forms from SoBo where you will return them with your collected cash or checks.

– printed Gift certificates with duplicates (also act as receipts) will be included with your Greeting card purchases in time for Valentines Day.
– Delivery of place mats is approximately 4-5 weeks from the final order date.

What a way to demonstrate the value of design in accentuating the unique nature of our community; together amping up our vibe & jumpstarting the integration of this design application in growing our community Plexis & mentoring it’s extension out into more communities. When asked about what design means to her Tara says “ My sense of design is to cultivate our being wild at heart with all our diversity & creativity”

Princess Leia Boot Camp

A1H_2992Princess Leia Boot Camp

Saturday, February 6th, 2:00-4:00 p.m.

Princess Leia is no damsel in distress. She’s a confident leader and always ready to leap into action to support a good cause. So how can we be more like her? Amati will lead you through a combination of belly dance, pilates, yoga, kickboxing, and ballet to awaken your inner Princess. Calm your mind and emotions, strengthen and stretch your muscles, move sensually and gracefully, until you are a force to be reckoned with!

Cost: $20, pay online or email sobodance@gmail.com to secure spot