Chandala has many long distance students and believes in maintaining connection and accessibility as we grow a world-wide community of dancers. Because of this, she is now offering live stream and recorded classes. Live streaming is easy, fun and completely interactive. You will get attention and feedback during class!
All of Trillium Forest School of Belly Dance studio classes are available via live stream. For full schedule click here.
Private lessons available by request.
Special live stream choreography series with optional performance opportunity!
JOIN FROM ANYWHERE! All you need is Wifi.
Fridays from 4pm-5:15pm PT Feb 10, 17, 24 and March 10, 17 and 24. (Note no class on Friday, March 3rd).
This is a special live stream only 6 week choreography series. I will teach a full choreography to Stellamara’s recording of an old classic Aman Doktor. Although we will be using a gorgeous traditional song, this choreography will be oozing with liquid Tribal Fusion movement in a dance that will mesmerize anyone. Complete breakdowns of all of the movement will be given, we will drill the isolation patterns used in the dance before we string them together to make this jewel.
This is a live stream class, which means I will be able to interact with you and give you feed back, as long as you have a basic web cam (most computers do these days) and a decent internet connection. If you don’t have a webcam, you will still be able to take the class, but I won’t be able to see you. These classes will be streamed from my Forest School of Belly Dance in the Santa Cruz Mountains. All classes will be recorded, so if you have to miss one, you can make it up! Complete info here.
What people are saying about live stream classes:
“I am thankful for modern technology that allows me to take a live class with amazing bellydance teachers that are several hours away! Thank you so much, Chandala Shiva! That was AWESOME.” Roxy Roxstar – Bakersfield, CA
“Wow that was fun! I just took my first streaming live dance class with Chandala Shiva, all the way from the Santa Cruz mountains. A true highlight was dancing Improvisational Tribal Style (ITS Unmata style) with the group–I even got to lead the stagger! A 300 mile distance can’t stop the Magic of ITS! She’ll be live streaming many more classes, and it was an amazing learning experience complete with feedback. Thanks Chandala! ” Robyn Vandiver- Weed, CA
Live Stream FAQ
WHAT DO I NEED TO LIVE STREAM A CLASS?
All you need is a computer, Ipad or smart phone and a good internet connection. It is helpful if you have enough room to back a few feet away from your computer so I can see more of your torso. A well lit room is also helpful.
HOW DO I REGISTER?
Fancy registration buttons will be available on this site soon, but for now registration is accepted via PayPal. Contact Chandala@ChandalaShiva.com for PayPal information.
ONGOING STUDIO CLASSES:
To register for a studio class, send your payment to Chandala by 9:30am on Sundays and 6pm on Wednesdays. This will ensure you get your link on time. Once she starts teaching, her focus is on her students rather than registrations.
LIVE STREAM SPECIAL EVENTS
To register for a live stream only class or series, send your payment to Chandala within an hour of the beginning of class. Please mark your payments clearly with what date and class you are registering for, and include the email I should send your class link to.
I’VE SENT MY PAYMENT, HOW DO I GET INTO THE CLASSROOM?
30 minutes before class, I will send you a link via email. There is no link to send until I open the studio session. All you need to do is click on the link. If it is your first time using Zoom, you will be prompted to install a thing before you can enter. It only takes a moment and is very easy. I’ve tried several systems for this, and Zoom is the easiest by far. I recommend logging on at least 10 minutes in advance as classes will start on time and that gives you time to get settled. Give yourself 15 minutes if it’s your first time.
I’M IN! NOW WHAT?
Welcome to my virtual studio! You will be prompted to allow Zoom access to your camera. You need to allow access for me to be able to see you. If you are not prompted, go into your “settings” and to “video” and allow camera access.
Please mute yourself, otherwise, every time a sound happens in your room, you will be featured on the screen.
Please check the “chat box” for any messages I may have left you while I am preparing for class.
When I teach more than one class back to back, I open one studio session. You may log on a few minutes early to a 7pm class and find yourself watching the 6:30pm ITS class. No problem. I’m happy for you to arrive early to get yourself situated. I teach a lot of back to back classes and it would be super disruptive if I had to resend a new link for every class. But I will come say hi to you before your class begins.
IS IT INTERACTIVE?
Absolutely! If you are logged on and have allowed your device’s camera access, then I can see you and you can see me. I will talk to you, come by and take a good look at your movement, and give you feedback. If you are taking an ITS class, you can even join and lead the stagger!
WHAT SHOULD I WEAR?
Please wear comfortable clothes you can move in freely. Belts and/or hip scarves in contrasting colors from your pants/skirt will help me greatly to be able to see your movement. For instance, if you wear black pants, a nice shiny belt or colorful hip scarf will be great. It is also very helpful if your belly is exposed so I can see more movement, but if you’d like to stay covered a light colored shirt will do. Form fitting clothes make this experience the most efficient. I love to give feedback to all of my students, so the more I can see your movement, the more you will get from me.
WHEN WILL I GET MY RECORDING?
If you have bought a bundle package that includes the recording, or you have purchased the recorded class only package, you will receive your recording within 3 days of the live class and I will always strive for sooner than that. I am not currently recording my studio classes, but am recording my live-stream only classes. Recordings are usually only an extra $5 and can be very helpful to your home practice. Recorded classes can be purchased any time.
I NEED TECH SUPPORT, HOW DO I REACH YOU?!
The fastest way to get a hold of me for tech support during class is on Facebook Messenger. Be sure we are “friends” on FB, so your message will show right on my screen.
HOW CAN I ASK QUESTIONS DURING CLASS?
You can ask questions during class by using the chat box available at the bottom of your screen. I will also ask for questions every 10-15 minutes. If it’s urgent, you can blurt it out and I will likely hear you.
A NOTE ABOUT RECORDED CLASSES:
It can be useful to have a mirror near by while you watch the recordings. That way, when Chandala leaves the screen to check on the participants, you can check your own isolations in the mirror for technique and posture.