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Shifu Ash

Shifu Ash is a dance movement researcher, educator and choreographer based in Mumbai, India. His expertise lies in movement practices such as Wing Chun, Aikido, Contact Improvisation, Modern Contemporary Dance and Ballet with an experience of 20 years. He is also a former member of CID-UNESCO Paris (International Dance Council) and the founding member of ProDancer earlier known as DCI (Dance Council India).


In the year 2021 Shifu Ash was titled The Saint Beast by the International Martial Arts Federation Japan. His current project involves choreographing for an upcoming feature film in India and co-curating a dance festival called Partner Dance Festival.


As a movement practitioner he has trained with a number of masters like: Grandmaster IP Chun, Nancy Stark Smith, David Zambrano, Frey Faust, Sara Shelton Mann, Kira Kirsch, Andrew De Lotbinière Hardwood, Akram Khan, Desmond Richardson, Era Jouravlev, Stephanie Godino, Terence Lewis, Mia Michael, Sonya Tayeh, Anjelika Doniy, Danny Ezralow, Ohad Naharin, to name a few.


He has been invited to teach at some of the prestigious dance festivals & companies in India & abroad like Impulstanz Vienna International Dance Festival, Goa Contact Festival, Portugal Contact Festival, Goa Dance Residency, Berlin Contact Festival, Contact Meets Contemporary Festival Goettingen, Tokyo Nomadic Residency, Chinchintalu Festival Dubai, Divadlo Studio Tanca, Henny Jurriens Studio Amsterdam, Terence Lewis Contemporary Dance Company, Dance Perfect Prague, Nritya Shakti, Institute Of Classical & Modern Dance India, Saint Petersburg Conservatory Dance, Radi Sveta Art, SDVIG Studio Saint Petersburg, etc.


This workshop will concentrate on partner dancing. We will study how to communicate with bodies through the language of touch. We will learn to take responsibility for another body, command, listen and negotiate.


Topics will include: Trust, Working with flow meridians, Reflexivity - action & reaction, Self-protection, How to protect somebody else, Meet your imagination as your tracking partner

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