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Winter 2019 Schedule 




PRAXIS

/ˈpraksəs/ (noun)
practice, as distinguished from theory.

Praxis is how I articulate my approach to thinking about, teaching, and practicing dance. My priorities are:
  1. Drilling– to deconstruct the technique of my dance movement for repetition and investigation 
  2. Momentum– the application of significant physical effort and load to that technique to expand the full range of available movement vocabulary 
  3. Studies– the development of dance skills and muscle memory through the analysis of movement studies that target specific skills 
My Winter 2019 workshop offerings will combine the familiar technical deconstruction of my Open Drills and Bombproof series, along with deep dives into select Studies.
  • Lux Study– A Study that focuses on building strength and articulation in challenging fluid footwork transitions and level changes in combination with cleanly isolated torso technique 
  • Power Study– An investigation into dynamics; strong, grounded power movements and shapes that demand functional strength and mobility, as well as elegance and fluidity 
  • Transition Study– This Study focuses on the moments between the movements, elongation, stillness, movement breath, melting, jolting, and more. 
Registration coming soon.



Photo by Tanya Lee 2014

Special Events & Workshops

See Event Calendar for up-to-date workshop schedule.

Contact labonte@gmail.com to inquire about workshop bookings, current workshop offerings, and classes.


Workshops with Heather range from technical instruction and butt-kicking, to unique choreography, to expression and performance skills. Each workshop is developed around a theme or core concept tailored to the experience level and interests of the students, and is developed through drills, movement exercises and combinations. Classes cover a range of content with the aim of giving every student a learning experience that resonates with their own personal dance journey and goals.


Private & Semi-Private Lessons
Contact labonte@gmail.com to inquire about private or semi-private lessons.


Feedback
"Over the last few years I've gotten the opportunity to see Heather Labonté transform from a very talented belly dance student into a world class performer and choreographer."
- Heather Stants, Urban Tribal Dance Company, (San Diego, CA, USA)

"I have nothing but glorious praise for Heather! She is a dedicated student, wonderful dancer and strong performer. Her passion for dance, her innate ability of expression seeps out of her when she takes the stage. She has the spark that enlightens a room I hope the world discovers her so they can feel her shine! I am better for knowing this lovely lady."
- Mira Betz (Oakland, CA, USA)
"Heather Labonte is one of the gems of Tribal Fusion bellydance. She is not only a flawless performer but also a delight to work with. It was a great pleasure for me to host her as a teacher at my festival Infusion Emporium. Students loved her detailed and informative workshops, and her hard work and dedication shine through not only in her teaching and in her dancing but also in her personality."
- Alexis Southall, Founder and Organizer of Infusion Emporium (Wolverhampton, UK)

"You gave me so many things to work on through your teaching - many things to incorporate into my practice (...) You made an impact, and inspired me to really delve into my dance in a new way."

- Danielle S (Philadelphia, PA, USA)

"Really awesome, lots to think about, and I don't think I will see my shoulders in quite the same way again..." 

Charlotte (London, UK)

"Heather's dance vocabulary is second to none and the way she describes how to do a move, along with the feeling it should evoke is amazing. Loved her."
Jamilee (Calgary, AB)

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