Sat. Aug 16-12:30PM Salsa with Jens Goerner
Sat. Aug 16-2:00PM Country & Western Workshop with Jens Goerner
Sun. Aug 17-11:00AM Argentine Tango with Jens Goerner
Sun Aug 17-12:30PM Jive with Jens Goerner
City Dance Okanagan has been located in our spacious studio at 4411 29th street Vernon since February of 2012. Owners Jens Goerner and Heather Stranks invite you to visit them for private and group lessons in Ballroom, Latin, Country and HipHop as well as regular Friday dance parties that are open to everyone.
Jens was extensively trained in Germany and in addition to teaching both American and International styles, he has trained many instructors and competitive dancers in Germany and Canada.
With a background in figure skating, Heather brings her performance, choreography and teaching skills to the team.
Jens and Heather ensure that their students learn proper technique and style while ensuring that everyone learns to dance in a fun, relaxed, affordable manner! They strive to give back to the community by contributing to local charities and fundraisers in the way of dance demonstrations, performances and donations of lessons.
For information or to book lessons, contact us at 250-307-4955 or visit our website at citydanceok.com
Sun. Aug 17th-3:30PM Bollywood Belly Dance
Get Bent is Western Canada’s largest Belly Dance & Performance School. Each year, Get Bent performs hundreds of belly dance shows at community events, theatres and public schools in the Okanagan and BC.
In 2005, Get Bent created a new trademark dance-style called Get Bent Bollywood Bellydancing a fusion of Middle Eastern and East Indian dance. Get Bent teaches this exciting new dance-style throughout Western Canada.
In 2006, Get Bent created Pulse a large touring music and dance production with a cast of 65 local performers. The goal of Pulse was to highlight the incredible local talent of the Okanagan.
In 2012, Get Bent found BC BellyFest a first-of-its-kind belly dance conference and festival that brings 125 top belly dancers to Penticton from Western Canada. BC BellyFest also includes a free 7 hour performance festival and Middle Eastern market at Gyro Park.
Thompsan River University (TRU)
Sat Aug 16-11:00AM Capoeira with Kirill
Sun Aug 17 2:00PM Capoeira with Kirill
My name is Kirill Lipa. I’m 24, my hometown is Moscow, Russia and I came to Canada in 2013 to study Tourism management in TRU (Kamloops). I started practicing Afro-Brazilian martial art of Capoeira in 2008 in Axe Capoeira Group in Moscow and participated in various seminars and workshops with teachers from Canada, Brazil, Russia, Czech Republic etc. I also was part of Moscow show-group and performed Capoeira and Afro-Brazilian traditional dances during different cultural and sport events. After moving to Canada, I contacted Professor Barraozinho who leads Axe’s head Academy in Vancouver, and he gave permission to open my own branch in Kamloops. I’m leading this branch and teaching Capoeira since October 2013. Many TRU students and people from the community became interested in Capoeira and joined our club. After a while, I invited other students who are involved into Brazilian culture to give dance classes and Portuguese lessons.
Yoga Workshop with Reanna Costa:
Sat Aug 16-10:15AM Yoga
Sun Aug 17-2:45PM Yoga
Start your Roots & Blues day with a fresh breath of Hatha Flow. Connect back to the basics by warming your body up slowly, moving with breath through a variety of asanas (poses) designed to stretch and strengthen. You will leave this workshop feeling energized, clear headed, and feeling GREAT! Suitable for all levels and a great class to participate in whether it is your first time or you are a seasoned Yogi!
I received my 500hr yoga certification from Prana Yoga College with Shakti Mhi in 2006. This 3 month intensive program was a turning point where I realized that yoga was not just a hobby or exercise but a lifestyle. My commitment to this new lifestyle included continuing my yoga education with several workshops including ones with Karuna Erickson, Bernie Clarke, Yogi Vishvketu, Mark Stephens, Dashama, and Anodea Judith to name a few.
In 2010-2011 I spent 6 months in Thailand teaching yoga and meditation retreats at Koh Ra Ecolodge. Immersing myself in the Thai culture felt like “coming home” and began a huge shift in my yoga practice and philosophy. Part of this shift happened at Suan Mokkh; an internationally renowned Buddhist Meditation Center where I participated in a 10 day Vipasana silent meditation retreat. This was a rewarding but sometimes grueling experience of watching my thoughts from 4am-9pm everyday… for 10 days !
Since returning I have gone through many changes in life as I continue the journey of aligning with who I really am; uniting my mind, body & soul and bringing the essence of this into my teachings. It is something that is ongoing and will continue to be ongoing as long as we exist in this human body on this planet. I have had many teachers along my way to assist me through this process. I will always say that my parents were my first will always be my best teachers; however, recently my most dramatic changes and transformations have been inspired by a dear friend, Tye Burton through his teachings “Align: To your infinite”.