Annwyn Avalon is an award winning, internationally known dancer. She has been intensely studying Belly Dance in a variety of forms for over a decade. A highly trained Oriental Dancer, Annwyn has been featured in magazines, participated in and taught numerous classes, workshops, and shows in the United States and abroad. After spending many years living in places like Japan, North Carolina, and Arizona teaching and performing, she is now located in the greater Portland area where she performs and teaches many different forms of Belly Dance. Annwyn has a long standing history in the Dance and Esoteric communities, having the privilege of dancing with some of the great dancers of our time and helping to train new students, giving them a solid foundation in which to build their own dance. Her focus now is Oriental, Fusion and Sacred Dances, bringing deep meaning and magic to each performance. Annwyn has always been fascinated with and inspired by many forms of Fine art, Performing-art and the Esoteric Arts. She Received her Associates in Art in 2004 followed by her Bachelors of Fine Art in sculpture in 2005 and a Bachelors Degree in Anthropology 2016. She feels that the art and mystery surrounding her is a constant inspiration to her dance. For a complete Dance Resume click here.
Feed the flames of desire with the movements of your dance. Soft and luxurious petals of the rose balanced by the strength of the stem and thorns. Ignite your passion, inhale the breath of life through your movements, feel, breath, step, spin, partake in the joy of the Goddess, and drink from the cup of the Gods….
Annwyn has studied many forms of Belly dance, including Turkish and Egyptian Oriental, Fusion, Turkish Romani folk dances and Sacred Dance. After years of building a strong dance foundation and reputation in the Dance community, Annwyn has focused her dance style exclusively on the esoteric side of nature; performing dances that are full of her personal spirituality and all things sacred. Her performances focus on the element of water, magic and finding the sacred and divine within herself and those she works with in dance and include Mermaid and Water Spirit themed performances. Annwyn finds deep healing and satisfaction in leading others through classes on sacred dance and conscious movements.
Sacred Dance Ritual and Class
Find spiritual wisdom and create change through Sacred Dance! Dance when done with sacred intent and an open heart can bring deep healing and transformation. Water is the element of transition, emotion, death, birth and most of all healing. Annwyn will guide help guide you through a Sacred Dance Ritual using visualization, sacred intent, meditation and Belly Dance movements to create an experience of change, healing and movement to help manifesting positive and intentional changes in your life. Join Annwyn, Priestess and dancer, as she guides you through sacred movement connecting with the waters of healing, the Divine.
Mermaid Themed Dance Classes
With over a Decade of teaching experience, Annwyn has focused her dance classes and performances almost exclusively on the element of water. Join Annwyn as she guides you through a Mermaid Themed dance class. Basic and advanced movements will be taught which focus on original water inspired movements, classic belly dance, and mermaid themed combinations.
Water and Mermaid themed Performances
Pulling on her extensive dance training and esoteric studies, her performances bring a sense of myth and magic to the stage. Embodying the element of Water, Annwyn brings Mermaids, Water Spirits and Goddesses to life on stage. Enchanting the audience with dynamic movements and original content all pulling from classical Bell Dance Training.
Sacred Dance Water Ritual
Water is essential to life; without water we are just parched barren land. Water is the element of emotion and connecting to this element can bring depth to our dance. In this class we will begin with a short meditation on water that will include visualization and an exploration of different types of water. As a group, we will then begin to explore different movements that are associated with the element water. We will explore how to feel them in our body and discuss this element in relation to our bodies, spirit, and mind. We will end the class by learning a small repetitive choreography which will be performed as a group in a Dance Devotion Ritual to the spirit of water.
How to create Sacred Dance space and a Sacred Dance practice
Dance is sacred and can be turned into a daily practice by creating sacred space and choreography. However many might not know where to start! In this class we will explore the elements that make up a sacred dance practice including the basics of setting up space, different cleansing methods, energetic prep work and how to create a dance altar. We will explore things such as music selection, working with Deity or spirits in devotion, creating vision boards, dance talisman, and even using henna as part of your dance practice. We will also discuss creating sacred space for others and what to take into consideration when hosting a Sacred Dance Ritual for others. By the end of the class the student should have a good understanding of a Sacred Dance practice and should have the confidence to create their own practice at home, merging dance and spirituality.
Dancing in Devotion
Dance can be an expression of the Divine; the Divine nature within ourselves as well as in devotion to the spirit or Deity. If you are devoted to a particular spirit or Deity and want to create a performance that is in devotion to this Divine being this class is for you! We will discuss different aspects of Dance Devotion, from creating a ritual dance shrine devoted to your deity, music selection, research, choreography, costuming and most importantly merging history and folklore with modern practices to create a modern system of dance in devotion to something greater than ourselves.
"I don't know if I would have ever took myself seriously as a belly dancer had it not been for Annwyn. She fostered and nurtured me as a fledgling dancer, and now doing something more professional in the near future seems more attainable because of her. And she was the one who introduced me to Tribal Fusion which is where I think my body has been taking me in the short time that I've been belly dancing. Thank you for opening up these opportunities to me. Last night basically happened because of the foundation you helped me build. Your value to me as a dance mentor and friend is beyond words. One day I hope to share the joy of belly dancing with others the way you did with me."- Deja B.
"I met Annwyn in Arizona at a dance studio there. I took a couple of beginner classes from her and then I had her come to my home and give me some private lessons and a great choreography. Annwyn inspires me and let me be my own person in dance, and expression. She is a truly passionate teacher and a lovely lady in every way. Talented, committed, and driven yet very dedicated to her passions. I wish she lived closer so I could study more from her. I love her as a teacher and a friend." Jackie C.
"I owned a studio, and Annwyn was one of my teachers. I can not express enough what a caring, thoughtful teacher she is. I loved sending new students into her class, as I know she always took great care of them and nurtured them toward their paths in dance, or life. She always created community and asked for feedback. I loved watching her students bloom as dancers, as well as people. Performance night was always a treat as her students beamed with pure joy radiating from their feet all the way out their eyes and smile. I have the pictures to prove it. If you are looking for a teacher I would highly recommend Annwyn!"
– Kim H.
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