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Ashley Lopez

Ashley is an internationally-touring artist and instructor who has performed and taught throughout the US and in over 20 countries internationally.  In the past, she had formed and led two Tribal Fusion troupes: Trikhala in Illinois and Orchid Bellydance in California (both still dancing!!)  She performed as well with professional Polynesian troupe SF Hula for 4 years in the Bay Area.  Her other collaborations have included work with The Underscore Orchestra, The Vagabond Opera, Beats Antique, Zoe Jake’s House of Tarot, and Rachel Brice’s Datura Project.  Her most recent artistic endeavor involves her Portland-based dance company, Allegro.  She teaches weekly classes at Datura on Tuesdays and offers classes on Datura Online.  She earned a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance/Opera at the University of Illinois School of Music and worked professionally with Opera San José and the Bay Area Summer Opera Theater Institute.  A rehab personal trainer and group fitness instructor, she holds certifications with the American Council on Exercise, Balanced Body Pilates, Stott Pilates, Johnny G. Spinning, Yoga Alliance, Zumba, BodyJam, and most recently started Viniyoga teacher training.  Additionally, she is a certified 8 Elements™ Datura Style Teacher.


2017 Cues and Tattoos Workshop


Oddity: Unconventional time signatures and an odd choreography…-Saturday April 1 – 3:00pm-6:00 pm


This class is a mini music lesson and choreography all in one.  We’ll begin by breaking down the basics of music theory to understand meter and rhythm.  Then, we’ll start untangling the anxieties generally associated with facing odd time signatures and syncopated or “broken” rhythms.  Students will then practice a few ear-training exercises designed to help you start to identify meters on your own, and strange rhythmic patterns that are hard to follow.  Finally, we’ll apply all of this excellent knowledge to a distinctly weird choreography, filled with unexpected pops, liquid sequences, and strange shapes.  Get ready to get bizzare!