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Khaita Joyful Dances

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In the last two years, Chögyal Namkhai Norbu has dedicated a long time collecting and transcribing modern Tibetan songs, and encouraged us to learn modern Tibetan dance choreographies as well as creating new ones. Written by young Tibetan songwriters, with love for their own country, these songs and dances are a joyful way to celebrate the Tibetan cultural heritage, which is today under risk of extinction.

In addition to supporting Tibetan culture, through these activities the people of the Dzogchen Community have discovered a pleasant way of spending time together, dissolving tensions and calming the mind.

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Upcoming Events

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2-Step Workshop: Learning & Deepening Khaita Joyful Dances


June 10th & 11th

June 10th
The First Steps in Tibetan Dancing | Khaita Joyful Dances
Step-by-Step instruction on how to perform Tibetan dancing with simple dances. While learning the simplest of Khaita Joyful Dances, we will go through basic steps of Tibetan dances and explore what Khaita means in theory and in our own experience.

TIME: 9-11am and 3-5pm


LOCATION: Shang Shung Institute of America/Tsegyalgar East
18 Schoolhouse Rd. Conway, MA

KhaitaJune 11th
Next Step with Tibetan Circle Dances | Khaita Joyful Dances
In this workshop we will focus on circle dances (kordro) that have more unique movements requiring a little extra explanation and training. We will cover dances such as Ten-jung De-kyid (Stable Happiness) and Ma-jai Dos-gar (The Peacock Dance).

It is recommended that you take the first part of the workshop on Saturday, June 10th or are comfortable with basic level Khaita Joyful Dances dances to participate.

TIME: 9-11am and 3-6pm


LOCATION: Shang Shung Institute of America/Tsegyalgar East
18 Schoolhouse Rd. Conway, MA

Khaita means “Harmony in space."
Khaita dances teach us each to be aware of our own movement in the space around us. In dancing we also learn to be present to the interior shifting of thoughts and emotions. As we cultivate this relaxed presence in movement, harmony and joy develop naturally.

The choreography of these dances is based on the rhythms and melodies of the songs of young contemporary Tibetan singers, rich in the imagery of life on the “Roof of the World," just as the songs are. It shows the vitality of an ancient culture whose core motivation has, for centuries, been the happiness of all beings, in harmony with the environment where they live.

Katya and Matthew Schmookler, certified Khaita Joyful Dance instructors, authorized by Chögyal Namkhai Norbu and recognized by CID.

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