Odissi Dance training

Shakti Summer School Greece

2021 Dance Season


Odissi Week: 1 ~ August 1-7  

*Required for beginners

 Odissi Week: 2 ~ August 8-14


Both weeks are multi-level.  See Curriculum details below…


The Program

This Odissi Classical Indian Dance training program is ideal for the dancer who wants to work hard, refine details, develop both physical and inner strength and delve in to a culturally rich artistic tradition that allows us to live the path of Yoga and Dance as a means to realize our highest potential!  We welcome our regular students of Shakti School of Dance as well as new students to join in this special summer training.  This year we are offering 2 weeks of intensive Odissi training for various levels.  We suggest the serious odissi student to join both weeks to gain momentum through consistent and focused study.


Morning Vinyasa Krama yoga, exercise and therapeutic practices, Odissi stepping techniques, anga shudhi practice, repertoire review, new compositions (arasa in various or item), and evening theory class.  Theory classes focus on culture, history and context of Odissi classical dance, music theory, Indian aesthetic theory, yoga philosophy and more.  32 hours of dance training in total is spread over an alternating schedule of 6 hours (Mon, Wed and Fri) and 4.5 hour days with afternoons off (Tues, Thurs, Sat).  Saturdays include a group day trip to one of the many incredible beaches of archeological sites of the island.  The schedule and program is designed to maximize students study time and accelerate their growth in Odissi dance. 

Theory Class Focus:

  • Week 1: Natya Shastra Key Theories
  • Week 2: Abhinaya: Archetypes & Expression

Two of your daily classes will be divided into 2 groups based on students proficiency:

Group A ~  Beginners / Level 1

(Week 1 *required)

We welcome brand new students to join Week 1 and continue on through Week 2 if they choose. Everyone needs to start somewhere!  Odissi is open to all applicants who have an open mind and thirst for learning a highly refined classical dance form deeply rooted in culture and religious tradition. Please keep in mind, Odissi as a classical dance form requires a significant degree of stamina and fitness, a strong sense of self discipline and a willingness to participate in specific cultural practices.

  • Week 1: Nomami Mangalacharan Part 1: Entrance & Shloka
  • Week 2: Nomami Mangalacharan Part 2: Sabha Pranam

Group B ~ Continuing Students / Level 2+

We welcome you for the 2 weeks to deeply immerse and develop your dance.  Students who keep returning every year find this a valuable time to reignite their practice and passion. Receive careful corrections and have the time to deepen your focus with your teacher and fellow dancers from around the world.  Content and choreographies will be  *introduced in this program, the pace at which we cover the material is entirely dependent on participants proficiency.  The items studied in Summer School will be continuously studied later in the year in our online school format.  In these 2 weeks we will focus on main arasa, shloka and tihayi as well as music theory and bhav of each piece. 

  • Week 1: ‘Deep Clean’ Repertoire Review & Moksha Study
  • Week 2: ‘Deep Clean’ Repertoire Review & Jhampa Tal Study Pallavi/Abhinaya

2021 Odissi Class Schedule:  

  • 8-9 am: Vinyasa Krama Yoga: Vinyasa, Pranayama, Meditation
  • 9-10 am:  Breakfast
  • 10-11:30 am: Traditional Odissi Exercise & Stepping – or – Anga Shuddhi, Tala Stepping & Arasa (Group A & B) *Live and Online
  • 11:30-12:30 pm: Repertoire Review (Group B) / Music and Abhinaya Theory for Mangalacharan (Group A) *Live and Online
  • 12:30-1:30 pm: Group A: Mangalacharan *Live and Online
  • 1:30-2:30 pm: Group B: Moksha / Jhampa Tal Study
  • 2:30 pm: Lunch
  • 6-7 pm: Theory: M, W, F
  • 7:30 pm: Dinner

*PRICING: please refer to the accommodation section below with drop-down menu to see pricing for Shakti Summer School 


Please read our updated Terms & Conditions Page before you apply, which includes: *School Cancellation Policy, *School & Villa Shakti Policies, *Health & Safety in Covid Times, and *Assumption of Risk. 

AccommodationS & Prices

(2 per room, shared bathroom, includes meals and transport)

The rooms at Villa Shakti includes bath towel set, Greek beach towel, bedding and blankets, table fan, WIFI, access to apartment kitchen, spacious living room and dining area, cable TV.  Places are limited.  The house is strictly vegetarian.

1 Week: 1,083
2 Weeks: € 2,166


  • 32 hours Training per week
  • Double Share Room at Villa Shakti
  • 17 Healthy Vegetarian meals per week (3 dinners at local tavernas are not covered)
  • Transportation (see transportation section for more details)

(up to 5 per room, shared bathroom, includes meals and transport)

These traditional restored apartments are a 10 minute walk from Villa Shakti on peaceful a country road. The apartments are in a rustic traditional village with a plentiful organic garden, traditional orthodox church, goats, a fresh spring fountain and many flowers!

1  Week: € 1,013
2 Weeks: € 2,026


  • 32 hours Training per week
  • Dorm room at Village Apartments (10-15 minute walk from studio)
  • 17 Healthy Vegetarian meals per week (3 dinners at local tavernas are not covered)
  • Transportation (see transportation section for more details)

(Includes lunch only. Does not Include any transport.)

If you are looking for more privacy, you will find many other villas and rentals nearby our village of Aikirgiannis (Topolia).  We suggest you have a look at Airbnb or booking.com. We recommend looking in the Topolia area and no farther than Kissamos so travel time to classes are not an issue. You can use the FB event page to post if you are looking for others to share a villa with you. You will need your own rental car for this option. Greece is a very popular summer destination so book soon!

1 Week ~ € 638
2 Weeks ~ € 1,276


  • 32 hours Training in 7 days, Course Book & Optional testing on the 7th day
  • 7 Healthy Vegetarian meals per week (1 meal per day at Villa Shakti)
  • Transportation *NOT INCLUDED* (please rent a car or taxi to join day trips)

Optional Add On: Enjoy our full meal package for an additional €143 (recommended so that we all may enjoy meals together) 


Our in-house catering team are mainly local Greek women (and a passionate Italian) who love cooking!  We enjoy offering a healthy Vegetarian take on local Cretan recipes. Cretan and Greek cuisine is full of roasted vegetables, rices dishes, cucumber salads and of course, a decadent selection of homemade local cheeses! Occasionally we change up the menu by preparing mild Ayurvedic Indian food or Italian pasta, etc. All meals are served buffet style – all you can eat! Special dietary needs such as vegan, gluten free, and allergies can be catered to with prior notice.

*Our villa is strictly Vegetarian in celebration of life! Yet we can offer you local goat, sheep and cow cheese and a range of farm to table dairy products.


Breakfast: Coffee/tea, fruit, toast and spreads, yogurt, granola, porridge, smoothie.

Lunch:  Main dish,  2 salads, bakery breads, spreads, vegetable side dishes, local olive oil/olives, ice teas infusions.

Dinner:  Main dish, salads, bakery breads, spreads, bean dish, vegetable side dishes, local olive oil / olives, and desert!


Sunday (Check IN Day) – Welcome dinner feast served at sunset on the veranda!
Monday – Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Tuesday -Breakfast, Lunch (*Dinner Out)
Wednesday – Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Thursday – Breakfast, Lunch (*Dinner Out)
Friday – Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Saturday – Breakfast, Lunch (packed for day trip), (*Dinner Out)
Sunday (Check OUT Day) – Breakfast


Guests will want to arrive to the closest airport: Chania (CHQ).  Airport it is a 1 hour drive to the villa.  Heraklion is 3-4 hours drive. *Students MUST arrive in time for orientation meeting on Sunday evening.

Most visitors on Crete rent a car to enjoy exploring the wild nature and beaches. This is what we always recommend to guests since there are many secret beaches and isolated trails to discover on the Western side of the island within an hours drive.

The cost of transportation  is now included in your tuition. Villa Shakti is in a rural location, so please be aware buses are not an option and taxis will need to be booked in advance.

Scheduled Shuttle Transportation Includes:

(Times are fixed, no exceptions.)


  • Chania Airport Pick up: Sunday at 5pm
  • Chania Port Pick up: Sunday at 6 pm


  • Chania Port Drop off: Sunday at 11 am
  • Chania Airport Drop off: Sunday at 12 pm


  • Day Trip #1: Local Beach and Taverna – Tuesdays 3:30 – 9pm
  • Day Trip #3: Elafounissi, Phalasarna or Paleochora Beach and Taverna – Saturdays 3:30– 10 pm

Please meet our driver at the scheduled times, the driver can not wait for late passengers.  If your flight arrives or departs at another time than the scheduled shuttle pick up/drop of times, you can easily get a local taxi to/from Airport to Chania Port to enjoy some time there and then meet at the scheduled time and location to catch your ride to Villa Shakti.

If you wish to have your own car, we recommend booking online. Prices are approximately €25-45 per day / per vehicle.  Non EU licensed drivers will need and International Driving License to drive in Greece.

  • Taxi booked directly from Airport to Villa Shakti: Approx. €100
  • Local Taxis to Kissamos or Local beaches: Local rates apply.  Please book directly.

Application Process

Program fills up on a fist come, first serve basis

Read and agree to our terms and conditions page before you fill out an application. You will digitally sign the waiver form on your application which indicates that you have read this page all the way through.  READ HERE 

Fill in Application completely – Partially filled out applications will not be considered. You should receive an email within a few days that we have received your application. Please make sure to list your first and second choice of accommodation options.

You will receive an email with a reply to your application within  a week.  Either: “ACCEPTED” to program, or “WAITLISTED” for this program. We are filling the program on a first come first serve basis, so please don’t wait to apply!


If accepted to join the program, along with your acceptance letter you will receive an Invoice based on the accommodation option you chose in your application.  If your first choice is full, we will try our best to provide your second choice of accommodation.  In order to keep your place in the program you will have 1 week / 7 days to pay your invoice in full or you will forfeit your confirmed place and be put on the waitlist.

If “waitlisted”,  don’t worry there are always people who adjust their plans last minute and often spaces will open up. We will email you with news as soon as we can.

~ Pack your bags for Greece!!!

Upon completion of your payment you are fully registered for Shakti Summer School at Villa Shakti Crete!!!!  You will receive an informational email with a PDF about how to prepare for the program and for Shakti Summer School ~ Greece. Another email will be sent to participants before the program starts with more information about arrival and updates.

Official Cancelation Policy

The Shakti School of Dance /Shakti Summer School cancellation and refund policy is in place to guarantee the fair allocation of slots in the program to students who have been accepted and are ready to commit.

Your registration payment to SSD/SSS is not refundable, returnable or transferable to a future workshop or to another person. No exceptions. Even in the case of medical or family emergencies, etc.  Because there is an application and selection process, students can not ‘sell their spot’ in the program to another person.

Please register with full awareness of the agreement you are entering into. Payment (via Paypal), as well as this ‘Mandatory Waiver Form’ must be completed upon acceptance in the given time period to guarantee enrollment in the Intensive sessions.

Health/Safety: Student agrees to inform SSD/SSS Administration of any health conditions or important medications they are taking. Student assumes full responsibility for her/his safety and all risks of participating in this training and while enrolled at SSD/SSS. We hold no responsibility for any such illness or injury that a student sustains while enrolled in the program.

Students who cancel will not be eligible for refunds as per our official cancellation policy.  *By completing your payment, you have agreed to our refund terms and conditions already.

We look forward to welcoming you to Villa Shakti Crete!

For questions not already answered on this website, please contact us.