See & Be Seen

A Fusion Dance residency with Irina Akulenko

See & Be Seen

Fusion Dance Residency

May 22-28, 2022

Join us for this 6 day fusion dance intensive which focuses on exploring the creative process and guiding perception at Villa Shakti Crete, situated in a breathtaking Greek landscape!

6 nights. 5 full days.   Stay on or offsite.


Applications now open


The Program

Shakti Summer School Greece

A Dance Residency with Irina Akulenko

This six day retreat is a unique blend of fusion dance technique sessions, creative process exercises and outdoor group video projects, facilitated by Irina Akulenko, set in a secluded location in Crete, Greece. Equal parts dance classes, fitness drills and choreography will be mixed with downtime at the beach and in beautiful mountains, all designed to feed your muse, and help widen your perspective for both how you create your art and how you will choose to be seen. 

We will tap into a large variety of techniques needed for both intimate and large-stage performances, use veils and fans in unconventional ways, explore unusual sources of inspiration, do collaborative and solo presentations as well as record three outdoor group performances. This will be a deep dive both within and without, as we tap into what is necessary in order to find your unique voice as well as how to guide others to witness it. 

About 1 month before the program will begin, supporting materials and costume requirements (group video outfits will need to be color-coordinated) will be shared with the participants, through a private Facebook group where you’ll be able to meet your new friends and prepare for this adventure. 

Due to the intimate nature of this program and the amount of feedback that will be offered, this group is limited to only 14 participants. Registration is first come: first serve. 



This program is aimed at intermediate to professional level dancers, eager to dive deep and explore their own creative process and who enjoy collaborative team work. Performance experience is required. 

*An Application is required for this program.  (see below)

Shakti Summer School Terms & Conditions

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

About Irina:

Irina Akulenko is a New York City-based artist, with a burning passion for arts of all genres. Since 2001, Irina explored both Egyptian Cabaret and American Tribal Style belly dance, Classical Indian (Odissi), contemporary, and Flamenco and now enjoys fusing these art forms. Today, Irina performs on various New York stages and tours nationally and internationally as a soloist fusion dancer; offers numerous online classes in a variety of styles: is a teacher and principal dancer with Bellyqueen Dance Theater and choreographer and Assistant Director for NASA-powered multimedia show Bella Gaia.

daily schedule

(Subject to change)

  • 9-10 am – Breakfast
  • 10:15 – 1:30 pm – Dance Session in Studio
  • 1:30 pm – Lunch
  • 2:30 – 5:30  pm Beach time/Day trip
  • 5:30 – 7:30 pm – Site specific work
  • 8:00 pm – Dinner (Dinners off-site are not included)

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.


  • 26 hours Training in 6 days
  • Double Share Room at Villa Shakti
  • 13 Healthy Vegetarian meals (dinners at local tavernas are not covered)
  • Transportation (All Day trips, Airport Pick up and Drop off shuttle)

Price in USD is $1199  (you will pay in check out, plus any taxes or fees)

*Village Apartments are a 10-15 minute walk from Villa Shakti through the beautiful countryside.

(up to 4 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!


  • 26 hours Training in 6 days
  • Dorm room at Village Apartments (10-15 minute walk from studio)
  • 13 Healthy Vegetarian meals (dinner at local tavernas are not covered)
  • Transportation (Day trips, Airport Pick up and Drop off shuttle)

Price in USD is $1167 (you will pay in check out, plus any taxes or fees)

*Transportation NOT included to/from Villa Shakti.  This option is for those staying offsite, and want to rent a car.  You will be responsible to drive yourself on our daily nature trips and to arrive/depart Villa Shakti from Airport. We do offer transportation option for a package fee (email us for details)

Includes 4 lunches, as well as our Welcome Dinner and Farewell Brunch.

If you are looking for more privacy, you will find many other villas, Airbnb and rentals nearby our village of Aikirgiannis (Topolia).  We suggest you have a look at Airbnb or 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 to get to/from your accommodations. Greece is a very popular summer destination so book soon!


  • 26 hours Training in 6 days
  • 6 Healthy Vegetarian meals on site per week 

Price in USD is $709 (you will pay in check out, plus any taxes or fees)


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 May 22 (Check IN Day) – Welcome dinner feast served at sunset on the veranda!

Daily Breakfast served for all participants staying onsite

Lunch and Dinners provided most days – 1 lunch and 3 dinners will be off-site 

Off-site guests are provided 6 meals (welcome dinner, farewell brunch and 4 lunches)


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. We will have an orientation dinner on the evening of May 22. 

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 at 5pm
  • Chania Port Pick up at 6 pm


  • Chania Port Drop off at 12 pm
  • Chania Airport Drop off at 1 pm 


  • Daily nature trips: each day we will discover new beaches and landscapes

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.


Program fills up on a first come, first serve basis!

Please see cost breakdown in Accommodation & Prices section (above).

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

registration open


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!

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