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     Louisville will host the first annual Snow Flow festival on February 5, 2011 at the American Turners Gym located at 3125 River Road. 

    The creators of this festival wanted to create a forum to bring "flow" artists together so they can centralize, teach and learn from one another. According to the Snow Flow Fest web site, "psychologist Mihály Csíkszentmihály described flow as 'the mental state of operation in which a person in an activity is fully immersed in a feeling of energized focus, full involvement, and success in the process of the activity.' The end result of flow is a feeling of spontaneous joy, even bliss, while performing an activity."

    Ten workshops will be offered this year in Hoops, Tribal Fusion Belly Dance, Poi, Fans, Contact Juggling, and Contact staff. In addition, the evening ends with The Snow Flow Formal, a dance party.  

    Some featured classes:

    Tribal fusion belly dance will be taught by Carenza bint Asya, who  is a tribal fusion belly dancer and has been studying Middle Eastern Dance, its different forms and history since 2000. She enjoys ATS, Tribal, Cabaret, Fusion, Folkloric, Indian & Bolly dancing. Carenza is the director and owner of Carenza’s Caravan and the Tantric Trio, who have been peforming since 2004. Carenza travels throughout the Midwest hosting events, performing, and teaching.A one class pass is $20, 3 class pass $60. and 6 class pass is $110. Tickets to the formal are included or you  can be purchased separately for $10.

    A combined class in bullwhip and contact staffs will be taught by Phoenix, aka Brian Shank, owner of Phoenix Fire Productions, who has been spinning fire and taking the Indy Fire scene by storm since 2006. His tools include: Whips, dual whips, fans, staff and dragon staff.

    Contact Juggling by Scott Weingart, who began contact juggling nearly a decade ago, and has since performed as a street and stage performer all over the world for circuses, corporations, street festivals, renaissance faires, and with the Florida-based juggling troupe Spherocity.Participants in the workshop will learn two of the three core components of contact juggling: isolations and body rolling. Learn to make one or multiple spheres roll and stall on the back of your hands and across your body, or make them look as though they are floating and gliding in mid-air.

    For more classes, visit the website.

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