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The 2018 5 Elements PURE Conference

WHAT: The 2018 5 Elements PURE Conference explores the 5 elements of water, wood, fire, earth and metal through workshops, panel discussions, a theatrical dance show and dance offering to the planet May 11-13th, 2018 in New York, NY.


10.00-1.00pm 5 Elements Belly Dance Part 1 w Titanya Dahlin
1.00-2.00pm Lunch
2.00-3.00pm Panel: Beauty of Diversity w Titanya Dahlin, Myra Krien + Kaeshi Chai
3.00-6.00pm 5 Elements Belly Dance Part 2 w Titanya Dahlin
7.15-8.45pm Tour of the Met w Nancy Eder

10.00-1.00pm Anatomy of Emotions Part 1 w Mark Haviland
1.00-2.00pm Lunch
2.00-3.00pm Lecture: Chakras and the 5 Elements w Dr Gabrielle Francis
3.00-6.00pm Anatomy of Emotions Part 2 w Mark Haviland
8.30-10.00pm Theatrical Dance Show at Alvin Ailey

10.00-11.30am Darshan Dance w Myra Krien
11.30-1.00pm “Yes I Can and It’s Easy” w Antonina Canal
1.00-2.00pm Lunch
2.00-3.00pm Panel: Living Sustainably on Planet Earth w Shai Naides + Miryam Shemwell. Moderated by Myra Krien.
3.00-4.30pm Brooklyn Baladi Dance w Kaeshi Chai
7.00-8.30pm Dance Offering to Planet Earth and Tour Through the Universe to the live music of Djinn at a mystery location.

Full Conference $350, $375 after April 11
Single Day $125, $135 after April 11
Sun workshop with Antonina $35, $45 after April 11
Panels/Lectures $10, $15 after April 11
5 Elements Dance Show $20, $25 at the door

Please note that the tour of the Met with Nancy Eder is included in the Full Conference and Friday pass however entry into the Met Museum is an extra $25. NY residents can pay as you wish.



Workshops / Panels / Lectures: NOLA Studios, 244 W 54th St, 11th Floor, Studio B, New York, NY 10019
Dance Show: Alvin Ailey, 405 W 55th Street, New York, NY 10019

“They say, Life is a Journey… If you don’t move, shift and change, then you become stuck in life and can bring illness to your body. Our cells hold memory of illness, trauma and emotions. When we move our body, especially in a conscious way, we move those emotional scars out of our energy field in order to feel and look more radiant. And then, we can find space and empowerment to take the next step in our lives” ~Titanya Monique Dahlin

10am-1pm 5 ELEMENTS BELLY DANCE PART 1 w Titanya Dahlin
History of the Five Elements. Introduction of the Earth and Wood Element through Belly dance!

Titanya created Five Element Belly dance in 1996, while teaching with her mother holistic health pioneer, Donna Eden. Incorporating the Chinese Five Element system into her Belly dance workshops, she and her sister, Dondi, have taught these popular workshops empowering women in their own divine spirit and movement, annually. Through storytelling and visualization, history and culture, with the ancient art of Belly dance, you begin to know yourself even more as a dancer, when you connect the framework of the Chinese Five Elements. We will dance with our sisters by embracing our Earth movements. We will meet the opposite of Earth, our Wood self, that establishes boundaries in our life through the drum solo.

2-3pm Panel: Beauty of Diversity w Titanya Dahlin, Myra Krien and Kaeshi Chai
Every day people are confronted with images of the ‘perfect’ body that just don’t reflect the diverse society we live in. These unrealistic images set an impossible standard, potentially damaging self esteem and crushing confidence. How can we build our resilience and shift the paradigm to celebrate the many shapes, sizes, colors that beauty comes in?

3-6pm 5 ELEMENTS BELLY DANCE PART 2 w Titanya Dahlin
Introduction of the Water, Fire and Metal Elements. We end with an Elemental Ceremony of Movement.

We will connect through the Water and our emotional selves with Veil and Taxim dance. We will touch into our Fire sides, bonding back to our sisters with Gypsy dancing of exuberant joy. Then, we will come back to a calm outer presence and move into the Metal element. In my sessions, you will find that you connect more to one element than another and in this way, you will meet your own strengths while building up the elements in you that are less dominant. You will get to know yourself intimately as well as the relationships you cherish, as Titanya explains the elements and how they work and what drives each of us forward in life.

7.15-8.45pm Tour of the Metropolitan Museum of Art w Nancy Eder

10-1PM ANATOMY OF EMOTION PART 1 w Mark Haviland
This collaborative hands-on somatic interactive workshop dives into the Chinese five element model (touch for health) of Meridian/Muscular/organ/psychological/emotional interconnectedness. In addition there will be self care techniques and practical exercises that will translate into anyones life. There will also be discussions on how to cultivate an allied relationship with the unconscious shadow. This information is a powerful compliment with the expanding transformational bodywork Mark does with people. It assists participants in integrating and grounding the major shifts that occur in the private bodywork sessions.

2-3pm Lecture: Chakras and the 5 Elements w Dr Gabrielle Francis. Learn about the archetypes of each chakra and the alchemy of mind, body and spirit.

This workshop is a powerful, interactive exploration of the body – your body and the vast universe of emotions within each and every one of us. Feelings buried alive never die and when feelings aren’t felt and honored they get stuck in the body. This “stuck-ness” can turn into aches and pains and then if not dealt with can manifest into serious illness. All the information will be presented in an easy and digestible fashion with humor and relevance. Anyone is welcome to attend and no prior experience is needed – all you need is a body!

8.30-10pm 5 Elements Dance Show at Alvin Ailey

10-11.30am DARSHAN DANCE with Myra Krien
Learn a slow dance celebrating the 5 elements to the mesmerizing song Darshan by NY-based band, Djinn.

11.30am-1pm YES I CAN AND IT’S EASY! with Antonina Canal
Break through the limits we impose on our own potential to transform our lives and manifest our dreams. Antonina Canal is a healer, dancer, author of “Awakening the Goddess” and “Yes, You Can and It’s Easy”, plus business coach to companies such as Toyota, Masglo and Mary Kay. The workshop includes lecture and movement.

1-2pm Lunch

2-3pm Panel Discussion: Living Sustainably on Planet Earth with Shai Naides + Miryam Shemwell. Moderated by Myra Krien.
What everyday actions make the biggest difference to our ecological footprint?
What can we do to help shift the system and come together to drive change?

3-4.30pm BROOKLYN BALADI DANCE with Kaeshi Chai
Kaeshi will teach an upbeat Tribal fusion choreography to New York based Middle Eastern band, Djinn’s, “Brooklyn Baladi”.

This private event will take place at a mystery location and will kick off with a dance offering to planet earth followed by a tour of the universe to the live music of Djinn.


Based in Bogota, Antonina is the director of Prem Shakti School of Oriental dance in Colombia and pioneer of healing through dance. She created the Prem Shakti System: the art of healing and celebrating feminine energy throughout the world through Oriental, Indian, Egyptian and Gypsy dances. She has produced 15 International Festivals, 400 shows in top theaters of Latin America, has more than 5000 students, 6 dvds, teaches in Cairo, Egypt at the Ahlan Wa Sahlan Festival since 2008, won 1st place choreography at Ahlan Wa Sahlan 2012, was awarded BIT WOMAN ( intelligence, courage and hard work) awarded by the Colombian news paper El Tiempo. http://premshakti.net

Dr. Gabrielle Francis has been practicing natural medicine for more than thirty years. She is a Naturopathic Doctor, Chiropractor, Acupuncturist, and Licensed Massage therapist. Dr. Francis currently practices in New York City as The Herban Alchemist. She also operates Backstage Alternative, which is her natural medicine road show that provides chiropractic, massage, acupuncture, nutrition and herbal remedies to performing artists on tour.

Dr. Francis earned her doctorate in Chiropractic medicine at National College of Chiropractic in Chicago, IL. She received her degrees in Naturopathic Medicine and Acupuncture and Oriental medicine from Bastyr University in Seattle, WA. She completed a clinical residency for Acupuncture, Chinese Massage and Chinese Herbal Medicine at Chengdu Hospital for Traditional Chinese Medicine in China. She did a residency through Bastyr University at Biomedical Center Cancer Facility in Mexico where she learned the utilization of alternative medicines for cancer treatment. She received a certification in drug and alcohol detoxification using acupuncture at Lincoln Hospital in Bronx, NY.

Kaeshi Chai is a world-fusion dancer and teacher trainer who co-founded the professional dance company and school, Bellyqueen. She also co-founded PURE (Public Urban Ritual Experiment), an international community of artists dedicated to healing and social change through dance and music. Kaeshi has performed and taught internationally, and is an alumni member of the Bellydance Superstars, and Jillina’s Bellydance Evolution. She curated the weekly Djam NYC event showcasing dancers and musicians from 2007-2017, and teaches at the Bellyqueen School of Dance and Steps on Broadway. Her mission is to develop dance as a stage art and explore it’s powerful, healing properties. www.kaeshi.com, www.bellyqueen.com

MARK HAVILAND is not just a massage therapist, he is a soul whisperer. With his attuned touch, fiercely irreverent sense of humor and ease-full presence, Mark shares a unique technology of freedom through his transformational somatic bodywork—evoking, activating and connecting people to their own souls and their true purpose. http://www.beyondbodywork.com

Miryam Shemwell, a French-American born in France and living in New York City since 2015, is currently working at GrowNYC and volunteering at Sure We Can. After a first career in translation, she went back to university to study Sustainable Development & Environmental Protection in Montreal to combine her lifelong personal values with a more meaningful career. Her favorite motto is “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle” and she’s passionate about inspiring people to care for the environment and change their consumption habits. She believes that leading by example is the first step to system change, and she’s particularly interested in the zero-waste living movement growing globally and in NYC.

Myra Krien is a renowned Middle Eastern dance artist, an international performer, choreographer and teacher of belly dance. Myra has performed on some of Americas most prestigious stages, toured internationally, performed for PBS and Japanese television and been reviewed by national publications such as Dance Magazine, Bliss and the Santa Fean. After returning to her home in Santa Fe, New Mexico she opened her school of dance, Pomegranate Studios, founded Pomegranate SEEDs (Self-esteem, Empowerment and Education through Dance) a non-profit youth mentorship program and her state-of-the-art fitness program Funk-Ex.

The mission of SEEDs is to mentor young women in order to create healthy and strong individuals who are socially and fiscallly responsible to them-selves and their community. This is accomplished trhough the vehicle of dance, specifacally American Tribal Style dance, talking circles, journal writing and presentations.

They are taught the elements of American Tribal Style dance, a rich diverse artistic, cultural dance form that spans the regions of India, the Middle East, North Africa and Spain, and its expression through the varied and complex music of these same cultures. The girls participate in talking circles and journal writing during which they discuss issues affecting them. Each girl indentifies a personal goal that she would like to achieve during the course of the program. Guest speakers cover a wide range of topics from nutrition and body awareness to financial education. Many successful women of various fields that are of particular interest to the girls address the girls each week. There are four Student Salons (student performances) each session. Entrance into the program does not depend on demonstrated talen, standard beauty, or ability to pay the fees the program would require.

Nancy Eder holds a B.A. from New York University, where she majored in the History of Fine Arts and minored in East Asian Studies. Her M.A. is from the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University, where she concentrated in Chinese Art History. She completed the course work for her Ph.D. at the Ohio State University, where she majored in South Asian Art History and minored in Buddhist Art and Contemporary Art/Theory and Criticism. Starting in August 2006, Ms. Eder is an Adjunct Instructor in the History of Art Department at the Fashion Institute of Technology, where she teaches East Asian Art and Civilization as well as the Art and Civilization of India. She also was an Adjunct Instructor at the City College of New York from August 1999 through December 2009, teaching Western Art History surveys, Indian and Southeast Asia art history as well as the Art of China and Japan. Starting in March 2000, Ms. Eder is a Contractual Lecturer in the Education Department of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, where she gives tours for Adult Groups, presents Gallery Talks and also teaches for Family Programs.

Shai Naides, a British national, born in Israel and raised in Spain, is currently working with a United Nations agency in New York to explore how people power can contribute and scale impact. Shai studied Environmental Sciences in Barcelona where he first learnt about social and environmental activism in its multiple forms. He served as Greenpeace Southeast Asia’s Engagement Director from 2014 to 2017, for which he was based in Bangkok. Involved in the organization for a decade, he had multiple roles and worked on campaigns of global significance, such as Greenpeace’s ‘Save The Arctic’ campaign. It’s from these experiences that he draws insights and tips for bridging global strategies with local realities through mobilization and people-centered theories of change.

All her life, Titanya has studied many forms of Movement and Dance as well as being a lifelong student in the Esoteric and Healing arts. She began Belly dance in the early 80’s and before that, she was a professional Polynesian dancer since the age of 9, as well as studying different types of dancing including traditional dance and world dancing. She has self-researched the sacred connections to movement as a healing force and so, she uses a spiritual approach in all her teachings. Titanya created Five Element Belly dance in 1996, while teaching with her mother holistic health pioneer, Donna Eden. Incorporating the Chinese Five Element system into her Belly dance workshops, she and her sister, Dondi, have taught these popular workshops empowering women in their own divine spirit and movement, annually. Through storytelling and visualization, history and culture, with the ancient art of Belly dance, you begin to know yourself even more as a dancer, when you connect the framework of the Chinese Five Elements. Titanya has been called “The Story Dancer”, as she is a professional Storyteller and Sacred Dancer who uses dance and cultural stories of strong Goddesses and Women to connect to her audiences.