In Kathak dance we do an unique pattern of movement that my teacher calls the 'figure 8.' It's a stylized way of moving across the dance floor. When you see the image from "above" that is "created" as the dancer glides across the floor, it is the shape of 'infinity....

April 19, 2018

Many students, especially adult students shy away from performing.

“Oh no, I don’t want to perform. No no no.”

“I’m not that good. I don’t want to embarrass myself or you [teacher].”

“I’m too scared to perform.”

These are just a few of the gamut of responses heard when the...

January 17, 2018

I have had several of my older students come to me recently and say something that I realized I have always done, but now I know why I do. 

One student said to me a couple weeks ago "I like learning from you because you challenge us." And then, her peer in the same clas...

"Before you bring up your concerns with the school's faculty, take some time to honestly ask yourself if you are being treated unfairly or if your feelings are stemming from [another place]. It can be easy to fixate [on a problem] when instead you should be focusing on...

April 13, 2016

 

"FROM A DANCE PARENT:


One of my friends asked "Why do you pay so much money and spend so much time running around for your daughter to dance ?" Well I have a confession to make: I don't pay for my daughter's dance lessons. Or her pointe, Jazz & tap shoes. Or her hundr...

December 31, 2015

I just got asked the most awesome question. "Kathak dance. After all the shows, and lessons and performances, what will the student get out of it? How will it help her in her life?"

 

AWESOME QUESTION! Not a question that can be answered in one sentence... I know why Kat...

December 30, 2015

 

' "Your technique liberates you. It does not impede your process...For a long time I thought I had to be perfect. And sure, we [teachers] so want your technique to be in the proper place because it does fuel absolutely everything. But if you don't put your heart, huma...

 

In addition to my October 2015 colum in the Mill Woods Mosaic newspaper, here are more significant parts of my interview with Lidiya Zhuravlyova:

 

Who are you/what is the name of your artistic company, and what do you do?

 

I am a professional choreographer and Indi...

 

At a recent event, I did my first ever talk.  I spoke a bit about myself, Kathak and the challenges of teaching Kathak in Edmonton. I also performed a short Kathak Tarana.

There was an old man, of Punjabi Heritage, probably about 70+ years old,  he comes up to me a...

June 10, 2015

I am an artist. I am also a dance teacher. I have been teaching since 2001, but officially in my own studio since 2007. What I have noticed over the years is a significant decline in the physical, mental and emotional capacities of children. I have noticed this decline...

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