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Choreography : Creating a dance that you can call yours

Meedhu Miriyam Ballet, dancers, insights Leave a Comment

It is Thursday and I am teaching my normal class as part of foundation’s Outreach&Education programme at Snehadaan.  I split the students into groups, and ask them to make a small phrase of choreography to the lyrics of a Hindi song that one of my friends gave me.  As the second group starts performing, something about their movement catches my …

From ballerina to a robot in Ex Machina

Devang Bhanushali Ballet, dancers, insights Leave a Comment

You must be wondering what do ballerinas have to do with a psychological sci-fi thriller, one of the best in recent times. No, it doesn’t dazzle the viewers with ultra-high special effects, but what is captivating in the movie are the actors’ portrayal of the characters which is nothing short of spellbinding on a hot topic of recent times – Artificial Intelligence …

pelvic alignment

Pelvic alignment in yoga, ballet and life.

Elina Wisung advanced, Ballet, dancers, insights, yoga Leave a Comment

In order to gain the most out of any practice that requires precision of the muscles, joints, bones and ligaments of the body, the physical alignment of the body is vital. This is highlighted both in Iyengar yoga and ballet – classes which also provide good lessons on how to stand, walk and sit outside the studio, in order to …

callanetics

Callanetics: a ‘no drama’ route to fitness?

Meedhu Miriyam beginner, callanetics, dancers, insights 5 Comments

Callanetics-the new entry in my personal dictionary of ‘ good words for life’. In my search to understand its roots, I came across this wonderful guest book created in memory of its founder Callan Pinckney.Pages after pages, Callanetics practitioners from across the world have expressed their gratitude to Callan for creating this  non-aerobic exercise. Said to be popular in the …

Jazz it up!

Devang Bhanushali beginner, insights, Jazz Leave a Comment

If I am asked to explain about all the different styles I learnt in my first Jazz class at the Foundation, it would go something like this. ‘’There is excitement written all over my face as I enter the studio. Jazz , I am told, is one form of dancing that wears many faces because of the vast number of …

Walking the tight rope – a dancer’s note by Shifa Ali

Devang Bhanushali dancers, insights Leave a Comment

When we were kids, our parents always said, ‘Be who you want to be’. And some of us, like me, believed them without a sliver of doubt. I always imagined that the world is my oyster, that I am capable of anything and everything and so did my parents. The only difference was that their understanding of success and my …