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A Whole New World – Indiana Mehta

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BY Maya Haridas, Aradhana Kiran & Siddhie Pillai as seen in En Avant July-August Feature photo by Jaclyn Vogl Photography Indiana Mehta is a dancer, choreographer, voiceover artist and an actor in award-winning Netflix film Work It. She is currently living and working in Canada. Find out about her journey with us at TLFCB and beyond. When did you start ...

A Whole New World – Rukmini Vijayakumar

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by Maya Haridas, Aradhana Kiran & Siddhie Pillai, as seen in En Avant July-August Feature photo by Soozana Pvan Rukmini Vijayakumar is a very well reputed dancer, choreographer and actor in regional films. She is the founder of the Raadha Kalpa Dance Company and the originator of the Raadha Kalpa Method, a system of training for classical Indian dance. She ...
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Methods of Ballet

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 By Maya Haridas, Siddhie Pillai & Aradhana Kiran - En Avant Magazine Mar-Apr 2022 With a history that spans centuries and across multiple countries, ballet has had years and years of experimentation and artistic inspiration to arrive at the methods that dancers are taught today. Each method has its own specific nuances that add different layers to its technical and artistic features. The Lewis Foundation of Classical Ballet is ...
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Yana Lewis on Being a Student of Dance

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By Maya Haridas and Siddhie Pillai We all know Yana Lewis as a teacher, as an Artistic Director, as a person and maybe even as a good friend. But do we know Miss Yana as a student? In this exclusive interview, get to know Yana Lewis AISTD DIP and Artistic Director of TLFCB in a different avatar. How old were ...
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The Importance of a Constructive Learning Environment

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As teachers, it is our responsibility to provide a positive learning environment for our students. A positive learning environment includes feeling a sense of belonging and trust in others. It is also about feeling encouraged to tackle challenges, take risks, and a place without distractions. In dance especially, it also includes a clear, undisturbed space for the students to move, ...
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Classical Dance – Can I Learn More Than One Style?

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When new students join us at the foundation, a question that often arises is whether learning another classical dance form, such as Bharatanatyam, Kathak or Odissi, will be helpful or a hindrance to learning classical ballet. Our answer is always that it can be helpful under the right circumstances.  Let’s take a look at why with the help of professionals ...
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The Mashup Musical Medley

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This year our summer program took place online for the first time. The Mashup Musical Medley, which combined jazz, tap, character dance, hip hop and musical theatre turned into a big success. The 80 students who joined the program showed their passion, creativity and dedication to dance throughout the two weeks, culminating in a costumed showcase. Everything is possible, even ...
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Starting Ballet as an Adult – Insight

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In conversation with Ramya Manikam about starting ballet as an adult. Ramya takes ballet wherever she goes What made you start taking ballet lessons? My first introduction to ballet was as a child, going through my grandmother's books on health and medicine that featured several chapters on ballet. I was instinctively drawn towards what I read and saw and believed ...