18 February 2010

Power of dance

The Power of Dance! You can  Create it !

Dancing as a couple helps you acquire skill sets which help you beyond the dance floor. There is first of all, an awareness of  the need for balance that needs to set in when two individuals are dancing together.The  energy of  the movement that one does, automatically gets transferred unto the other  as a reaction. Secondly  a natural awareness of  the grace required of movements  comes to play in every response . The body frame of the dancers  completes  and conveys the attitude of the dance so the posture of the body the relaxed shoulder, the confident look and ability to stride ever so gently makes a person a keen observer  of  their inner state of mind  for it to be their guiding  light for their projected  image during the dance  . So  with every movement that  is  executed , there is learning  and acknowledging  of personal abilities and improving upon them as and when required. 

But to truly enjoy and  revel in the dance  itself , a Couple moving together , must clearly  strive to understand and acknowledge the other’s ability and disability and must  try to move within the parameters of your partner’s capabilities .
Now when one reaches such a level, where one is able to  accept adjust their dance movement  sensibilities  to the partner’s  movements or hesitations, and yet create visual delights ,one has reached another milestone in dancing as a Couple. 
Delighting in each others creative expressions  ,helps in  creating positive atmosphere   for your self and those around you   and this is just one of the many powerful  changes in  outlook  that  dancing together brings forth .  Couples dancing together can create energy from within and that energy reflects on each partner’s mood and enhances their self image.  S imply put the aura created by perfect movement i.e. precise timing and relaxed buoyant movement of partners dancing in tandem bring’s forth a special treat to the viewer as well as the dancer itself.

TOUCH - Therapeutic Values of Social Dancing

                                TOUCH - Therapeutic Values of Social Dancing.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                               I have often realized that as we teach so many students from different backgrounds, they all, in fact each of them have given us back something very special indeed. We have felt happy and touched by all the warmth they have given to us.
Now personally experiencing that as a dance educator , I feel many a stressful situation can be averted , dissolved or tackled if there is consistency in practice and a positive approach while learning to dance.
It is always entirely pleasurable to teach the one who is keen and trusting than force your patterns of movement to a reluctant learner. So a Couple that learns together must have the will and desire to learn with the same amount of eagerness.
For me as dancing is a way of life. I believe there is grace and poise is everything around us. In stillness too there is a movement that begins before the break of silence. Every organism moves and is dancing to the tunes of nature. When we harness this nature’s energy through movement we can account for the transfer of energy that takes place as we dance together. It accounts for that feel good factor once the dance actually begins and also that lasting movement of happiness and high that occurs after the dance. I almost at times feel that each feeds on the other’s energy and is helpless without the other. There is so much balance coordination and poise in each movement done together with the feeling of energy from within as you move as one and slicing through the wind gently and forcefully now and then as per the tempo of the dance itself.
Besides the good amount of endorphins generated by the individual, the dancers end up in a much lighter and relaxed mood, at once their spirits are lifted marveling at the sheer beauty of that which was accomplished by them. Such is the power of Dance – especially  Social Dancing …………so do get ready to have some fun and learn a life enhancing skill soon.


Welcome to the world of Social Dancing…..

Welcome to the world of  Social Dancing…..

Want to learn Latin &Ballroom dancing well you are not alone. There is a wave of interest which is reaching a new high with Bollywood movies bringing in world music to commercial cinema. The trend is definitely international and what with movies addicted audience wanting to learn everything the stars do on screen, there is a huge surge of interested people wanting to learn these international social dance forms & styles.

I have been teaching various Social  dance styles for a decade or so and I can clearly see a shift from typical jhatka matka dancing in the movies to a plethora of international dance styles of different countries. The interested student wants to explore and is ready to learn these different styles of dancing and adapt an attitude to suit it too. I must thank our movies for this as I have myself encountered various people who had no idea about the dances I taught and have innocently albeit ignorantly asked whether ballroom dancing has anything to do with a ball… Such was the interest in these styles a few years back where only a select few couples would come to learn maybe to dance during Christmas and New Year parties or on a wedding occasion. Well now the scenario is radically shifting with husbands wanting top learn to tango or a waltz to surprise the wife, a mother wanting to pair up with her son and daughter and learn the social graces which are very much a compulsory syllabus if you are learning ballroom dancing.Infact its very necessary that you check whether you are also taught dance floor manners by the teacher you plan to learn from as that would hold one in good stead throughout one’s life in every aspect of their lives whether its social behavior,posture or simply better body alignment as its very important to teach holistically incorporating self awareness.

Nowadays there are a number of children and young couples wanting to learn innovative steps like the salsa dips and tricks or the evergreen jive just for fun. Then there are the professionals who have stressed out lives and want to seriously connect with their partners over the weekend learning a new skill together and try to get back the good old times with a jig on the ballroom dance floor.

Whatever the reason, it’s really inspiring to teach such enthusiastic learners and the more they are the merrier it is on the dance floor. Also one gets to learn new styles just by observing different people move differently to the same steps and patterns as per their individual ideas of styles. It’s been a fantastic time for me so far  finding myself in the midst  of it all  and learning to evolve over the years and clearly its getting better with the years passing by .And with Bollywood films going truly international in dance styling there is a positive trend in it with more students interested in learning these styles at my dance class….. The going is definitely getting better!!!……