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Ascending the Stage: Students in America Speak on Arangetram

Its not too difficult to find wonderful articles, interviews, videos, etc. on the many renowned and highly accomplished Indian Classical dancers and teachers out there in cyberspace now.  We are lucky to have access to the wisdom and insights of such stalwarts in the field, and we are grateful that they are willing to share their…

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Performance Ready: Chapter 3!

Here is the third and final Chapter in our three-part “Performance Ready,” series about jewelry, costume and the finishing touches. The purpose of this series was to help dancers and those helping dancers to get ready for a performance. As we have said in various disclaimers, there are different ways of getting ready – this…

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Performance Ready: Chapter 2

Here is Chapter 2 in our three-part series “Performance Ready,” getting ready for a Bharatanatyam performance. This video is a HOW-TO on make-up.  As in the other video, please note, that there are different ways to do make-up, and this is just one example. The following make-up items were used for the video. However, we…

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Performance Ready: Chapter 1

Hi everyone, hope you had a wonderful summer!  It’s been a while! 🙂 For a bit of a change from our normal stuff, this time, we are putting together a three-part HOW-TO series on how to get ready for a Bharatanatyam performance.   We start with a video on how to do the hair. We…

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Teaching Dance from a Distance

We know that there are quite a few dancers who teach Indian classical dances in the U.S. We have the opportunity to see many of their students perform. Yet we don’t often hear about their experiences and views on teaching ancient dance forms whose roots are across the seas.  We don’t often hear about how…

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