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Re-loving Kathak

I’m finding new delight in the classic bollywood numbers that have such vibrant Kathak in them, especially rendered by Madhuri Dixit. I used to NOT like how fast it was, but now, for some reason I love it. Maybe I’ve been over bollywoodized but I wouldn’t trade this me for the other me. I was “so much older then…..” (thanks Bob Dylan). Speaking of tradition, hasn’t He become one. Which of course applies to Kathak. It wasn’t ALWAYs a tradition. it grew, as all things do, no matter how ancient. they do grow. And … Continue Reading

Dream

I dreamed I was spinning the way I love: the Sufi-like turns that I’m now able to do for as long as I want.  But in the dream I had the choice to give up control and be held while turning. I leaned back and no longer needed to work my feet to stay balanced. I just turned. It was relaxed and easy and “I” wasn’t doing it.  That’s the way to turn, to dance.

Dressing for Dancing – lifelong passion

My first passion, that I recall, was for dressing up.  I remember being “mad” for the Candy Fashion doll and for a long green silk skirt my aunt gave me that went in my “dressup trunk.”  (I seem to remember her bringing me something from India as well, maybe a saree even.) When watching TV I’d go put on an outfit and do what the people in the show were doing.  I couldn’t watch; I had to do.  So I guess the impulse to move and the impulse to be in costume are tied together.  And now, at 53, it … Continue Reading