I’d like to think that dance is an expression of the soul’s pulse. And what better place to find a myriad of dance styles than New York, the American cultural hub of performance art?
From Bharatanatyam to Bollywood, Indian dance has roots that stretch from the classical, spiritual aspect of Indian culture to the more modern flair of stylistic film dance. In Hindu mythology, “apsaras” are celestial maidens who dance for the gods, which is why I chose to name this blog “Urban Apsara”–for those of you wondering how you can learn more and become involved in Indian cultural events in and around New York City, this blog is for you!
I’ve been studying the classical dance style of Bharatanatyam since the age of 4 and have performed in numerous locations, including the opening of Disney’s Animal Kingdom Asia Park in Orlando, Florida. At the age of 17, I performed my Arangetram, or graduation from the Indian Institute of Art. Needless to say, dance has been a large part of my growth as a person, and since moving to New York I’ve been seeking out ways to keep it a constant part of my life.
And so can you! Even if you’re new to Indian dance or a trained dancer, you can find many opportunities in New York to practice cultural dance. It’s all a matter of keeping an open mind and, above all, having fun.
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