Bharatanatyam for all: the specifics
Bharatanatyam is a unique dance form that combines a multitude of aspects such as percussion, storytelling, narration, hand gestures, and facial expressions. How can we use these specific aspects of Bharatanatyam as tools for older adults to further express their own creativity? Bharatanatyam is so much more than exercise – it actively engages the body, mind, and spirit. How can we share this gift of Bharatanatyam, its depth and nuances, with our aging populations and enable a sense of accomplishment?
The ideas I will present over the next few posts will talk about the specific ways in which I have tried to make Bharatanatyam adaptable and enjoyable to all, no matter their age or physical capabilities. We will look at how exactly we can go about layering skills, using the powers of observation and visualization, adapting movements to be done seated, and using our gaze effectively. In doing so, I get to honor my gurus and the countless hours they have spent on me and my dance practice and pass this lineage to others.
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My name is Sloka. I am a neuroscientist and dancer; you can find more about me here.