ABCD = anybody can dance. Can anybody teach?
Schools have teachers’ certifications and qualifications. Doctors have certifications and qualifications. Sports and Nutrition where extensive work out happens and the personal training/work out classes happen; they require certifications and qualifications. Dance teachers too has that – did you know? Something called background and trainings. Specialty is taken in each field.
Dance is an ART So What! Aren’t you sweating out physically? Aren’t you moving around using your body parts? Won’t you burn calories? Won’t you get hurt if you do it wrong. How subtle can you do that it is not even recognizable to define it.
Genre of Dance: Does not matter. Be it Bharatanatyam, Bollywood/Tollywood, Indian Folk Dances, Fusion Dances. It just does not matter.
Why you will need enough knowledge of dance, body, everything to go together? So that you do not harm yourself while doing it, teaching it and your students can follow through same all their life. This is irrespective of other activities they do! Balance is mastered in your routine life. You pay for the knowledge and NOT for the in-born half talent or gifted talent that is not structured or disciplined. A gifted talent needs right guidance & training to sharpen it and follow through consistently. This is why, all families in performing arts will ALWAYS have separate teachers for their kids or their parents will plan lessons as a class routine and train them depending on their priorities of learning to set a discipline depending on size of their institution. In-spite of generations in performing arts for our own artistic director, Hetal Nagaraj, she too had to do her formal trainings. From her mainstream education school/colleges itself to her own mother (fully trained and student of fine arts) and her professional/formal dance teachers & institutes. Just like everybody, Hetal also has an excellent mainstream education that allows her to capitalize her talents and make her entire business, a self-reliant machine without serving any organization. For dance, it is infused with culture and dance techniques as per form or style as & when applicable. About Her : Read Here. Right techniques at right time in the dances gives beautiful results. Thus, Results are faster and finer for any genre you do without compromising the dance form. Craftsmanship without right knowledge does not lead anywhere. An unknown/unattended talent or a gift is like a diamond in the mine that is still unearthed and will eventually die with human’s lifeline. If only humans were rock, it would be wonderful because then rocks/diamonds can be unearthed anytime in million years.
Knowledge is power when enough time is spent in gaining it. No book or video will ever teach you any talent that has practical methods for teaching it. It is learned during process of training. No shortcuts. If only you could eat all your life’s food in one go and be done with it all your life.
An example of half-knowledge that causes harm is from history itself: Case of Abhimanyu in Mahabharata. Example is taken from an art form as well to understand it better. For those who do not know, here’s the story: He gained his knowledge on a war strategy with his psychic abilities as per plan of lord Krishna when he was inside the womb of his mother when conversation about “Chakarvyuh” war strategy started. The conversation included how to enter, form, fight and also keep winning until “you don’t die” except how to get out of it “alive”. That is where the conversation was stopped cunningly by Lord Krishna. Throughout his life Abhimanyu took all the trainings that made him a successful warrior but in-spite of reminders, he did not take full knowledge of chakravyuh-the war strategy. In the end, he lost his life to it in actual battlefield only because he did not know how to exit/get out of the formation alive. Picture is posted above for understanding. Ultimately, Dronacharya was the only one who came out alive. Here is the answer why FULL knowledge is required. Even if you debate on this story to be true or say we made a human err, it still has a lesson to learn that you should learn to master everything that you intend to learn instead of doing it half-way and most important of all, do it from the right sources.
It is a whole different story whether or not you want to capitalize on your talents later in life. If you go to right place, at-least you will save your own body to do other things !!
Types of dances that you learn in dance academy/school: Dances that you learn in dance classes are the dances that you cannot learn by watching or few drop-in classes. While most people can dance easily, it all boils down to techniques after that level. Festival dances are best example for which you do not need a huge training list but after some basic level, it requires training so that you do not harm your body. Even the festival dances come with techniques depending on genre. These may be the dances that do not fall in any category per se to define them depending on culture or festival. Some may not be even a style to call it Free Style. It is thus an open category of dance without form or style to it and often recognized as street dance that exhibits regional culture and still NOT folk. Some street dances that emerge from festivals may or may not be called as festival dances as they may or may not have anything related to festival. It will depend on what is done in there. Party dances may or may not show any culture/tradition and are irrespective of any forms or style attached to it.
Creative dances are not bind to one form or style and thus it is called creative dances; these exhibit mostly interpretation of words in the songs used or some concept. Fusion comes in picture only after 2 dance forms or styles are infused.
Pls do not forget, we are talking about dance that can be defined even if music is not played.
Best Examples, we showcased in our Sarvaa Dance Production.
Where Bollywood dances had categories, Fusion had so, Bharatanatyam was defined and so was folk!
Festival Folk was showed and was compared with street dances that looked like folk, creative dances were categorized as well depending on which form it took its movements from!
Bottom line, if you happen to see that your child has an inborn talent or gift or it’s a family thing to stay in the circle of performing arts or your child is coachable then it is best interest of child and parent to groom the talent with all the required fundamentals and all the formal trainings from the right sources. Pilot it to the right direction and that’s when you get results.
And we are right here to teach you to do it right, all your life! To love doing it, do it fully and from all the right sources. Do it consistently to master it. One life you have; million years not so sure but let’s give you 100 years, one body-not rock 😉
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