Anybody Can Dance(ABCD), Can Anybody Teach?

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 HereRight 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. 

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war scene of chakravyuh. For those who do not know, art forms such as kshatriya, kallari, chau and such others are into category of martial arts, defense mechanism and war strategies.

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 !!

 

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Examples of Fusion Dances where several dances techniques from several dance forms are showed in just one dance on a music that is composed likewise. ALL dancers in this picture of fusion dances are trained in Bollywood or Folk or Bharatanatyam. Some in this dance training of fusion have completed their Arangetram too and are continuing their education with Hetal Nagaraj. Choreography, Choreographer : Hetal Nagaraj. Intern Freelance Choreographer : Yagna Pathak – Congrats on first snippet of 40 seconds choreo work.

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.

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Best Examples of Creative & Conceptual Dances with flair of multiple dance forms as well as style. Not A Fusion because techniques are not used but movements are. Most movements are basic and do not define dance form.

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!

 

 

 

 

 

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Folk Dance : Music Composition : Hetal Nagaraj.

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 😉

More Pictures of Sarvaa Dance Production – Click Here.

Names of Folk Dances are not shared deliberately as people are blindly copying without learning it. Do it right, to know it right. It is about how you value your time in learning it so that you can teach! CALL NOW, 972 979 2559.

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Guest Artists @Grace And Grooves Dance Productions | Annual Recitals | Programs

Celebrating all our guest artists who have performed with us in past in our journey of dance productions. These guest artist are invited to come and perform with their own work. The talent that they perform are not taught by us. These are not our students either. They have their own dance/talent academy at some place/city or have their own group that they perform. We pick their performance piece dance based on our dance production.

These Guest Artist are local or new artists who have just stepped in the world of Indian Performing Arts or have just started performing.

It is our absolute honor to introduce them to our audiences and as well work with them.

guestartist20162016 : Dance of Gods : Adi-Shakti. 
Event : A fundraiser for CRY America showcasing Bharatanatyam, 
Bollywood, Indian Folk Dances. 
Fusion Dances by Elites in respective categories.
Guest Artist : 
Dancer : Meghna Murali, A Bharatanatyam dance presentation on Devi.
Singer : Mala Pydimari, Carnatic Singer.

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2017 : Jalso : Celebration of Life with Dance,
Event : Nritya Ki Masti, Navarasa in Bharatanatyam, 
Bollywood And Indian Folk Dances. 
A seperate presentation of Fusion Dances was also showed by our own 
students, elites-trained in 3 different dance forms/styles.
Guest Artist : 
Dancer : Easter Bunny.
Guestartist20182018 : ABCD - American Born Cultured Desi
Event : Participating fundraiser for a private foundation-Cqunce Inc.
Dances in Bharatanatyam, Bollywood & Indian Folk Dances 
featuring Festivals of India or celebrated by Indians outside India.
A special 11 minute tribute to Shahrukh Khan - King of Bollywood.
Exclusive Fusion Dances were showcased by our elites who are trained
in 2-3 different dance forms.
Guest Artists : 
Dances : 
Mishu Shashtri with her team for Bollywood Garba featuring Navratri.
Ritu Kharbanda with her team of Rang Barse duet featuring Holi.
Instruments :
Arjun Iyer (Middle Schooler, LISD School Band)-Clarinet & Keyboard.
Kedar Golvekar : Introducing Music for SRK Tribute on Guitar.
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2019 : Anantha-1 Dance Production. Special Presentations by Rinku Das for Kathak and Manipuri.

rinkumani22019 : Anantha-1 Dance Production.
Event : An Exclusive Dance Production featuring a full 
Bharatanatyam Margam,Copyright Dances in Bharatanatyam, 
Folk Dances of India featuring North, East, West & South India.
Special presentation by Elites for Fusion dances such as Swala Jathi,
Rabindra Nruthya. Fully trained in their own dances.
Guest Artist :
Dances : 
Rinku Das for Kathak Classical Dances
Rinku Das for Manipuri Classical Dances.
Singing :
Our own elite student-Ashna Pethe representing LISD choir.

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Anantha Dance Production Series

Anantha Dance Production Series…………..

Anantha-1, a dance production series showcasing beauty, elegance, creativity, as well as infinite possibilities of Bharatnatyam, Indian Folk Dances, Rabindra Nruthya, Manipuri And Kathak. All of this without forsaking fundamentals.

ananthaflyer2019Idea of Anantha was implanted in 2018 January when we had faced some challenges that opened doors to other possibilities. 

First announcements were made to public in various medias from Nov 2, 2018 and onwards. Every year it just happens that as Grace And Grooves LLC plan their annual programs/recitals and they come out so beautiful that it ends up in dance productions with and without dance-musical dramas.

But the idea of dance recital was not enough for Bharatnatyam and Indian Folk Students after getting ready for 30-45 mins with all that make-up and costume. These students were to be taught the possibilities within the dance form and show it off separately. So, Anantha Production Series it was!

With straight background comes unlimited (Anantha) creativity. Thus, the name of “Anantha” was given to this dance production series with each dance showcasing unlimited possibilities in each dance forms. The name and concept is inspired from several dance production houses or dance institutes like that of her mom, own teachers, formal gurus, dance exponents such as Daksha V Joshi, Mrinalini Sarabhai, Daksha M Joshi, Tanjore Brothers Original Margam, Kalakshetra Foundation, Natyavihar Kalakendra. This intense training of over 34 years has given a shape to Hetal’s own dance creations within exclusive Indian Dance Forms such as Bharatanatyam and Indian Folk Dances. Some dances have also received exclusive copyright permissions to republish under the name of Hetal Nagaraj and some have received competition awards early this year and years before as well. 

Anantha opened its door with Anantha-1 in 2019 to begin with on Jan 27, 2019 at Plano Courtyard Theater, Plano, Texas, USA from 330 PM to 730 PM and was a houseful event. The event was an introduction event to her elite students such as Ashna Pethe and The Setty Siblings who are in advance trainings from years now and Rinku Das-a budding artist of Dallas-Forth, Texas. These students roughly danced for more than 2 hours. In Anantha, their intern choreographers, performing teams got every opportunity to be creative under the supervision, direction of Hetal Nagaraj and yet feel challenged without forsaking fundamentals of each dance form. All of it with full safety on practicing it in the right way. It is not about perfection, it is about doing it right.

Hetal Nagaraj is artistic director of Grace And Grooves LLC.  This is her 4th dance program in a row showcasing A Grade Indian Dance Productions with each dance as a reflection of her experiences, trainings and now the degrees. It has been peculiarity of Hetal that her dances include Nritta, Natya and Nruthya as its basic components with balance of Tandav and Lasyam. Each dance of her has a name to define with its subject in the dance along with dance themes that are full of life, happiness, thankfulness, blessings and above all beautiful costumes that she herself designs. But, Anantha-1 is Hetal Nagaraj’s VERY FIRST exclusive dance production for Indian Dance Forms and A Tribute to Rabindranath Tagore Famous Literature and Poems which as a matter of fact matched to our production name. All the students had so much fun learning and practicing for Anantha-1 during their regular class hours itself and no additional class is required. It is not like you pay, you get to be part of it, and be done with it. It is what they have learned, they’ll showcase. 

No outside students were allowed to perform or take trainings or as part of freelance dancers. Even the guest artists are/were students of Grace And Grooves LLC enrolled in their exclusive programs. Anantha Dance Production Series is about Grace And Grooves LLC students and their team only. Hetal Nagaraj selects them for this dance production and not everybody is able to make it to her list.

We will always had a special guests like this time we had Rinku Das who will do their own dances and stick to our themes or request with their team or solo but they are our special guests.

From students who wanted the thrill got it covered along with students who wanted the fun of natyam alone still staying in their respective dance forms.

Who said dance forms are boring..Not at Grace And Grooves!

Congratulations to Students Samarth Setty(Age 11) and Tejawini(Adults) for completing their entire Bharatanatyam Margam in Anantha-1 by performing under the strict supervision, instruction and guidance of Mrs. Hetal Nagaraj. This was made possible by dancing back to back for straight 3 hours from Pushpanjali, Allaripu, Jatiswaram, Thillana, Group-Shabdam, Creative Bharatanatyam, Copyright Bharatanatyam Dance Pieces, and Rabindra Nruthya as well. This also means, that it can be very much called their own arangetram, if they choose not to do it as solo arangetrams, separately. 

This is Hetal Nagaraj’s 2nd round of completion of full margam from start to finish by teaching it to various students. At Grace And Grooves, we aim to make sure you understand everything you see while we are just doing our job. 

Every beautiful thing under this sky has a name and so do the dances. 

From the thrill of nritta, beauty as in lasyam, fun of natyam, devotion as in bhakti and tapasya as in training, power as in shakti of tandav and possibilities as in Anantha- the infinite and we are still in same dance form when we do it right!

Anantha-1 Dance Production was made possible by Dhamaal Events in association with Grace Effects ( Gopal S and Dinesh Kumar for photography and videography services).

Big Shout Out To These Young Teenagers who had their paid student assignments at Anantha-1. Aditya Sangole as our Sound Technician and Emcee Yashika Nabar for our Dance Production Anantha-1.

Anantha-2 Dance Production is next scheduled in March 2020.

Dates & Times Will Be Announced Shortly.

Call NOW because time and tides wait for none…. 972 979 2559.

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