In the pre-pandemic days, you could hear the sound of jingles and the rhythmic tapping of feet in every street in Malleswaram, where dance schools are located. However, the pandemic has silenced that. But dance is being taught and it’s all virtual.
Madhu Nataraj, founder-director of the STEM Dance Company and
Kiran Subramanyam, of the Bharatnatyam duo Sandhya-Kiran, founders of the Rasika Academy of Performing Arts, says it’s not impossible but because it’s a performing art, it calls for a lot of structuring. “While adults are easy to handle, teaching children is challenging. Firstly, you have to break down each step minutely for them to understand. Secondly, you have to keep them occupied because they are at home and get distracted easily.” But the silver lining is that they have been able to reach out to people in US, UK, Australia, Singapore, Europe, along with India, for their workshops and conferences, says Sandhya.
Manu Srinavasan of Nupura School of
Minal Prabhu, founder of
It’s a new stage and dancers and teachers are dancing to a new beat.
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