From the very moment I could stand on two legs, I’ve been dancing! Since the age of four my journey of dance has been fast paced and glorious, much like the Kandian (traditional Sri Lankan) style of movement which I have learnt from an early age. I’ve been passionately participating in many cultural performances for; the Sri Lankan Community, local temple concerts, wedding receptions, and other events organised by different communities in Brisbane. Although Kandian was my first style, my true love is for the Classical Indian dance that is Bharatha Natyam.
I fell in love with this dance form when I saw the beautiful costumes, the intricate footwork, hand movements and the stories they portrayed in the dances. As this classical art form is mainly about the devotion to Hindu Gods I found it a little challenging, especially the language barrier, as the songs are either in Tamil or Ancient Sankirt. Despite that little hurdle, I love this art form and will continue to do so until my knees give way. Our dance school was also given the opportunity to perform for the Indian Prime Minister Mr Narenda Modi at the G20 held in Brisbane 2014 which will be a memorable experience in my dance journey.
I joined Dance Masala in 2014 to see what Bollywood dance was really about. I love going to these classes as they are challenging as well as jam packed with fast paced steps and intricate handwork. Drea brings the fun in Bollywood. Her choreography is friendly for all types of people, whether you have danced before, or never knew what Bollywood dance was all about, it is a fun atmosphere. My all-time favourite Bollywood actress is Aishwarya Rai. Her moves and facial expressions were what motivated me to also join Dance Masala and experience real Bollywood Dancing.
I can’t wait to see where Dance Masala takes me on my journey of dance…