We are back with a bang!!!!!!!!! World of dance is proud to be a part of SaYog Dance Company. This dance company is collaboration of Ms Yogita Kulkarni who is a Bharata Natyam exponent living in Sunnyvale CA and moi, Sayali Goswami representing Kathak. So here is to new beginnings and new partnerships…….Stay tuned to know what’s going on at SaYog Dance Company. We will keep you all updated on our new productions and works in progress. Till then keep on dancing,
Sayali and Yogita
Directors ( SaYog Dance Company)
When it rains ,it pours….. That’s the story of my life . When I began this new journey in the world of dance couple of weeks back little did I know things would not be as easy as I thought. I have been part of big productions , I also have the experience of working at logistical level on many of them. But its far easy to work on someone else’s preconceived idea and plan, then coming up with yours. My ever so creative mind which works overtime ( my husband says so) suddenly came to a halt when I decided to come up with an idea for my own production. This every mind helped many make their dream reality went on strike when it was my turn. All the ideas that came to my mind felt so mundane like’ been there done that’ kind. Is this what they call panic attack. So here is what my creative team and me came up after our very first brain storming sessions. We decided to not use the already told thousands of time stories or concepts. We are going to write or own life stories . Hmm that brings in a new problem for me… My creativity is still of strike, I seem to hate every idea that comes to my mind :( But hi there is a silver lining to every cloud … In all these new developments I had some personal victories. I got myself a personal trainer and am getting back to my best shape ever. Often we dancers forget how much we need that extra help in keeping our bodies in top shape. I am also getting an opportunity to work with children again. I always felt my creative best when I worked with children back home. Children are great inspiration and they also teach us to loosen up and live life a little bit. So am looking forward to my dancing sessions with them….And yep my resolution for the month of August is to be more regular on my Blog :)..baby steps at a time…
I started my journey in the world of dance at a very tender age of 6. From then to now it has been a long journey of 23 years, and I still miles to go and lots to achieve. Like everyone else I have had my ups and downs. I wonder what would I have been if not a dancer? As a young child and later a teenager , dance for me was a mode of recreation. A hobby and nothing more. Never thought I would go professional. I would look forward to go to my dance classes to escape to the daily routine of school and homework and exams. It was not until I met my dance teacher Smt Uma Dogra, that I thought I had it in me be a professional. However for only someone who had only danced for her own pleasure, this transition was not an easy one. Like any other profession the world of dance has its competitive spirit. You have to be in your best shape,put in hours of practice and be at the top of your game at all times. It did take its emotional toll on me. Sometimes I just want to give it all up, since all my hard work was not mounting to much in comparison to all my friends who have chosen conventional profession. During these trying times my support were my family and my duet partner Sarita. We danced together but there was never a sense on competitiveness between us like many other duet partners. We complimented each other well and always played on each others strength and tried to compensate for each others weakness. People said we had amazing chemistry, but what we really had was a friendship and respect for each other which still going strong today ( she moved to UK and I moved to USA after marriage). After Sarita moved to UK I began to feel the lull again. I felt my dance had become mechanical and stagnated. I was getting to comfortable in what I had established for myself. I had my students and performed with my teachers troop in India and Internationally. I began to get complacent. Life threw me a curve ball. I had to relocate to USA after marriage and start from scratch. For the first year of my marriage I decided to take time off from dance. But as the year went by I realised I was afraid of starting from scratch. This time around I did not have my teacher or Sarita to advice on how to go about things. I began to find various reasons not to dance. But whenever I saw an amazing piece of choreography I would feel sad inside. I missed dance. This was my true test as a dancer. To survive outside my comfort zone. This new struggle has brought in a fresh breath of life into my dance. I discovered the creative side of me I thought I never had, like writing this blog which has been my connection to the world of dance for past few months. Now I am moving to create my vision through dance. I will be documenting each step I take for my readers. I have set a goal of putting together a extravagant dance production that will go on stage one year from now. You, my readers will be part of this journey. So wish me luck for my first brain storming session this evening with my creative team.