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Get ready to be awed by the Kalavaridhi Dance School at the sixth annual Reading: A Family Affair (RAFA). The Kalavaridhi Dance School brings books to life through Bharatanatyam, an Indian classical dance form that dates back to 1000 B.C. RAFA will take place Saturday, March 24, 2012; it will run from 9:30 AM to 2:30 PM at the James Lee Community Center.
After training with Guru Bhanumati for over a decade, Sheela Ramanath moved to the United States and started her own dance school, Kalavaridhi, in 2001. Kalavaridhi is a Sanskrit word, meaning Ocean of Art. Sheela states: Art is like the ocean – boundless, mysterious, and intriguing. A lifetime is hardly sufficient to explore any art form to its fullest. The experience of art is truly humbling; the more you learn, the less you know. In art, the journey is itself the destination. Founding Kalavaridhi was the natural progression of Sheela’s artistic journey.
Sheela builds upon her gurus’ teaching methods, creatively adapting them to each student. Even in grouped settings, she coaches each student individually. Through lecture-demonstrations and illustrated recitals, she strives to mold young artists into versatile dancers. Following the traditional curriculum for Bharatanatyam, Sheela teaches both the theoretical as well as practical aspects at each level. She draws upon real-life comparisons to help communicate depth of feeling. A group of 8 to 9 senior Kalavaridhi students will be performing this March 24, 2012 at Reading: A Family Affair.
The Kalavaridhi Dance School will awe and dazzle you with their dramatic art of story-telling and pure dance movements. Come watch their dramatic hand gestures, and elaborate eye and neck movements. At they pat their feet, you’ll enter into a new and enchanted world that only the Kalavaridhi Dance School could create.
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