“I dance to express, not to impress.”
Every artist has their medium and the dance floor is mine! Born and raised in America to two amazing parents who always encouraged my creativity allowed me to blend my indian roots into the perfect fusion with my western influence. 🇺🇸🇮🇳 Fusion dance has taught me to BREAK DOWN barriers and FUSE MY CULTURAL ROOTS instead of living a “double life.” I have been able to share my art with so many people who weren’t familiar with Bhangra, Bharatnatyam, Bollywood and teach them about the rich Indian culture that MAKES ME ME! 🤗It has allowed me to grow as a person as I understand myself better, and I can ARTICULATE MY PURPOSE to others much more effortlessly. I dance because I am able to COMMUNICATE in a way that no other art form can—- viscerally, energetically, visually, poetically. It is no wonder that so much research supports various art forms as treatment options to delay the progression of neurological pathologies such as Parkinson’s Disease. 👩🏻⚕️
I am so blessed to have a support system that encourages my exploration through movement & motor control....my body blended with a rhythmic purpose in multi-planar patterns. 💃🏻It disheartens me, however, that so many other women receive such backlash for dancing. It is so backwards to fill young artists with insecurities, doubt and limitations bc of judgements. 🤦🏻♀️We can all benefit by realizing that our thoughts, vision, words, and expressions are a reflection of our OWN selves. Seeing dance as promiscuous or demeaning is more of a reflection of how you think rather than the art itself. 🤔Instead, I challenge you to choose to value the creativity and elegance of the art. Find the beauty in it! I feel it is my job to refurbish the backwards mindset, lift people higher, and continue to encourage fellow artists to break down barriers and diminish judgement. 👊🏽💪🏽If you are someone who finds joy in tearing others down... please rethink your purpose. We should be building each other up.
So here is my message —> JUST GIVE LOVE to others and strive to FIND THE BEAUTY in things in life.... it is absolutely LIBERATING🧘🏻♀️💃🏻💛🤗💗🌏
The nene (Hawaiian goose) is one step closer to recovery.
Sixty years ago there were fewer than 30 nene left in the world. Today, after decades of collaborative conservation efforts among federal, state, NGOs and local partners, the Hawaiian Goose, or nene, is one step closer to recovery. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is proposing to downlist the Hawaiian goose from endangered to threatened.
Learn more at https://goo.gl/u99GkS
Photo by G. Kramer/USFWS