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Despite beginning to learn Kathak just two years ago, the title “May Student of the Month” goes to Marina Alexander.  Even though she has been learning Bharatanatyam since third grade, she began gaining exposure to Kathak in college, eventually motivating her to seek classes with a teacher. Since then, her interest has grown to incorporate hip hop and more modern forms of dance as well. Marina enjoys to flexibility of Kathak used in collaboration with a variety of dance forms, especially Bollywood. An added bonus is Kathak’s footwork. It wasn’t until Marina was older and became aware of the history behind classical dance, that it became moremeaningful than just having fun with classmates. Now, even working full-time, she finds time to practice and does not listen to society when they tell her it’s time to give up on something. Coming all the way from Poughkeepsie has forced Marina to put the most into each session and add the extra effort while practicing, reminding herself that in the future, she does not want to regret not taking dance more seriously. Marina likes remaining active in general, always going on runs or lifting weights at the gym. She also loves to hang out with her loved ones and travel often.

 

Beginning Kathak fairly recently has allowed her the opportunity to perform in two shows and view one live show, yet that one live show is her favorite memory of Kathak.

written by: Sahana Dhama


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The title “April Student of the Month” goes to Shreya Sondhi for her hard work and impeccable behavior.  Starting dance only about a year and half ago, Shreya has already performed twice and made a large amount of progress.  In Kathak, Shreya especially enjoys tihais, but she also loves learning new Bollywood songs. Her favorite moment so far was the time she performed her favorite song Kala Chashma.  She loved the whole experience as she described it as exciting and said that it is the audience that motivates her to work harder. Shreya is currently striving to perfect her eight beat chakkars and build her stamina, but when she’s not dancing, she likes to do karate and softball.

 

She loves dogs and cheetahs and always enjoys walking her two dogs.  Shreya also plays with her older sister all the time who she looks up to as a role model and knows she can always turn to her for help.  In school, her favorite subject is art where she doesn’t have a preferred medium and she also likes to play outside.  Shreya would describe herself as someone who can be shy and likes to try new things like softball, which she has just started learning recently.  She loves the outdoors, playing with her two dogs and fish, hide and seek, and dolls.

 

Apart from the wonderful improvement in her dance, Shreya has a unique passion and enthusiasm that has earned her the title of this month’s Student of the Month.

written by: Bhakyasri Dhama

Our Student of the Month for March is Tanishka Raj. Tanishka started dancing from the young age of 5 and started Kathak when she was 8 after falling in love with Preya Auntie’s teaching style and the realization that she wanted to do something that expresses her culture. In the two short years that Tanishka has been a part of Vivarta Arts, she has fallen in love with Kathak, and especially enjoys doing todas and chakkars. She considers her tihais to be her greatest skill.  Her favorite performance was her group performance of Kala Chashma.     While Tanishka loved this performance, she prefers items where she is able to showcase her Kathak skills.

 

Tanishka also has a passion for ballet, lyrical, hip hop, playing chess, drawing, and creating bracelets and bath bombs. Her proudest moments in her dance experience was when her competition team won gold and platinum titles in competition. For Kathak, specifically, it is learning new todas and perfecting them. Tanishka aims to have a Rang Pravesh and become a professional dancer when she becomes older. Her hard work and perseverance also transfers into her work at school, where she  loves art and math. She is motivated by her family and Preya Auntie who always push her to be the best she can be, and it is through her passionate and optimistic personality that she has earned this month’s Student of the Month.

written by: Aisvaryaa Dhama

Ovi started Kathak a year ago after previously learning Bollywood and ballet.  In her short time here, Ovi has worked hard every chance she has accomplished so much.  Ovi is just ten years old and has already performed once so far.  She described the experience to be thrilling and exhilarating although she enjoys all the other aspects of Kathak as well.  Ovi loves absolutely everything about todas, from speaking and counting them on her hands, to even dancing them.  She has already perfected the first set that she learned and can hardly wait to learn more, but she also enjoys the Vakra Tunda and learning songs.  Ovi admires the fact that through learning Kathak, she also has the chance to learn more about her culture which is one of the reasons she started it in the first place.  She hopes that through her hard work she will finish the last speed of tatkaar and is excited to learn more Bollywood and folk style songs too.

 

Apart from dance, Ovi also enjoys playing the piano and reading a good book.  She loves learning about history in school where she is a fifth-grader.  She is motivated by her family, but it’s her optimistic and passionate personality that has earned her the title of student of the month.

written by: Bhakyasri Dhama

Sia began Bollywood style dance at 5, which she did for three years before switching to semi-classical dance for two years, before realizing that the Kathak part was her favorite. She began Kathak with Vivarta Arts at the age of 10, and even though it has been only two years, she is absolutely in love with everything about Kathak, from the way it is presented to the outfits for shows to the ghungroos or even just tatkaar (basic footwork).

Her musical and athletic hobbies include tennis, which she loves but not as much as Kathak, swimming, playing the cello and singing, even being a part of All County Chorus. Her proudest moment in all of her dance experience was being mentioned in a newspaper and a local news channel after receiving a Certificate of Recognition after performing in the Annual India Republic Day celebration in 2016. For Kathak, specifically, it is passing the first quiz with a near perfect score, the first of many steps in order to achieve her long term goal, a Rang Pravesh. The motivating factor behind this goal is none other than Preya Auntie herself, who inspires Sia to work harder every day. Her love for Kathak also transfers to school, where she especially loves Art, ELA, Science and French, even volunteering to teach French with her mother. That showcases her best quality: compassion or selflessness in a way; Sia always feels better when she makes someone feel happy.

 

With consistent hard work and a positive attitude towards her work and her peers, Sia has earned herself the title of Student of the Month!

written by: Sahana Dhama

Proud of our student of the month for November 2020, Misbah Jivani... Despite only beginning Kathak four years ago and because her mom told her too, Misbah has already performed in around eight shows and has grown to love Kathak more than she could have imagined. She enjoys dancing and learning about everything, from tatkaar and chakkars to the ghungroos themselves. Her favorite part of Kathak is dancing to songs and performing in shows. In fact, one of Misbah’s proudest moments took place right after her first show (also  her first time on a stage) when she got praised by her mom and dad. Misbah’s long term goal is to have a Rang Pravesh (classical dance graduation), just like her role model, one of Preya Auntie’s senior students, Inaya.

Besides dance, Misbah still enjoys swimming, which she began when she was one, and playing tennis, which she began when she was four. In addition to enjoying athletics, she loves school, especially the reading part of class. Misbah is a very talented student, and she has the ability to continuously love something no matter what, and that has always been her attitude towards Kathak.   

Showing tremendous effort, attitude and improvement, Misbah has earned herself the title of Student of the Month!

written by: Sahana Dhama

Proud to announce our student of the month for March 2020, Savi Mehta. Savi brings another level of liveliness to the class, being our class clown at times, however she has also shown great interest and commitment to her dancing skills.

 

Beginning with jazz dance at the age of three, Savi has a long athletic and musical history which includes singing, playing the viola, guitar and piano, tennis, basketball, hip hop, ballet and jazz, and Kathak.

 

Kathak has provided her the ability to make new friends; fond memories of getting ready for shows with her dance friends, dancing at these shows and rushes of excitement gained from looking out at the audience. Despite the excitement of performing at various shows, Savi’s proudest moments remain in successfully learning and memorizing large amounts of both practical and theory materials.

 

Savi’s athletic ability further developed when she joined her current basketball team, Level Up, and began playing softball. In addition to being extremely athletically gifted, her academic talent is challenged in Project Beyond, her school’s version of an advanced class, containing all the subjects squashed into forty-five minutes. She especially loves learning about the brain and physics. One of Savi’s best qualities is her determination and perseverance; her ability and desire to complete anything she begins.

written by: Sahana Dhama

Our Star Student of the Month of February 2020 is Aisvaryaa Dhama.  Aisvaryaa has been playing the role of an intern by helping out in and out of class with both clerical work as well as helping out other students. She has shown a great interest in dance and keeps a positive attitude in her learning. 

A little about Aisvaryaa...
Beginning with ballet at the age of six, Aisvaryaa has a varied dance history, including hip hop and Bhartnatyam, before she finally discovered Kathak which she began at the age of nine.  She was driven by nothing besides pure passion and has surpassed all expectations placed on her. She has performed at various events, including family functions, community events and a variety of other dance shows. At one of the dance shows she performed in, her dance was voted to be the best liked.

Aisvaryaa continues to excel at not only Kathak, but at school as well, demonstrating her ability to achieve anything she sets her mind to. She is determined to be part of Wheatley High School’s National Honor Society and her athletic ability also shows in tennis, in which she has moved from Junior Varsity Doubles One to Junior Varsity Singles One to Varsity alternate in just one year. Additionally, she is skilled in computer graphics and creates flyers and posters to her liking. One of Aisvaryaa’s best qualities is her perseverance; her longing to be the best she can be. Aisvaryaa has evolved, not only as a dancer, but as a talented, bright, young woman.

written by: Sahana Dhama

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