In January 2016, 19 artists converged at the Calangute Beach Resort for 8 days of dancing, playing music, thinking, feeling, creating, eating and sleeping art. All of this on the banks of the Arabian Sea, leaves one wondering if it could possibly get any better than this? Kathak dancer/teacher Joanna de Souza was joined by the wonderful dancer/scholar, Pallabi Chakravorty for this incredible learning and bonding experience. This is by far the best way to grow and deepen relationships in our extending Kathak family, with artists from Canada, the US, Australia, Mumbai and Pune all dancing together! To wrap up the week, we presented (to a sold out audience!) an intimate concert at Art Chamber, featuring Toronto dancers Tippi Chai, Sucheta Heble, Mish Dirlea, Crystal D’Silva, Maya Chandarana, Natasha Lalji, Vibhu Sharma, Ameera Nimjee and Naaila Sangrar. Stellar musicians Santosh Naidu, Ian de Souza, Anita Katakkar, Tej Hunjan, Shawn Barry and Joanne Fernandes created magic for both the concert and the retreat! AMAZING…. Special mention goes out to contemporary dancer extraordinaire, Misty Wensel who created a seminal new solo work for the evening at Art Chamber.
Our retreat site and tech rehearsal at Art Chamber
Its hard to believe how quickly this year has passed, but we have been filling our time wisely! Classes at the Bickford Centre, downtown Toronto have been very exciting; each one filled with the sounds of live tabla, sitar, harmonium, ghungru, and class recitation! Many thanks to our wonderful musicians Santosh Naidu, Priyank Thatte, Shawn Barry, Anita Katakkar and Robin Kalnin, who give so much of their time and expertise. The true essence and life blood of kathak is shared with live music, and it is such an additional teaching inspiration. Thank you all!
Our Scarborough school has grown exponentially this year, and could not be sustained with such joy and expertise, without the dedicated additional teaching skills of Chad Walasek. Thanks so much to parents and students for your continued support of our work and the artistic growth of all involved.
The Fall of 2015, added a Brampton school to our roster, and we have a committed and growing group of young children, teens and adults who attend classes each Saturday afternoon. Chad Walasek, as teacher for this school, continues to inspire and bring deep dedication to the classes.
I am so excited to experience what 2016 can bring for our community.
..the path of kathak is ever expanding…
5 glorious gals rock on in daring dance works!
November 13-15, 2015
Julia Aplin in Zolla (excerpt)
performed with reknowned accordionist Tiina Kiik
Laurence Lemieux in Over Lockerbie
with music by John Cage
Sara Porter in VerbTenseDance
Joanna de Souza in Viveka
with original music by Andrea Koziol and
Ian de Souza
See CHHANDAM Dance Company in their newest work, Colour of Transcendence, with original music by Ian de Souza and Santosh Naidu. Part of Angikam’s Kathak Seminar and Conference, happening at the Citadel, 304 Parliament St. Toronto. Friday September 25.
Conference runs September 25-27, 2015. This great initiative will bring kathak lovers, dancers, choreographers and teachers together like never before in the country! Thanks to Deepti Gupta for this wonderful initiative, and growing of our communities! Register now! https://www.facebook.com/angikamdance?fref=ts
Thanks to the great video artistry of Shawn Barry, our dedicated Youtube channel is expanding rapidly! Please subscribe to it for more videos from M-DO School of Kathak Dance Toronto.
Our Fall 2015 class schedule is prepped and ready to go. We are all very excited to re-visit our strong and growing communities in Scarborough and downtown Toronto, and are really looking forward to growing our newest dance community in Brampton! Much thanks to our dedicated West End teacher Chad Walasek for his continued passion and dedication to this amazing art form!
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REGISTRATION IS STILL OPEN!
On Sunday June 7, our entire Kathak family came together for a wonderful performance at the Fairview Library Theatre. My mantra for the month preceding the recital was ‘Tayar and Community': in other words, Be as prepared as possible, and Acknowledge the many ways Kathak belongs to people in our community. Everyone danced beyond their personal bests, and a great time was had by all!
Dancers from 5 – 55 participated and with our many, many volunteers, the afternoon flowed seamlessly.
Special thanks to Chad for all his effort in the West End classes, Ian and Santosh for all the beautiful music created (and for running the show!), Shawn and George for capturing everything on video, Maya for volunteer coordination, Katja for running front of house, Priyank for photographs in this blog, and all others who made this memorable event happen!
More pictures from our Facebook album:
We are creating a library of film clips that document and animate the nuance of style, the passion, diversity and joy within our dance and music family at M-DO/KathakToronto. Check them out on our FaceBook page.
Many thanks to film maker Shawn Barry.
Shawn Barry is a 30 year creative industry veteran, and the owner and Creative Director of a boutique Toronto agency called Booster Rocket Media. Educated as a fine artist, graphic designer and film maker, Shawn’s passion is bringing subtle moments to life, through the lens of his Canon 5D camera, both in video and stills.