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The face says it all

I am 29 years old and have learned Kathak upto the fifth year. I had to drop out due to professional reasons but I always had the urge to pursue it. Now that I teach school students in the evenings, I have the mornings free for dancing and would like to take up Western dance. Which are the institutes where I can learn? I live in the suburbs but any centre in the city will be alright for me.

       Dipanwita Banerjee

I’m afraid I don’t know about very many schools in the city. There’s SDIPA (Shiamak Davar’s Institute for the Performing Arts), Padatik, Vive la Salsa, Salsa India and of course, my class. I’m sure there are many more that I don’t know about. Also, I can’t give you details about all the courses they offer. But you can check them all out. I am sure you will have no problem finding one that suits you.

I have been learning Western dance for almost two years now. I dance well, but am confused about one point. I have seen Indian classical dancers using very vibrant facial expressions, but I’m unsure about the use of expressions in Western dance forms. Am I supposed to smile or have any other expression or should my face be flat?


Whatever be the dance form, it’s very annoying to watch a dancer with a deadpan expression on her face. If I went to watch a dance and there were two performers, one of whom was a brilliant dancer but had no expression on her face, I’d get bored. I’d rather keep my eyes on the dancer who seemed to be enjoying herself and seemed involved with the music and performance.

Having said that, the expression must depend on the genre of dance and, more importantly, the lyrics. So match your expression with the mood of the music.

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