As I reflect back on 2018, I know that starting Kaavya Performing Arts was one of my greatest accomplishments. Dancing is, was, and always will be my passion. Recently, I remembered a quote that some of my students shared with me when I first began choreographing competitively many years ago.
“Whoever thought sunshine brought happiness has never danced in the rain.”
Reflecting back to my childhood, I feel so lucky that I had a mother and a father who loved Indian arts and music and put me in dance classes at the age of 3. Dancing was my happy place. I felt strong and confident anytime I would be on stage. I learned structure and discipline, and gained long lasting friendships and a love for Indian culture.
After becoming a mother, I knew I wanted to share my love for dance and Indian culture with the next generation, just as my parents had done for me. We just finished our first dance session at Kaavya and had our first recital — I couldn’t be more proud of these kids, most of whom had never danced before. It was a pleasure watching their confidence grow with each class. I loved how they would run in every week and catch me up on their lives since the last time I saw them. I can’t believe how well they performed, and without any fear, after just 8 simple weeks.
I am so excited to continue this journey and help all my students develop a love of performing arts as deep as mine. Here’s to 2019– this year, I hope each of you gets to experience the pure bliss of dancing in the rain!