HopStop: Diwali Dance Celebration
HopStop Family Workshop

Diwali Dance Celebration

with Nithya Ramesh
November 12

This event occurred as part of the 20/21 HopStops season. This is an archived view.

Dance together in preparation for India's festival of light.


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Diwali, India's biggest holiday, has become a national festival that is celebrated by both Hindu and non-Hindu communities. The festival's name comes from the row (avali) of clay lamps (deepa) that Indians light outside their homes, which symbolize the inner light that protects from spiritual darkness. As the holiday approaches, we invite you to get in the spirit with an Indian dance workshop taught by local dancer Nithya Ramesh. This 45-minute session for the whole family introduces several Indian dance styles, with basic steps from classical dance forms and from the folk dances gharba and bhangra. No prior dance experience or previous knowledge of Indian culture is required to participate.

Please wear clothes that allow you to move and be ready to dance barefoot. This class is recommended for ages 4 and up.

About Nithya Ramesh

Introduced to dance at the age of 6, Vidushi (an honorary title) Dr. Nithya Ramesh has over 25 years of experience and training. She received a scholarship from the Karnataka Sangetha Nritya Academy and has been felicitated by the Bangalore Fine Arts Appreciation Club for her contribution to the field of dance. A dancer and scholar of the classical Indian dance form Bharatanatyam, Nithya has performed about 300 shows around the world and currently teaches dance classes to students of all ages. Visit her website www.natyaroha.com to learn more. 

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