Ramya- Volunteer Dance Teacher at Girlstown

I had the pleasure recently of volunteering at the Chennai Girlstown Program. The girls were INCREDIBLY JOYFUL AND FRIENDLY when I arrived, each one shaking my hand and introducing themselves to me in English.

I am a Flamenco dancer so I decided it might be fun to do a Flamenco class with them. Well, the girls took to Flamenco dancing the way race horses take to running! These girls had so much rhythm and grace and excellent attention in class. Even without proper music or shoes the girls learned some Flamenco songs and a short dance in no time. They were even able to do a short Flemenco recital (with simple Flamenco costumes and everything!) at their Christmas party.

The highlight for me, though, was seeing the girls do their Indian dances to both Indian Classical and Indian pop music. The girls were FANTASTIC and I wanted to steal all of their cool steps! They were excellent choreographers as well. I am hoping to come back to Chennai with proper Flamenco music next visit and form the Arut Perum Jyothi Dance Company!

Love & Grace Light,
Ramya, Los Angeles, CA

1 Comment

  • By Bilva Peck, April 29, 2010 @ 2:31 pm

    This is a fabulous community of people who work with the most disadvantaged in South India. I have supported this work for a few years now and I am just so impressed with the level of care, love, and high expectations for these wonderful bright young children. They all look so very happy,healthy, and smart. I am so touched to see what these volunteers are doing.

    Tripura has my love, prayers, and support!

    Bilva Peck

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