#DIAP14 Day One: June 7th

This year, the third international edition of Dance India takes place in Singapore, presented by Milapfest’s Singapore partners Apsaras Arts, with Esplanade and supported by National Arts Council Singapore. A new #DIAP14 series of articles on the Milapfest blog will tell some of the stories of this Asia Pacific edition of our international school.

Day One Diary: June 7th

Warm up sessions are lead by our faculty tutors, and we start early at 8am with Mythili Prakash’s style of warm up and exercise routine. Preparing the dancers for the day ahead, tailored movements helped to give our participants ideas on some of the basic processes of our professionals. Conditions are humid and oppressive, and it’s clear that the day ahead will be draining physically, as well as a mental and spiritual challenge!

There are five core groups at Dance India Asia Pacific and after the morning warm up, our school split into small groups, and spread out to their own corners of the Goodman Arts Centre campus:

  • Odissi with Madhavi Mudgal
  • Kathak with Gauri Diwakar
  • Bharatnatyam Intermediate with Mythili Prakash
  • Bharatnatyam Intermediate with Sheejith Krishna
  • Bharatnatyam Advanced with Lakshmi Vishwanathan
  • Bharatnatyam Teachers Training Course with the Dhananjayans


The first workshop is on Dance and Nature, by Lakshmi Vishwanathan

A core technique class in the morning for all participants, is followed by a repertoire class, in which we begin to share ideas on a piece of dance through which they can channel their learning. One highlight of the day was a dance workshop for a group of wonderfully energetic young students, all at very early stages and from 5 years old upwards. As part of the Teachers Training Course, the Dhananjayans taught our participants through a live practical example of how to capture the interest, attention and enjoyment of very young Bharatnatyam students, through theatre, interaction and storytelling. The first workshop of Dance India, on “Dance and Nature” was delivered by Lakshmi Vishwanathan, in which she shared her ideas on how dancers can extend and apply Abhinaya of the elements and our natural surroundings to help tell stories and portray emotions.

Dance India Asia Pacific on Facebook

Dance India participants are from all over Singapore and from other parts of Asia too. Find out more about one of them each day with a quick Participant Profile here on the #DIAP14 blog!

Dance India Asia Pacific takes place from 6th to 13th June in Singapore, and Dance India UK is from 25th July to 1st August in Liverpool. Archana Shastri (Head of Dance Development) and Alok Nayak (Director of Development) will be reporting from Singapore. Follow their updates on this blog, and on Milapfest’s  instagramtwitter and facebook at #DIAP14. For further information on Dance India, please contact +44 (0) 151 291 3949 or info@milapfest.com.

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