30th April 2024

‘Talking, Thinking, Dancing’ Artist Training: The Impact

Sampad, alongside FABRIC, recently hosted an artist training session titled “Talking, Thinking, Dancing,” curated by renowned dance artist Sooraj Subramaniam. With a focus on South Asian dance educators, the event promised a blend of classical tradition and contemporary expression, offering industry professionals a unique opportunity to expand their creative horizons.

Participants were invited to delve into the intricacies of creativity, personal style, and the exploration of new techniques. Attendees ‘found immense value in discussing how to maintain individuality while embracing new forms of expression.’ Sooraj’s insights, drawn from his diverse background spanning Bharatanatyam, Odissi, and classical ballet, resonated deeply with the participants, enriching their understanding of artistic evolution.

The event not only offered valuable learning experiences but also fostered a sense of community among dance educators. Networking sessions provided a platform for sharing insights and experiences, giving the attendees the opportunity to connect with like-minded professionals, forging meaningful relationships that could potentially lead to future collaborations. Participants also had the chance to meet the Yuva Gati team and gain insights into the national training scheme for South Asian dance.

The overwhelming positive feedback underscores the success of “Talking, Thinking, Dancing” as a platform for growth, learning, and cultural exchange within the dance community. We eagerly anticipate future artist training endeavours that continue to push the boundaries of artistic exploration and innovation.

About Yuva Gati

Yuva Gati (‘Youth Movement’) was launched in January 2009 in partnership with FABRIC as the national South Asian dance strand of the CAT (Centre for Advanced Training) programme.

The programme provides intensive dance training that includes, but is not limited to styles such as Bharatanatyam, Kathak, Bhangra, Bollywood, Kandyan, Nepalese, plus more. Applications to join Yuva Gati are open to all young people aged 11 to 18 across the UK. All levels of experience within South Asian dance practices are invited to apply.