World Dance Party has an amazing group of volunteer instructors that share their dance styles with the community and lead us all in simple routines at our parties. We’d like to honor our instructors for their contributions and give them a chance to tell us more about themselves and their dance backgrounds in a series of blog posts called “Meet the Dancers.”
Name: Suma Mondal
Where did you grow up?: Calcutta (Kolkata), India
What style of dance do you teach?: Indian (Classical, Folk & Bollywood)
What can you tell us about your dance style?: All Indian classical dance forms are the ‘mudras’ or hand gestures as a common language of expression, rhythmic flow of body movement, foot work keeping up with taal/beat with facial expression and were originally performed in the temples to entertain various Gods and Goddesses. As far as my classical training goes, I started learning at the age of 6 yrs and till today I am learning as well as teaching. I have learned various classical forms but my most favorite is Odissi, a dance of love, joy and passion. In Odissi, the lower part of the body works with the percussion while the upper part of the body with melody. My classical dance training has helped me to be flexible to perform folk, Bollywood, and other styles of dance.
Why do you love to dance?: I am a very shy person, but when I dance I feel I can express better and open up. Dance gives me the opportunity to be creative and is a great way to use my passion.
Tell us about your experience with WDP: Great! It’s a happy place I love to be. The sharing and all uniting in the name of dance is a great idea. Hope it grows from county to state to country to the world. It’s a great effort by the WDP team!
What are some of your other hobbies: Singing and cooking!
Is there anything else you’d like us to know about yourself?: I do take interest in social justice/humanitarian work. I am a part of the Equity and Inclusion Committee at Senior Services and look forward to leading the Immigrants’ group. I am glad that I have been able to connect my passion, interest, hobbies with my work and other activities.