Morning Masala Dance Fitness – LIVE ONLINE, INTERACTIVE with Tara Pandeya

Wednesdays 10:45 – 11:45 am (HST)

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Starting June 3, 2020

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‘Morning Masala’

‘Masala’ means a mix of hot spices in Hindi. The class exemplifies this word; it is a fun, high energy cardio-based dance fitness class that borrows dance vocabulary from ‘Bhangra’ (Indian folk style) and party dance styles from Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, and Afghanistan. Tara introduces movements to warm up and cool down. The class starts with strengthening exercises, finishes with lengthening stretches and is accompanied by a unique mix of infectious soundtracks from the eastern world.

Join us for an energized morning of dance fitness!


Tara Pandeya

The daughter of a dancer, Tara Pandeya has gained world recognition as a dance performer, teacher and choreographer, as well as a scholar and cultural activist dedicated to the promotion of dance forms from Central Asia. Tara worked as a principal dancer with Cirque du Soleil and is the first westerner to perform with Lola, the National Ensemble of Tajikistan. Tara has performed & created dance programming in over 35 countries. 

She balances her work as a practitioner with theoretical work, conducting dance research through the Rockefeller Foundation & CECArtslink in Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, East Turkestan, Pakistan, India and Russia. Most recently, she has created original dance works for UNESCO, the Bauhaus Festival & at Royal Albert Hall. Tara holds an MA in Dance Anthropology from London’s Roehampton University and is a 2019-20 Fulbright Scholar. Her solo work has been featured on BBC, in the New York Times and in Dance Magazine.

Dancing with Tara, you will also gain an understanding of folklore and cultural traditions through dance gestures, aesthetic theories, musicality and intention. Along with gaining exposure to traditional dance practices through a system of ‘kinetic orality’, you will also learn to analyze your own movement patterns and ways of moving in your unique anatomy.

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