About a month and a half ago, a friend of mine asked me if I wanted to be in her dance that she was choreographing for the Tufts Association of South Asians’ Annual Culture Show. The idea behind her choreography was to showcase the various periods of Bollywood style in time, essentially going from more of the traditional moves to the fusion moves we now see in most modern Bollywood movies.
Although, I was a bit iffy on committing to the dance and thereby also committing to dancing on a stage, I knew on the inside that it would be fun and that I should at least give it a try it. I think that for a lot of us, after we’ve been in a place for a considerable amount of time, our personalities start to turn into our reputations and our reputations start to guide our actions. In that sense, I mean that, for me personally, I feel like it gets more difficult to do something out of the ordinary because someone will always be making comments on that behavior and giving you looks of surprise. That’s kind of like how dance is for me. Nonetheless, I’m extremely glad that I decided to stick through it because it was an awesome experience, I met quite a few new friends, and I can totally see why other people are addicted to performing. There’s definitely a certain thrill with being on stage and showcasing the hard work you’ve put in to all of your friends.
I also have to give a huge shout out to my friend for putting this dance all together while being in like 5 other dances as well. I’m so amazed by how she was able to choreograph this dance, go to all her other practices, and still offer times to teach make up lessons to people who couldn’t make the original practice. Actually just so much respect for her and what she does. And not to forget about the dance or anything because the dance itself was so fun and full of energy that I wish I had a video of it to keep. When I asked other people what they thought of the dance after the show, some of them just plainly said that they wished they were up there dancing too because we just looked happy and like we were having such a great time, which was true. Especially in the last couple days before the show when we had to meet at like 12am or 8am to practice because that was the only time everyone could make it, I think it really made everyone bond and want to do really well and not disappoint our choreos. Not to say that all of us will still be friends after the show, but at least we could say we always had Culture Show ’15. I give this experience a 10/10 would do again.