Love Life, Love Style, Preet Style
Dance has always been an integral part of my life ever since I was a young girl. I studied ballet for at least 9 nine years of my schooling life commencing around the age of 6 or 7, attending classes twice a week and preparing for the Royal Academy of Dance (United Kingdom) exams. I was always classically trained, and my only regret was that I never took it very seriously. It was only in the later years when I was in Grade 6 onwards that I started to appreciate the beauty and discipline this art form required. I am thankful I completed the entire children’s syllabus and passed the Grade 8 Award examination. I had only just commenced the Pre-Elementary syllabus involving pointe work when I mysteriously fractured my ankle. Although it was only a hair line fracture, I never really completely returned to ballet after that. However, the love of dance still remains with me to this day.
Although I have been trained in classical ballet which is a western art form, I have always been intrigued by the eastern styles of dance especially the traditional form of Kathak. I love the costumes and accessories accompanying this style and most of my inspiration I have to admit has come from Bollywood. I LOVE Anarkali suits and I love traditional ethnic Indian wear. A lady who teaches kathak recently told me that ballet and kathak are related forms of art and knowing ballet makes it easier to learn kathak. I thought that was extremely interesting and it made my heart jump a little in excitement 🙂 It has always been a dream of mine to intensively train and then present a dance combining the two simply beautiful forms of art, wearing something exquisitely designed by an Indian designer. Perhaps one day in the very near future 🙂