Dance – The Moving Bridge

I have always had an affinity for Indian everything: music, food, art, sculpture, and especially people. Therefore, it was a lovely treat to have Ousha and Mukund visit the Dancing Heart at Ebenezer Day Program last Friday. Ousha and Mukund are from India and speak little English, and yet hold superior mastery in the language of the heart.

When I saw them sitting in our dance circle with their traditional Indian clothing, looking curious and a bit anxious about what might be taking place in this group that they wandered into, I was excited to share my favorite Indian music, feeling sure that it would put them at ease.  Sure enough, as they heard their native tongue sung poetically in the middle of winter in Minnesota, you could feel the spirit and heart of these kind folks, begin to melt.

Mukund’s eyes sparkled as he excitedly said, “Hindi!”  The two began to move freely, moving their arms and hands with the traditional Indian wrist spiral upward and around.  When I asked if they knew any traditional Indian footwork they could teach us, Mukund replied, “No training, no dance,” implying that without proper training, one did not attempt the intricate patterns of Indian footwork.  However, no training did not stop the couple from dancing fully in unison with the group for an hour and a half as we moved on from our Indian music and got funky with Aretha Franklin and sultry with salsa.

Once again, the spirit of dance creating a moving bridge for cultural distance, uniting hearts as one.

Namaste, Nancy


The mission of Kairos Dance Theatre is to transform and revitalize individuals and communities. We work with older adults in intergenerational settings to liberate the healing power of interactive dance and story. We achieve our mission by engaging the skills of professional teaching artists.

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