I’ve been looking forward to taking classes at the Rhody Center for a while. I finally signed up for what will hopefully be the first of many classes. Yesterday I was excited to take my first belly dance class. Kristen was very friendly and helpful. She took the movements slowly, broke them down and explained the mechanics. In addition, Kristen sought our input and geared the class toward our needs, making it indivialized. The added benefit was the small class size of wonderful, like minded people. I love the music, the dance space (colorful), the instructor, and the variation in styles (Arabic vs. Egyptian, etc.). Thank you for an amazing first experience and thank you Julie for hooking me up with a coin hip scarf. Can’t wait to spend next week learning more with everyone!
Nishtha has choreographed Bollywood fusion dances for children, young adults, and older individuals since 2004. She started dancing through cultural programs in her hometown, which exposed her to Dandiya Raas, Bhangra, Marathi folk, and classic Bollywood styles. She received formal training in the classical dance form, Bharata Natyam for over eight years. Nishtha performed with her undergraduate university’s bhangra team and was also captain of its Bollywood Fusion team. One of her favorite experiences has been teaching older Indo-Americans dance for the non-profit organization Jeevan Jyoti.
Nishtha’s classes generally start with a warm up session, a learning choreography session, and a cool down session. The music she chooses ranges from older, classic Bollywood songs to modern, upbeat Hindi and Bhangra music, to also modern reggaeton and hip hop. She loves to tailor her classes to her student’s interests and abilities, and encourages everyone to focus on having fun!