I move to express my thoughts and feelings, I move using my entire body to feel energised and safe, I move to experience joy and bliss, I move to tell captivating stories of our past, present and future, I move because I am a Dancer..
When one hears the beautiful sayings such as; Dancing is like dreaming with your feet, Dancing is like listening to my heart beat and dancing is the hidden language of the soul and I look across and see the sparkle and radiance of a being that speaks with her body, that resonates what her mind and soul experiences. I believe these sayings when I had the privilege in meeting Durban based Dancer Sureka Singh.
Sureka is a professionally trained Indian Classical Bharatanatyam and Contemporary Dancer and Teacher. She has benefitted from an illustrious career in the arts for the past 25 years and had the opportunity of studying the art of Bharatanatyam under the tutorage of Shrimati Savitri Naidoo and Shrimati Balasundari Prathalingam of India. Today, Sureka is the proud principal and director of Bharata Bhavan, a successful dance institution which was founded in Durban in 1992. It has always been a process of learning and growing for me and she believes that her greatest achievement as a teacher of Bharatanatyam is realizing that she is an eternal student. Listening to Sureka speak of her art is one of the most inspiring conversations I have had. She says, 'Dance has been my strength, comfort and place of safety for all of my years exploring this beautiful art. It has molded me into the women I have become and I can proudly say that it is because of Dance that I have derived my confidence, dedication, discipline and devotion to not only to the art but to all aspects of my life. I wish to always experience moments of bliss that only the Arts can provide and contributing that experience to the Arts in South Africa.'
Sureka has an Honors Degree (Cum Laude) in Hindu Studies and has compiled a dance manual for dancers in South Africa. Her future publication is a book called 'Insights and Impressions' related to Bharatanatyam and the depiction of the various Hindu deities.
This amazing package of conscious, aligned movements to create an aesthetic experience of Dance now comes to Ballito. Her school Bharata Bhavan now runs at Sugar Dance on a Monday afternoon from 4pm, teaching children Contempory Folk and Bollywood dance routines but her real passion is to teach individuals the great legacy of the Classical Art of Bharata Natyam. Sureka has been tremendously successful in creating a space for dancers to explore the dramatic arts through her teaching skills as well as her background knowledge of Hindu philosophy and spirituality.
You are welcome to join her to have some great fun, learn about your body, culture, Indian Dance and make some special friends and lasting memories.
Classically trained dancer Verushka Pather has a passion for Bharatanatyam and the Dramatic Arts and she would love to continue to pass on her knowledge and to contribute to the Arts in South Africa