Dil = Heart
Nach = Dance
I have been training in dance and movement since the age of four. At the age of six, I wanted to be a ballerina. Since then, I have studied gymnastics, ballet, Belly Dance, Modern, Irish Step dance, West African (Ghanaian) dance, Swing dance, Contact Improv, Capoeira, Yoga, and many other dance/movement styles. I have performed as a dancer in stage productions and musicals, and was a member of the Flock Dance Company in Galway City, Ireland in 2003.
In 2007, I learned about Bhangra for the first time in Boston. After moving to San Francisco in 2008, I discovered Dholrhythms Dance Company, and began studying Bhangra and Giddha with Vicki Virk. In 2011, I joined their student performance troupe, Rhythms of Punjab, and had the opportunity to perform traditional Punjabi dance all around the Bay Area.
I relocated back to the Boston area at the end of 2013 and taught my first Bhangra workshop at River Tree Arts in Kennebunk, ME in March of 2014. In the fall of that year, I began teaching with Boston Bhangra at the Dance Complex in Central Square.
I have been a member of the Boston Bhangra adult performance team for two years, and have created choreography for them, as well. I have had the opportunity to teach individual students privately and in groups. And I have done educational work at Concord Carlisle High School, Cambridge Rindge and Latin School, and the Putnam Avenue Upper School.
My Bhangra students have performed with me in faculty showcases at the Dance Complex, and several have joined me in forming Dil Punjabi, as well as going on to join the Boston Bhangra performance team.
Although I am not Indian by heritage, this dance speaks to me, and has become my primary focus in dance. I love to educate about the dance itself and the culture it comes from, in which sharing the dance is a form of joy that transcends perceived cultural barriers.
What is Dil Punjabi?
Dil Punjabi means "Punjabi at Heart" in Punjabi language.
We are a group of mostly non-Indian women dancers who love Bhangra, and love Punjabi music. Bhangra is a dance that is all about joy and celebration of life. Punjabi teachers have shared this dance with us, and we perform original choreography using traditional Punjabi steps to share our joy and passion for this dance with you.
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River Tree Arts, Kennebunk, ME - March 2014 - Bhangra Workshop
The Dance Complex, Central Square, Cambridge, MA - ongoing:
BHANGRA - Tuesdays: 7 - 8 p.m. in Studio #7
GIDDHA - Wednesdays: 6 - 7 p.m. in Studio #5
Drop-in style classes for all levels.
All ages 12 and up are welcome; co-ed. Wear comfortable clothes and bring water!
More information can be found at www.dancecomplex.org
Private Instruction: If you would like to learn Punjabi dance one-on-one, I offer private, individualized teaching sessions. I will tailor these lessons specifically to your needs.
Group Teaching and Choreography: If you and your friends would like to learn together, I can teach small groups for a one-time event, like a birthday or bridal shower; or it could be a series of classes to sharpen your skills or learn choreography for a performance, such as at a wedding or other celebration. Group teaching is also customized. Please contact me with any questions.
Performance: Solo and group performances are available with either myself, or my troupe, Dil Punjabi. We can dance Bhangra, Giddha, or both, with the option of a mini-lesson for the audience.
"I had convinced myself that I was an obligate non-dancer...[But] after the sweat-inducing dance, I felt effervescent and radiant on the inside. I had overcome my fear...I also learned some useful stretches during the Bhangra lesson that I practiced during the week. I feel like my flexibility and elegance in movement increased from that one lesson...It was an inspiring class."
(Excerpts from a paper written about attending class at the Dance Complex)
"That class kicked my a** - in a good way."
"Taylor is a great teacher."
"Thanks for your work creating community around your awesome dance."