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Origins

Origins teach classes using forms such as contemporary dance and yoga. They work with dancers, school children and professionals from other fields to help initiate and support dance services for the local community. They set up workshops for the public and as part of the education outreach project; introduce movement arts to schools, colleges and corporate workplaces. Their interests are in training, choreographing small pieces and making site-specific works. They enjoy interacting with communities from different cultures and have worked in different parts of India

The founding member Nakula Somana was introduced to Contemporary Dance through community dance workshops in the UK during the 80s. Currently he works as a part time faculty on certificate dance courses in Mumbai and Bangalore. He also works with beginners and local dance companies on a regular basis.

Anjali has a habit of throwing herself around, thus explaining her varied background and her love of floor work. She graduated from the Sciences Po Lille with a Master’s in International Relations and later obtained a diploma in Movement Arts and Mixed Media from Attakkalari Centre for Movement Arts. Her first teaching assignment was with three classes of 38 5-year-olds, who rapidly taught her that she had very little to teach and a lot to learn. Thus she began a career as a learning-facilitator in contemporary dance, creative movement and French. She has worked at Neev Preschool and United Arts Society with children from the ages of 4 to 10. She is also keen to conduct body awareness and playtime sessions for adults. “Learning is more effective when you’re enjoying yourself, and a lot more fun!”

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