“The second of seniors taking to bop has come,” says Geetha Mathen. In 2006 she based Natya Vyayaama in Kochi to encourage older ladies to bop and train.
“It was forward of its time then,” she says. In 1998 she had informally began educating dance to seniors however discovered few takers. Submit the pandemic Geetha is relaunching the courses in Might, solely for girls above 50 and has already acquired invites from two residence complexes to carry classes. She plans to carry courses at flats throughout the town, if there’s a group of 10 or extra senior dancers. She teaches at her house, Veranda, in Kottayam as properly.
Chandrika Menon, 72, is without doubt one of the senior dancers at KAPZ Dance Classes, a dance platform began by choreographer Kalpana Susheelan, in Thevara , Kochi. Chandrika joined final 12 months when the varsity was based. “I even dance to nattu nattu,” she says with fun, including “Dance improves your reminiscence, coordination, vitality, grace and energy, step-by-step.”
At 78, Geeta Karot, is the senior-most within the group. She loves western dance and learnt learn how to dance jazz and salsa, in addition to stomach dance, in numerous cities in Europe, the place she resided due to her husband’s job. She joined the courses three months in the past. “I occurred to listen to a favorite track of mine whereas strolling previous the dancers and needed to affix. They welcomed me,” says Geeta, including that she loves shifting to music.
Kalpana’s senior college students, a gaggle known as, Woman Bugs, are all above the age of 60. Dance has helped alleviate a few of their well being issues, she says. She offers an instance of a girl dealing with “reminiscence points”, which improved drastically with dance. “It’s important to bear in mind the dance steps, and that regenerated her reminiscence energy,” she says.
Her courses for seniors start with Latin strikes , adopted by Salsa shines, during which companions transfer other than one another to indicate off a wide range of nimble foot actions.
Certainly one of Kochi’s most senior Indian classical dancers, Shyamala Surendran broke the glass ceiling in 1982 when she started studying dance as a 34-year-old. “That itself is taken into account late,” she says including that it was her ardour that she pursued, and later arrange Dharani faculty of Performing Arts in the 90s.
At the beginning of 2023, three 50-year-olds have enrolled in her faculty, to be taught classical dance. Based on her dance “is sort of a whirlpool” and attracts one into its world of self discovery and realization. “Its remaining final result is pure happiness,” she says.
On the challenges of educating dance to seniors as in comparison with youngsters, Shyamala says it’s only pure dance —actions — that the children can grasp, however to carry out satwika abhinaya (communication of internal feelings) one must be mature to know it.”
Shyamala says that in lots of cases she finds youngsters sending their moms to bop as they discover a change for the higher of their moms’ way of thinking. Vyshnavie Sainath who arrange Vyshnavie Dance Centre in Secundrabad, in 2012 agrees. “Grandmothers are becoming a member of the category, a mother-daughter duo are having fun with the artwork and discovering a new-found closeness of their relationship,” she says.
Vyshnavie notices a particular spike within the variety of ladies within the age group 40 to 60 take to bop. “It’s good to see that ladies are lastly dropping their inhibitions,” she says, including that on-line courses, “gave them the arrogance to bop.”
Sheeba Joseph, 57, who joined Dharani College of Dance this 12 months after retiring as a instructor from St Augustine Larger Secondary College in Aroor, says that her household is supportive of her choice, although her neighbours could disapprove. She finds dancing a great way to handle weight. “To me my 75-year-old instructor Shyamala is an inspiration,” she provides.
Chennai-based doyen of classical dance VP Dhanajayan and his spouse, Shanta, who proceed to carry out of their 80s say that seniors dance for 2 causes – one to satisfy a childhood ardour and to expertise the bodily, psychological and religious advantages. Dhanajayan provides that there it’s one other benefit: “these seniors largely comprise the viewers at dance performances and can now know the nuances of dance. That’s what a performer needs for.”