In this video tutorial, Ranee Ramaswamy, founder and co-artistic director of Ragamala Dance Company, demonstrates how an intentional use of visualization can help dancers convey a story and develop a deeper understanding of technique, artistry, and how their bodies move in space. For tips on incorporating visualization in class, read the full-length article here.
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Ranee Ramaswamy, founder and co-artistic director of Ragamala Dance Company, says her teacher, Alarmél Valli, used an image of a party blower to help explain dynamics within bharatanatyam. “You blow the straw, the feather goes out, and it curls and comes back. It goes out with a lot of fervor, it’s strong, but then the […]
In dance, the eyes rarely receive the same attention as the feet or the back. And yet, says Ragamala Dance Company founder and bharatanatyam teacher Ranee Ramaswamy, “when someone uses their eyes well, you feel they are dancing for you.” Indeed, when wielded with intention and clarity, the eyes can be a powerful tool for […]
Congratulations to Aparna Ramaswamy (DT, February 2016)! The co-artistic director of Ragamala Dance Company has been awarded the 2016 Doris Duke Artist Award, an honor that comes with a $275,000 grant, $225,000 of which is unrestricted. She is one of seven dance artists chosen this year. In addition to the grant, recipients receive financial and legal […]
In this month’s issue, we got to know the women of Ragamala Dance Company in Minneapolis: Ranee, Aparna and Ashwini Ramaswamy. The mother/daughter team shared their remarkable path to becoming bharata natyam dancers, choreographers and leaders of a thriving company in Minneapolis. Now, the Ragamala dynasty has some exciting performances coming their way. Aparna Ramaswamy […]