Recital to help charity Saturday

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By Kirsten Laskey

By going to the upcoming Family YMCA Kathak and Bharatanatyam dance recital, the audience will be able to do more than see types of Indian dance; they will have the chance to make a difference in another country across the world.

This is the fourth year the dance recital has been held and instructor Alina Deschpande said every year the proceeds go to a charity in India. This year, the concert will benefit Rotoaract Club. The civic organization has initiated a program that proposes to set up scientific labs for rural children. Five labs have already been set up, but the organization is planning to do more.

Deschpande said the Rotoaract Club was selected because Los Alamos is a scientific community and it seemed appropriate for the town to support enhancing the sciences for students.

In addition to a new charity, the recital has new venue. Rather than performing at Barranca Elementary School, the show will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday at Duane Smith Auditorium.

Admission is free but donations will be accepted. Last year, the show raised $1,500 but Deschpande hopes to raises more this year because of the larger venue.

It will not just be YMCA dancers taking stage, Melissa Balice and her students and Dance Arts Los Alamos (DALA) dancers are planning to take the stage.

Balice and her students will performing hip-hop and tap numbers while DALA dancers will do an Arabian dance style performance. The finale will be a fusion of north and south Indian classical dance forms.

Deschpande explained she teaches Kathak, a north India dance that is a combination of ballet and tap dance. The dance style features intricate footwork and graceful arm movements.

Kathak dance tells a story, she said, and is fused with technical skills.

Deschpande teaches this class and said she currently has 17 students.

Kavita Nandkishore teaches the new class which focuses on Bharatanatyam, which originated from south India. Deschpande said its roots are in pure Indian dance or “temple dance.”

She said the dance features graceful arm movements and intricate poses.

Bharatanatyam is a new class at the YMCA and currently has four students.

The recital is held, Deschpande said, to show the community how much the students accomplished.

Plus, “it’s kind of giving a glimpse of the rich Indian culture,” she said. “It is good entertainment ee lots of colorful costumes ee very beautiful. It’s an all around unique experience.”

Deschpande said the recital should something the community would like to experience.

“I really like how our community is open to new things ee a lot of Indian dance is rooted in the Hindu religion and in our community we’re much more open to accepting beautiful dances.”

Even if people are not familiar with the Hindu religion, “I feel the community would like to see something like this ee experience new kinds of dance and music,” she said.