In Wandsworth Town Library, the talented author, illustrator, and dancer, Desiree Bashi, was invited to lead a series of workshops for local schools. One of the creative workshops was held with Y3,4,5,6 children from St Anne’s School. In this session, Desiree Bashi shared the power of Classical Indian Dance storytelling by teaching the children classical Indian dance steps.
The children were thrilled to learn the basic steps and perform a short dance piece to a music track they enjoyed. They were introduced to the classical Indian dance performance costumes, jewelry headgear, and musical instruments, which many had never seen before. The children were filled with inspiration to use these cultural objects in the making of their stories.
The highlight of the event was the opportunity for the children to purchase a signed copy of Desiree Bashi’s latest book, Dancing with your Eyes a captivating read about classical Indian dance Odissi. The children were excited to take home a piece of the magic they experienced during the workshop.