Odissi Student Recital 2021
Saturday, December 11
at Old Maui High School, Paia, Maui
Photos of this performance
What is perseverance?
What is devotion?
My students embody them.
What is it like to be proud?
What is it like to be humbled?
I got to experience them first hand.
Once a year, I hold a dance recital to stimulate students' growth and give them a platform to share their hard work with their loved ones.
We had to miss one during 2020, and in 2021, it was still tricky to hold an in-person recital, so we decided to do a video recital instead. We shot it in December, and I just finished editing it!
Would you please join us to celebrate our journey?
My maternal grandfather was a bamboo weaving artist in Japan. He said, "Art is not necessary to sustain physical lives. During economic hardships, we need to buy food first, and artists may not earn money, but we need to keep creating and honing our skills, especially during such times because art sustains the human spirit."
I took his words to heart, and my students and I have continued to show up in person or over Zoom for our weekly classes throughout this pandemic.
I've had the honor of witnessing them shedding tears in class with all sorts of sentiments - from being frustrated with themselves to the feeling of accomplishment. No matter what, they kept showing up.
And here they are - celebrating their milestones. For my beginner students, this was their very first performance. For my pre-intermediate students, this was their first time to perform in full costume.
As it will be the case for even advanced dancers, there are techniques to be polished and room to grow, but their hearts are shining and in the right place. When I watch them dance, my eyes narrow in arches, and I can’t help but smile. I know how hard they've worked, so seeing them dance with such sincerity touches me deeply and humbles me.
Please join us in celebrating their journey.
The preview of the full video is available below.
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