Kahaani – Dress Rehearsal

  •  What was it about this activity that I found challenging/difficult?
    The fact that we had only 6 weeks to prepare this made it really hard to memorize and perfect the steps in time. Another thing was that our dance is one of the largest so it is quite hard to be in synchronisation with them.
  •  What risks have I taken as part of this activity?
    To be honest, I haven’t taken any risks but I do believe I have taken on the challenge of dancing the part of the boy in the partner dance. This is particularly difficult for me as I tend to sway my hips a lot and have a grace to my dance that is quite girl like. 
  •  What actions did I take to overcome these challenges?
    I have tried to mimic other dancers in the dance that are male and tried to copy their way of dancing to make my dancing more masculine. I also asked the dance leaders for help to make my steps look more manly. 
  •  Were there challenges that I could not overcome? Why/why not?
    I do believe I am still a little bit unsure of some parts of the dance because 1) we haven’t rehearsed it enough and 2) the dance is quite long (close to 5 minutes) so it is quite easy to forget certain movements. 
  •  How will approach a challenge like this in the future?
    I will ask for assistance whenever I will need it. I will also try to practise skills to perfect them on my own because practise does actually make perfect. 
  •  What new skills have I developed in this activity?
    I think I’ve become a better communicator as working with a partner for over 50% of the dance is hard and coordinating properly with them is difficult. I’ve also developed my dance skills further and I’m beginning to form a real passion for dance. I think I am becoming more diverse dancer and I’m able to do movements I don’t think I could previously do. 
  •  How did I measure my improvement?
    I measure my improvement through my confidence and my enjoyment. I know I’m improving if I’m comfortable with what I am doing. If I’m enjoying my dance, then I know I’m improving because I’m not worried about messing up or not matching the cues etc. 
  •  Why were some skills easier to develop than others?
    I do believe skills that I have recently developed such as dancing skills were easier to develop as I’ve recently worked really hard on them through Culturama. It is very easily to improve a skill if I’m constantly working about it. Whereas my communication skills, are already something I’m quite confident in but as there is always room for improvement, I constantly am improving it but I don’t believe I can develop it to the extent that I can improve my dancing skills, a newer skill. 
  •  How important were the skills I developed to achieving success in this activity?
    Very important. By becoming more confident in dancing and improving my dance skills, I will be able to perform really well which is great as for some parts of the dance, I am at the front where everyone will be watching me. It is very important that I was able to improve my dance skills in time for the performance. 
  •  How can I use the skills I developed in this activity in other areas of my life?
    I can now participate in more dance shows next year and later on this year because it’s turly become a large part of my life and something I’ve really enjoyed. 

I’m really looking forward to the actual performance and I’m glad our hard work has almost paid off. I wish I had gotten involved in this earlier!

 

Learning Objective- 2 CHALLENGE (Undertaken new challenges)/NEW SKILLS (Developing new skills)

Kahaani – Half Way Through Rehersals

Above is a video of our 3rd rehearsal, we only have 6 in total, so it’s been a real struggle to get the choreography down as quick as possible. I am in the right corner, I am cut out of the video for part of it and my partner is completely cut out of the video but the video still provides a general overview of how we are doing as a group on the partner choreography parts.

I was changed partners so this video is the first time I danced with my new partner. This has been a challenge as I was dancing to the girl’s part of the choreography in my previous partnership but in this part I am now doing the boy’s part. This was my first time doing the boy’s choreography. That is why I made some mistakes and was a little bit off on timings.

  •  Who did I collaborate with?
    For the dance, I am both collaborating with the entire dance group as well as my partner. I collaborate very closely with my dance partner, who has changed for this rehearsal. Previously I was with Bella and now I am with Dhruvi. 
  •  What made it easy or difficult to work together with this person/people?
    It was easy to work with both of them as I am already friends with both of them so there was no awkwardness throughout and we were very able to easily catch up with the others in the dance.
  •  What challenges did we face when working together? How did we overcome them? Why couldn’t we overcome some challenges?
    The fact that I had to change my role in the dance, from the girl to the boy part, was the only difficulty as I ended up doing the same steps as my partner at some times and my partner was unable to help me out as she only knew the girl part of the dance. This was the biggest and only challenge that we faced together. We are overcoming them by discussing steps outside of the rehearsal scenario, this is very easy for us as we are friends outside of the dance, we communicate very often. We’re overcoming them by not only discussing it together, we are also asking the dance leaders for a little bit more attention and assistance for the next rehearsal to ensure that we are up to speed. 
  •  How important was collaboration to achieving the outcome or my goal?
    It is essential that we maintained communication and we were on the same page to make sure that although we’re at a slight disadvantage, we can still be successful in the dance. I believe that we work really well together and that’s why we’re able to find solutions to our challenges as soon as possible. 
  •  What could I do in future to be a more effective team player?
    In the future, I would like to take my own initiative to work on my steps as I seem to be dragging my partner into my extra efforts to catch up even though she doesn’t need any help; she is very confident in her dance steps and she is a dancer.

Learning Objective 5- COLLABORATION (Working together to achieve an outcome)

Kahaani – First Rehearsal

Below is a video of 1/2 of my Kahaani dance. It is from the first rehearsal so all of us had learnt the choreo just minutes before this was filmed.

I’m really excited for Kahaani as it is my first time participating as a dancer in the event, not just an emcee, which is what I have been for the past 2 years. I am really happy with the music as the dance is to a few of my favorite Hindi songs and the steps flow really well with the music so I am extremely hyped!

 What previous experience have I had with an activity like this?
I recently participated in Culturama and it was really helped boost my confidence in my dance skills. I believe that is the only activity I had that has prepared me for this show. Despite participating every year in Kahaani, I have always been an emcee and a GC member. This year, as there is no emcee in the show, I have the chance to be able to participate as a dancer.

  •  What am I good at? What are my strengths?
    I think I’m really quick with learning dance moves so that should be to my advantage. I also think that I ask questions when I have doubts. I sort out my issues before it is too late which is also something that will help me out throughout the rehersal process, especially as there are only 6 sessions in total before the show!
  •  What would I like to improve?
    I would like to improve in my overall grace when I dance. I want to ensure that my movements flow with more ease. This can only be improved through more practise.
  •  How has my involvement in this activity made me aware of my strengths and areas for growth?
    After the first rehearsal, I had identified which steps I would need to work on mastering at home and which parts of the dance were the most challenging for me. This helps me take initiative to perfect this in my own time and become more aware of my own areas of growth. 
  •  Have I improved and in what areas? How do I know?
    It is too early to say that but I do believe I can use the skills I gained as well as enhanced in Culturama can follow through here. 
  •  Why have I struggled in some areas?
    As someone who has started dancing recently, I am still not 100% comfortable with my dancing abilities and I am not very confident when dancing, this is probably why I am experiencing more struggles than others who have danced for much longer than I have. 

Learning Objective 1 – AWARENESS (Increased awareness of strengths and areas for growth)

Culturama- Show Day

Last reflection on Culturama:

Overall Thoughts and feelings:
I’m so proud of how the show turned out. It was a huge success and everyone that came to watch thoroughly enjoyed it. I can say Culturama was one of the best experiences I have ever taken part in and it has been an amazing learning journey. I’m going to miss my dance group especially the grade 12s and I’ve made some really great friendships throughout this journey.

  •  What was it about this activity that I found challenging/difficult?
    I’m not a dancer and I’ve never been apart of a dance show at school before so this year I found it hard to learn the steps and be able to perform them as best as I can. This is the first year I got into Culturama as well as the first year I’ve taken part in any dance showcase.
  •  What risks have I taken as part of this activity?
    I have performed a dance which I haven’t done in any recent years. I have stepped out of my comfort zone and taken a chance with such a big event. I’m very glad I took this risk because I realised that I am a lot better at dancing than I thought I was.
  •  What actions did I take to overcome these challenges?
    I practised, practised and practised. Even when the practise was over, another one of my friends from the dance and I would practise every Tuesday afterschool for 30 minutes to ensure that us non-dancers were able to perform the entire dance to the best of our abilities.
  •  Were there challenges that I could not overcome? Why/why not?
    I still managed to mess up in the final show, as you can see in the video, I skipped one of the steps. I was unable to completely perfect the steps because I am not a dancer but I am still proud of myself as I managed to perform without any terribly obvious mistakes.
  •  How will approach a challenge like this in the future?
    I will just have to continue to work hard and work even harder for the next dancer I take part in or in any performance I take part in, in the future.
  •  What new skills have I developed in this activity?
    I have developed my confidence skills and now I feel a lot more comfortable when performing on stage.
  •  How did I measure my improvement?
    During the first show (5:30) I was very nervous, my heart was racing but by the second show, I was a lot more calm and collected. I didn’t feel nervous at all for the second show although most of my friends were watching, my friends from Dover (the other campus) and my parents were watching!
  •  Why were some skills easier to develop than others?
    Some skills that I enhanced, skills I already had, were easier to develop like my confidence on stage was easier than developing my dancing capabilities as that was a newer skill for me therefore it took longer to perfect and was harder to get the hang of.
  •  How important were the skills I developed to achieving success in this activity?
    It was essential that I gained confidence because if I wasn’t confident enough I would have dropped out and would have not been able to perform during the show.
  •  How can I use the skills I developed in this activity in other areas of my life?
    By my newly developed skills, I now have more opportunities to participate in other dance shows such as Kahaani and Dance Showcase as well as Culturama again to keep up with my dancing as it is a new found hobby!

Learning Objective 2 -CHALLENGE (Undertaken new challenges)/NEW SKILLS (Developing new skills)

Culturama – Dress Rehersal

  •  How did I show perseverance/resilience/commitment in this activity? What things affected my commitment levels, ability to persevere or my resolve?

    From the first light plot over the weekend, I was having a bit of a cold which has lead me to not be at my full energy throughout all the rehearsals yet I have managed to persevere through it. I have tried my best and attended all the full rehearsals even though they have continued till 9pm every day this week! A lot of my school work is not getting done and I am having to stay up very late in order to complete it but as I have already committed to Culturama, it is essential that I attend every rehearsal in order to make it the best possible show.

  •  How did I maintain my motivation for this activity?

    I managed to maintain motivation through the idea of a rewarding and beautiful show on Friday. Most of my friend, that are not in Culturama, are coming to watch and my parents are also coming to watch, I do not wish to disappoint them as they have come to watch me dance. I want to impress them especially as I have never been in Culturama or any dance showcase in recent years, this will be their first impression of my dancing.

  •  How did I help others or how did others help me to stay committed to this activity?

    I helped keep others stay committed by trying to compliment everyone when they do a step well or when they adapt quickly to changes in order to keep them motivated. I also cheered for all my friends in other dances to keep them motivated and proud of their hard work. As many of my friends also cheered for me, I have felt more motivated to continue to stay committed throughout.

  •  What impact did my commitment or lack thereof have on the success of the activity?

    I believe that I know all the steps properly and I feel confident in my dance due to my commitment. As I attended all the rehearsals I am able to be this confident in our dance and I’m therefore working on perfecting my dance instead of trying to learn it which other people in the dance are doing currently. I am able to help out those who need help with dance steps due to my commitment which makes me very happy as well as proud of my commitment to the dance. 

Above are some photos from our dress rehearsal. I am the second person on the left from the center.

 

Learning Objective 4-  COMMITMENT (Showing perseverance, resilience and commitment in activities)

Culturama: Mongolia – First Run Through

Culturama Mongolia- First Run Through 

Above is a video of our first run through of the dance. I am the dancer that is furthest to the left. I believe that it was very challenging for me as this year’s Culturama is the first dance I will perform in High School as I have not been very confident with my dancing abilities but CAS has given me the chance to step out of my comfort zone. I also got the chance to develop my dance skills.

I really enjoyed learning the steps as the only dance I have taken part in were tap, Bollywood and ballet when I was about 7 years old. The theme of the Mongolia dance is so different from anything I have ever done and infact, it is very different from something I have ever seen being performed. The steps were challenging for me to get the hang of and remember, this can be seen in the video as I make a few mistakes but I do learn from them. I still do not know all the steps by heart and stumble on a few of the harder steps but that is apart of the learning journey. I feel like I am progressing as an individual through the challenges I am facing throughout the dance but by making these mistakes, I am getting the chance to get specific improvement strategies and goals in order to enhance my dance abilities and my confidence in my own body as I am not the most comfortable in my body. Through the dance I believe that I’m discovering more about my own strengths and how to enhance my weaknesses to transform them into strengths. Through practise every week as well as some brief practise at home, I am closer to memorizing all the steps and being able to dance them with full confidence than ever before and I’m truly proud of my own progress.

 

Learning Objective 2 – Demonstrate that challenges have been undertaken, developing new skills in the process.

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