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TOPICS: Ancient dance helps tofoster ‘self-confidence’

Nikita Panicker, Vrinda Ravi and Nidhied Panicker from Nartana School of Dance.AN ancient Indian dance is being practiced in Newcastle.
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‘‘It’s one of the purest forms of dance, which started in the temples of India in the second century,’’ Vrinda Ravi, who we reckon looks like Janet Jackson, said. Vrinda teaches the dance, known as Bharatanatyam, at the Nartana School of Dance at Wallsend.

We had to ask. Was this by any chance like Bollywood dancing?

‘‘It’s not the movie songs, this is the traditional kind of dancing – Bollywood is like hip-hop,’’ she said. The dance was ‘‘very colourful’’ and linked to stories of Hindu mythology.

‘‘It’s full of hand gestures, expressions and storytelling.’’

Vrinda said the dance was ‘‘all about self-discipline and building up confidence’’.

‘‘It takes years of dedicated learning,’’ she said.

The school’s students were mainly second-generation Indians.

Dancing helped them ‘‘keep in touch with their roots and culture’’.

‘‘This is a way to connect to back home,’’ she said.

Vrinda said the art form ‘‘helped with their personal development, which has fostered self-confidence and ease of assimilation with the mainstream community’’.

The school will celebrate its 15th anniversary tomorrow, with a concert at Hunter Theatre, Broadmeadow.

Bacon doughnut is just ‘‘wrong on so many levels’’.

THIS, dear reader, is a bacon doughnut.

We note the need for a paper towel to soak up the grease.

It was given to Newcastle Herald chief police reporter Dan ‘‘Proudo’’ Proudman, who posted a photo of it on Facebook.

It attracted a bit of discussion.

Amy De Lore: ‘‘This is wrong on so many levels.’’

Deb Richards: ‘‘… and yet so right.’’

Topics is not feeling so good.

Russian National Ballet Theatre is in town for two days.

NOVOCASTRIANS will get a glimpse of the imperial world of Russia over the next two days.

The Russian National Ballet Theatre is in town, performing tonight and tomorrow night at the Civic Theatre – with performances of Sleeping Beauty and Swan Lake.

The drama of the ballet is entwined in Russian politics and history. Ballet did not exist in Russia until 1689, according to Wikipedia. It was a time when the Russian elites lived like peasants. Classical ballet was introduced to ‘‘create a cultivated and new Russian people’’.

Vladmir Putin chose the ballet to announce his divorce from former wife Lyudmila in 2013.

The pair made the disclosure in what was reportedly a staged interview at the Grand Kremlin Palace, according to the New Yorker.

‘‘This is not the first time ballet happened to be the setting for a Russian personal and political drama: back in August 1991 state television was playing Swan Lake just as communists attempted a coup,’’ the story said.

Topics wonders if there’ll be any coups in Newcastle this weekend to coincide with the ballet? Does a merger of Newcastle and Lake Macquarie councils count as a coup?

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