Diwali Experience

Diwali Experience - Connor Billing December 2, 2009 Diwali...

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Connor Billing December 2, 2009 Diwali Experience My approach to this project was a little different than most considering I had already gone through an appropriate experience before this project was even assigned. About three months a couple of my friends approached me asking if I would be in a dance. Needless to say, my two friends were Indian girls, and they wanted me to dance in the Diwali performance that was in a couple months. My first reaction to this was an absolute “no.” I had no desire to participate in an Indian dance in front of 700 people. I would have been nervous enough to just dance in front of such a number, without the added problem that I had never done Indian dance before, and am not Indian. But, as I thought about it more and more, I decided that it was time for me to step outside my comfort zone. I have given speeches in front of close to a thousand people before, but never dance. I also figured that it would be a good time to learn more about a culture that I had never really knew much about. Walking into the first practice I was actually pretty nervous because I didn’t know what to expect and had no idea whether I would be a complete failure or success. In the next two months I had some of the most fun and through that fun I learned a lot about a culture, and made many great friends. The dance group was like nothing I had ever experienced before. Coming from an all sports background I was walking blind, when I first started to dance. I quickly began to learn that it involved many complicated steps that also involved a lot of athleticism. I was not expecting the moves to be as complicated and athletic when I first agreed to show. This is because the only Indian dances I had seen prior to this one I participated in were classical ones where the dance was all about timing and hand positions. I quickly became very involved and into the dance, making sure that I hit every step and
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This note was uploaded on 09/20/2011 for the course HON 181 taught by Professor Staff during the Spring '09 term at Miami University.

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Diwali Experience - Connor Billing December 2, 2009 Diwali...

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