Vyjayanthi Iyer is a model, actress, dancer and choreographer from Mumbai, India and residing in Amsterdam for last 10 years. Her aim is to help everyone learn dance, and introduce various dancing styles, bringing their gracefulness and energy to create an exciting, unforgettable experience. She started a Bollywood dance school in Amsterdam called ‘NAVRAS- 9 emotions’ around 6 years ago. Vyjayanthi has a large student following and her performances receive a very high audience participation in cultural events. She also combines Bollywood dancing with fitness during her regular classes. In this interview, Vyjayanthi shares with us her perspectives on this special skill!
Can you tell us more about yourself?
I come from a family of talented and creative people. I am from Mumbai, India currently living in Amsterdam for the past 10 years. I graduated in Arts media and did a diploma in Advertising and PR. I am very passionate about dance and started learning Bharatanatyam at a very young age.
Your Skill/Talent is a ‘Gift’ for others to receive! Please tell us something more about your Gift that you intend to share with others?
I love all forms of dance. Dancing comes very naturally to me. I can survive just by dancing and stay alive. Dancing and teaching dance gives me immense pleasure and positive energy that I tend to pass it on to everyone whoever comes to learn dance from me.
What are some of the unique aspects about your Skills/Talents? What can students learn and what is your teaching style?
The unique aspect of my skills/Talent is to create a happy/positive dancing environment that makes everyone confident and learn dance, even if they are first timer. Believe me; my students who have never danced before joined my courses and have been there with me since I started my Bollywood dance school, almost 6.5 years ago and they looked forward to every stage performances we do.
I choose to teach Bollywood dance as it is a dynamic dance form that combines modern, classical, Indian and Western dance forms, to challenge the dancer and entertain the audience. My aim is to help everyone learn dance, and introduce them to various dancing styles, bringing their gracefulness and energy to create an exciting, unforgettable experience.
If you look back, has there been a ‘Golden Globe’ moment that is special to you and you feel proud about?
Yes indeed the special day was when I did the first ever Bollywood flash mob in Amsterdam on the Dam Square, it was on 15th of August Indian Independence day with my students from 7 countries. It was a happy and emotional Golden Globe moment for me.
What do you believe is the most important quality that a Student should keep in mind for learning the skill?
These are the most important ones- I call it “the 3 D’s “: Discipline, Dedication and Determination
Don’t be afraid, trust me I tell my students leave the teaching part on me
There is no age bar to join my classes. It’s for every one ..Men, Women, couples, kids.
If you want to learn more about Vyjayanthi Iyer, you can visit her site at http://www.navras.eu/