First of all, Happy Thanksgiving weekend to everyone reading this. As a multicultural child, I grew up celebrating all holidays and all cultures and I have to say that it enriched me in the most beautiful ways!
As the Holidays approach, I would like to express my gratitude towards the life I am living and all the people that are in it. Each person enriches my life in their unique ways and that is the beauty of growing up in multiculturalism and diversity. Today, I am sharing a little bit of myself, so to make my vision clearer in your eyes as well.
Here is a link the original interview. Feel free to read through it and please give me any feedback you have. 🙂
Reshma, please kick things off for us by telling us about yourself and your journey so far.
I was born and brought up in Leipzig, Germany, where I went to a French/German bilingual school and then switched to an International School to complete my International Baccalaureate Diploma. After graduating, I went to Switzerland for a year to dance with a Junior Company. After that year I came to Philadelphia to study Dance (BFA-Hons) and Music Business, Entrepreneurship and Technology in Music (minor) at The University of the Arts. Afterwards, I moved to Miami, then New York, where I attended The Ailey School, and now back to Miami to dance professionally.
I started dancing when I was 11 years old as part of dance therapy as I was diagnosed with Lupus. Today I am a professional.
Can you give our readers some background on your art?
I believe in Dance as messenger to convey peace, as it is a community-oriented art form. At the moment, I dance for dance companies but at times even within that I get the opportunity to create and also express through the choreographer’s movement language. My mother is Indian, my dad is from Pakistan but I was born and brought up in Germany but have lived in the US these past years that have shaped me into the woman I am becoming. I have a lot to share and to give to an audience, my peers and to the choreographer. It is a unique story I am telling and I feel fortunate to say that I am able to express through the language of dance. I want people to walk away inspired by my passion and I want them to understand that Love and Passion can bring us closer together as a community.
What would you recommend to an artist new to the city, or to art, in terms of meeting and connecting with other artists and creatives?
Being a dancer, I can say that I always work with a group of people when I work for the dance companies. I think the lonely aspect comes in when comparing Miami with New York. In New York, wherever you go as a dancer, you always run into someone you know. The community there is very tight and strong. Miami is still very young and growing in that aspect. But I always say that as an artist it is only fair to support other artists. That way, a community feeling can build and collaborations might happen between different disciplines.
What’s the best way for someone to check out your work and provide support?
People can support my work by coming to Dance shows that we host as modern dance companies here, locally in Miami. I think people in Miami are unfortunately not very aware about the local art that is happening, especially when it comes to modern dance.
- Website: http://reshmadanse.com
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/reshmadanse/
- Other: https://vimeo.com/reshmadanse
Sending you all Love, Peace and Joy.