The details are updated.  It’ll be held in MIT Kresge Auditorium on October 10, 2010, 12 noon.

Kuchipudi, Bharatanatyam, and Odissi will be performed. I’ve never been or performed in this particular show, but I hear very positive things. I’m going to be in it with my class.


Meiver is having her show on August 18th at 8:00 PM in the Cambridge Multicultural Center. The show will benefit an organization called Matahari that works against the exploitation of people.

Triveni Dance school is holding their student concert on October 10th. It’ll feature Kuchipudi, Bharatanatyam, and Odissi. Details TBA

I’ll be in both 🙂

Najmat is hosting Diana Tarkan, an Egyptian dancer, in at Green St. Dance Studio in Cambridge. This event is happening on April 3, from 3-6:30 PM. Cost is $65.

I don’t know much about Diana Tarkan, but I hear that she is an amazing instructor.

Yesterday we sat around talking about how awesome a snow day would be. We didn’t think it would happen, but sure enough, Boston Public canceled classes. Since we follow whatever Boston Public does, we had off too. The cancellation is hilarious, because the weather wasn’t nice but we weren’t pounded with snow the way a lot of the Northeast was. Actually, I’m not sure if it snowed a full inch today.

Even though I had plenty to make up from being sick/taking care of my cat, I had a rather relaxing day off. I still have some work to do, but I’m glad to have the leisure time to get caught up rather than just feel like I’m treading water. Being sick sucks. Having a sick cat sucks even more. If you were wondering, he is eating bit but mostly being force-fed. He still have jaundice, but they don’t anticipate seeing that go away any sooner than tomorrow. He’s obviously not in good condition, but the vet says that he’s not doing terribly, all things considered.

Dance stuff that’s going on around the area in the upcoming months.

  • Ranya workshop. I am attending this event in RI on the 27th of February. To tell you the truth, I know very little about Ranya, except my friends have raved about her. She has a very well-reputed Beledi DVD and is supposed to be fantastic as both a dancer and instructor.
  • Hafli for Haiti. I’m dancing in this. It is a fundraiser for Haiti relief. It’s being held on 28 February at the VFW (371 Summer Street, Somerville, MA). Suggested donation is $15. For further information, please contact Badriya  (badriya at
  • “Ardhanareshwar Shiva Shakti”. Triveni Dance school is putting on a concert on April 18th. The information is here. Although I don’t have specific details, I believe the concert will consist of Odissi, Bharatanatyam, and Kuchipudi.

Are there any other ethnic dance events in the Boston-area that I’m missing that you’d like to share?

I applied for an apartment on Thursday. The location wasn’t 100% perfect and it is small, but it will do for now. I always take apartments with a grain of salt. You can’t have it all, unfortunately. The important part is that it meets my basic criteria. I’m also glad to be finished with the struggle that is apartment hunting in Boston. I can’t imagine what apartment hunting in NYC is like, since I imagine it may be worse. Boston has a competitive market that is very expensive. Chicago apartment hunting was a walk in the park compared to here.

My Halloween plans aren’t much of anything. I get to grade :(. My firm final date for late labs was Wednesday. Not only is it a huge workload for me to keep grading labs from way back when, but it also not beneficial towards the students. They can’t improve their writing (in principle) if they receive no feedback whatsoever. I noticed, even when students are mad about lower grades on lab reports, they eventually become better writers if only for the grade.

Have a safe and happy Halloween everyone!

Yesterday, I bought my first real set of work clothes. I’ve never had a job that I had specific work clothes. Lab work never required anything fancy and even when I had an office job, I was allowed to wear nice jeans and a nice top. While it was never explicitly stated to me that I needed business casual clothes, I observed most people who work at the school dress that way. I went out with my good friend to go shopping for good quality but cheap pants. I have a fair number of nice tops, but I am a jeans or gaucho pants kinda gal. Thank goodness for Frugal Fannie’s and sales.

I am nervous about starting Tuesday (I’ve been preparing today and will continue to do so tomorrow). Students don’t trust new people; I learned that from substitute teaching for labs or just simply starting out the quarter with a new set of kids. I’m also concerned about having enough material. Teaching at my grad school was nice, in some respects, because we were handed everything that we needed. I’m coming up with original material.

Of course, I am also searching for a part-time job. I have an interview tomorrow and many applications out. At this time of year, I’m not sure how lucky I will be with finding a part-time job. People have suggested seasonal work to me, but as much as I need the money (and I do), I hesitate to give up my Christmas. I’m not from MA, and I want to spend Christmas with people, especially in light of my father’s death. I couldn’t justify leaving on Christmas Eve and then taking an early flight back for a seasonal job. For my own sake, I need to have Christmas be somewhat relaxing. With a holiday job, I would inevitably have to work Christmas Eve and the day after Christmas.

As per usual, wish me luck.