meet the artist: nisha lall
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Nisha delivers on our Dance On programme and has danced with participants aged 50+ in a variety of different locations across Doncaster, as well as on our Dance On at Home YouTube series! Read on to find out more about Nisha’s love of dance, her favourite music to dance to and where inspiration strikes for her.
How long have you been dancing for and what inspired you to become a dancer?
I have been dancing for 20 years, longer if you take into account the years of bedroom dancing in my teenage years! I had always felt a connection to dance from a very young age. Some of my most vivid memories growing up are watching dance in films, TV or live shows or at family events which all inspired me. My biggest inspiration would have to be my first dance mentor, Kieran Kelly, when I was 20 who offered me my first dancer and teacher training.
What do you love most about dancing with people?
I love how dancing brings people from any age, any background and any ability together to share the space for the same reason. The energy and atmosphere that is created when people dance together is electric. Even after so many years of dancing and teaching, it makes me so happy seeing the joy that dance brings to others.
How has the pandemic impacted your work? What have the challenges been and how have you adapted your practice?
Like for many others, my classes, performance and events were cancelled. The diary become very bare. The pandemic also brought us homeschooling which had its ups and down but also allowed creativity to continue through the kids activities. My work then started being delivered online which hasn’t suited everyone but it has been great to have that as an option. Teaching online has its advantages as location is now not a barrier and participants can access classes and workshops from anywhere rather than having to be in travelling distance of classes. I do miss seeing class members face to face, their smiles and the connections they have with each other when they are in the same space.
What’s your favourite kind of music to dance to?
It’s very hard to pick one! My music taste is quite varied which has come from learning several dance styles. My ‘go to’ tunes for when I just want to move would have to be Bhangra, Samba & Arabic Tabla.
Where do you get your ideas and inspiration from?
Inspiration comes in so many forms – a person, a conversation, a picture, a poem, a social media post, a film, a piece of music. So many! I think the best ideas come together when you get like-minded people together and share. I also find walking works best for me for ideas to come together. Sometimes the best ideas and plans are made on the walk back from school run!
Nisha was photographed by James Mulkeen as part of our ‘Meet the Artist’ series. Find out more about the artists creating your darts activities here.
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