What happens when a child loses

What happens when a child loses Performances are my favorite because they bring me back to my college days when I was part of the fusion dance team. The intense practices leading up to the bigger shows allowed for a lot of building - whether that is team bonding, confidence building, or just learning.  Believe it or not, a lot of learning actually comes from losing during these big dance events.  Initially, you might think that losing is the worst thing that can happen to a student. Being competitive myself, I always took failure

March 27th, 2020|Categories: Bollywood Dance, Dance Life, Stage, Teaching|

Things to do during quarantine

Things to do during quarantine Coronavirus has turned our world upside down. Schools are closed, people are working from home, and the quarantine is just beginning. Fortunately for us, dance will never be “closed” or “suspended” so we are ONLINE (and they have been such a blast!). This time period is hectic, crazy, and anxiety-inducing, all rolled into one. So, we’ve come up with some ways to relax, have fun, and make the most out of this little thing we call life. Dance it out. You already know this is going to be our

March 21st, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|

Stage Jitters: How to get rid of them

Stage Jitters: How to get rid of them Performance time is a fun, chaotic hodgepodge of emotions and experiences.  Even though performances are filled with energy and adrenaline, they do come along with pre-performance stage jitters. I have yet to come across a dancer (OR an instructor) who hasn’t had a case of these backstage tinglings.  So what do you do to get rid of them?  Here’s what we recommend:  Breathe. I know, it seems like an obvious one. But, I can’t tell you the amount of times I have forgotten to properly take

March 19th, 2020|Categories: Bollywood Dance, Stage, Teaching|

Who run the world? GIRLS.

Who run the world? GIRLS. March 8th 2020 marked the celebration of International Women's day! Your social media was probably filled with honoring all the women in your lives and around the world.  And it was no different with us.  ZIND Performing Academy is operated and run by females. All of us have other full time day jobs, families, and some of us are even still in school.  The world is changing and there has never been a better time to be a woman.  I see women playing the role of wife, mom, daughter,

March 10th, 2020|Categories: Dance Life|

Three C’s that our studio brings- Culture, Confidence & Community

Three C's that our studio brings - Culture, Confidence & Community When I started building ZIND, there were a few key things on my mind.  Dance is the obvious one. I have been a dancer my whole life. It is what I do as my outlet, my “me” time, my solace and i wanted to offer that same creative space for everyone else.  But, I was also heavily invested in finding a way that I could develop and reinforce three major themes:  Cultural identity The sense of community Building confidence Confidence: I wanted to

March 1st, 2020|Categories: Bollywood Dance, Classical Dance, Dance Life, Stage, Teaching|

What Kobe has taught us

What Kobe has taught us Today marks 1 month from Kobe Bryant’s passing. Kobe, and his bright and talented young daughter, Gianna, passed on January 26th, en route to Gianna’s basketball game.  The lessons that they have taught us will never be forgotten: The importance of having a positive outlook  Kobe has shown us the importance of being positive. In the face of injuries (some of which have left him benched for weeks at a time) or failures, Kobe has used these kinds of setbacks as sources of motivation. He focused on doing what

February 25th, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|