For Patriksha Annathan, dancing is more than a mere hobby. It is a form of expression that unleashes her very soul.
“As a young girl, I was a tomboy and only took to dancing when I was 16-years-old. But it was when I started modelling in 2013, that I really got into it,” she says.
In the talent section of modelling pageants, Patriksha’s dance routines captivated the attention of audiences and judges alike. But it was within herself, that Patriksha noticed her love for dance grow.
“I’m not one that shows or talks about her emotions. However, dancing gives me a platform to express myself,” she explains.
While dancing frees her from the mundane, allowing her to escape into a world of calmness, Patriksha says there are other benefits to dancing.
“There is the whole fitness level aspect. It is a great way to stay fit without going to gym. Plus, it is really fun.”
Furthermore, Patriksha says people have slowed tremendously over the years. Busy work schedules and technology often replacing the world of exercise and good fun. “Dancing is also a great form of entertainment.”
Her love for dance saw her start her own dance group, Dance-versity. “The name comes from the word ‘diversity’. This is because the dance group does a wide selection of dances from different cultures.”
Performing at events, Patriksha’s dance group has now given way to a new journey. Passionate about dancing, Patriksha is looking at opening her own dance academy.
“It has always been my dream to open a dance school. We will be holding classes every Monday and Wednesday at the Status Hall,” she says.
Her dance school’s name? “The school’s name is Naach, which means dance,” she smiles.
But this is not going to be an ordinary dance academy.
“Dance is important in life, because it is an art form. Which is why we will be giving people something they don’t see every day.”
Her dance school will see students participate in plays. “A lot of youngsters from the current generation don’t know the significance of a lot of religious holidays anymore. We will do events such as Diwali and Christmas plays to remind people of the significance of certain religious days.”
Determined to change the community through dance, Patriksha is sure to make a positive contribution to the town.
For more information on how to join Naach, contact Patriksha on 062 668 1476.