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Inspiring Individuals: Ishita G5
Tell us a little bit about yourself.
My name is Ishita, and I am in Grade 5 right now. I was born in India and used to live in India. I moved to the Philippines when I was 3 years old, and then joined KIS in Grade 1 when my family moved to Bangkok in 2015. I have a little sister who is now in Grade 1 at KIS.
Tell us a little bit about your passions outside of school. We understand you are quite a talented dancer and gymnast.
Well, Thank you! My passions are dancing and gymnastics!
I like all the dance styles, and I want to learn them all one day. Right now, I am learning ballet, contemporary, hip hop, jazz, lyrical, Bharatnatyam, Bollywood and Folk dances too. For those of you who don’t know, Bharantnatyam is a classical, technical Indian dance that requires a lot of energy and stamina to perform whereas Bollywood is more free and relaxed. I attend a dance studio in Emporium which is where I study ballet and contemporary. There is an Indian dance instructor in my apartment who teaches me (and 2 friends) Bharatnatyam, Bollywood and Folk dances.
I love gymnastics also as it keeps my body flexible and, in most dances, you need to have some flexibility too. (So, both are useful and go hand in hand). I attend gymnastics at the Thai Canadian Community Sports Center.
When did you first start dance? gymnastics? When did you realize that these were something that you really enjoyed?
I started dancing ever since I could walk! Whenever my mom or dad would play some music, I would just move my body to the beat. I started taking dance classes from the age of 3, but I first dance style I was seriously interested in was ballet at the age of 4. I started taking professional gymnastics lessons from the age of 5.
What type of gymnastics are you in? Artistic or Rhythmic? What is your favorite gymnastics apparatus? I do Artistic gymnastics but I want to try Rhythmic one day too. I really love floor which ties into my dance.
What is your favorite style of dance and why?
My favorite style is ballet because I’ve been doing it the longest, and I love the grace and beauty in it. It’s probably my strongest dance style as well.
Tell us a little about all your competitions. What have you participated in already, and tell me about some of your achievements?
I participated in the Australian Teachers of Dance (A.T.O.D) dance competitions 2 years in a row now and I’ve won (2) 2nd prize trophies. I was really proud this year as I received 98 out of a possible 100 points! I was really impressed with the level of talent from the other competitors at the competition as well! Now I am preparing for the Asian Grand Prix which is probably the biggest ballet competition
in Asia. There’s a preliminary competition in Bangkok first, and then the finals will be in China. I really hope the Covid-19 situation improves, as the competition would be during the summer.
Of course, I’ve participated in SYTYCD for KIS 3 years in a row under the guidance of Ms. Lynn and in athletics competitions from KIS every year!
For gymnastics, I participated in the Moose games 2 years in a row and won 8 medals so far and also participated in Falcons gymnastics championships June 2018 and won few medals.
I dance with my mom and little sister in Indian dance competitions as well!
Being involved in so many competitions must be a little scary!
Tell us your secret in overcoming some of those pre-competition nerves.
Actually, I really like competitions as it helps me see and understand my own skill level and standard. Before competitions, yes, I get nervous too, but I really don’t have stage fright. Once I am on the stage, I feel like no one is watching and I have full freedom. I don’t get scare anymore. I’m actually most nervous after my performances because I’m always questioning
how well I performed!
Participating in dance and gymnastics take a lot of hard work, dedication, and practice! Tell us a little bit about how you’ve managed your practice time along with your schoolwork.
Smart planning, smart work, interest, determination, family support and of course health are all important.
Before all of my dance classes, I quickly do some of my school work on normal weekdays. I also try to multi-task when I can: for example, I can do my math homework while also working on my splits. I also try to schedule dance classes and practices on term breaks, weekends, holidays etc. planning well in advance. But, it definitely can be tough as I often have dance and
gymnastic classes almost every day each week, and sometimes even more when training for competitions.
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