Savvy Raj

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A Dedication To Dance

Life reflects itself through the things you do, the people you meet as well as in your passions and perseverances, in so many intriguing yet enthralling ways.

One such beautiful reflection I  experienced in my travels earlier in France.

A sense of deja vu, a throwback to the fond memories of teaching dances to people in the different places, all thanks to the Dance & the magic of movements.

While visiting France I met my colleague from the world of dance, Celine Maheo who resides in Rennes
Celine is a practicing clinical psychologist and an Argentine tango dancer.
What’s beautiful is that she is a dedicated professional who uses the dance therapy for helping Parkinson’s patients with their movements through Tango dance sessions.

My interest was piqued, as earlier I had been conducting very similar dance sessions as well, especially remembered our Seniors Dance for Wellness workshops back in India.

So over a beautiful meet and greet sipping cups of hot herbal tea at the Les Grands Gamin at the heart of Rennes, ensued a free flowing conversation where we exchanged notes on each others life. Our passion for dancing was the visible to see as we hardly knew how moments passed by.

To dance is to sense connections beyond the dancing bodies.

To dance is to honour life and its unique expressions in the movements.

Savvy Raj

And when Celine invited me to her next Tango Therapy Workshop, it was an offer I could not refuse. I was actually keen to understand whether and how the cultural differences change the way of conducting and experiencing workshops here.

Dancing can improve the mobility and balance in senior adults.
Adapting the dance to suit the requirements of the group, like simplifying the steps, the placement of the feet, improves their coordination, mobility and balance.

The dance session was deeply engrossing & truly inspiring to witness and participate as well. The music played that day stayed with me well after the session.

So the next step turned out to be me conducting a Chacha session for them. The challenges of language barriers were surrmounted easily as Celine offered to translate my teaching from English to French.

Everything fell in place beautifully and voila time flew again.We danced a bit of Chacha that day and also some more in the next few sessions as well. I was told later by the learners how much they enjoyed it!

It was an amazing experience sharing the joys of movements and I thank Celine for her inclusivity in requesting me to conduct the dance sessions as well. And I deeply appreciate all her beautiful learners that I met,connected and danced with. It was a truly warm and wonderful time spent with them all.



After the sessions we would gather together and discuss opening many facets of the learning and imbibing. It was a beautiful way of empathising and understanding each other.



Some of the beautiful souls I got to interact with in the few months I was there.

Dance has a way of soothing your entire being and bringing forth and connecting you with the depth of who you are. That is when dance begins to feel meaningful and transforms life.
The dance connects established,  in those sessions is a beautiful memory etched in my heart, that I will cherish forever.

I chanced on these beautiful moments again as I found the photos I clicked back then and I decided to give them a little artistic effect.

All across the world April 29th every year is  celebrated as International Dance Day, although every day is a great day to dance!

I dedicate this post to  all my dance friends and colleagues and all the dance educators in the world who are making the world a better place, with every step in time.

Savvy Raj


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Dance of Connection

Universal Oneness is an awareness
In reflections of the truth of the being
Interweaved and interconnected in every life .
Strength shines through the vulnerabilities.
As a power in the very fragility
Touched by divine grace
Enmeshed in the senses
Fired in the cauldron of life and living
Comes a consciousness of the flow
In and around us
Beyond the illusion of separation.
Is the dance of connection.

Savvy


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Dance of life

Be the brave heart that learns to dance with life.

Dream on and take the chances.

And let your soul thrive in this dance of life.”

Savvy


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Learning to live

Are you feeling you are trying to live

Between the raindrops?

Or maybe you feel

You are surviving between the rapids

For life is not always a bed of blooms.

Is there a trick to the whole process?

To thrive from between to the beyond

To live through the unfolding journey.

Waltzing through without warping up

Smiling throught it all

Singing the song of hope than remorse

Question yourself

Is it just a matter of priorities

What truly matters after all?

What makes for a life

That’s worth its while?

All one needs to do is experience the journey

Because the destination takes care of itself!

Savvy


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Gratitude

GRATITUDE:

Is an awareness of potential flow
Is an acceptance of the almighty
Is is a conscious awakening of the heart
Is is an expression in thankfulness.

The abilty to’ Sense the Blessing in the moments’ is a reflection of a grateful soul.

Savvy


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A reflection

Just as how we treat another reflects who we are,the way we choose to dance with another too often reflects who we are!

Think about answers for the following questions …

What kind of a dancer are you?

Do you like dancing alone?

Do you prefer dancing socially on a moments notice?

Or do you freeze when in front of a crowd but love to dance when you are on your own?

Do you fancy yourself to be a performer on stage,a cynosure of all eyes?

Or do you love dancing because it makes you feel better inside out?

Do you crave attention recognition from your audience?

Do you prefer to dance in a group setting?

Or are you just a dancing soul who waltzes with life?

Whatever is your way

Keep dancing with all of you

The way you want to!

Savvy


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Make it a beautiful day!

Step up on a soul shaking stir to free the mind, to realize the calm that actually is this moment.💙

Make this moment beautiful!

Have a beautiful day!

Savvy


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Conquering the Invisible

PTSD: Conquering The Invisible: – A Holistic Approach to Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder –

Exactly six years ago, I was approached by my friend now, Maria Teresa to write a chapter and contribute to her book from the perspective of healing through the art of movements.

Privileged to have contributed my bit to this book on PTSD and how Dance can play a vital role in reducing the symptoms of the same . Available on Amazon now at http://tinyurl.com/qbcvqjs

Savvy


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Truth of movements

True learning happens when we realize we are the teacher and we are the student. And life teaches the greatest lessons without anyone uttering a word or at times in just the sheer presence of a good soul .

Likewise as we dance from our heart without a spoken word and open ourselves to realization and acceptance of new possibilities… true dancing happens!

Savvy


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Cherish The Gift

Cherish the gift of movement…

Isn’t it wonderful to be able to dance…. to tell your body what you want it to do?

If you are a dancer respect the gift of dance in you .

Even if you are not a trained dancer, acknowledge the ability of expressions and respect the beauty of movements in them .

After all we have a beating heart ….We are all gifted with movements . Let’s cherish the gifts of both the movements and moments in time.

Savvy


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Cosmic Dance

Across the Star spangled Space

A celebration of Universal Consciousness

In the eternal dance of Cosmic Lights …

💙👌💙


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Interconnections

Today I share my artwork

All is in the strength of the interconnections.

Savvy


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Sky Above, Earth Below & Fire Within

Like the sky above…

Be expansive

Unfurl your imagination

Extend yourself, reach beyond knowing

Life the earth below…

Be connected

Yet stay rooted to the ground

Have the steadfastness like the earth.

Like the fire within

Be spirited

Let your passion speak

Explore life & give it your all.

Savvy


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Yes

To life …. in all its dancing glory 🙂

To being all that one can be!

To changing & evolving for the better

To creating hope & possibilities

To exploring the seemingly impossible

To envisioning the capabilities

For life is best lived in expression

Of all that one can be!

So yes to life and living!

Savvy


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Dance of Nature


There is dance

In every leaf and flower

In every bud and bloom

In every twig and tree

In every turn and twist

Of nature’s creation.

There is the grace of uniqueness

Of wisdom beyond compare

All knowing, all pervading

To this Omnipresence …
I bow in Gratitude to this Grace.🙏

Savvy