Lalita has been learning and performing Arabic and Indian dance forms with passion and gusto since the mid 1990’s. She taught and performed Bollywood and belly dance fusion in Sydney for many years before returning home to Brisbane, where she threw herself further into learning the north Indian classical dance style of Kathak. She also loves the colour and happiness of Indian folk styles, and has tried her hands (and feet) in flamenco. She draws from all these different influences in her classes, infusing her classes with humour, playfulness, dress ups and beautiful music.
Lalita believes that there is much joy to be found in improvising and dancing together, celebrating everyone’s unique movement style and creating dance in the moment.
Lalita traveled to Bangalore Indian to study Creative Dance Facilitation through the Creative Movement Therapy Association of India in 2018 and is now a certified Creative Dance Facilitator. The course is certified by CID-UNESCO (International Dance Council, France) and the Creative Movement Therapy Association of India, which is a member of the American Dance Therapy Association.
Lalita is also a community development worker working with refugee and migrant communities, and is currently teaching Eastern Fusion Creative Dance in community settings. She has post-graduate qualifications in Community Development.
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