Miranda is the co-founder of Shakti Caravan. She directed the initial pilot program in 2012, where she began training her friend, (the now esteemed choreographer) Bharat Verma, in body percussive movements and introduced him to what the art form that is now his expertise. Miranda has been an active force in making sure Shakti Caravan programming reaches as many communities as possible in Udaipur and beyond. She considers the city of lakes is her second home.
Miranda’s teaching philosophy:
I have dedicated most of my life to the idea that recognizing each other’s humanity is the first thing we, as humans, should do. I have trained my body to understand the way that other people move in this world. I’ve taught dances from almost every country to approximately 4,000 students in hopes of inspiring them to see that, no matter where we are from, what we do, how much money we make, what religion we do or don’t practice, what color our skin is, who we love, where we fall on the gender spectrum, and what language(s) we speak … these things may define us, but they do not separate us.
I remind my students that their bodies are sacred and deserving of respect–that “the body is not simply a vehicle for the mind.” That the arts have the power to bring people together and effect social change. I help people treat their bodies as their home. I remind them that babies learn to dance before they learn to walk–everywhere—and I help people to come back to a sense of comfort, playfulness, and joy in themselves.
I believe the best way to make someone feel these things is to nourish our bodies with movement and dance.
Classes & Workshops:
Miranda is available to teach special classes and workshops in Udaipur from April 10-27th. She teaches a variety of dances from around the world, such as South African Gumboot Dance, Israeli Folk Dance, Middle Eastern Dances, Samba from Brazil, Percussion, Swing Dance, American Folk, Modern Dance, and more. She also teaches trust workshops, body positivity, and cooperative games. Whether you are a talented dancer/performer with aspirations to make it to Bollywood and beyond, or a good person looking to explore dance and culture or deepen your relationship with your own body, Miranda’s dance and movement workshops will give you an unforgettable—perhaps even life-changing—experience.
She teaches workshops for ages 4-adult. Generally in batches 4-6, 7-9, 9-12, 13-17 and 18+)
Often 2 hours is a good time-frame
She caters her classes to fit the needs of the space and the abilities of students
Miranda will be teaching world dance workshops in Udaipur, from April 10-27
If you are interested in setting up a class for your friends, colleagues, school, organization, or community, please get in touch. Miranda can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org. Do so quickly, as her time is filling up!