|Olga Gavva, Owner of Dance Company Chakri|
When it comes to dancing, Russia may be best known for ballet.
A Russian dance company, the Dance Company Chakri, is changing all that. Among the many performances by this company based in St. Petersburg, are Indian dances with popular Bollywood themes that have taken off.
Funny that that the name "Chakri" would suggest this, since the "Chakra" is an Indian word. (Chakras are part of the system and science of Yoga, also created in India 5,000 years ago. Since Boolywood dance is the focus for Chakri, we can guess the name wasn't a coincidence.
It's likely no coincidence that the choice todo Bollywood might have been influenced by lifestyle.
Traditional Indian dances are performed barefoot, which might have helped motive Dance Company Chakri's owner, Olga Gaava. Olga goes barefoot all year round, yes, even in winter in St. Petersburg.
Video of Russian dances performing traditional India dances.
|Olga, left, makes no shame of her practice of going barefoot|