After learning about Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month and watching a professional South Indian dancer at the Lewis Family Auditorium, dozens of RE upper schoolers leaped out of their seats to join in the May 16 cultural celebration. At the invitation of dancer Narayani Maharaj, students rushed to the foot of the stage and formed an impromptu chorus line of sorts, all attempting to follow Maharaj's direction and execute Bollywood-influenced classical dance.
Before the dance party that concluded the event, students heard from the officers of the Asian Students Association, Evelyn Yu '24, Mela Lew '24 and Nina Tekriwal '25. Yu explained that the month provides an opportunity to recognize and celebrate the contributions of AAPI individuals and their communities to the United States' history and culture.
The trio decided to invite Maharaj of the Nara Bollywood Dance Academy in Miami to perform.
"Bollywood dance ... represents the vibrant and colorful culture of India," Tekriwal explained. "The dance style is a fusion of traditional Indian dance forms with modern western styles, and it often features upbeat music, intricate choreography and elaborate clothing."
Maharaj performed several dances before inviting RE students to participate.
Founded in 1903, Ransom Everglades School is a coeducational, college preparatory day school for grades 6 - 12 located on two campuses in Coconut Grove, Florida. Ransom Everglades School produces graduates who "believe that they are in the world not so much for what they can get out of it as for what they can put into it." The school provides rigorous college preparation that promotes the student's sense of identity, community, personal integrity and values for a productive and satisfying life, and prepares the student to lead and to contribute to society.