Surteg Sandhu Dance & Art from India

Name

Surteg Sandhu
1514 Trail View Ln
Durham NC 27713
919-699-1300
surtegsandhu@yahoo.com
http://surtegsandhu.com

Biography

Surteg has presented over 700 programs in 100+ venues over the last 17 years. The programs cater to grades K-12 in Dance, Visual Arts and Social Studies. All workshops are hands-on, participatory and informational regarding history, Rangoli art and Bhangra dance from India. The teacher is assisted in imparting education on multi-culturalism and South Asia. India is brought into the North Carolina schools.

Surteg is passionate about blending the first 20+ years of life growing up and getting Masters Degree in India with the next 20+ years of life in the USA through Dance & Art from India to the US school audience.

India to him is “the living embodiment of thousands of years of cultural and religious heritage: a country of music, dance and Bollywood movies; festivals, anthropomorphic gods and sacred rivers; plains, mountains and plateaus; monsoon rains, crops and green revolution; tremendous Army, Air Force and Navy; education, cricket and nuclear technology; all but 70 years of freedom from British rule, India is 'Unity in Diversity' amongst 35 provinces and union territories, four thousand plus languages and dialects and a unique political process.”

The proposed programs represent an avenue to blend that India into various dance and art programs for K12 students.

Educational Background/Training

Presenter   
-Dance & Art Residency, Stoneville ES Stoneville NC 30 Contact Hours 400 students 25 teachers
  March 6-10 2017
-Diversity & Inclusion (Teacher Training Workshops), Cary Academy Cary NC 2 Contact Hours 10 teachers
  March 3 2017
-Dance Residency, Academy at Lincoln (K4-8) Greensboro NC 15 Contact Hours 350 students
  Feb 20, 21 & March 1 2017
-Cultural India Performance, Berewick ES Charlotte NC 1 Contact Hours 700 students 40 teachers
  Feb 22 2017
-Dance Residency, MIL Academy (K8) Charlotte NC 15 Contact Hours 13 students 1 teacher
  Nov 1 through Dec 21 2016
-Cultural India & Culture Night, Reedy Creek ES Cary NC 3 Contact Hours 700 students 45 teachers
  Dec 16 2016 through Jan 31 2017
-Dance Performance, Byers ES Charlotte NC 1 Contact Hours 60  4th graders 5 teachers
  Nov 16 2016
-Cultural India Performance, Merry Oak ES Charlotte NC 2 Contact Hours 450 students 35 teachers
  Nov 2 2016
-Cultural India Performance, Cedar Fork ES Morrisville NC 3 Contact Hours 850 students 60 teachers
  Oct 19 2016
-Art Residency with Dance, Stokesdale ES Stokesdale NC 30 Contact Hours 450 students 40 teachers
  March 14-18 2016

Historically worked with and through the following:
Arts & Science Council of Charlotte & Mecklenburg County since 2011
CAPS Durham NC, Educator-Artist 2005-2014
United Arts Council of Raleigh & Wake County NC since 2002-16
Winston Salem & Forsyth County NC- Arts in Education 2011
Arts Council of Fayetteville and Cumberland County, NC since 2003
Independent Cultural Educator since 2001

Having presented 700+ times at about 125 NC venues over 17 years
500 Bhangra Dance Workshops and Assembly Performances
200 Rangoli Art Workshops, 15 Community Programs & more

Fees

5 day residency/ 25-30 contact hours $2400;
3 day residency/ 15-20 contact hours $1800;
2 day residency/ 6-12 contact hours $1200;

* Travel, accommodations and art supplies included.

Audience

K12 students

Availability

Flexible

Educational Programs

Dance Workshop:

{Offered in 3 different Residency (5 day, 3 day, 2 day) formats in a 45-60 min classroom session ='1 contact hour')} Bhangra is actually pronounced as Bhungrah while saying 'Bhung' as in 'lung' and then rolling your 'r' really good with your tongue.

The Bhangra dance has traditionally been associated with the spring harvest festival Baisakhi, and it is from one of the major products of the harvest—bhang (hemp)—that Bhangra drew its name. Bhangra is performed indeed on any festive occasion now.

The beat of the drum and leaping bodies soon make the pulses race, till the onlookers too jump into the ring of dancers and join them. In a typical performance, several dancers execute vigorous kicks, leaps, and bends of the body to the accompaniment of short folk songs which are small couplets written in the Punjabi language called boliyan and, most significantly, to the sound of beat of a dhol (double-headed drum) which is struck with a heavy beater on one end and with a lighter stick on the other. All forms of Bhangra singers employ a high, energetic tone of voice. Participants learn to move with passion and relaxed muscles and use lots of energy.

The dance moves involve raising the arms above the shoulders. The vigorous exercising of the body through multiple range of motion movements at shoulder and hip joints combined with constant bouncing on the ball of the feet in five basic methods e.g. tap, hop, sway, Panjab and Peacock has proven mental and physical health benefits.

Rangoli Art Workshop

{Offered in 3 different Residency (5 day, 3 day, 2 day) formats (5 workstations in a 45-60 min classroom session= '1 contact hour')}

Rangoli is an art form from India in which patterns are created on the floor in living rooms or courtyards using materials such as colored rice, dry flour, colored sand or flower petals. It is traditionally done by women. The purpose is decoration. Students color their play sand with food colors and learn the use of hand, cone and strainer to pour the materials into their art form on the table.

A 2 minute art-walk to other tables helps them review others art-in-progress. As they return and complete their project, photos are taken before clearing the table. Students at any grade level are encouraged to start with their own favorite drawing of for example a human face, an animal, a house, or landscape and learn to produce it through the Rangoli concept. In the Indian community, this practice is showcased during occasions such as festivals, auspicious observances, marriage celebrations etc. Rangoli designs can be simple geometric shapes, deity impressions, or flower and petal shapes or elaborate designs crafted by numerous people.

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