Pramila Vasudevan is a professional dancer and founder of Aniccha Arts. She is also a teaching artist in residence at Pillsbury House + Theatre where she works with youth in the daycare center and summer and afterschool programs. Most of her students have never been exposed to the forms of dance she practices. So, each day she asks herself: “How can I connect what I know with what they want do?” And each day brings discoveries about perspective, movement, and gesture as well as diversity, poverty, and power.
Her sense of optimism, willingness to learn, and eagerness to share are values that permeate the Pillsbury House + Theatre building. “It’s a unique place to be,” she reports.
“People who work here are super-creative and also grounded. They’re not saying ‘Look at me;’ they say, ‘Let’s collaborate.’ Artists feel welcome here. And with the relationship to the neighborhood, it feels like we’re making things happen that are significant, that have potential impact, and it’s exciting to be a part of it.”
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photo of Pramila Vasudevan in the dance studio, 2011