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Watch Her Feet How They Can Dance

I discovered my passion for writing after I quit my day job. So I began to write fiction stories, self-help books, and articles, blogs, etc.

“…No time to turn at Beauty’s glance

And watch her feet, how they can dance…”

— William Henry Davies


In today's fast-paced life, we are so caught up with work, work, and work that we miss out on life. Have you got a little time to find yourself in a cultural show? If yes, read this short story where I take you on the part of the journey of my life in which I crave and therefore, learn to dance.

Why I Craved to Learn Native Dancing

It was something I saw a few others perform in school. There were scopes of lots of cultural shows in our school. We all were encouraged to participate in dramas, singing, dancing, and delivering speeches, etc. It was then dancing seemed spectacular and terrific to me.

It was something I wanted to perform. It was something I wanted to be good at. It was my curiosity combined with the eagerness that my sister and I talked about with our parents and told them that we wanted to learn dancing so that we could perform on the stage at school.

Our parents promised us that they would get a trained master who would teach us native dancing during our vacation in our home country.

Where Exactly Did I Learn to Dance?

We didn’t have a home in our home country since we lived abroad. So we took our opportunity to stay our vacation time in my eldest aunt’s home. My eldest aunt passed away this year several months ago. But then she was a lot younger and an enthusiast in watching us learn to dance in her living room.

The master came every evening. Sometimes we got bored. Sometimes we were excited. Someday we didn’t want to dance at all but escape from it. Nevertheless, we persevered. Until two days before our month-long vacation ended, we completed learning two full native dances with curving and waving our waists and hands respectively along with putting steps in our dancing using legs and feet.

What Were the Dances Like?

I mentioned we learned two full native dances. We learned to dance to two Bengali songs. They were fast-paced. In one, since I was older, I had to dress up as a guy and my sister as a girl alright. We danced together, showing a little intimacy, the dance being between a guy and a girl. In the other dance we learned, we dressed up both like girls.

What Tools Did We Use for Dancing?

Our training master recorded the songs in double cassettes, in which one served as a backup. When we performed on stage, we took both of them, and we played one of them on our record player, which we brought from home. The other cassette would be used in case the first one showed problems. But rarely there was ever any problem.

As the record player played out the relevant song, we danced skillfully to the beats of the music, making gestures with our hands, shaking our waists and stepping the right steps.

What Costumes and Accessories Did We Wear?

We wore T-shirts and knee-long skirts. On top of that, we wore sarees, preferably red color for one dance. For the other dance, in which I had to dress up as a guy, I wore a lungi- a piece of colorful cloth almost reaching my feet wrapped around the skirt underneath.

Who was the mystery woman behind our getup? It was Mom. Yes, Mom made sure we were well-dressed for the dances. She also put makeup on our faces. We looked gorgeous. The accessories we wore were glittering colored paper garlands in red and silver, matching with our costumes. We wore anklets that had ringing bells and sounded good as we danced to the beats of the music.

Where Did We Perform Our Dances?

As we performed in school, we earned huge popularity. Gradually we danced on our community occasions, having the first-hand experience. We gave our names in dancing eagerly to any cultural program we heard of either at school or within the community.

Our Last Performance By the Sea

When we moved from our town to be near the sea, we were still eager to give our names to the cultural show that we came to know would take place. When the great day arrived, yes, along with our costumes, garlands, anklets, and music from the record player, we danced playfully and knowingly and earned the applause of all the foreigners.

There was another cultural show in the span of the next three months. So we danced the other dance in which my sister and I were both dressed as girls. There was louder applause from the audience this time.

After six months of stay by the sea, we were going back to our home country, leaving all the sweet memories behind.

My Sister and I Dancing in a Foreign Auditorium by the Sea

My Sister and I Dancing in a Foreign Auditorium by the Sea

The Mystery Woman- My Mom Behind Our Dancing Getup & Makeup. Here She Is Posing on Rocks by the Wonderful Memorable Sea

The Mystery Woman- My Mom Behind Our Dancing Getup & Makeup. Here She Is Posing on Rocks by the Wonderful Memorable Sea

We Never Danced Again

When we settled in Dhaka and started going to school again, we performed other stuff such as, singing and food catering services during cultural shows but not dancing since we thought we couldn’t compete with those who could dance. But that was not the real scenario. Nevertheless, when we still realized that our dancing was standard since we learned it years ago via a good dance master, we let dancing rest at peace and never performed again.


I wanted to dance once upon a time. So did my sister. The duo, my sister and I danced on many occasions whenever we could abroad. I think it overpaid the price of our learning from our trained dance master. So I think it was just okay when we didn't want to dance again and put it in the dormant phase.

Such is the story of the dancing chapter in my life when hundreds and hundreds of people cared to turn at our beauty’s glance and watched how our feet could dance.

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Rosina S Khan (author) on September 23, 2020:

Thank you, Nithya, for reading this article. Yes, it was fun performing dances in cultural events with my sister all those years back. Yes Mom and Dad were both our sources of inspiration. Yes, my Mom is beautiful but now she has become a lot more aged, still retaining some of her beauty. Thank you for your lovely comments.

Nithya Venkat from Dubai on September 23, 2020:

It must have been great fun to learn those dances along with your sister and perfuming in many cultural events. You both look beautiful! Your mother must have been a great source of inspiration for you. She looks beautiful in the photo. Thank you for sharing your childhood experiences, I enjoyed reading.

Rosina S Khan (author) on September 07, 2020:

Yes, Denise McGill, my sister and I had a great time dancing on auditorium stages once upon a time. Yes, I uphold the memory until now. Thank you for your generous comments.

Denise McGill from Fresno CA on September 07, 2020:

How wonderful. I would have loved to have seen that. It must have been so much fun for you and a great memory.



Rosina S Khan (author) on March 20, 2020:

Thank you, Lora, for the visit and your generous comments. Yes, you are right this was indeed a time in my life when our family had a lot of fun moments. Yes, my sister and I made it in dancing. Dancing does help to exercise the mind and body, removing a lot of the stress and making us light. I don't know if I will ever get back to dancing but I do know I will hold this memory close to my heart for a lifetime.

Lora Hollings on March 20, 2020:

This is a very good story, Rosina. It is always an accomplishment to be able to master a skill that you've always wanted to learn. It sounds like you and your sister had a lot of fun and that you have some wonderful memories from this time in your life. I would have liked to study dance in my life but instead my life was devoted to the discipline of music. I think it would have been better to do both! Dancing is very healthy because it exercises the body and the mind and I think it can release a lot of stress. Perhaps, one day you will go back to it! Thanks for sharing this beautiful memory.

Rosina S Khan (author) on March 14, 2020:

Thank you Shaloo for the visit and your comments. I am glad to know my story brought you back memories of the classical kathak dance in which you were good at but couldn't continue for personal reasons. That really is unfortunate. It's nice to have you here and sharing your own account. I truly appreciate it.

Shaloo Walia from India on March 14, 2020:

I loved reading this account. It brought back so many fond memories. As a child, I used to train in the classical kathak dance and I was pretty good at it (that's what my dance teacher used to say). But after two years, my dad was transferred to another city. We couldn't find a good dance teacher there and my journey came to an end.

Rosina S Khan (author) on March 13, 2020:

Thank you so much for the visit and your generous comments. Yes, I loved traditional dancing once upon a time and now it is a sweet memory. The photo of my Mom has been taken years and years ago. I am very pleased that you love the traditional dances irrespective of the country and that you found my story interesting.

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on March 13, 2020:

An interesting article about your interest in traditional dance and how you learnt and performed it. These are sweet and precious memories and must be giving you a nostalgic feeling, thinking about it.

Traditional dances are perhaps the best, and I love them, irrespective of the country, they belong. Your mother looks so graceful.

Thanks for sharing your personal story.

Rosina S Khan (author) on March 09, 2020:

Yes, you are right, Dora. I actually took the memories of our traditional dancing with me otherwise how am I sharing here? Haha. I am very happy that you enjoyed reading the story.

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on March 09, 2020:

You took the memories with you alright, and you shared them here. Thanks for a very pleasant read.

Rosina S Khan (author) on March 07, 2020:

I am pleased that you enjoyed the story about my sister and myself performing dancing on various occasions. The truth why didn't continue it is that our academic lessons got harder and O-Level and A-Level exams under the University of London were approaching.

Yes, I am glad you are following me now.

Thank you for reading my article and for making generous comments.

John Hansen from Gondwana Land on March 07, 2020:

It was delightful to read of the dedication of your sister and yourself to learn traditional dancing, Rosina. This was a well written account. It was unfortunate that you didn't continue dancing afterwards, but as you say you got very good value from the lessons you received and all the occasions you did perform. I just realised I hadn't been following you, well I have rectified that. Cheers.

Rosina S Khan (author) on March 07, 2020:

I am very pleased, Lorna, that you enjoyed this article about the traditional dances we performed during our childhood. Yes, it is indeed precious, and I hold those moments close to my heart until today.

Lorna Lamon on March 07, 2020:

Such a wonderful culture Rosina and I enjoyed this article about your traditional dances, and how beautiful you both looked. How lovely to share these experiences with your family. An enjoyable read and thank you for once more giving us a glimpse into your childhood - so precious.

Rosina S Khan (author) on March 07, 2020:

Yes, I recognize those lines and certainly, they made me smile, Manatita.

manatita44 from london on March 07, 2020:

Close? My Guruji is Bengali, my Sweet! For him, such a visionary Seer, all India was one, perhaps still is, in the Spirit of things. Now I feel like singing you some Tagore and Sri Chinmoy songs. Do you know that Bharat Mata is the home of seven of the Divine Incarnations that we are familiar with? Bengal Itself produced Ramakrishna, Vivekananda, Chaitanya, Aurobindo and more!

Sorry about my ramblings, my dear Didiji and yes, I know of the sufferings and politics. My Heart of love to you and your parents.

Bhalo Manda nahi Jani …

Ama shadna mi telo … ashana pu relo … (Sweet chuckle) Do you know them?

Rosina S Khan (author) on March 07, 2020:

Manatita, thank you for giving an overview of Indian culture and religion. Our culture is close. We are from Bangladesh and naturally, we settled in Dhaka. Yes, Mom is beautiful but that was years ago. And yes, my sisters and I loved dancing once and danced to Bengali village folk songs. Thank you for calling my hub a lovely one.

Rosina S Khan (author) on March 07, 2020:

Thank you, Fran, for reading my hub and making generous comments. That my mother looks like a sea goddess on the shore made me smile. Nobody ever called her that before. But she is indeed beautiful. I am flattered to know that my stories are inspiring. Thank you again.

manatita44 from london on March 07, 2020:

The Indian culture is religion and religion is Indian culture. Everything is woven into everything and dance is a huge part of it. Vedic literature is by far the most diverse of all scriptures, covering probably everything known to man, as they came directly from Seers and Rishis, those having direct experiences of the myriad forms of the Divine.

Who else would be so brave as to address God as woman? Who else would be so brave to speak of Dharma -- the inner code of life - of duty, of righteousness … of offering the results of our actions to Brahman (God)?

Your mother is extremely beautiful! Radiant! Charming! The Light around her and beneath her feet, is a symbolic reflection of her own lustre.

Very nice to hear that you liked native dancing once. You settled in Dhaka, but where is your native city? Dancing is so interwoven in the Indian culture! We on the disciplic part are wary, as we are afraid of sensuality, but many Indian forms of dancing is so devotional!

Katthak is quite sweet and as for musical instruments, I find the Vina, table, esraj, sarod and much more quite mesmerising! Lovely Hub!

fran rooks from Toledo, Ohio on March 07, 2020:

What a lovely story! I have always believed music is part of our soul. Your mother looks like a sea goddess on the shore. You must have a very close family, and you are blessed. Your stories are inspiring.

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