#artistsofsnda

Happy Women's Day!

We thought of starting this special series about SNDA artists on this special day.

#artistsofsnda
Sara Shah, 15
SNDA Student since 2013

"From childhood, everyone used to ask me why are my toes like that? I used to tell them its from birth and they wouldn't believe and make me feel awkward at times and sometimes even kept asking me again and again.
But then slowly I made myself a little comfortable, still there was some awkwardness within myself and around people cause they used to look at me differently.

When I joined SNDA, during Dance Carnival (Students' Recital Show) my feet started hurting a lot, because the dancing hours were a lot more, so there was a lot of pain butI overcame it, I went to a doctor and she told me to put my feet in cold water, then Sumeet Sir suggested I put cotton in my shoes and I used to wear it regularly. After a long time it got cured and now I’m comfortable with everything cause now i can do what everybody can do. Sometimes with my classmate, I used to have a fight that even though I didn’t have toes, how I was able to point, that used to happen

There wasn’t a particular moment that changed it all, I used to dance from a very young age, and when I used to go to theearlier dance class, the teacher used to tell my mother that she cannot dance after a certain limit cause she doesn’t have toes.

At SNDA, I didn’t feel as insecure as I used to, but yes some students used to ask me but I figured that the teachers never asked cause they didn’t want to make me feel awkward and insecure. I understood that.

Now I don’t care whether or not I have toes, I can do what everybody can do, maybe even more. I just did a chair split for 5 minutes!

One change that I’ve seen in myself now is that at first I used to not score well in school academics, but now I manage both dance and academics and I am excelling in both. Dancing at SNDA has helped me become a better person. I believe I progressed cause I had faith in myself and my teachers believed in me that I could do it even though I don’t have toes, cause it doesn’t matter as long as you have faith in yourself you can do whatever you want."