SPOTLIGHT | Priyanka Varkey
Priyanka is one of those women you meet and never forget. She is infectious in her presence and absolutely stunning in her dance. She is genuine, tender and has a beautiful charm. I am honoured to call her friend and happy to be able to share her words with you on creativity and dance.
How would you describe yourself?
Passionate, empathic, loyal, trusting to a fault. A dancer, nature lover
What role does creativity play in your life?
I never really thought of myself as a "creative person" growing up as I was always geared towards science. I always enjoyed dancing but never dreamed of it being such a huge part of who I am today. When I was introduced to lindy hop, it was like being introduced to a side of me that I never new existed. Dancing is my creative outlet, my release- be it lindy hop, blues, salsa, bachata, tango, or kizomba. It adds meaning to my life and brings me joy. The dance floor is where I lose myself and temporarily forget anything else going on in my life.
What are you currently working on?
I have been working on a couple of lindy hop aerials with my partner as well some lindy hop technique and styling. I have also been taking pole classes, some kizomba (my newest dance venture) lessons and have very recently joined a salsa dance team.
What was the last book/movie/podcast etc. that left an impression on you?
The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a candle in the dark - Carl Sagan
What advice would you give to other creatively driven people?
Be fearless in whatever way you choose to express yourself. Try something new. Put your whole heart into what you love and don't compare yourself to someone else's accomplishments. Live, love, laugh.