Dr. Sydney Sparling dances in her home studio

Uplands studio features classic Indian dance

Experience the spirit of India at Hindu Temple this weekend

A spacious room features a large window offering a view of an Uplands yard which is also reflected in the opposite floor mirror. Drums and other percussion instruments fill the void beneath a piano tucked into the corner, while books and CDs soften the edges and corners of the room. Vibrant artwork inspires from the walls.

In the open space of what she calls her dance room, Dr. Sydney Price-Sparling shares her passion.

Specifically, she teaches the art form known as Bharatanatyam, a classical Indian dance that will be on display June 28 and 29 at the Victoria Hindu Temple.

The career physician spent her early years as a classically trained ballet dancer.

“I’ve never stopped dancing. Dance and medicine have always been a symbiotic relationship,” she said.

She attributes her teaching to her guru, Rajamani, with whom she first connected in the early 1970s. Prior to his death in 2003, they kept in touch, each travelling between countries.

At their first meeting, Price-Sparling was visiting India (helping out a friend during her impending childbirth) and wanted to dance while she was there.

“He said, ‘You’ll look after them. You’ll look after the community’ and I have,” she said of one of his final visits to Canada.

She teaches in her Uplands home, calling her studio Kala Mandir (temple of the arts) and describes the classic dance as rich in esthetics and infused with knowledge of the world.

“I know I learn more from teaching than I ever gave anybody,” she said.

“It’s really a gift to be able to shape and give some positive direction to young people today. I really want to encourage the leaders of tomorrow.”

Victoria Hindu Temple will highlight dance as well as food and other aspects of the culture during an open house June 28 and 29 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the temple in Saanichton, 1934 Cultra Ave.

“This gives (the students) a chance to present what they’ve learned. I’ve really been struck by their thirst and energy,” Price-Sparling said. “I think this is an opportunity to really open and flower and understand one another.”

 

Visit victoriahindutemple.com for details.

 

 

Just Posted

Victoria hotel trashes Channing Tatum in favour of B.C.’s Ryan Reynolds

Tatum’s picture left in recycling bin, replaced with photo of Ryan Reynolds

Deer report goes to Oak Bay committee of the whole Tuesday evening

Heritage conservation area, arts and more to be discussed at Feb. 19 meeting

Pedestrian struck, vehicles targeted by thieves in Oak Bay

Police say the snow did not affect call volume

One arrested, weapons, and drugs seized in Sooke bust

During the Feb. 6 raid, police found firearms, ammunition, drugs, and brass knuckles

Unhealthy disagreement sees three First Nations chiefs take government to court

Claim and counter-claim: B.C.’s First Nations health department and administrator end up in court.

‘Our entire municipality is heartbroken’: Seven children die in Halifax house fire

A man and woman remained in hospital Tuesday afternoon, the man with life-threatening injuries

Bomb threats, shootings, a kidnapping: Drug war rocks Kamloops

Kamloops RCMP battles a series of violent events

Okanagan ski resort officials displeased with Family Day roll-out

From one peak of the Okanagan to the other, resort officials have raised concerns

Island fossil makes it to the top of the provincial list

Courtenay’s elasmosaur will be added to the official Provincial Symbols of British Columbia

B.C. high school robotics team ranked first in the world for programming

The Surrey team was also named tournament finalists at VEX Robotics Competition on Feb. 1

Man shot dead in front of Kamloops hotel may be case of mistaken identity: RCMP

Rex Gill, 44, was not previously known to Kamloops police unlike second shooting victim

Vancouver Island boys high school basketball bragging rights on the line

Oak Bay, Nanaimo, Ladysmith and Victoria host Island championships this weekend

New trial ordered over banning whales, dolphins at Vancouver aquarium

Park board’s appeal reverses previous decision that found it had no right to implement a ban

Payless to close 248 Canadian stores, saying it’s ‘ill-equipped’ for market

The company will begin closing stores at the end of March

Most Read