Born and raised in Bangladesh, Tahmina Anwar Anika regards dance as a way to globalize contemporary ideas from across the world through its interdisciplinary nature. Initially being trained in Kathak (Indian Classical dance) from the age of three, she had her first solo Kathak concert at the age of 14 followed by concerts in India, Bangladesh, Japan, Kuwait and the USA under the guidance of Pt. Krishan Mohan Mishra. Subsequently, she trained in Bharatnatyam for the past 11 years under Rajdeep Banerjee (Kolkata, India). With over 15 national gold medals, she was the first Bangladeshi to enrol in a BFA Dance program with an specialized honors in western contemporary dance performance/choreography stream at York University. She is also double majoring in BA Psychology and exploring Expressive Arts Therapy in her Psychology thesis paper. Her Dance Senior Project is ethnographic research set out to further define ‘contemporary dance’ within the South Asian Diasporas and North America. From this research process her choreography, ‘Porichoy’, got selected for the upcoming World Dance Alliance Global Summit 2017 conference. Currently, Tahmina is an editorial intern at The Dance Current magazine and will pursue dance writing/journalism to maintain parallel careers in academia and performance.
For members of Git Hayetsk, dance is so much more than rehearsal and performance. The film Git Hayetsk: The Lives Behind the Dance looks at the strong dance family ties that have been formed through shared passion and history.Posted February 24, 2017