When people in the northwestern Indian state of Gujarat want to celebrate, the ecstatic dance tradition known as garba often provides the fuel. An essential component of wedding celebrations and the nine-day fall Hindu festival Navratri, garba is an intoxicating, high-energy folk dance style marked by hand claps and twirls. Danced in a circle (reflecting the cyclical Hindu conception of time), garba steps can be anything from a simple two-step to intricate movements.
Retreat participants will learn garba, sanedo, and other Gujarati folk dances with dance instructors, all while dancing to live music. Feel free to wear a long, flared skirt, kurta top, or other Indian clothing. All are invited to participate and dance!