Showing posts from March, 2016

My Thomas-Kilmann Conflict Mode Instrument (TKI)

I recently took the Thomas-Kilmann Conflict Mode Instrument (TKI) profile test. I always find results of such tests very interesting and enlightening. My brief TKI below along with the full link.

The TKI is used to help people understand how different conflict-handling styles affect interpersonal and group dynamics—and for empowering them to choose the appropriate style for any situation.

The TKI tool assesses an individual’s typical behavior in conflict situations and describes it along two dimensions: assertiveness and cooperativeness. It provides detailed information about how that individual can effectively use five different conflict-handling modes, or styles.

Honey Patel - TKI Full Profile

Dance Performance: Latin Fusion & Belly Dance Fusion for Fiji Fundraiser

I have a friend who asked if I wanted to come do dance performance with her troupe that she created 'moreUpbeat Fusion Dance'. I thought about how much I missed dancing and doing performances  before I had a knee injury, but I have been doing active for few years now with zumba and ujam, so I decided to say yes! 

We started practicing in February 2016 for a April 2016 performances and she had picked out two Latin fusion songs: Udi Ter from Gujaarish and Sholon Si from Shabd. At first practice, we learned Udi Teri a bit and she offered me to choreograph Sholon Si, so I took it up and choreographed it (more details on this later). In between, another performance came up, so we decided to do two songs plus another one within two weeks.  

We practiced over video only, and performed Udi Teri, Sholon Si, and Deewani Maastani on March 11, 2016 at a IFFER Fiji Fundraiser event in Richmond, California. It was nerve wrecking at first because we didn't practice much, and it had been a …

DWD: Bollywood Dance Style

Bollywood is the blood of almost every Indian girl who has grown up from watching Bollywood movies with colorful and expressive (shy of dramatic) songs! No seriously!!
For me, Bollywood breaks down into the following four categories:
Bollywood Masala - Hindi SongsBhangra - PunjabiGarba & Dandiya - GujuratiKathak - Folk Indian Dance(more to come…)

DWD: Hip Hop Dance Style

Hip Hop is something I learned through high school and college. For a couple years, I took a hip hop dance class because I really enjoyed the music and the style. It used to be a class every Monday from 6 - 8, and then two performances at the end of the semester dance class. I learned a lot and my passion for hip hop continues.
Hip Hop is more of a culture rather than a dance style. It's an umbrella term for quite a few types of dances, but most are characterized by fast, athletic, and choppy movements.

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DWD: Latin Dance Style

Latin Dance is interesting. I learned it in college by going clubbing and learned more technique through Zumba classes and Zumba instructor program.
Most Latin dances are done by couples. It's very passionate and socially based. I love Latin music, and have a natural sense of Latin dance moves, especially the hip movements.
There are many different types of Latin Dances and multiple categories, but here are the ones I will share more about:
Bachata / Dominican RepublicMerengue / Dominican RepublicCha Cha Cha / CubaMambo / CubaRumba / CubaSalsa / CaribbeanSamba / BrazillianReggaeton / CaribbeanFlamenco / SpanishPaso Doble / Spanish (Traditionally, the man is characterized as the matador (bullfighter) and the lady as his cape in the drama of a Spanish bullfight)Cumbia / ColumbiaTango / Argentina

There are many other dance styles that combine two or move from above list such as Lambada which has a flavor of Samba and Rumba.

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DWD: Belly Dance Style

Now who doesn't love belly dance! It's sexy and beautiful! Belly dance can be either extremely easy or extremely overwhelming… There are two forms of belly dancing: Raqs Baladi: social belly dancing performed by celebrationRaqs Sharqi: theatrical belly dancing
Even though there are those two forms of belly dancing, there are many variations: American Cabaret/Vintage Oriental - style you see in restaurant, night clubs, and entertainmentTaqsim - arabic word that means division and is danced with instrumental soloVeil Dance - using a chiffonCane - EgyptianSword - using a swordRegional - Egyptian, Tribal Fusion, Persian, Arabic, Greek, Turkish, etc.(more to come…)

DWD: Other Dance Category

As I explained in my new beginning post, there are many many many styles of dancing, and I am close to four main categories (Bollywood, Hip Hop, Latin, and Belly Dance), but I don't limit myself to those four categories. I enjoy dancing other forms, and have done some training in other types of dance styles. 
There are some of the dance styles that are in my other category:
ModernLyricalJazzBalletTapWaltzFolkBallroomLine DancingJiveFox Tort

And the list goes on…

I love to dance, so I would never shy away from learning a new dance and incorporating it into my four main categories.

Don't Walk… Dance (DWD) Series - New Beginnings

I love to dance; as you can tell by my numerous blog posts about it. Similar to the music theory lessons, I am starting a dance series about dance theory and dance performances. For easy filter, they will have following tags: Creativity, Dance, Design, Inspiration, Music, Reflection, Music Theory
Besides the fitness dance forms that I do (Zumba, Bombay Jam, and Ujam), I consider my 'dance style' falling into five main categories: BollywoodHip HopLatin DanceBelly DanceOther
There are many sub dance styles in these five categories that I know about, will learn about, and will share in the dance series. 
Over the years, I have learned two most important things when it comes to dance: Technique matters - following a style and a move and to do it correctly makes the dance more effective and authentic, and even enjoyable Expression - this is one of my weaker points, but face expressions, eyes, smiles makes the dance more fun and meaningfulThere are a lot of things I …

How to Choreograph a Dance

Choreographing a piece of music is an art, but my right brain dominance took a very science approach to it. Few weeks ago, I signed up to do three dance performances with my group of friends for India Spring Day on April 24, 2016.

The first time we met for practice, one of the ladies had picked three songs for us and had choreographed one of them. She offered me to choreograph one of the songs as I know latin dance and we were doing latin fusion. So we are doing three songs: Udi Teri from Gujaarish (Latin Fusion) Deewani Mastani from Bajiro Mastani (Belly Dance Fusion) Sholon Si from Shabd (Latin Fusion)

Sholon Si is the one she gave me to choreography. You would think that’s it's challenging to have to choreograph a song you didn’t pick, but it actually makes the process easier because you don’t have to go through the overwhelming process of picking the perfect song.

At first, I had to choreograph and record it and share it with everyone else so they could learn the moves on video…

Mentor Discussion at Business Women of 415 Lean In

I had the pleasure of leading a discussion about mentorship at my Business Women of 415 Lean In group. The group was very empowering and the discussion flowed very naturally. I prepared a presentation, that I did not present, just printed the slides for the group to share some information and then let energy in the room do the rest. There were about 15 women there and everyone had so many great ideas, experiences, inspirations.
Here was my outline and below is my presentation:
Introduction: Honey Patel - Head of Business & Sales Operations, UX, and Training @Covisint
Mentorship Opening Critical in personal development and growth; learning from experience / application rather than reading a book.. I love reading.. But..Numerous mentors in many forms (personal, career, situation, etc.)..  And lifelong relationships.. Something we'll talk about.. I never formally asked any of these people to be my mentor… Naturally happenedVincent - helped me touch more than marketing and leave the…