Hanging out before the performance
“I’m so scared, I don’t know what’s gonna happen!!” 12-year-old Sumaiya was near tears as we were getting ready in the bathroom. I hugged her and said, “It’s fine, we are going to be wonderful!” It was Kranti’s first public dance performance on 17 March at an event to raise awareness about child sexual abuse. As the choreographer and coordinator, I was having mixed feelings: excitement and fear. We turned our heads as the door banged open – Robin entered and said “They’ve moved you up, you need to be on stage in 5 minutes!” We grabbed our makeup, Kranti tattoos and extra clothes and sprinted from the bathroom, dodging between rickshaws as we crossed the street.
When we reached the stage, it seemed like EVERYBODY was starting at us. And they were – we had already been announced! Robin got onstage and introduced Kranti. The rest of us were still scared, and I was also a little excited. We all climbed on the stage, nervous and shaking, but then suddenly the music, and excitement ran through my body. As we started dancing, the crowd that had been small 5 minutes ago started growing by dozens! Everyone was cheering for us.…our coordination was a little off, but we were full of energy. Most importantly, our little angel Sumaiya was incredibly good on stage, she left behind all her fear and danced with her heart for her first dance performance in public. The special thing about this dance performance was that we (Revolutionaries) choreographed this dance without any outsider’s help. It was a HUGE success!! There is a link below if you haven’t already watched….why haven’t you watched?? (Like us on Facebook to see all of our videos: http://www.facebook.com/kranti.india)
The other exciting thing happening at Kranti is that summer vacations are coming and Kranti’s staff have planned so many ways to get rid of us so they can have a staff retreat. The two youngest girls are visiting their village for 2 weeks then going to camps. We older girls are applying to 3 internships in India’s rural areas that will build our leadership abilities while learning about social problems. You can read about them here:
I am applying for scholarships for a program called Semester at Sea, where I was accepted for Summer 2013 trip to visit 10 different countries! Also, staff and all of us are working hard to get passports made. Especially my passport, everyone is helping me (even the local politicians!) because I am trying to go on Semester at Sea and study in America next year.
Well this was our story and plans for summer vacations, what about you? Have you planned your summer vacations if not then get started soon! Also, a Happy Holi in advance, look out for photos in our next report!
P.S. Robin just told me that summer vacation does not start in America until May or June. Ours starts in early April and we go back to school in June. So I hope you are planning your spring breaks then instead!
Before we were nervous!
Staff making a living selling our handmade cards!
Robin introducing Kranti